Twenty essential oils safe to use in pregnancy

Many of my clients enjoy using essential oils at home but during pregnancy it can be difficult to know what oils are safe to use. It's a question I hear a lot so, to answer it, I've put together this guide. I have grouped the oils into three distinct categories based on their main effect to make it easier to choose the most appropriate one for you.

 

Calming Essential Oils

The following essential oils are renowned for the soothing & calming effect that they have on the body and emotions. Best used when feeling stressed or anxious.

 

 

Chamomile

Soothing to the skin & emotions. It reduces oedema and encourages sleep.

Benzoin

A vanilla - like, warm and comforting oil. It helps relieve heartburn and is also good for healing cracked skin. 

Cypress

This oil improves circulation and eases the discomfort of varicose veins.

Eucalyptus

An excellent oil to use when congested, Eucalyptus acts as a decongestant as well as relaxing muscle tension.

Frankincense

Historically one of the most precious essential oils, Frankincense relaxes the body by encouraging deeper breathing. Often used in meditation.

Lavender

This oil has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It can reduce muscle tension & relieve insomnia.

Mandarin

A gentle and soothing oil, Madarin is great to use in skin care as it can help prevent stretch marks.

Energising Essential Oils

These oils have an uplifting effect on the body & emotions. They are good to use when feeling sluggish, tired or down.

Bergamot

Uplifting to the emotions, relieves insomnia & settles indigestion.

Black Pepper

Warming & stimulating. Black pepper eases muscular tension by encouraging blood flow to the areas that are achey.

Clary

Lifts the spirits and eases muscular tension

Ginger

Another warming oil that settles indigestion and nausea.

Grapefruit

This oil balances emotions and energises the body and mind.

Lemon

Uplifting, stimulating & cleansing.

Sweet marjoram

This oil is has a  warming and analgesic effect on the body.

Balancing Essential Oils

These oils are good to use when you're feeling out of sorts and need some extra support. 

Geranium

Balances the mood and hormones. It's also effective at reducing oedema.

Rose Otto

Regulates appetite, relaxes and balances emotions. It's known for having an affinity with the female reproductive system and is often use to ease women;s health issues. 

Neroli

Relieves stress, anxiety and has an aphrodisiac effect.

Sandalwood

Very calming & grounding. Can increase focus but is almost sedative if too much is used. 

Ylang Ylang

Lifts the mood and promotes self-confidence

Tea Tree

Wound healing and stimulating to the immune system

Information taken from:

“Pregnancy Guidelines” by The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists 

 “The Essential Guide to Holistic & Complementary Therapies” by Beckmann and Le Quesne.

"Aromatherapy: An A-Z" by Davies

 

Contact me to work together – if you would like to experience the benefits of essential oils with an experienced aromatherapist, you can book an aromatherapy massage at my clinic in NYR Glasgow online here, or I can create a bespoke aromatherapy oil blend for you. Email rachael@atlastherapies.co.uk for more information.

You might also find the next post helpful, detailing how to use oils at home safely.

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