Safety of Essential Oils in Pregnancy

The topic of essential oil use during pregnancy is a bit of a controversial issue, mainly because there hasn’t been a lot of studies done on the topic (it can be difficult to find a safe methodology of testing with pregnant women and the infants that they are carrying). Essential oils have been used for over 25 years by midwives, doulas, nurses, and mothers-to-be and have shown no harm to the mother or baby. In fact Jane Buckle, RN (Buckle, 2015) states:
“There are no records of abnormal fetuses or aborted fetuses as a result of the normal use of essential oils, either by inhalation or by topical application.”
When used properly, essential oils are very safe for use during pregnancy and can help the expectant mother through all sorts of pregnancy symptoms, including nausea/vomiting, swelling of ankles and muscle spasms, insomnia, stress, and more! Go here for some suggestions for common ailments during pregnancy.

For some people it can be very hard to decide whether to use essential oils in pregnancy, and there are a wide variety of opinions on the matter. It is important to discuss usage with a medical professional experienced with essential oils and to be judicious with their use. Many providers suggest waiting until the second and third trimester to use essential oils, however many of the discomforts of early pregnancy can be safely helped with essential oils.

The following oils are generally considered safe for aromatic and topical use during pregnancy. This is not a complete list, as many essential oils really have never been clinically tested for use during pregnancy. Other essential oils not mentioned here may be OK for use if properly diluted and used sparingly.

Essential Oils Safe for Pregnancy
• Bergamot
• Black pepper
• Cardamom
• Chamomile, German and Roman
• Copaiba
• Cypress
• Frankincense
• Geranium
• Ginger
• Grapefruit
• Lavender
• Lemon
• Lemongrass
• Lime
• Mandarin
• Marjoram
• Melaleuca (Tea tree)
• Neroli
• Patchouli
• Peppermint
• Petitgrain
• Rose Otto
• Rosewood
• Rose
• Sandalwood
• Spearmint
• Spruce
• Sweet orange
• Tangerine
• Ylang ylang

Go here for a list of Essential Oils to avoid during Pregnancy.