Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Peppermint (Mentha piperita), Sage Lavender (Salvia lavandulifolia) and Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare)
Children? Do not apply on or near the face of infants and young children.
Pregnancy/Breastfeeding? Not suitable due to Fennel and Sage Lavender.
Medication/Health Condition? Contraindicated Orally unless specified otherwise: Anticoagulant, Diabetes, High Blood Pressure medication; Childbirth, Epilepsy (no safe dose orally / 1.6% limit topically), Hemophilia, Major Surgery, Peptic Ulcer
Felt to be balancing for glandular (hormonal) functions. Calming.
Application Suggestions (see Essential Oil Usage):
Topical: Dilute with a carrier oil and apply on lower abdomen, ankles or as desired.
Internal: Tapestry is suitable for internal use within safe parameters if such use is deemed appropriate. We feel that internal use is rarely *needed* and should only be used with respect for how concentrated the oils are. HEO does not advocate internal use of essential oils without appropriate knowledge and understanding of how to administer, for what purpose, how much, which essential oils, safety concerns and so on. In our experience, essential oils are generally more effective used topically with proper dilution or inhaled. Kurt Schnaubelt Ph.D. notes that "French aromatherapy literature contains many references to using oils orally." He goes on to note that "generally 1 drop is always enough when ingesting essential oils." A potential toxicity hazard could occur when untrained people use essential oils orally and ingest too much. Keep in mind that while medical doctors or health care practitioners may prescribe essential oils for internal use, they are trained and experienced in the safe application of essential oils. It is not a matter of using "French" or "British" methods, it's a matter of experience and appropriate application. Click here for information about internal usage.
1. I am a midwife, and I use Tapestry to help get sluggish labor going. We use PainX + Vetiver for labor pain. - Kelly
2. Tapestry seems to help align things that are out of place whether in utero or otherwise. I've also found that it beneficially alters genetic misalignments. Sometimes folks only need it for a short period, and it works amazingly well. - Cinda
3. Tapestry is fine to use at any stage of life. HEO has done a great job naming the oils, as it’s usually very apparent how that name fits what we use it for. For diastasis recti I’d suggest using it over the affected area as well as on the top third of the right ear for possibly a month. Belly banding may also be helpful. Mama needs to take it easy. Nutrition is especially important at this time in light of everything. This site may be of help also: http://www.befitmom.com/diastasis-recti.php - Cinda
Drug Interaction: Reproductive hormone modulation, may inhibit blood clotting (Tisserand).
Avoid by all routes (topical, inhalation, oral): Pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis, estrogen-dependent cancers, children under five years of age (per The Expanded Commission E Monographs. Tisserand notes that no explanation is given.) Specifically regarding (E)-anethole, Tisserand writes: "We consider that there is sufficient evidence of an estrogenic action for ( E )-anethole, and that administration of essential oils containing a high proportion of it should be avoided by any route in pregnancy, breastfeeding, endometriosis and estrogen-dependent cancers."
Tisserand also noted: "Fennel is contraindicated during pregnancy and nursing because it is estrogenic (due to about 75% trans-anethole content). This probably explains why it can boost milk supply, but the concern is that it might upset the delicate balance of hormones in an infant. This is only a theoretic risk, but it's one that is perhaps worth heeding."
Caution with Oral Use: Diabetes medication, anticoagulant medication, major surgery, peptic ulcer, hemophilia and other bleeding disorders (Tisserand).
Estragole: Tisserand writes: "Estragole is a rodent carcinogen when oral exposure is sufficiently high."
The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salavatore Battaglia on the safety of Fennel: "I have a suspicion that some aromatherapists may be concerned about the fenchone content, which is a ketone. As we know, some ketones are reputed to be neurotoxic. There is no pharmacological evidence to suggest that fenchone or transanethole are neurotoxic in the doses used in aromatherapy." Battaglia references other noted authors: Blumenthal, Lawless, Tisserand.
Clinical Aromatherapy by Jane Buckle: "Some essential oils are generally contraindicated for all therapeutic uses." Her list includes Fennel. She continues: "These oils all contain toxic constituents." She lists Fennel as one to avoid if prone to epilepsy and then writes: ". . . although there is no published report of any of these triggering a seizure." (Note that the "toxic constituent" Buckle refers to in Fennel is a ketone - see Battaglia's note above.)
The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless: Fennel is "non-irritant, relatively non-toxic, narcotic in large doses . . ."
Avoid contact with the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oils are both lipophilic and hydrophobic. Lipophilic means they are attracted to fat— like the membranes of your eyes and skin. They are also hydrophobic, meaning they do not like water. Flushing with water will only send the essential oil back to the eye's membranes. Applying a carrier oil will create another fat for the essential oil to be attracted to other than the membranes of the eyes or skin. Tisserand suggests: "With essential oils, fatty oil has been suggested as an appropriate first aid treatment, though the advantage of saline [eyewash] is that the eyes can be continually flushed, and this is less easy with fatty oil." We’ve not known this to cause permanent injury or long-term discomfort, but if you feel concerned, please call your health care provider.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2002, pages 200-202.
Buckle, Jane, Clinical Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition 2003.
Lawless, J. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils,1992.
Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK, 2013, pages 152-153, 276-277, 486-488.
Tisserand, Robert, Essential Training Facebook page communication in regard to why Fennel is contraindicated for use during pregnancy and lactation.