During pregnancy, personal care is more important than ever. Essential oils can help you achieve this objective by helping you to deal with some of the nasty pregnancy symptoms. While stretch marks, swelling, fatigue, headaches and nausea are common during pregnancy, one can expect aromatherapy recipes to help relieve such symptoms and keep a positive attitude – especially when it feels you are as big as a house!
As essential oils are the main ingredients in aromatherapy products, experts recommend not using them in the first quarter of pregnancy. In the second and third trimesters, some essential oils are safe to use as your baby is more developed. Essential oils you can safely use during pregnancy include Ylang Ylang, Chamomile and Lavender, which are calming, relaxing and double up as a sleep aid. Essential oils you need to avoid during pregnancy include Sage, Clove, Rosemary and Cinnamon, which can all cause contractions.
Always consult your doctor prior to using any essential oils during pregnancy. It is for your safety and your baby’s safety.
Pregnancy Friendly Essential Oils
This oil is fabulous if you feel a bit stuffy as it can easily relieve the symptoms of respiratory congestion. Other than that, Eucalyptus acts as an antiviral, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory.
Lavender is safe for use after 12 weeks of pregnancy. While being able to relieve the pain of pregnancy and reduce water retention, lavender renders a great feeling of calm, relaxation and keeps you balanced.
For those who suffer from anxiety or pregnancy nerves, it is said that the essential oil of Neroli can make them feel relaxed and calm. Moreover, Neroli boosts the regeneration of skin cells, so it can make you look and feel good too.
5. Ylang Ylang
This great all-rounder essential oil is a must-have for pregnancy. Not only it is a potent aphrodisiac, it also lowers blood pressure and comforts women that feel tense or stressed during the pregnancy.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Tea Tree oil can be used during pregnancy but not during labor. Its antifungal and antiviral properties help to relieve discomfort involved in pregnancy.
The essential oil of Orange can make you feel happy, uplifted and calm.
List of Essential Oils Safe For Use In The Second And Third Trimesters Of Pregnancy
Ylang Ylang, Tea Tree, Sweet orange, Peppermint, Sandalwood, Rosewood, Rose Otto, Petitgrain, Patchouli, Neroli, Mandarin, Lime, Lemongrass, Lemon, Lavender, Grapefruit, Ginger, Geranium, Eucalyptus, Roman Chamomile and Bergamot.
List Of Essential Oils Unsafe For Use During Pregnancy
Wormwood, Wintergreen, Tonka, Thyme, Tansy, Savory, Savin, Sassafras, Rue, Rosemary, Parsley, Origanum, Nutmeg, Mustard, Mugwort, Melilotus, Juniper Berry, Hyssop, Horseradish, Fennel, Elecampane, Deertongue, Costus and Coriander.
Top 10 Pregnancy Ailments And Their Treatment Using Essential Oils
Take 3-5 drops of the blend of peppermint, ginger and fennel mixed in equal amounts. Rub this blend over your stomach and the bottom of feet. I find this recipe to be even more powerful when small amount of it is inhaled.
For immediate relief from heartburn, add 1 drop of peppermint to a glass of almond milk and drink. Another option is, if you can tolerate it, to add 1 drop of essential oil of peppermint to a glass of water and drink throughout the day. As always, consult your doctor prior to ingesting any essential oils.
3. Morning Sickness
- Prepare a blend of essential oils of lavender, sandalwood and ginger with fractionated coconut oil and massage it on your abdomen.
- Add 1 drop of ginger, lime and water and mix it with honey or stevia. Consume this blend up to twice daily.
A drop of peppermint under the tongue or rubbed on the abdomen and the soles can relieve nausea almost instantly.
5. Lack Of Sleep And Insomnia
6. Pain In The Back And Lower Leg
Relax in a hot bath with no more than two or three drops of essential oils of lavender or ylang ylang to help relieve muscle pain. However, lavender oil should only be occasionally used during the first trimester of pregnancy because it may stimulate contractions. Rubbing a few drops of geranium on painful joints mixed with carrier oil is also helpful.
7. Swelling And Water Retention
Put 1 drop of grapefruit, lemon and / or lime each in a glass of water and drink 1-2 liters of this blend during the day.
You can also use a blend of 4-6 drops of lavender, lemon, ginger and geranium in a roller bottle mixed with carrier oil such as coconut and roll on the feet and ankles twice a day. It is preferable to do this activity late in the day.
8. Stretch Marks
Mix 4 drops each of helichrysum, frankincense, lavender and the liquid collected from six vitamin E capsules in an ounce of organic coconut oil. Store the blend in a small glass bottle. Massage this blend on the stomach, breasts and thighs every morning and evening after the first trimester to help with stretch marks.
Blend 1 drop each of lavender, cypress and marjoram with 5 drops of geranium mixed in 1 tbsp of organic coconut oil. Apply this blend to the hemorrhoids for quick relief. You can also consider soaking in a sitz bath.
10. Yeast Infection
This is the recipe I have personally tried and tested for its effectiveness. Within a week of its use, the results for me were great. Put a few drops of tea tree, lavender and 2 tablespoons of bath salts in a warm sitz bath and soak for about 10 minutes.
Essential Oils To Help With Common Issues Of Pregnancy
To help the digestive system
I often blend 2-3 drops of peppermint mixed in carrier oil and rub it on my abdomen to help my digestion.
To maintain clear sinuses
Blend the essential oils of peppermint, laurel leaf, eucalyptus, lemon, niaouli and ravensara. You can add a few drops to a diffuser and spread it out in your house. Alternatively, just put a few drops on your hand, make a cup, and inhale. You can also apply this blend directly on your chest.
To support a healthy mood, hormones and emotions
This grounding blend is a mixture of essential oils of fir, ho wood, spruce, frankincense and blue tansy. To offset the fluctuating emotions, you can rub this blend on your chest and wrist, or diffuse throughout the day.
For the health of back muscles and legs
A soothing blend is a mix of camphor and the essential oils of blue tansy, peppermint, chamomile, wintergreen and helichrysum. Mix all the ingredients in equal amounts and massage into areas you are experiencing pain for a natural cooling effect.
To restore a good night sleep
This calming blend is a mix of essential oils of marjoram, lavender, roman chamomile, sandalwood, ylang ylang and vanilla. Diffuse this blend before sleep or rub a drop of it on the pillow. Alternatively, rub it on the bottom of your feet for immediate effect.
Promote healthy skin and stretching
Mix the essential oils of helichrysum, geranium and frankincense in equal amounts and blend the resultant with 1 ounce of carrier oil, such as coconut oil. Rub in 1-2 drops of this blend for healthy skin of abdomen and legs.
Restore healthy function of the veins of the anus and rectum
This combination of essential oils can regenerate the delicate tissues of the anus and rectum. Mix peppermint, frankincense, marjoram, roman chamomile, rosemary and basil in equal amounts. Blend the resultant mix in a little amount of coconut oil. Apply on the concerned areas as needed.
Relieve stress and rejuvenate tense muscles
This calming blend is the blend of essential oils of rosemary, basil, roman chamomile, marjoram, cilantro, peppermint and wintergreen. Rub your shoulders, neck and lower back with this blend for a refreshing and relaxing effect.
Other Essential Oils Recipes For A Less Problematic Pregnancy
Recipe 1 – Pregnancy Morning Sickness
Add 4-6 drops of spearmint to a diffuser and spread near your bed. Spearmint is smoother to use than peppermint and often relieves indigestion.
Recipe 2 – Pregnancy Morning Sickness
Use the same formula described in recipe 1, but with added 5 drops of geranium. Put the blend in a dark container and shake well before each use.
Recipe 3 – Itchy Skin Massage Oil
- 2 tablespoons of the carrier oil you prefer to use the most. Some of the good choices include apricot oil, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
- 1/2 tablespoon of jojoba oil or emu oil
- 2 vitamin E capsules
- 4 drops mandarin
- 4 drops of lavender
- 4 drops of geranium
- 3 drops of lemon
- 4 drops cypress
Store the blend in a dark container. Massage gently the areas you are experiencing itching making clockwise circles. Shake well before each use.
Recipe 4 – Massage Oil For Edema
- 2 tablespoons of massage oil of your liking. Some of the oils to choose from include apricot oil, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
- 1/2 tablespoons of jojoba oil or emu oil, both of which have the chemical composition similar to the chemical composition of the oils present on our skin.
- 1 vitamin E capsule
- 4 drops cypress
- 3 drops of geranium
Blend all these oils well and put in a dark container, shake well before each use. This is the best massage oil you can use for conditions like edema.
Recipe 5 – Perineal massage blend
- 2 tablespoons of the base oil you prefer to use. Some of the good choices of essential oils include apricot oil, almond oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
- 8 drops of geranium
- 5 drops of lavender
Put all these oils in a dark container and shake well before each use. Start massaging your body areas with this oil 3-4 weeks before your due date.
Basics Of Using Essential Oils During Pregnancy Or Breastfeeding
When used safely and carefully, essential oils help women pass that difficult phase of pregnancy and reduce the physical and mental trauma involved. Here are some basic rules to follow when using essential oils during the pregnancy and lactation:
- Ingestion of essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy and lactation. While many of the essential oils are safe for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding, some of them, if swallowed, may serve as poison for the baby. Consult with your doctor prior to ingesting any essential oils.
- The use of essential oils should be avoided during the first quarter of the pregnancy.
- Less is more with pregnant and nursing mothers – always use essential oils with carrier oil (such as almonds, coconut, hemp seeds, etc.). Use essential oils with 1% dilution (6 drops of essential oil to one ounce of carrier oil) during the pregnancy and 2% dilution (12 drops of essential oil to 1 ounce of carrier oil) after the delivery and while lactation.
- When using diffuser, use it only for 10-15 minutes.
- The repeated use of high intensity essential oils is not recommended during pregnancy. It is best to use them only if you really need them, such as in cases where you might need assistance with problems such as nausea, indigestion, spasms, insomnia, cough, anxiety, etc.
- Avoid using the absolutes and other solvents extracted oils.
- Do not add essential oils to the birthing pool.