Essential Oils Safety During Pregnancy

Although essential oils are natural, pregnant women need to be extra careful with them. Not all essential oils are safe during pregnancy because they can mess with your hormones. First thing you should do is speak with your doctor or health care provider and see if using essential oils is right for you. So before you or someone you know that is pregnant wants to start incorporating essential oils into their routine, please read this article first. 

Essential Oils that should NOT be used during pregnancy are the following: 

  • Angelica
  • Aniseed
  • Basil
  • Birch 
  • Black pepper
  • Cedarwood
  • Camphor
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clary sage
  • Clove
  • Cumin
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Fir
  • Geranium (during the first trimester)
  • Horseradish
  • Hyssop
  • Idaho tansy
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper
  • Lemongrass
  • Manuka
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Pennyroyal
  • Roman Chamomile (Debatable. Ask your doctor.)
  • Rosemary
  • Rose
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

The following essential oils are considered safe during pregnancy:

  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Roman Chamomile (Debatable. Ask your doctor.)
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang Ylang

Roman Chamomile, lavender, geranium and grapefruit are great essential oils to dilute and diffuse to encourage restful sleep. Inhaling ginger can help with nausea. And applying carrier oils like rosehip oil and coconut oil on your tummy can help minimize the looks of stretch marks. 

If you know someone who is expecting, please forward them this blog so they are more informed about which essential oils to avoid. 

Resources

  1. Axe, Josh. Essential Oils: Ancient Medicine. Destiny Image Publishers, 2016.
  2. Babcock, Jillian. “CHEAT SHEET: How to Use Essential Oils Safety.” Dr. Axe, Dr. Axe, 7 May 2018, draxe.com/essential-oil-safety/.
  3. Snyder, Mariza. Smart Mom's Guide to Essential Oils: Natural Solutions for a Healthy Family, Toxin-Free Home and Happier You. Pgw, 2017.