Encore: Essential Oils and Breastfeeding: Stop, Look and Listen to be Safe!

with guest Lea Harris

Air Date: May 16, 2017

Mothers who breastfeed often prefer to use natural foods and natural treatments. It’s only natural, right? But just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s safe; essential oils are potent. If you’re a nursing mother—or anyone else, really—there are number of questions you should raise about essential oils before you use them. Is it an herb or an essential oil? Does it matter if it’s “sage” or “clary sage”? Is it okay to ingest it if it’s okay to put it on your skin? Join Marie and her guest, certified aromatherapist, Lea Harris, as they take you on a whirlwind tour of the “essentials” of essential oils for everyone—and especially for pregnant or breastfeeding mothers. You’ll discover how essential oils can help you to avoid using medications when you have a sore throat, a bee bite, or other simple ailments; some factors related to safe use—whether you’re breastfeeding or not; the difference in administration methods and dilutions, cautions for children, and much more!

Guest Profile – Lea Harris

Lea Harris is a certified clinical aromatherapist. After completing the Vintage Remedies Aromatherapy course in 2013, Lea enrolled in Aromahead Institute’s Aromatherapy Certification Program, which she completed that same year. Later in 2013, she graduated Aromahead Institute’s Advanced Graduate Program. In February 2014, she completed over 400 hours of education through the Institute’s Scholars Program, making her a Clinical Aromatherapist. A professional member of Alliance of International Aromatherapists, Lea also earned recognition as a Certified Herbalist through the Herbal Academy of New England’s online Intermediate Herbal Certification course. She has published an e-book entitled “Using Essential Oils Safely,” and writes for “Natural Herbal Living” magazine and can be found online at www.learningabouteos.com
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