How to use Essential Oils safely during Pregnancy

During Pregnancy, Aromatherapy can help to alleviate anxiety, leg and back pain, improve sleep and many other physical and emotional symptoms. However, its important to follow the advice of a Professional Aromatherapist (like myself) to ensure you remain safe at all times, because there is a lot of unsafe advice online. I recommend that you to book an Aromatherapy Massage with me so I can offer specific advice to you, but to get you started here are a few tips on which essential oils are safe to use and how to use them.

Common symptoms and which essential oils can help

  • Muscular aches and pains/Back ache- Use Roman Chamomile and Lavender in a bath or a lotion
  • Morning Sickness – Use Ginger, Peppermint or Sweet Orange in a bath, diffuser/ on a cotton wool ball or roller ball.
  • Fatigue – Use Mandarin, Bergamot and Grapefruit in a diffuser/ on a cotton wool/roller ball pen
  • Insomnia – Use Sandalwood, Neroli, Frankincense or Ylang Ylang in a bath, diffuser/on a cotton wool ball/roller ball pen
  • Stress – Use Geranium, Lavender and Mandarin in a bath, diffuser/on a cotton wool ball/roller ball pen
  • At the bottom of the article there is a full list of essential oils recommended as safe during pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding and how they can help.

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

  • We recommend avoiding essential oils and massage for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and up to 16 weeks if you’ve had any problems.
  • Only use essential oils that are recommended as ‘safe’ during pregnancy or breastfeeding (see below for the list). You can buy Neal’s Yard Remedies Essential Oils through me.
  • Do not use Clary Sage or Jasmine unless you are overdue as these can help to induce labour (see labour section below)
  • Never put essential oils directly on the skin, directly into the bath or ingest them.
  • If you make your own massage blend at home you should use a 1% blend of essential oils from the safe list- 3 drops per 15ml/1tbsp.
  • You can use a diffuser at home, and add 4-7 drops of essential oils from the safe list. To find out more about diffusion read here.
  • Bubble baths are wonderful to soothe back ache, stress tiredness and aches and pains Add no more than 4 drops of essential oils from the safe list in 1tbsp of whole milk or plain bubble bath base such as Neal’s Yard Remedies Create your own Hair & Body Wash
  • Pulse point/Roller Ball pens are a great way to use essential oils away from home, when you need a quick fix e.g. morning sickness, stress/anxiety or when you cant sleep at night. I make bespoke ones or sell Neal’s Yard Remedies Remedies to Roll.

Labour

You can use essential oils to help to induce labour and during labour itself to increase contractions. Clary Sage, Jasmine, Lavender are great for this. Do not put them directly onto the skin, make sure you add them to a carrier oil or a lotion to rub onto the belly using a 1% dilution ( 3 drops per 15ml/1tbsp)
You can also put a few drops on a cotton wool ball to inhale, or put them in a diffuser. Lavender is good for reducing maternal anxiety and pain relief. Peppermint can help with nausea and vomiting, Neroli, Bergamot, Mandarin and Rose can help relaxation between contractions. If you are keen to use Aromatherapy during your labour please do get in touch for personal advice on dilutions and how to use them. You will also have to check with your midwife and hospital about their regulations regarding the use of essential oils in labour.

Post Natal Period

Aromatherapy during the post natal period can help to balance hormones, boost the immune system, alleviate anxiety & postnatal depression and renew energy. I offer a specific Aromatherapy Massage for the Post Natal period. 

A Holistic Facial is also a wonderful treatment for any expectant or new mother!

If you would like to book a treatment, buy any products or ask any questions please do get in touch with me. Claire Blackie 07947 819 492 info@claireblackiearomatherapy.com

Essential oils that are safe to use during Pregnancy and Breastfeeding (there are some others but this is a list of ones most commonly used)

  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)- Anti depressant, uplifting and refreshing.
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum) – Helps to prevent thread veins and good relief from constipation
  • Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – Soothes pain from muscular aches, headaches and indigestion.
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) Helpful for varicose veins, haemorrhoids and swollen ankles
  • Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus smithii) Helpful for respiratory congestion
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) Great for stretch marks and helps with sleep
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) Refreshing, uplifting, eases aching legs and good for poor circulation
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Great for morning sickness
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) Digestive aid and helps with water retention
  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) Healing, Relaxing, helps to soothe the aches and pains of pregnancy.
  • Lemon (Citrus limon) Great for morning sickness
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata) Can ease fluid retention in ankles and legs
  • Marjoram Sweet (Origanum majorana) Great for muscular aches and pains
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium amara flos) Great for any nervous tension
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var amaraol) Great for morning sickness
  • Rose Otto (Rosa centifolia) Great for stress and balancing emotions
  • Sandalwood (Santalum album) Aids sleep
  • Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Good for morning sickness and indigestion
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) Can be used to treat thrush during pregnancy
  • Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Restorative when you feel overworked or tense

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