Using essential oils for pregnancy is a super important topic, but can be quite controversial.
Your initial thought might be to use as many oils as you can to help support you mentally, physically and emotionally while pregnant, since everyday is likely to be a rollercoaster.
But some of the oils that might be helping you could potentially be less than ideal for your growing baby.
Before using oils in any capacity during pregnancy, you should definitely conduct a good amount of research to see what oils benefit you both, and what oils might be harmful.
So here is an introduction to the topic of essential oils for pregnancy, some safe essential oils for pregnancy as well as some that should be avoided.
You should always consult your physician and get proper medical advice. Read our full disclaimer here.
Is It Safe To Use Essential Oils For Pregnancy?
Obviously, your first question (for anything when you are pregnant or hoping to be pregnant) should be, “Is it safe for me and my baby during pregnancy? Is it beneficial, neutral or harmful to one or both of us?”
When it comes to essential oils and aromatherapy, you probably use them on a daily basis. Whether you use them once a day in the diffuser or you are applying them and using them constantly throughout the day, you need to be aware of how they might affect pregnancy.
In general, there aren’t any cases of the normal use of essential oils causing any defects, abnormalities or miscarriages.
However, the “normal use” of essential oils differs from person to person. What might be normal for me and my family might be considered crazy by some, and minimal to others.
Typically though, toxicity only occurs in pregnant women when they intentionally consume large doses of oils. So unless you are trying to harm yourself or your child, it’s likely going to be quite difficult to cause any toxicity or damage to you or your child.
So to recap, using them ‘normally’ is most likely not going to cause any harm. However, you should be intentional with the oils you use and avoid in this beautiful, amazing time.
Essential Oils Not Safe For Pregnancy
With that being said, there are certain oils that many people would consider best to avoid during pregnancy. Don’t worry, because there is still an abundance of oils you can continue to use!
Again, there are no hard and fast rules, as there isn’t enough research on this topic. But here are oils that many women choose to avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding (at least on a consistent basis or in large amounts):
Geranium (during first trimester)
Parsley (seed or leaf)
Nursing mothers should avoid using too much Peppermint which could lead to decreased milk supply.
What Oils Can Be Helpful During Pregnancy?
There are many oils that most consider to be safe during pregnancy and there there are oils that may specifically be beneficial for pregnancy.
Here are some essential oils safe for pregnancy, so long as they are properly diluted and used responsibly:
Chamomile (German & Roman)
Then there are the oils that you will definitely want to use during pregnancy. There are tons of things that you’ll want relief from while pregnant: nausea, headaches, anxiety and stress, heartburn, and even stretch marks.
The good news it that you can use many oils that help to support you through all of these discomforts. Here are some of the best essential oils for pregnancy:
Nausea + Stomach
Peppermint (just don’t go crazy on peppermint when nursing)
Add a drop to your water first in the morning or anytime your stomach is going crazy to help settle it.
Other oils to help with nausea: Lavender, chamomile, peppermint, ginger.
Get calm and relaxed. Rub on wrists before bed. Or combine with frankincense and a carrier oil to apply to dry, irritated skin.
Other good oils for sleep during pregnancy: Frankincense, mandarin, ylang-ylang.
Grapefruit and Cypress
Add one drop of each to a pump of carrier oil and apply to legs to support circulation. So long, cankles!
Lavender, ylang-ylang, ginger, chamomile, frankincense. Add to a carrier oil and rub on sore muscles.
And here are some Young Living oils for pregnancy. Many of their blends work wonders for this season of life.
Young Living Blend: Coriander, Geranium, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmine, Rose
This is basically magic for pregnant mamas. Rub on your growing belly to moisturize stretching skin. Apply some to your neck/throat and the middle of your chest after eating spicy foods. It’s also great to apply to bottoms of feet before bed for a restful night’s sleep.
Peace & Calming
Young Living Blend: Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy
Mix this with coconut oil and rub on feet, ankles and calves at the end of the day when they are feeling tense, restless and swollen.
Young Living Blend: Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary
Dilute Thieves with coconut oil in a roller bottle and apply when needed to the bottom of your feet for seasonal immune system support. Our immune systems are weak during pregnancy and it is so easy to catch everything going around. Thieves has your back.
Young Living Blend: Eucalyptus blue, Palo santo, Lavender, Dorado azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Marjoram, Pine, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Black Spruce, Peppermint
Another one crafted specifically for the little ones, this blend is gentle enough for babies which also means it’s gentle enough for pregnant moms. You’re going to get sniffly, it’s just what happens. So keep this oil on hand to rub onto nose & cheeks for respiratory support. You will not want to be without this oil during the cooler seasons.
This is a great supplement because B vitamins are so important for our health and well-being, and it contains folate which is great for those tiny developing cells.
Diffuser Blends For Pregnancy
Lavender + Cedarwood
Use at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep by supporting a peaceful mind and dreams.
Rise & Shine
Peppermint + Citrus Fresh + Bergamot
Wake up with energy and motivation for the day.
Lavender + Peace & Calming + Valor
Helps you stay grounded in the midst of high tension and nerves.
Peaceful Birth Room Blend
Lavender + Frankincense + Ylang Ylang + Roman Chamomile
Relax as best you can and make the most of this special moment.
Essential Oils For Babies
This is amazing for brand new babies. Just add a drop to your hands and rub on their feet or their swaddle for soothing comfort.
Rub a little in your hands and apply to bedsheets and swaddles to calm your baby before bed.
KidScents oil blends are perfectly crafted and diluted for easy and safe use with kids. Use these to promote wellness, support their immune systems (and all their systems) so they can stay healthy and calm.
Young Living Seedlings
Seedlings is a Young Living product line developed specifically for your precious little babies. Using natural ingredients and essential oils such as lavender and geranium, you are and your baby can breathe the scent of fresh lilacs without any worries of toxins (I use the baby wipes for everything).
For newborns up until 2 years, Young Living suggests a 1:8 ratio for normal oils. So for every one drop of essential oil, you’ll want to dilute with 8 drops of a carrier oil.
Since baby skin is so delicate, we suggest starting out with gentle oils like Lavender, Frankincense or Gentle Baby. Add oils to a roller bottle and dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
The KidScents line from Young Living is an awesome place to start with your kids using essential oils since they are formulated for use on little ones right out of the bottle.
For babies, one day to two years, there are a few oils to be cautious of or to avoid all together, including Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Peppermint, Hyssop and Wintergreen.
There may be even more and again it’s recommended to always consult your physician or pediatrician if you are unsure.
Stay Strong Mama!
Pregnancy is tough. Essential oils can help.
With a little research and advice from a doctor, you’ll be on your way to using plenty of oils for comfort and support while navigating this crazy season of your life.
Don’t go it alone. Always ask questions. Do some research. You can do this. I believe in you.
Do you have additional oils or recipes you love when pregnant or for your little ones?
Send me a message on Instagram, I would love to hear from you! 🙂