Which Essential Oils can I use in Pregnancy?


Essential oils

A pregnant woman using oil on her tummy and smelling essential oil for morning sickness and maternity health.

Pregnancy, for many, is a wonderful experience. For many of us, pregnancy is a time when our body goes through big changes brought on by hormonal fluctuations and the great physical strain placed upon it. There may be morning sickness, tiredness and body aches.

Aromatherapy can be used successfully throughout pregnancy to treat the range of conditions this lifechanging phase creates. There has been and still continues to be disagreement among aromatherapists about which oils are safe to use at the different stages of pregnancy. For this reason, I have picked a selection of generally suggested oils and created some blends for the more common ailments during pregnancy. If you experience any other symptoms please do contact me or if symptoms for these three common conditions continue, please consult your midwife or GP.

Morning sickness

Nausea can occur at any point of the pregnancy and at any point of the day. If it continues, please do consult your medical adviser as severe sickness can be detrimental to both you and your baby.

Common essential oils for sickness are Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin and Peppermint.

How to use: 4 – 6 drops of peppermint added to a bowl of boiling water, or any of the oils added to a diffuser for 1 – 2 hours works well. The sickness should subside after a few days. Alternatively, add 1 drop of any of the oils on to your pillow at night. Find an oil that works for you. Ginger worked best for me and Peppermint made me feel worse. It is worth remembering everyone is different.

Pregnant lady holding lower back.


Backache can be a continuous problem during pregnancy. This blend below can be used as a bath oil, rubbed into the lower back, or as a compress. Hint: if adding the blend to bath water, mix it with either full fat milk or an odourless, high alcohol content liquid, vodka works well, instead of the carrier oil. The essential oils mix with the milk or vodka and disperses into the water and doesn’t leave a ring around the bath. No one wants to have to clean a bath afterwards, especially when pregnant.

Essential oils that are soothing, and allow a slight uplift and balance of emotions and hormones have been used in this blend.

2 drops for Roman Chamomile, 1 drop of Geranium, 1 drop of Lavender diluted in 10ml of carrier oil.


Tiredness is a common complaint for pregnant mums. To be fair growing a little one inside you is an amazing thing and is going to take a large amount of energy, especially if you have other little ones to care for too.

Common essential oils to use are: Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender and Lemon.

These oils are gently stimulating and uplifting. The best way is to use a blend for inhalation. Sprinkle a few drops of each oil onto a tissue and inhale deeply or use a pulse point roller.

2 drops of Bergamot, 2 drops of Geranium, 2 drops of Lemon diluted in a carrier oil.

I personally love this blend and continue to use it as a pick me up.

There can be many other problems encountered during pregnancy. If you have any questions pop a comment in here or email me on You can also purchase a kit from Essential Oils – Revive (

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