Essential Oils for Pregnant Women

by Mrs. BWF on January 30, 2012

***I am not a midwife, doctor, herbalist, shaman healer, nurse, wizard, or anything else in that regard. The information in this blog post is just that…information. This post is simply a gathering of info on different essential oils that may be beneficial to you in your pregnancy. Look into them further and discuss with your care provider if a certain oil’s safety is in question. (Was that a wicked disclaimer, or what?! Moving on!)

Pregnancy is amazing. Our bodies are constantly changing as this new life grows inside of us! Throughout your pregnancy, and these changes, you may experience some discomforts, sickness, moodiness, etc. What if an essential oil can help you?

Here are a list of oils that you may want to consider having around in your home. Make sure you get a very good quality of oil, such as doTerra (they are certified above organic) so you know you are using safe and effective oils. Some oils can be used topically, ingested and diffused.

*Before we get to the goods…again, check into oils on your own/further and dilute oils when necessary.

Geranium properties are antibacterial, an anticonvulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, diuretic, refreshing, relaxing, sedative, tonic, and even as an insect repellent.

Geranium can be used topically, use 5-10 drops to 1/2 tsp. olive or coconut oil and massage perineum. You can do this towards the end of pregnancy and/or in labor. You can also use geranium in a diffuser during pregnancy and post partum for calming, stress reducing and stress relieving effects.

Ylang Ylang properties include antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative meaning to increase calmness), and tonic. It can also help with high blood pressure!

It can help with rapid breathing, balancing equilibrium, frustration and even sex drive problems! Whoohoo!

To use ylang ylang, apply topically with no dilution necessary to reflex point or area of concern. You can also diffuse it.

Lavender is a commonly known essential oil and widely known to be relaxing. It is also an analgesic, anticoagulant, it has antidepressant and anti-fungal properties along with antihistamine and anti infectious. Lavender also can help with inflammation and more.

Applying a good quality lavender topically with no dilution is fine. You can apply it to reflex points or directly on the area that is bothering you. Also can be used as an aromatherapy and diffused.

Frankincense is an oil I just recently discovered. Some friends were talking about it, and other than knowing of it from the Bible, I did not know it was a healing essential oil!

It is an anticancer, antidepressant, anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory oil. It is also an immune stimulant, among other things.

Frankincense is a holy oil in the Middle East and has been such throughout history. It can also help with asthma, depression and ulcers, along with allergies, headaches, promotes healing, hemorrhaging, herpes, high blood pressure, jaundice. To be honest, the list is long.

Frankincense can be applied topically directly to area or reflex points. Also may be diffused. This oil is expensive, but very worth having on hand!

Grapefruit is wonderful. It owns antidepressant, antiseptic, disinfectant, diuretic, stimulant and tonic properties. Grapefruit essential oil is balancing, uplifting and can help relieve anxiety. Also may help with fatigue and headaches

Using it is simple, as it too can be used topically on reflex or problem areas.

Lemon seems to be a very popular craving in pregnancy. On top of satisfying women’s taste buds everywhere, it has anticancer, antidepressant, antiseptic, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiviral and astringent properties! It is very invigorating, refreshing and cleansing.

The amount of things lemon essential oils can benefit is numerous. Just a few things it can help with are food poisoning, lowering blood pressure, help with liver problems, arthritis, and muscle aches and pains. It can help with cellulite, digestive issues, sore throats and also cleaning (might as well smell yummy when doing work!).

To use, apply lemon oil topically to area needed or reflex points, diffuse it, or put a drop or two in your water or pregnancy tea (once again, make sure it is a high quality and digestible oil and double check w/your care provider).

Roman Chamomile is anti-infectious and anti-inflammatory along with having calming and relaxing qualities. It can help with emotional balance and help combat depression, insomnia and stress.

When applying Roman Chamomile, dilute it with a ration of 1:1, one drop of oil to one drop of oil. If you are sensitive to it topically you can diffuse it.

Melaleuca (also known as Tea Tree Oil) is an awesome anti-bacterial and anti-infectious oil! It can help with burns, infections and more. If you are dealing with anything from a cut, burn, tooth infection or yeast infection, melaleuca can help.

To use tea tree oil, you can apply it right to the area. If a sensitive area, you may want to dilute with coconut oil. It can also be diffused. (I have personally seen great results with this oil time and again. I have applied it directly to an infected tooth with a q-tip. It slightly numbs and pulls out infections at the same time!)

You can buy many of these oils at your local health food store. Make sure they are of great quality and pay attention how to properly use them. There is one oil I have recently discovered that is a blend and original to doTerra.

Balance is amazing. It is not only great for pregnant women, but for everyone in your family. It brings calmness, peace and relaxation. It can help with harmonizing different physiological systems in the body to restore balance. It contains spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and Frankincense, along with coconut oil.

Balance can also effect different muscle, bone, skin and nervous system problems. It is applied the bottom of the feet (your pores are largest there and it absorbs best there), but can also be applied to heart area, wrists, neck, and your temples. Diffuse as well!

Being self reliant and promoting your body to heal or stay healthy is priceless. We all want to feel great all the time, but especially when pregnant. High quality essential oils can help you do just that.

Look forward to more posts on essential oils for labor, birth, post partum healing and breastfeeding!

*A huge resource for this information was the book, Modern Essentials, the 3rd Edition. Published by Abundant Health.


{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Laurie January 30, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Loved it January!!! Lot of love!~Laurie


Mommy of 3 boys January 30, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Great info! My mom started using essential oils when I was a teenager, and the ones I can’t live without are lavender, tea tree, and a blend from Young Living called Thieves oil. It is anti bacterial and anti vital- I swallow a few drops a few times a day and it banishes strep, and other colds and flues. Oils are wonderful!


Jennifer January 30, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Hello January, :)
I have used essential oils for the last two of my ten pregnancies. :) I would love to highly recommend Young Living oils. They are certified therapeutic grade. Because of their exceptionally high standard in growing and distilling the oils, I can even use them internally in capsules. I totally agree with Mommy of 3 boys about “thieves.” It does kill strep, mold, etc. Thank you for your blog, I enjoy reading it every day! :)


Cathie Morales January 31, 2012 at 10:04 am

I enjoy the blog! Please use caution as all things cross the placenta to reach growing and developing preborn baby.


Annelise Lentz September 5, 2014 at 9:55 am

Couldn’t agree more! Some of these oils really should be used with extra caution.


JW January 31, 2012 at 11:30 am sells good oils at great prices!


Mrs. BWF January 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm

I tried to email you, but it seems you are using an email address that will not receive emails (or is fake).


Mistie January 31, 2012 at 11:48 am

You’re not a wizard?? But you are a witch though, right? ;)
I also use (and sell) Young Living, but I have two friends who use and sell the doTERRA oils and they are are both of great quality. (In fact the owners of doTERRA used to be executives at Young Living and started their won company)There are a few others on the market that meet the ISO/AFNOR testing standards, but you won’t find them in any store (unless that is a natural store and they are selling these oils, lol), if you do, they will have a class on the oils specific to that company. It is very important to use oils that are only 100% pure, therapeutic grade. You can always call the company and ask about an oil they produce. Great post.


Mistie January 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

P.S. Geranium is effective, but there are some smells you can’t un-smell that you wish you could, like a skunk.. and there are other oils that will serve the same purpose. Just sayin’. :)


Jael January 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I’ll have to look into this. Thanks for sharing!


Abi January 31, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I had a frankincense massage during my labour with my daughter in 2008. the midwife just started doing it and talking gently and it was the most relaxing thing ever. i felt calm and totally happy, even though every so often my contractions would kick in lol. Im researching into different oils for our second birth to use in both pregnancy and labour. Definitely recommend. Thanks for these brilliant and informative posts!! xxx :)


Laurie January 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I use doTERRA Essential Oils and i can gaurentee that these oils are the highest quality you can get anywhere! There are so many facts that these oils are 100% pure. 3 reasons why 1- They are tested at the most expensive way possible, all other companies don’t test because of the costs. 2- They can be used Aromatically, Topically and INTERNALLY. If you notice on other essential oils on the bottles it will say do not take internally, reasoning because they ARE NOT pure, chemicals, additives have been added to them. And 3- They are legally labled CPTG (certified pure therapeutic grade). You can not get a higher grading because CPTG is in fact the highest, meaning the Purest (100%). And may i add, of course the FDA isn’t going to approve these oils because it would be taking away the popularity of the pharmaceutical companies drugs, who basically own the FDA and the government. I am by no means an expert about this but I have done a lot of reading and researching.


Jenn February 24, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Um, sorry but you obviously have not researched enough. Your comment also showed that you don’t know much about how essential oils are processed. Doterra is not the only company to test their oils. Have you talked to any other companies? I don’t understand why people have to attach to one company like that and talk down other ones. Native American Nutritionals is another company who tests their oils, and that’s only one of many others. Comments like yours mislead people.


Shannon January 31, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Something I recently read about, I was using organic lavender essential oil as part of my deodorant routine and this was enough to scare me….

In vitro, lavender oil is cytotoxic as well as photosensitizing. A study demonstrated that lavender oil is cytotoxic to human skin cells in vitro (endothelial cells and fibroblasts) at a concentration of 0.25%. Linalool, a component of lavender oil, reflected the activity of the whole oil, indicating that linalool may be the active component of lavender oil.[10] The result of another study showed that aqueous extracts reduced mitotic index, but induced chromosome aberrations and mitotic aberrations in comparison with control, significantly. Aqueous extracts induced breaks, stickiness, pole deviations and micronuclei. Furthermore, these effects were related to extract concentrations.[11]
However, according to a 2005 study “although it was recently reported that lavender oil, and its major constituent linalyl acetate, are toxic to human skin cells in vitro, contact dermatitis to lavender oil appears to occur at only a very low frequency. The relevance of this in vitro toxicity to dermatological application of Lavandula oils remains unclear.


Mrs. BWF January 31, 2012 at 3:42 pm

This is why talking to your doctor, midwife or someone skilled in essential oils is a good idea! The info from wikepedia is not complete. There are thousands of other resources online. Here is one. Again, you can seek the advice of a professional. :)


Rachel February 8, 2012 at 12:39 am

One thing they don’t take into consideration when they do these tests is how the different compounds work together. They all work together to balance each other out. You can’t take one compound out, find it causes problems, then say the whole causes those same problems. For example, someone tested menthol (found in peppermint oil) and it actually can have a cancerous effect in the body, as all other alcohols do. However, using the pure and whole peppermint oil can actually reduce cancers! We humans like to tinker with things, but it doesn’t always produce a correct result. :-)


Ashley Davies January 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Wonderful post! Thank you so much for sharing. I, like some of the other mama’s here am a HUGE fan of Young Living Oils, especially Thieves blend:) Also, the blends Peace & Calming and Gentle Baby. Used safely and properly essential oils are HUGELY beneficial during pregnancy and motherhood!


Nicole February 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

Hey! Great post! I’ve just gotten into essential oils recently but the one that’s been helping me a lot is Digest Zen by doTerra, I’ve been having horrible morning sickness thought my entire pregnancy (32 weeks now) and it has helped me be able to get good down and keep it down too!! Big deal to me lol


Martina June 12, 2013 at 11:38 am

Digest Zen helped me through my nausea, too! =)


RSal January 9, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Did you take the DigestZen during your first trimester? I am finding conflicting info about the ingredients and whether they are safe during pregnancy, but I’m desperate to try it for morning sickness!


Angie February 4, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Great post. I’ve known about EO for years but finally just got into them in the last 8 months. I don’t know how I’ve lived without them. Oh ya I do know, my family was sick a whole lot more!!! I’ve really held off on using them durring pregnancy cause I konw some are not recomended while pregnant or nursing. So thank you for the great list of what is good durring pregnancy! I have many of those and will start using them a.s.a.p. (after checking with my midwife first of course) Also the two companies I buy from are BeYoung oils and doTerra. Wonderful products!


Jennifer February 18, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Frankincense is amazing, and yeah it is expensive but for good reason. I recently discovered it too.


Amona March 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Great info :) I use Thieves Oil every day— what do you know about that? I put a drop on my hands and rub into my daughters feet every night to keep away the colds… works great. Also when I’ve had sinus headaches I’d put a drop on the roof of my mouth. And I have put a drop on my toothbrush to disinfect it. I love the fresh smell.

Is it safe to do all these things during pregnancy?

Thanks :)


Mrs. BWF March 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm


Personally, I’d dillute them w/coconut oil and feel comfortable using them, but get the advice of a professional to make sure what is and is not OK for you. :)


Katherine July 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Great post! I use doTERRA, too. Thanks! :o)


lys810 July 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Lavender, Lemon, and Chammomile oils are all also great for morning sickness.

Be careful with tea tree oil in the first trimester. Using too much may cause contractions.


rachel July 3, 2012 at 11:20 pm

I went to go pick up some ylang ylang at my natural food store, and they told me it wasnt safe to use during pregnancy


Andrea July 7, 2012 at 12:24 pm

I don’t mean to sound stupid but I know nothing about essential oils but I am very interested in learning more about all things natural. My kids (ages 7, 5, 3 and 1) all have allergy problems and I have to give them allergy meds and nose sprays daily or we are sick all the time. I hate pumping their little bodies full of meds not knowing what effect it will have on them long term. Could essential oils help with allergy problems? If so, could someone point me in the right direction.


Tam August 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Young Living Essential Oils has several products to help with allergies. I have personally used Lavender successfully since it has antihistemine qualities. A supplement they offer called “Ningxia Red” has been known to help as well.


Cheryl Jazzar September 26, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hi Andrea,

I agree with you! Many chemicals do have negative effects and some common ones have not been tested on children. Your desire to find alternatives is respectable.

I’ve been providing non-drug approaches for new moms with postpartum depression for 14 years, and I started using Young Living oils 1.5 years ago. Their training and support is wonderful. If you don’t care to be trained you can still be supported by a variety of individuals, groups or local events. Young Living oils are very high quality and well-tested, by the way.

For allergies you can use a drop of lavender under the tongue. It can instantly stop an itchy throat, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. The first time I experienced this I was amazed!

Children are a true gift and when they have a Mom who is so dedicated to wellness they deserve to all be fully supported!



Joelle October 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

Do you know if DoTerra OnGuard blend is safe for pregnancy? it contains wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary. I think it is supposed to be like Thieves.


Myndi November 28, 2012 at 10:31 pm

According to my doTerra book, OnGuard says it should be used with caution and dillute it heavily while you are pregnant. This is also true for Peppermint & DigestZen (Just found this out the hard way).


Christy February 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm

I haven’t used either DoTerra or Young’s Living, but after years of using the Now brand from my local health food store, I found my new oil love here: Their oils are amazing, therapeutic grade, and cheaper than DT or YL as they sell direct to people. I also plan to buy some from here:, but haven’t yet, but I do know they are a top notch company.


Korrin Hamilton March 13, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I wanted to let you know the Balance blend my not be great for pregnancy. Everything I have learned say to stay away from blue tansey during pregnancy. Just thought I would share that.


Victoria May 21, 2013 at 3:21 pm

WOW! This is very good to know! Also so interesting!


Katie Jacobson September 20, 2013 at 11:43 pm

I’ve heard that Clary Sage is great during labor as a natural pain reducer. I read that you can inhale it from a rag next to your head. I also read that it can make you a little fuzzy in the brain as it help you with your pain. I’ve read a bunch, and talked with someone that sells doTerra, and as of right now believe it is safe to use during labor and delivery. Does anyone agree or disagree with that? I love how knowledgeable everyone here is, and willing to share that knowledge :)


Sarah September 6, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Ive read a few things that mention clary sage as an emmenogogue (promotes bleeding) so you may want to research that a bit further before use in labor. Although I believe the study I read was based on INGESTED Clary Sage, not inhaled.


Rebekah November 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Do you know, by any chance, if the doTERRA Past tense roll-on is safe during pregnancy? Don’t worry- I get the I-can’-give-out-medical-advice side of things. I was just wondering your personal thoughts on the matter, not medical advice. ;)


Mrs. BWF November 16, 2013 at 8:35 pm

If asking personal preference, I would definitely use it in pregnancy. Also, look up Stephanie Fritz’s book on Amazon!


DH March 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I realize it’s 3 months after your post, but this is one that I’ve decided to avoid during my pregnancy. While the Modern Essentials book indicates that you can use Past Tense “with caution” during pregnancy, it also lists wintergreen as an “avoid during pregnancy” oil (due to the methyl salicylate contained in it). Wintergreen is the main ingredient in Past Tense and it also contains peppermint, rosemary, basil, and marjoram, among others. Rosemary and basil are two other oils that are to be avoided during pregnancy and both peppermint & marjoram are to be used with caution (p 171 Modern Essentials). All in all, I feel it best to avoid this blend entirely during pregnancy.


Belinda Prince January 21, 2014 at 1:25 pm

My daughter is adhd and can’t take her aderal while pregnant, does anyone know of anything she can take to keep her focused while on her job?


Mrs. BWF January 21, 2014 at 1:54 pm

There’s an oil called InTune by doTERRA that is a focus blend! Hope that helps. :)


Hermilie smith February 27, 2014 at 12:21 am

Great thanks for the post really the post is nice and useful for the moms . This blog really help them in a many ways and makes them aware about how essential oils are beneficial for them . I will definitely recommend them to read out this blog.


Sandy fenter April 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

There is another company I would highly recommend. They have very strict standards


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