Essential Oils for Pregnancy

Posted: February 13, 2011 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I’m often asked about the safety of essential oils during pregnancy and oils that should be avoided.  As Shirley Price mentions in her book ‘Aromatherapy for Health Professionals’,  “There is currently very little direct evidence for the safety of essential oils in pregnancy – and equally there is a notable absence of any real proof to the contrary.” Dr. Kurt Schnaubelt states a similar opinion in his book ‘Medical Aromatherapy’: “Not much is known about the safety of essential oil use during pregnancy. Sweeping disclaimers are constantly established, banishing every essential oil that exhibits only a hint of a problem potential from use during pregnancy.  But these highly defensive statements mostly ignore the potential for problems from the conventional drug alternatives.” I agree with his statement which says, “The reasonable approach is to proceed with common sense and reason, to try and maintain balance and prevent infections during pregnancy with those essences that are known to be easy on the system or “tonics of life””. Keeping that in mind, I would like to share with you some ‘common sense; recipes that will help make your pregnancy enjoyable and healthy.

Stretch marks:

  In a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil mix: Use this blend after the first trimester twice a day – morning and evening.  In the morning, think about the benefits of this blend in diminishing stretch marks. In the evening, give your tummy a comforting rub thinking about your baby and the connection you are already establishing by massaging him/her. In my 16 years of experience, I’ve never seen a pregnant woman with stretch marks after they used this blend.


A diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables and other good sources of fiber is very important. Essential oils from citrus fruits not only stimulate your digestion, but they are very calming and happy oils. In a 4 oz bottle of carrier oil mix: Ask your partner to massage with circular movements in your lower back and the soles of your feet.

Hemorrhoids During Pregnancy:

Hemorrhoids may be one of the consequences of constipation and this essential oil blend can be very helpful. In a 4 oz bottle of Jojoba dilute: Rub around the anal area twice a day or as often as required.

Colds and respiratory problems:

  • Put 2 drops of Ravensara (ravensara aromatica) in a bowl of hot water.  Cover your head with a towel and inhale from it. Ravensara is believed to have expectorant, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  • Put 2 drops of Ravensara and 2 drops of Lavender on a washcloth. Take a hot shower and place the washcloth on your chest. Breathe deeply and allow the steam and the oils open up your chest and sinus.
  • Mix 2 drops of Ravensara and 2 drops of Lavender in a teaspoon of carrier oil and apply to the chest.
  • Add a total of 10 drops of 3 or more of these oils: Eucalyptus radiataLavender, Tea Tree, Ravensara to the tank of a vaporizer.  Mix them first with a pinch of salt so that the oils dilute well in the water.  Stir well and keep vaporizer on during the night.
Or try this pre-made blends:
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