Aromatherapy and Pregnancy

It’s always advisable to consult with an aromatherapist the use of essential oils during pregnancy. There are various amounts of oils helpful with different health issues but use and concentration is often limited during pregnancy. Also it’s important to listen to your body when using them. Sometimes the funny feeling or smell indicates that the essential oil isn’t the right one to use. Some important essential oils are listed below. 

Safe during all stages of pregnancy: Mandarin 

Back relief: Lavender diluted 1-1,5% in almond oil (massage from the sixth month) 

Emotional needs: Rose diluted 1-1,5% in almond oil (massage from the sixth month) 

Nausea: Ginger tea (Peppermint tea is better avoided) 

Fainting: Neroli and Peppermint (Peppermint from fourth month only)

  • If not available use Lavender and Rosemary (both from fourth month only)
  • Hold under the nose or 1-2 drops on a hankie to inhale 
  • Or massage 1 drop of any of these oils into each temple.
  • Dr Bach’s Rescue Remedy- four drops on the tongue or moisten the lips if

Varicose veins: Cypress, prolonged treatment, vary with Lavender, Juniper or

  Rosemary (all from fourth month only)

  • Blended in carrier oil at 3% or made up in cream
  • Used as bath oil or over the area of the affected vein
  • Massage can be used above the varicosity, never below.
  • Resting legs higher than head for at least 20mins a day or yoga
  • Sufficient amount of Vitamin E and C and garlic in diet

 Haemorrhoids: Frankincense, Cypress and Juniper (last two from fourth month only)

  • Regular baths or local application diluted in carrier oil at 3%
  • Plenty of onion and garlic in the diet to improve circulation

Swelling of the ankles: Geranium (massage from the ankles towards the thighs)

  • Avoid salt, coffee and strong tea
  • Resting with the feet higher than the head

For stretch marks: Mandarin 1% and Neroli 2% in Rosehip seed oil

  • Massage tummy and hips daily from fourth or fifth month

Cystitis: Bergamot, Camomile, Tea- tree oil as local wash (1% dilution) or in the bath

  • Camomile tea (Camomile from fourth month only), garlic taken in capsules
  • Bergamot, Lavender or Camomile dilutions for lower abdomen massage
  • If a lot of pain use hot Camomile compress on abdomen

Childbirth: Jasmine or Lavender can be used during the birth or few days before

  • Diluted oil can be rubbed into tummy or lower back or 6 drops in the bath
  • Jasmine for contractions, shortens labour, expels afterbirth quickly
  • Lavender also analgesic and refreshing when a few drops are used in cool water to sponge mother’s body when hot. Also good in oil burner or air spray.

Breastfeeding: Calendula cream for cracked nipples

  • Peppermint cold compress to reduce flow of breast milk
  • Fennel tea to promote the flow of breast milk
  • For baby’s safety wash the breast before feeding


Avoid when suffering hypertension: Rosemary and Thyme

Avoid when suffering Epilepsy: Rosemary and Fennel

Avoid when suffering liver disorders: Basil and Fennel

Avoid when using homeopathy: Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Black Pepper

Avoid when sunbathing (phototoxic): Bergamot, Ginger, Lemon, Mandarin, Patchouli, Orange

CAUTION: Clary Sage, Camomile, Aniseed, Armois, Arnica, Basil, Birch, Camphor, Cedarwood, Cypress, Fennel, Hyssop, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Marjoram, Myrrh, Origanum, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Savoury, Sage, Thyme and Wintergreen plus any other oils described as toxic or emmenagogue (induce menstrual flow) to be avoided during first 3-4 months of pregnancy.

CAUTION: Do not use almond oil, hazelnut oil or other seed or nut-based oils if you are allergic to them. Alternatives: Olive oil, Avocado oil, Calendula oil



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