“Babies are bits of stardust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” – Larry Barretto
Congratulations! What an exciting and rewarding time in a woman’s life. Your body is undertaking an incredible journey. Creating another life! While pregnancy is the miracle of life, your body is dramatically changing and your hormones are starting to feel out of sync, morning sickness kicking in, constant fatigue, back starts aching. Oh and did I mention swollen feet?
Which is why you must take care of yourself during this journey; using natural products are a must! You don't want any synthetics and chemicals being absorbed into your skin.
However the question you might have “is it safe to use essential oils while I'm pregnant?” Yes and No.
There are some oils that have levels of toxicity like basil or considered too stimulating in the early weeks of pregnancy like sage. So you need to be careful of what oils you can and cannot use. When used properly many essential oils can be safe for pregnant and nursing women, however, we always recommend talking with a medical professional before usage. They can offer:
Stress Relief and Relaxation
Uplift Spirit and Emotions
Help Ease Nausea
Assistance With Achy and Tense Muscles especially in the back
Skin Nourishing Properties
Alleviating swollen feet
Just because they smell good
Helping to reduce stretch marks
As pregnancy can bring on heightened senses and skin sensitivity so when it comes to topical application, you need to make sure that your essential oils are heavily diluted. The general guideline is to always use a 1% dilution rate. This is to help avoid any skin irritation as well as avoid nausea when that sense of smell is working overtime.
Which Essential Oils Can I Use?
Here are some recipes that include pregnancy safe oils.
1 Drop Cypress
1 Drop Juniper Berry
1 Drop Marjoram
1 Drop Frankincense
3tsp Carrier Oil (Coconut Oil or Almond Oil)
Mix essential oils and carrier oil together and massage into feet and legs as needed.
2 tsp Shea Butter
1 Drop Lavender
1 Drop Chamomile
1 Drop Frankincense
Melt 2 teaspoons of Shea Butter in the palm of your hand, add essential oils and apply to your baby bump for smooth skin.
When diffusing, it is recommended to follow safe diffusion guidelines. Use 3-5 drops of essential oil per 100ml of water in the diffuser. Diffuse in 30-60 minute intervals with break periods for safe and effective use.
Spring Baby Diffuser Blend
2 Drops Ylang Ylang
2 Drops Orange
2 Drops Bergamot
Morning Sickness Diffuser Blend
1 Drop Ginger
1 Drop Black Pepper
1 Drop Lavender
1 Drop Grapefruit
Below we have provided a list of essential oils that are considered safe or dangerous during pregnancy.
Basil- Ocimum basilicum
Black Seed – Nigella sativa
Carrot Seed – Daucus carota
Cinnamon Bark – Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Clove Bud – Syzygium aromaticum
Fennel (bitter & sweet) – Foeniculum vulgare
Hyssop (pinocamphone ct.) – Hyssopus officinalis ct. pinocamphone
Myrrh – Commiphora myrrha
Oregano – Origanum vulgare
Ravintsara (camphor ct.) – Cinnamomum camphora ct.
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis ct. 1,8 cineole
Sage – Salvia officinalis
Thyme – Thymus vulgaris
Wintergreen – Gaultheria fragrantissima
Generally Safe Oils
Bergamot (bergaptene-free)– Citrus aurantium bergamia
Black pepper – Piper nigrum
Chamomile Roman – Chamaemelum nobile
Cypress – Cupressus sempervirens
Frankincense – Boswellia carterii
Geranium – Pelargonium graveolens
Ginger – Zingiber officinale
Grapefruit – Citrus paradisi
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Marjoram– Origanum majorana
Neroli – Citrus aurantium
Petitgrain – Citrus aurantium
Rose Absolute– Rosa centifolia
Orange – Citrus sinensis
Ylang Ylang – Cananga odorata
Frankincense - Boswellia carterii/sacra
Cedarwood - Cedrus atlantica
Lime- Citrus aurantifolia
Mandarin- Citrus recticulata
Coriander- Corianderum sativum
Cypress- Cupressus sempervirens
Palmarosa- Cymbopogon martinii
Cardamom- Elettaria cardamomum
Eucalyptus- Eucalyptus globalus/radiata
Chamomile- Matricaria recuttia
Niaoula- Melaleuca quinquenervia
Patchouli- Pogostemon cablin
Thyme- Thymus vulgaris CT linalool
Vetiver- Vetiveria zizanoides