Which Essential Oils Can You Use in Pregnancy?


Many mums-to-be enjoy aromatherapy and want to carry on with it to help them ease the aches and pains or other symptoms of pregnancy.  If you want to carry on with your aromatherapy massage or routine, remember:

  • Just use one drop of oil at a time

  • Don’t overdo the same oils – mix them up.

  • Dilute the essential oil with at least a teaspoon (5ml) of base oil in a bath or if using it on your skin.

  • Just to be on the safe side, wait until the first trimester id s over before you use aromatherapy.

Oils That Are Safe

As long as your pregnancy is going well, it’s fine for you to use:

  • Chamomile

  • Lavender

  • citrus oils, like tangerine and neroli

  • frankincense

  • peppermint

  • ylang ylang

  • eucalyptus

  • bergamot

  • geranium

You Should Avoid

  • Nutmeg, which can react with pain-relieving drugs in labor.

  • Rosemary – can cause contractions.

  • Basil – some people think it could contribute to abnormal cell development.

  • Jasmine and clary sage – can trigger contractions.

  • Sage and rose – may cause bleeding in your uterus