Essential oils for pregnancy

Each pregnancy is different, I would know, after all I have been there four times and each one had its own peculiarities and similarities as well.

The pregnancy with my boys were much easier than my girls; with the boys I had a lot less nausea but with the girls I could not keep any food down for the first three months. However, I always experience constipation with every single pregnancy, go figure.

My fourth baby is the one that actually gave me the hardest time during pregnancy, I experienced fatigue, swelling during the last months, my skin broke out quite a lot the first months and not to mention it was so hard to breath.

But to be quite frank with you, I am the type of mom that hates medication especially when I am pregnant. I prefer to endure pain than to reach out to a medication that although may relieve some of the pain, it may also have an adverse effect on my baby, hence why my last three births were fully natural and totally unmedicated. You can see the water birth of my last baby right on my instagram, if you have the heart for it as it is pretty graphic.

So, my alternative to conventional medications is essential oils. Keep in mind, though, that not every essential oil is safe to be used during pregnancy and when in doubt please consult your doctor/physician about the safety of oils for yourself.

I am fortunate enough to have a friend who is very knowledgeable about essential oils and who gifted me a book called " Essential oils for pregnancy, birth and babies" which helped me tremedously with getting acquainted which oils are great during pregnancy.

My midwife is also very holistic and was also able to make essential oil recommendations and guided me which oils to use that would help me out throughout the pregnancy journey.

Below you will find a list of conditions associated with pregnancy and essential oils that may help you, as well as recipes but keep in mind to consult your doctor/physician/midwife to ensure that it is safe for you.

Essential oils for pregnancy, birth and babies

Breast tenderness

These oils may help with breast tenderness relief

You may dilute it with a carrier oil or just apply undiluted directly onto breasts.


These oils may be beneficial if you are experiencing constipation during pregnancy

You may add two to three drops to your water or in a capsule. Another way to use it is by mixing it with a carrier oil and massaging it on to abdomen.

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Due to all the hormonal changes, many pregnant women experience depression during pregnancy. The following oils may be beneficial in up lifting the mood and emotions.

  • Invigorating blend ( a blend of Wild Orange Peel, Lemon Peel, Grapefruit Peel, Mandarin Peel, Bergamot Peel, Tangerine Peel, Clementine Peel essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute)

  • Joyful blend ( a blend of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus with Tangerine, Elemi, and Lemon Myrtle)

  • Grounding blend ( a blend Spruce Leaf, Ho Wood Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Blue Tansy Flower, Blue Chamomile Flower, and Osmanthus Flower essential)

  • Wild Orange

  • Ylang ylang

  • Frankincense

Diffuse blends or experiment mixing two oils of your choice. Frankincense may also be used on its own by placing one to two drops under tongue and chasing it with water.


Many women may experience swelling during pregnancy. Here are some oils that may help reducing the swelling.

Mix any of the oils or blend (two to three drops of each) and mix it with a carrier oil and massage it on to legs, ankles and foot.

You may also add three to five drops of lemon to your water once per day.


Growing a whole human inside of you is really hard work, so it's normal to feel fatigue during pregnancy. These oils may help you feel more at ease and relaxed.

Mix a few drops with a carrier oil and massage onto back, shoulders and back of the neck. Diffusing it is also another option.

Headaches or Dizziness

Pregnant women may experience headaches or dizziness due to hormone levels, fatigue, low blood sugar levels and other reasons. The following oils may help with relief.

  • Calming Blend ( a blend of Wild Orange, Lavender, Copaiba, Spearmint, Magnolia, Rosemary, Neroli, and Sweetgum)

  • Tension Blend ( a blend of Wintergreen, Lavender, Peppermint, Frankincense, Cilantro, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Basil, and Rosemary )

  • Soothing Blend ( a blend of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus)

  • Lavender

  • Peppermint

Apply blends or single oils (diluted or undiluted) to temples, forehead and back of neck

Headache Blend

6 drops lemongrass

6 drops marjoram

6 drops frankincense

Add all oils in a rollerball and fill it up with a carrier oil of your choice. You may also add it to a capsule to take it internally.


It is common to experience heartburn during pregnancy as the valves at the entrance of the stomach relax and it doesn't close as usual, making it possible for acidic stomach contents to make its way up into the esophagus. To help with heartburn relief, try these essential oils:

Add one to two drops of the oil of your choice to a capsule or drop it under the tongue and chase it with water.

Muscle cramps

Muscle cramps may happen during pregnancy either due to changes in blood circulation, extra weight being carried or both. These oils may help to alleviate some muscle cramps during pregnancy.

Mix the single oil or blend with a carrier oil and massage onto affected area.


Nausea is usually the number one complaint amongst pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. There are a few essential oils that help alleviate the feeling of being nauseous and here are a few of them:

Mix a couple of drops lavender, sandalwood or ginger with a carrier oil and massage onto abdomen.

Add a drop of cardamon to back of neck and ears to help ease the nausea feeling.

Add three to five drops of fennel. ginger or peppermint into capsule and chase it with water. This is best done when taken on an empty stomach.

Add one or two drop of ginger and/or lemon to water with honey.

Morning sickness blend

10 drops peppermint

10 drops cardamom

30 drops lavender

Add it to a rollerball and fill it up with carrier oil. Massage on to abdomen and/or back of the neck and ears.

DIY Nausea Spray Mix

20 drops Peppermint

15 drops Lemon

5 drops