Essential Oils in Pregnancy by Sophie at Healing Wisdom

There is a lot of talk about essential, oils and what you can and can’t use while pregnant…the thing is, essential oils have been used during pregnancy, childbirth and beyond for centuries! So they must be safe, right?

Yes … and no …

The main issue, really, is the quality of the essential oil you use! If you only use a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil, you can be confident that they are the purest and most tested so will not contain anything unnatural which could be harmful to you or your baby … and with the appropriate dilution (because your skin is more sensitive), respect and use of their potent properties, they can be an essential addition in supporting you through the stages of pregnancy and childbirth, both physically and emotionally. Especially since side effects from medication can be so detrimental!

Bear in mind that, if you use a cheaper version, you will not have the guaranteed purity so can’t be sure what filler, additives or synthetic ingredients you could be using… So just make sure that your oil’s supplier testing standard are thorough (and ideally done by a third party company!)

A few essential oils which are not recommended (even the purest ones)…

Peppermint can reduce your milk supply so should be avoided in the later stage of pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Clary Sage can increase contractions!!! Great for when you’re ready to give birth, but why would you want to amplify any Braxton Hicks if you don’t have to! (eeek!)

A few other single oils, which we are often told to avoid during pregnancy are:









Suggested uses and applications:

So now we’ve covered oils which should be avoided during pregnancy, let’s focus on those which can!

I have listed below a few examples of suggested uses and applications, but please bear in mind that everyone is different and some trial and error is often necessary to find the right fit:

  • For allergy support, take 2 drops each of peppermint and lemon in a capsule or in water (adding 2 drops of lavender can also be useful).
  • For anxiety, use Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Vetiver, Frankincense or the Grounding Blend. Apply 1-2 drops under your feet, back of neck and temples.
  • For headache relief, apply the Tension blend or peppermint topically on your forehead, temples, back of neck and under nose.
  • For relaxation and deep sleep, try to rub some Lavender or the Restful Blend under your nose, and on your forehead, heart and/or feet.
  • For fatigue, add 2-3 drops of Lemon, Grapefruit or Wild Orange in water, 2-3 times a day.
  • For calming emotional support, apply the Grounding blend or Frankincense to the bottoms of your feet.
  • For heartburn, apply the Digestive blend, peppermint or ginger directly on breastbone.
  • For morning sickness, apply one of them behind ears, along jawline and on reflex points on feet, put in an empty capsule and swallow or diffuse into the air!

Dilution is also key with essential oil! The recommended dilution during pregnancy is 1%, which means 1 – 2 drops of essential oils per 10ml of carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil). Just buy some empty 5 or 10ml bottles, a carrier oil and then dispense into the bottles et voila – not only are you making your essential oils go much, much further – you’re creating your own blends which work for you! For babies under 12 months a dilution of 0.5% is recommended – which equates to 1 drop in a 10ml bottle (mixed with carrier oil). These are fab for babies (and reducing your need for medicines such as Calpol) – peppermint oil on their feet and spine is great in reducing high temperatures (diluted of course).

A “Touch” version is also available for some of the oils, which are already pre-diluted and safe for babies and sensitive skin. Ideal if you can’t really be bothered with the above!

Please contact me for more details if you’re interested.

To me, these oils are truly amazing and I have seen the most incredible results! However, even if you use essential oils regularly, your body still needs to be fully stocked on nutrient! For this, I would recommend you add The Food Nutrient Complex to your wellness lifestyle. It is a whole food supplement, which assimilates in our bodies better than synthetic vitamins. These supplements can help fill the nutritional gaps and also provide important brain development nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids!

The ones I use and recommend have been demonstrated to increase energy and stamina, reduce mood swings, increase focus and reduce anxiety, on top of providing what your body needs! They are full of essential oils and other goodness, they are safe to use for any adults and beneficial for all stages of life!

Thank you for reading it to the end! I hope you have found this information useful, please get in touch if you would like to know more or to arrange a free wellness consult to find the best essential oils for you, tailored to your and your family’s needs, and for the best possible price!

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For legal reasons, I would like to add that this information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or replace treatment for conditions, nor substitute professional care from a doctor.

I am neither a doctor nor a midwife, but I have taken the information from doctors and midwife who use these essential oils on a daily basis and are far more knowledgeable than me in that field!

If you have any doubts, you should trust your intuition and consult your own doctor before implementing essential oils in your daily routine.