Essential oils are a wonderful way to soothe discomfort, ease aches, and connect intimately with your body’s changes as it adapts to create a place of protection and warmth for your baby’s development.

There are some things you should know, however. There are some essential oils that become unsafe during pregnancy (some may cause contractions).

Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a great list of essential oils that can be used during pregnancy (with a few examples of how they can be used), and those that you should avoid.

It is not recommended to ingest essential oils without first verifying that they are safe for ingestion, and always consult your doctor to discuss essential oil use during your pregnancy.

List of Essential Oils Safe for Use during of Pregnancy

  • Bergamot – Can be used topically or inhaled. Helps with cold, flu, insomnia, congestion, itching, rashes, stress, tension, upset stomach, and more.
  • Eucalyptus – Antiviral, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties
  • Geranium – Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and apply to painful joint areas to ease aches.
  • Ginger – Fantastic for indigestion, especially when mixed with peppermint. Mix 1-2drops of each and apply the blend in a clockwise motion over your stomach and the bottom of the feet.
  • Grapefruit – Wonderful for easing water retention.
  • Lavender – Lavender is safe for use after 12 weeks of pregnancy. It helps relieve the pain of pregnancy and reduce water retention. It also helps keep you calm and balanced.  
  • Lemon – Great for helping reduce water retention and also fills you with energy.
  • Lime – Excellent in combination with ginger for morning sickness.
  • Neroli – Helps with anxiety and “pregnancy nerves”
  • Peppermint – Use peppermint oil sparingly toward the end of pregnancy and while breast feeding, as it has been known to decrease milk production.
  • Sweet Orange – Can make you feel happy, uplifted, and calm
  • Ylang Ylang – Fantastic all-around essential oil that lowers blood pressure and eases stress and tension. A few drops of this oil in a hot bath can help relieve muscle pain.

There are essential oils that are wonderful for you at times and at other times they are unsafe during pregnancy. Some cause contractions and others can hurt the development of your baby.

These are Essential Oils to AVOID:

Coriander, Costus, Deertongue, Elecampane, Horseradish, Hyssop, Juniper Berry, Melilotus, Mustard, Mugwort, Nutmeg, Origanum, Parsley, Rosemary, Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Savory, Tansy, Thyme, Tonka, Wintergreen, Wormwood

Some safety tips:

  1. ALWAYS verify if an essential oil is safe to take internally, they will be marked. Consult with your doctor before ingesting any oils.
  2. Always use essential oils with carrier oil (such as coconut, almond, avocado etc.) The dilution amount should be 1%, which means 6 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil.
  3. When using a diffuser, always use a cold cold mist diffuser as heat will degrade the oils. Diffuse approximately 30-60 minutes on and one hour off.
  4. Never add essential oils to the birthing pool.
  5. Make sure you buy 100% organic oils from trusted sources to prevent exposure to toxic fertilizer and pesticide chemicals that could harm you or your child.

If relaxation is what you are looking for, consider booking a pregnancy massage with us here at Urban Squeeze instead. Our Prenatal Massage works to reduce back pain, tension, and hip discomfort. This aids in keeping stress low and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.