Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Labour

I often get asked about using essential oils during pregnancy, and I have levels 1&2 aromatherapy diplomas I thought I'd share my top tips for using these fantastic oils during your pregnancy & labour.

It's important to know that undiluted essential oils are extremely powerful, and should never be used directly onto the skin (ie without being mixed in a carrier oil or cream).

Early Pregnancy

I would advise avoiding aromatherapy use in the 1st trimester. Not enough research has been carried out to advise whether or not essential oils are safe during this time. This includes ready made blends in skin care, bath oils with pure essential oils & salon treatments.

Using during Pregnancy & Labour

  • Blending with carrier oil (Almond, linseed, jojoba, coconut oil, olive oil, Argan oil) - A nice bottle would be 50ml carrier oil and up to 6 drops of essential oil. You can buy empty aromatherapy glass bottles easily and cheaply on ebay/ Amazon/ Neals Yard. Ask Google...!

  • For a single use oil use 3 tablespoons of oil with 2 drops essential oil. This can then be used for massages, putting in the bath/ shower. You could also put in a rollerball.

  • On a tissue - just 1 or 2 drops for inhalation.

  • In some fragrance free cream - e45 works well - 3-4 drops into 50ml

  • Diffusing - 5/6 drops into 150ml water (Either candle or plug in diffusers work well!)

Oils to avoid during pregnancy






*Cinnamon leaf & Cinnamon bark










Useful Oils during pregnancy:

*Bergamot - Antiseptic, antidepressant, uplifting, and refreshing. Helpful for cystitis during pregnancy.

*Chamomile - Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic. Soothes pain from muscular aches, headaches, toothaches and indigestion.

*Eucalyptus - Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral. Helpful with respiratory congestion.

*Frankincense - Antiseptic, astringent, sedative, warming

*Geranium -Antiseptic, antidepressant, refreshing, uplifting. Eases aching legs and is good for poor circulation

*Grapefruit -Astringent, digestive aid, lymphatic stimulant. Helps with water retention

*Lavender -Antiseptic, antibiotic, analgesic, antidepressant, healing, relaxing. Helps soothe aches and pains of pregnancy, encourages cell renewal and helps with fluid retention.

*Lemon - Antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, astringent, stimulant, tonic. Useful as an inhalant for morning sickness and in massage for varicose veins

*Neroli - Antiseptic, antidepressant, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, relaxing. Useful in pregnancy to promote healthy skin cell regeneration and for easing nervous tension