Essential Oils For Pregnancy

Essential Oils For Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a joyous time, but symptoms and illnesses can still occur. Using essential oils can help ease you through all three trimesters. However, some will be off limits. Others you will have to change how you use them.

When pregnant, you should consult your doctor or midwife before using essential oils topically or internally. You will find few studies online that clarify safety in pregnant women. Lavender seems to be the most studied. 

Aromatherapists do consider inhalation and diffusing safe while pregnant, but you should still speak with your doctor or midwife before using them. Essential oils pass through your placenta and can cause harm to your baby through aromatherapy sessions.

Essential Oils Safe for Pregnancy

  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint

Some soon-to-be mom’s will stop using essential oils altogether in the first trimester. Your chance for miscarriage is highest at this point, and your baby is going through rapid developmental phases.

Prior to pregnancy, you might’ve applied a few of listed oils without a carrier, such as chamomile or lavender. When pregnant, even if you’ve never had a reaction, you should dilute your oils.

Essential Oils to Safely Use During Your Pregnancy

We don’t advise pregnant women to take essential oils internally unless under the supervision of a trained medical professional. 

We only recommend certified organic or third-party verified essential oils during pregnancy.

 

Essential Oils For Pregnancy

Citrus bergamia Bergamot essential oil has a light citrusy aroma with the power to both relax and invigorate.  This oil also harnesses medicinal qualities that can boost overall digestive and cardiovascular health.* Applications: Aromatic Topical Internal
$36.67
Anthemis Nobilis With a range of different uses, Roman Chamomile comes packed with advantages. Derived from the beautiful daisy-like flower, it is amongst the mostly demanded products. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$60.00
Boswellia Renowned as one of the most beneficial essential oils, frankincense is truly a gift of nature. It brings a range of splendid advantages and it’s truly precious, to say the least. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$93.00
Zingiber officinale Long known for its ability to soothe and aid digestion when taken internally, it also has potent properties when diffused or used topically. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$52.00
Citrus X Paradisi Commonly referred to as one of the “Seven Wonders of Barbados”, this prominent essential oil has been used for centuries to help you with anything from healthy metabolism to proper skin condition. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$21.33
doterra jasmine essential oil roll on
Jasminum grandiflorum doTERRA Jasmine Touch can not only help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections but is also uplifting to the mood. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Neat Primary Benefits Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections Uplifts mood Promotes a healthy-looking, glowing complexion
$56.00
 Juniperus Communis With advantages ranging from natural air purification to healthy functioning of your urinary tract and many others, juniper berry essential oil is truly helpful. It comes from the coniferous tree and it brings a lot on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$25.33
Citrus Limon Being amongst the top-selling essential oils on the market, lemon has quite a few amazing benefits and uses. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$13.33
Lavandula Angustifolia Cherished for over centuries, lavender essential oil is renowned for its unmistakable aroma as well as myriad benefits. With topical, internal and aromatic applications, the oil definitely has a lot to bring on the table. Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal  
$28.00
Mentha piperita Peppermint is one of the world’s oldest medicinal herbs, and we are learning more every day about all of the amazing things that this oil can do!* Applications: Aromatic, Topical, Internal
$27.33

 

1. Bergamot Essential Oil

Bergamot Essential OilBest use: topical and diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle for stress, depression, and anxiety
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil; massage the blended oil wherever you feel pain or discomfort. 
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser for aromatherapy
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water and soak for at least 15 minutes for relaxation


Studies have proven bergamot as an effective treatment for naturally invoking positivity. It might also lessen pain. (1)

Cautions:

  • Might cause photosensitivity. Avoid direct sunlight to the treated area.
  • Might lower blood sugar. Diabetics should monitor their sugar and discontinue use or adjust ratios.

 

2. Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential OilBest use: topical and diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle to ease morning sickness
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil and apply to your stomach
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser to promote relaxation and sleep
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water


Chamomile essential oil contains numerous benefits to your mental and physical health. A common use is for seasonal and food allergy symptoms, such as skin irritation. Another issue it might alleviate is stomach concerns, such as gas, bloating, and indigestion.(2)

Cautions:

  • Avoid if you’re allergic to ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, or daisies.

 

3. Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential OilBest use: topical, inhalation, and diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil to prevent illness or for sleep
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser to reduce stress, promote sleep, or promote cognitive function
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water for relaxation 


Frankincense is a main ingredient in most germ fighting and protecting blends. It might also have benefits after pregnancy and help fade stretch marks. While pregnant, it can be helpful alone or in a sleep-inducing blend.

Cautions:

  • None unless ingested, which we don’t recommend for pregnant women

 

4. Ginger Essential Oil

Ginger Essential OilBest use: topical

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle for upset stomach or a mood lift
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil and apply to stomach for nausea or temples for migraine
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser to ease nausea
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water for an invigorating 15-minute soak


Ginger can be an empowering essential oil to energize the start of your day. Its anti-inflammatory properties can help alleviate pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy, including migraines. (3)

Cautions:

  • Less is more. Pregnant women should stay under 1g/per day and consult their physician before using

 

5. Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit Essential OilBest use: topical, inhalation, and diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil and apply to your hands for a natural germ fighter. You can apply to your stomach and back to ease muscle cramping too.
  • Add 1 drop to a dab or pump of your face wash or natural moisturizer to combat acne and blemishes
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser to boost your mood and invigorate your mind
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water to rejuvenate after a long day; soak for 15 minutes
  • Add 15 drops grapefruit and 15 drops lemon to 8 ounces of water and 4 ounces of white vinegar for an all-purpose household cleaning solution


Grapefruit shows excellent results against a wide spectrum of bacteria, eradicating them in study after study. (4)

It’s not the only benefit during pregnancy. Sometimes you need to clear the brain fog or you’ve had a long day that still hasn’t ended. Grapefruit essential oil might be the missing link in your afternoon slump.

Grapefruit oil might help fight blemishes too.

Cautions:

  • Photosensitivity can occur

 

6. Jasmine Touch Essential Oil

Jasmine Touch Essential OilBest use: topical, inhalation, or diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle to boost your mood and calm anxiety
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil for treating irritated skin or for a natural perfume
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser to elevate positive feelings
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in warm bath water for treating eczema; soak for 15 minutes and consider using it with cold wrap therapy


Jasmine can elevate mood and calm anxiety. It can also be useful for dermatitis conditions like eczema and acne.

Cautions:

  • Can have an aphrodisiac effect

 

7. Juniper Berry Essential Oil

Juniper Berry Essential OilBest use: topical, inhalation, or diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle to relax
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil to aid in inducing sleep and massage
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser for a good night’s rest
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water to soak away your stress for 15 minutes


Juniper relaxes you and assists in helping you rest. A study with insomniacs showed it was effective in weaning participants from prescription medicine and giving them a natural solution. It can also boost your immune system with healthy antioxidants.

Cautions:

  • Keep away from eyes, nose, and mouth

 

8. Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential OilBest use: topical, inhalation, or diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle to ease morning sickness as needed
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil for antibacterial protection or as a massage oil
  • Add 1 drop to a dab or pump of your face wash or natural moisturizer to combat acne, blemishes, and fight wrinkles
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser to promote germ free air and ease tummy troubles
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water and soak for 15 minutes
  • Add 15 drops grapefruit and 15 drops lemon to 8 ounces of water and 4 ounces of white vinegar for an all-purpose household cleaning solution
  • Combine 30 drops lemon and 8 ounces of water for an all-natural hair lightener. Spray on your hair and practice safe sunning with a broad-spectrum natural sunscreen applied to your skin.


Lemon essential oil is one of few that have studies showing effectiveness for pregnancy. (5)

You can also use it as a safe alternative to hair dye and bleaching, for general household cleaning and disinfecting, and for a natural uplifting perfume alternative.

Cautions:

  • Causes photosensitivity so wear sunscreen if exposed areas will be in direct sunlight

 

9. Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilBest use: topical, inhalation, and diffuse

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle to ease anxiety and depression
  • Use a sensitive skin dilution of 1 drop to 3 tablespoons of carrier oil to wear as a natural perfume, treat skin irritation like eczema, or to use in a sleep inducing massage
  • Combine 1-2 drops of lavender to ½ cup of water. Pour into a small spray bottle and use as needed for a body spray. Doubles as a room and clothing refresher.
  • Use the same sensitive skin dilution of 1:3 and apply to temples, back of the neck, and behind your ears for natural headache relief. You can also apply it anywhere you have pain.
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser for mood lifting relaxation or headache treatment
  • Combine no more than 4 drops in bath water and have a 15 minute relaxing soak


Lavender contains powerful antioxidants that can boost brain function, and it can relieve physical, environmental, and mental stress. It also smells amazing and doubles as a natural, generally tolerated perfume replacement.

Another reason to use during pregnancy and beyond is this study on post-partum depression. One more reason is its ability to relieve headaches and pain.(6)

Cautions:

  • Use with caution or under the advisement of your doctor or midwife in the third trimester; lavender can have a strong relaxing effect that interferes with labor. (7)

 

10. Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential OilBest use: Inhalation and diffuse. Topical when part of a blend and properly diluted in a 1:3 ratio.

How to use:

  • Inhale from the bottle for sinus relief from cold, flu, or allergies. Might reduce morning sickness too.
  • Place 5-10 drops in your diffuser; no need to blend with other oils, but you can.
  • Combine no more than 3 drops in bath water and soak for 15 minutes. 
  • Blend 1-drop peppermint and 1-drop lavender to 6 tablespoons of carrier oil and use topically for pain relief. 


Peppermint is a powerful painkiller and muscle relaxer. It can be a go-to for tension headaches, and peppermint performs on par with over-the-counter medications. 

Cautions:

  • Perform a patch test as some people do have a reaction.
  • Avoid eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Contact your doctor since peppermint oil can interfere with numerous medication and vitamin absorption.

 

Essential Oils to Avoid While Pregnant

  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon bark
  • Clary Sage
  • Clove
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Lemongrass
  • Oregano
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Wintergreen
  • White Fir
  • Blends containing these oils

 

Any blend or recipe that uses these oils can still cause harm to an unborn baby or pregnancy complications. You should only use them with a trained professional aware of the proper dilutions and restrictions.

If you find the essential oils in a homemade recipe, you can generally swap it with a safer alternative. You might be able to omit it too, and add more of the other oils in the recipe.

 

Final Thoughts on Using Essential Oils During Pregnancy

Pregnancy should be a joyous time, but sometimes moms-to-be become ill or over stressed; you want natural solutions that are safe for their baby. Other times, your hormones and newfound sensitive nose drives you away from scents you used before. Essential oils and their scents are well tolerated and pleasant. 

Choose organic or third party tested when possible to ensure you’re receiving a high-quality oil. Essential oils can certainly help you through your pregnancy and beyond, but you should proceed with caution and work with your doctor, midwife, or a trained aromatherapist.