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Is it Safe to use Essential Oils During Pregnancy?

It’s safe to use some essential oils while you’re pregnant, as long as you’re healthy and you’re careful with them. Essential oils are highly concentrated substances extracted from plants. They are powerful, so it’s important to use them sparingly. Be sure to buy high-quality oils from a reputable seller.

Essential Oils can help with: Essential oils from head to toe during pregnancy


  • Apply 3?5 drops of Peppermint, Ginger, or Fennel on abdomen or on the bottom of feet. Some may find relief simply by opening the bottle and inhaling for relief, or applying a small amount under the nose.


    • 2 drops of Peppermint to a shot glass of almond milk for instant relief of heartburn!
    • Another option, if you can tolerate it, is to add three drops of Peppermint essential oil in a glass of water and sip throughout the day.

    Morning Sickness

  • Massage Lavender, Sandalwood or Ginger combined with fractionated coconut oil onto abdomen.
  • Put 3?5 drops of Fennel, Ginger or Peppermint into a capsule
  • 1 to 2 drops each Ginger and Lemon, mixed into water with honey or stevia.
  • Peppermint: a drop under the tongue, rubbed on abdomen or rubbed on the bottoms of your feet.
  • Put 3 drops of Grapefruit or Peppermint essential oil into a diffuser by your bed. You may find that waking up to these scents helps reduce nausea.

    Sleeplessness & Insomnia

  • Apply Zen Blend or Lavender to the bottom of feet (if you can still reach them, if not ask your hubby). You can also diffuse it, or put a few drops in a spray bottle of water to mist your linens.
  • Another great combination is Patchouli and Dream Blend for more severe cases of sleeplessness.

     Lower Back & Leg Pain

  • Relax in a warm bath with no more than two or three drops of Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oils may help to ease your muscle pain. However, Lavender oil should be used only occasionally in your first trimester, as it may stimulate contractions.
  • Rubbing a few drops of Amend Blend or Geranium on the painful location with a carrier oil is helpful as well.

     Swelling & Water Retention

  • Put 3-5 drops of Grapefruit, Lemon and/or Lime into every glass of water and drink. (3-4 quarts a day.
  • You can also use 3-5 drops of Geranium, Ginger, Lemon and Lavender in a roller bottle with fractionated coconut oil and roll on ankles and feet a few times a day especially at the end of the day. Massage feet and ankles in a upward movement toward the heart.

    Stretch Marks

  • Combine 4 drops each Helichrysum, Lavender, Frankincense, and liquid from 6 Vitamin E capsules in an ounce of organic coconut oil, store in a small jar. Massage over abdomen, breasts & thighs every morning and night after the first trimester.


  • Add 1 drop each of Cypress, Lavender and Marjoram and 5 drops Geranium to 1 Tbs organic coconut oil and apply to the area with hemorrhoids or you can do this and then soak in a sitz bath.

    Yeast Infections

  • Put a few drops of Melaleuca, Lavender & about 2 Tbs of bath salts into a warm sitz bath and soak for about 10 minutes.

Essential Oils During Delivery

Speed Up/Induce Labor

  • Clary Sage is considered a uterine tonic so shouldn’t be used until you are due. Place a drop on ankle reflex points and diffuse along with Myrrh during labor.

Energy Boost

  • Inhale or diffuse Peppermint or Wild Orange.


  • To promote overall calm, and peacefulness in the delivery room, apply Zen Blendtopically, over heart and back of neck. Diffuse Lavender.

Back Labor

  • Use a few drops of Peppermint and/or Amend Blend and massage back and apply pressure. This will relieve some of the discomfort, especially with a posterior baby.

Labor Pains

  • You can use Lavender and/or Clary Sage and put in with 2 tablespoons of bath salts and soak in bath.
  • Mix 2 drops of Bliss Blend in 1 Tbs of carrier oil and massage hips, bottoms of feet and abdomen.

Perineal Tearing

  • Mix 5 drops of Clary Sage and 2 drops of Geranium with 2 Tbs of carrier oil. Massage hourly onto the perineal area.


Essential oils to avoid in pregnancy (partial list)

– Arnica (homeopathic is fine) – Basil – Birch (sweet) – Bitter almond – Boldo leaf – Broom – Buchu – Calamus – Camphor (brown or yellow) – Cassia – Cedarwood/thuja – Chervil – Cinnamon – Clary sage – Clove (bud, leaf or stem) – Coriander – Costus – Deertongue – Elecampane – Fennel – Horseradish – Hyssop – Jaborandi leaf – Juniper berry – Melilotus – Mugwort – Mustard – Nutmeg – Origanum – Parsley (large doses) – Pennyroyal – Pine (dwarf) – Rosemary – Rue – Sassafras – Savin – Savory (summer) – Tansy – Thyme red (large doses) – Tonka – Wintergreen – Wormwood.

 Don’t use any oils if:

  • you have a history of miscarriage
  • you have had any vaginal bleeding in this pregnancy
  • you have epilepsy
  • you have heart problems
  • you have diabetes, blood clotting problems, or have thyroid, liver or kidney disease

It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor or midwife before using essential oils.

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