Are Essential Oils Safe During Pregnancy? + Best Uses If Pregnant Or In Labor

I’m going to answer your top essential
oil questions so you can get the most out of your oils. Hey guys, Retha here again for Plant Therapy’s 15 most asked essential oil questions. Today we’re tackling one of our biggest topics and a question we get almost every day. Are essential oils safe to use during pregnancy? The answer is yes, as long as
you do it carefully. There are definitely essential oils that are safe to use during pregnancy. When you’re choosing essential oils to use during your first trimester, we recommend very limited use. We say limited because your body is changing so much during pregnancy. In general, we don’t recommend regular or daily use of essential oils during the first trimester and it may be best to avoid using altogether during this time. However, if morning sickness is hitting you hard, you can try adding a drop of peppermint or spearmint to a tissue and gently inhaling to relieve some of your nausea. Once you reach your second trimester, there are still guidelines to consider, including how you use your essential oils. Diffusion, steam inhalation, topical application or inhalation are all going to affect you differently, so use careful trial and error to get the best results. But in general, less is more when you’re pregnant. And you should keep it at or below a 1% dilution for topical application. There are lots of essential oils that should be avoided while you’re pregnant as essential oils do have the potential to cross the placental barrier and may have an impact on your growing baby. Oils that have Anethole like Star Anise and Sweet Fennel should be avoided due to the estrogen-like effects and antiplatelet activity of Anethole. Oils that contain beta-eudesmol like Blue Cypress should be avoided because of its anti-angiogenic properties which may be linked to reproductive toxicity. Alpha and Beta Thujone found in Sage Dalmatian should also be avoided. Adverse effects during pregnancy may include mutagenicity, genotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, and neurotoxicity. Many of our KidSafe oils are safe for use during pregnancy, the biggest exceptions include Blue Cypress as I mentioned earlier and Clary
Sage as it may cause uterine contractions. So what should you use for common pregnancy-related issues? Here’s a run-through of some of the most common pregnancy-related concerns and our favorite essential oils to use for them. Both Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils are safe to use while pregnant and can be incredibly helpful for morning sickness. Another option would be our KidSafe Tummy All Better. My favorite way to use these oils for nausea is in a personal inhaler. Just add 10 to 15 drops of your essential oil of choice and inhale when you need some relief. Both our KidSafe Sweet Dreams and Sweet Slumber are safe to use during pregnancy. Nighty Night is not due to the Clary Sage content. Try diluting to 1% and applying to the wrists or chest to
encourage a night of peaceful sleep. Single oils like Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Marjoram Sweet or Sandalwood are also great choices. Our kids say Grow Ease can be a lifesaver for those mothers who experience leg cramps and lower back pain during pregnancy. To use, dilute to 1% and have your partner
massage into the sore area. Staying alert and finding the energy to keep you going
can be really difficult during your pregnancy. So for a bit of a boost, try adding 5 drops of Lemon and 5 drops of Spearmint to a personal inhaler and use when you need a little energy. You can absolutely use essential oils to
help you with your labor. A few good ideas during labor are 1) use an aromatherapy inhaler. If the scent is overwhelming it can be easily capped and removed so the scent doesn’t become an issue. 2) Use essential oils in a massage oil for your birth partner or coach to rub your feet, back and shoulders during the initial stages of labor. If you choose not to use your massage blend during labor, you can always use it later. Keep the dilution low, 1% or up to 9 drops total essential oils to one ounce of carrier oil. 3) Room mists. Create a calm and positive environment with a few spritzes of scent. This will dissipate quickly, so it isn’t overwhelming. Spritz your bed linens or the air in your birthing suite. Please note however that diffusers aren’t always the best choice as the essential oils can impact the baby upon arrival. Essential oils can be safely used with
children under the age of two. However, there are some guidelines we do recommend. 1) Only use essential oils when needed. 2) When diffusing around babies, we recommend running the diffuser for 30-60 minutes a few times a day or when the baby is in another room. 3) Only use essential oils that are considered safe for children, like our KidSafe essential oils And 4) Make sure you are diluting correctly for the age of your child. To learn how to dilute essential oils based on the age of your child or to learn more about diluting in general, check out video 9 in this series. When it comes to breastfeeding, the more often we use essential oils, the more essential oils have the potential to transfer to your milk supply. Basically using essential oils while breastfeeding is like everything else you use or eat while pregnant. It can potentially affect our little ones. You can safely use essential oils while nursing. We just recommend keeping your dilution rates low, only using your oils as needed and using essential oils that are safe for children. Essential oils should not be applied
directly to your breasts while nursing though. You don’t want your baby to
ingest the essential oils. So there you have it. Now you know everything you need to about aromatherapy and essential oils you can use during pregnancy. Be sure to check out all the other great information from the other videos in this series. And follow us on YouTube for even more great videos. And please remember, if your little one has health issues or is premature, please email an aromatherapist directly at [email protected] so that we can offer guidelines and recommendations specific to your needs.


  1. Thanks. I am pregnant and started using PT essential oils only in my third trimester. Never knew about the grow ease.. hope i knew about it before.

  2. Hello! We just had a research study and it was successful because it decreased the level of labor pain of primigravidas (a woman who is pregnant for the first time). We used lavender and lemon 🙂

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