Using Essential Oils during Pregnancy and Nursing

by Sumedha Rewar

Essential oils during Pregnancy

Essential oils can have impact on hormones and other health aspects. Females should be EXTRA CAREFUL to use them in pregnancy and nursing condition. It is safe to use essential oils during pregnancy, unless you have any specific issue during that phase. Make sure that you buy high quality oils during your delicate phase of life.

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Oils contain chemicals having capability to get absorbed into your body. Aroma oils can be diluted with other oils or a base for massaging or put inside the diffuser for you to breathe them. Essential oil molecules are small and might intervene with placenta reaching the growing baby’s circulation.

The effect of these oils can be compounded in the uterus and pregnant females should be extremely careful to use them during pregnancy. It doesn’t mean that you should not use these oils during pregnancy, but full research and extreme care should be taken to use any product. There are many essentials, which help the pregnant mothers to get relaxation during pregnancy; but in this article, we will discuss the oils to avoid during pregnancy.

Aroma therapy would be really beneficial to use during pregnancy or nursing. Direct use of these oils might not be very suitable. The dilute usage of approved essential oils in baths, recipes and diffusers can be a great choice. You can make testing for the product to use during pregnancy. There are many safe oils during pregnancy and most of them can be used after first trimester.

I’d rather say that you should check with the professionals and check out the special cautions to undertake before using any herbs or oils during pregnancy. The oils which are considered safe might be harmful to some females. So, it depends on your own liking and the body’s reaction to particular oil. Make sure that hormones remain well and the oils give a boost to your mood, physical and mental balance.


If you are willing to use aromatherapy oils, take these precautions:

  • Use only 1-2 drops at a time.
  • Dilute the essential oil with base oil or other oils to make a fine mixture of essential oils.
  • Change the oil and don’t use it for a long period of time.
  • In case of inhalation of essential oils, don’t do it more than 10 minutes each hour. Overpowering smell can make you feel nauseous.
  • Pass first trimester and then begin the usage of essential oils.

Safe Oils for Usage

  • Frankincense
  • Black pepper
  • Ylang Ylang
  • German Chamomile
  • Citrus oils
  • Common lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Eucalyptus
  • Spearmint
  • Geranium
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Cypress
  • Bergamot

Unsafe Oils during Pregnancy and its adverse affects

  • Rosemary: It can cause higher BP and contractions
  • Basil: Abnormal cell development
  • Sage and Rose: Bleeding in uterus
  • Juniper berry: Affect on kidneys
  • Jasmine and clary sage: Triggers contractions
  • Laurel, thyme, aniseed, citronella, angelica, cumin and cinnamon leaf: It stimulates contractions

There has been a lot of debate and confusion for lavender essential oil and people think that it can increase miscarriage rate. To use this oil, you can wait till second trimester begins. Similarly, peppermint oil decreases milk supply while nursing and it should be avoided.

It is always advisable to check with your midwife or doctor before using any essential oil during pregnancy. Use the best oils from right sources for the required results.

Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar
Sumedha Rewar is an expert in aroma-therapy and has experience in sharing valuable information for Reiki and Yoga articles as well. She is eager to know about the newest trends in the market and researching about them in the best way. Her experiments in essential oils with the scientific study have motivated her towards sharing the valuable information for the same.