A Natural Approach to Pregnancy with Essential Oils

The following information was taken from a presentation given by Stephanie Fritz, a Certified Professional Midwife and an Arizona & New Mexico State Licensed Midwife in the US.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the safety of using essential oils during pregnancy, but they are safe to use as long as you exercise caution and only use pure therapeutic quality essential oils. With that being said, Clary Sage should be used with caution, and should not be used until after the third trimester as it can induce contractions. Peppermint should also be used with caution while nursing as it can dry up your milk supply.

The very best thing that you can do to ensure the well being of your baby is to minimise both physical and emotional stress as much as possible. Essential oils can help reduce stress. Good quality, pure essential oils are safe to ingest, but sometimes all it takes is just the aroma of the essential oil.

Nausea and Indigestion - Peppermint, Fennel, Ginger or DigestZen blend. DigestZen was created specifically for anything digestive related, and can restore balance to the digestive system.  It is a proprietary blend of the pure essential oils ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise.  Try 3-5 drops of peppermint, ginger, fennel or DigestZen rubbed on the abdomen, inhaled, or rub under the nose for continuous relief.

Morning Sickness - Lavender, Sandalwood or Ginger.  Put 3-5 drops Fennel, Ginger or Peppermint in a vegetable capsule and take internally (you can get empty capsules online or at some health food shops).  You might also try 1 to 2 drops of Ginger and Lemon mixed in water with honey or stevia.

Sore Muscles - Marjoram, Geranium, Lavender, Peppermint, or Wintergreen. There are several blends that can bring relief to sore and achy muscles, Deep Blue, Past Tense and the AromaTouch blend.

Stretch Marks - Lavender and Myrrh, or Immortelle, a proprietary blend of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lavender, Myrrh, Helichrysum and Rose essential oils.

Leg Cramps - make a mixture of 5 drops Geranium, 10 drops Lavender and 2 drops Cypress.

Swelling and Water Retention – Mix 3-5 drops of Lemon, Grapefruit, Cypress or AromaTouch blend with fractionated coconut oil and massage in.  Use 3-5 drops Grapefruit, Lemon, or Lime in every glass of water.  Elevate your legs, or immerse yourself in water.

Labour - Peppermint, White Fir, and the blends of Deep Blue an Past Tense can ease the pain of labour, especially back pain. Balance blend on the bottom of feet can instill confidence, and Serenity or Elevation blend can reduce anxiety.  For nausea and muscle pain make the following blend:

15 drops of carrier oil (Grape Seed, Jojoba, or Fractionated Coconut)

5 drops Ylang Ylang

4 drops Helichrysum

2 drops DigestZen

2 drops Peppermint

2 drops Clary Sage

Massage on the inside of ankles, lower stomach and lower back.

Postpartum – White Fir or Lavender for after pains.  Balance blend on the bottom of the feet in the morning and evening for grounding.  Inhale or diffuse Geranium, Lavender, Sandalwood, and/or Ylang Ylang to promote peace and calm.

Depression - Lemon, Vetiver, Balance blend, or the women’s blend, Solace.

Remember, the key to using essential oils during pregnancy is to exercise caution, and listen to your body.  You can comfortably deal with the discomforts of pregnancy using pure, quality essential oils.

Disclaimer:  The information is intended for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute for medical care or to prescribe treatment for any specific health condition. Please see a qualified health care provider for medical treatment.