For the most part using essential oils while you’re pregnant is fine. So long as you yourself are healthy and you’re careful. Always keep in mind that essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants and are very powerful. Naturally it’s of utmost importance you buy high quality oils during this period. Doesn’t necessarily have to be ours, but don’t skimp out on this. Whatever oils you use also involves the young one now.

The thing is, science hasn’t done any research with how essential oils affect children during pregnancy.

So we choose to always err on the side of caution with their use. We do know that aromatherapy is very helpful in easing pregnancy issues. Including backache, nausea, and swollen ankles.

Some Precautions You Should Be Aware Of

Here are some quick and simple precautions to take if you want to use the oils for Aromatherapy purposes.

  • Try to limit the amount of essential oil you use to 1 drop. Some oils which have a strong aroma which if you use too much can overwhelm you and cause nausea.
  • Try not to use one particular type of oil consistently for long periods of time. For example, using lavender every day for weeks. While some essential oils leave the body relatively quickly, others can build up like Lavender.
  • It’s best to start using essential oils once you are past the first trimester. If you use them in the first trimester, always consult an aromatherapist who’s trained in treating moms-to-be.

Now all that out of the way, here are some oils that are safe for you to use!

Safe Oils List:

  • Citrus oils, such as tangerine and neroli
  • German camomile
  • common lavender
  • frankincense
  • black pepper
  • peppermint (great for helping with Nausea!!!)
  • ylang ylang
  • eucalyptus
  • bergamot
  • cypress
  • tea tree oil (not in labour)
  • geranium
  • spearmint

Not Safe Oils

  • Nutmeg, which may have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain-relieving drugs in labour.
  • Rosemary, which is thought to increase blood pressure, and may cause contractions.
  • Basil, which is thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.
  • Jasmine and clary sage, which may trigger contractions.
  • Sage and rose, which may cause bleeding in your uterus (womb).
  • Juniper berry, which may affect your kidneys.
  • Laurel, angelica, thyme, cumin, aniseed, citronella and cinnamon leaf should also be avoided as they could stimulate contractions.

Stay away from essential oils altogether.


  • you have a history of miscarriage
  • you have had any vaginal bleeding in this pregnancy
  • you have epilepsy
  • you have heart problems
  • you have diabetes, blood clotting problems, or have thyroid, liver or kidney disease

As always, it’s a good idea to consult a trained aromatherapist if there are any concerns you may have.