Essential Oils For Pregnancy

Are you looking for essential oils for pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Good news!

Essential oils are useful and effective during any phase of your life, especially the journey of pregnancy & breastfeeding. With their amazing, magical properties they can create a healthy body, especially for you and your little one.

Essential oils are naturally occurring oils that are created by distilling plants to capture their fragrance.

In various ways, essential oils help support your immunity, soothing your feelings of discomfort and many more other powerful benefits. As a pregnant woman or breast-feeding mother, there are oils that aren’t beneficial to use on your body during this phase of motherhood. There are guidelines to follow to ensure your safety.

Is it safe to use essential oils whilst pregnant?

It is apparent that testing essential oils on expecting mothers and babies is an ethical issue and due to this, clinical studies are quite limited. History is the only reliable source that we can use to determine the safe usage of essential oils for mother and baby during pregnancy.

An important note is that during pregnancy the body goes through many changes, and it isn’t uncommon for a woman to be quite sensitive to essential oils. It is important to consult your GP or specialist doctor about the usage of aromatherapy oils in during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

What essential oils are safe to use and avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Once spoken to your GP or specialist about your pregnancy and essential oils, you can start educating yourself on the safe application of essential oils and which oils to use without causing harm to your little one.

Below are some suggestions for essential oils that we recommend during pregnancy and your mothering journey.

Morning sickness and nausea are common during pregnancy, especially during the early stages. This can be annoying and uncomfortable and can interfere with your day. If you are looking to combat morning sickness and nausea, we suggest the following oils:

  • Ginger oil
  • Cardamom oil
  • Peppermint oil 

Try using any of these oils in a diffuser and breath them in. Ginger oil can also be rubbed on pressure points on your forehead and wrists.

We know that mums and mums to be are often running low on sleep, so we suggest diffusing the following oils to help you relax and calm the body.

  • Lavender oil
  • Chamomile oil
  • Neroli oil 

Need a pick me up? Try these essential oils in your diffuser to lift your energy.

  • Geranium oil
  • Lemon oil
  • Sandalwood oil

While these oils are safe for pregnancy, it is important to be aware of the oils that we recommend avoiding during this special time.

Essential oils to avoid for pregnancy:

  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Birch
  • Camphor
  • Clary Sage
  • Hyssop
  • Mogwort
  • Oak Moss
  • Parley Seed or Leaf
  • Rosemary
  • Rue
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thuja
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood

Talking to your doctor about using essential oils whilst pregnant

It’s always the safer option to talk to your doctor about using essential oils during your pregnancy, despite using essential oils before without incident. Consulting your GP or specialist doctor is important as your doctor knows you, your specific health concerns and the status of your pregnancy.

Each pregnancy is different and your doctor is your best resource for creating a treatment plan for you to determine which essential oils are best to use during your pregnancy. This is also a great way to use safety measures to protect the health of you and your baby.

Make sure to check out our article on Essential Oils as well! (link to other oil article)

The Soulful Alchemist shop has a great range of essential oil blends, rollers, cleaning and homeware products. Feel free to contact us to chat about which oils are right for you.