Essential Oils During Pregnancy and Labor


The safest way to use essential oils is via an electric aromatherapy diffuser. Simply smelling and inhaling the aromatherapy supplies their benefits.

You can also add essential oils to a massage or carrier oil like almond oil, olive oil, or coconut oil.

The market for essential oils is saturated, so many are cheap and low quality. Use a trusted source such as: rocky mountain oils, Vitruvi, Goa Labs, Public Goods, and Now Foods. Look for 100% pure and organic!

Now lets talk about my 8 favorite oils for pregnancy and labor!

Clary Sage

  • proven to provide pain alleviation during the labor (STUDY).

  • can be a uterine tonic to help stimulate stronger contractions.

  • Rub on mom‘s belly and soles of feet, dilute with coconut oil or other carrier oil. soothes period pain and some symptoms of menopause

Valor (by young living)

  • oil blend featuring Frankincense, Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Camphor Wood, and Geranium

  • a magical blend to promote confidence and courage.

  • great to support the roller coaster of emotions you might experience during birth and to balance your mood

  • Dilute with a carrier oil and massage over your heart or place 2 drops on a cotton pad and have your partner wave in front of your face between contractions.


  • re-energizing and combats nausea - both during labor and pregnancy

  • 1 to 3 drops on a cotton ball close to the nose

  • can help if you're having trouble peeing postpartum, place a few drops in the toilet and sit for a few minutes. peppermint helps to relax pelvic and bladder muscles.

  • peppermint is NOT safe for infants, so should not be used in the room labor after the baby is born!


  • relaxing and calming

  • can help with sleep while pregnant, dilute and use for massage.


  • One study in India found that using jasmine essential oil as a massage oil during labor helped ease pain, reduce pain score, and reduce discomfort for first time moms.

Citrus Lemon / Orange

  • energy and reducing nausea

  • Lemon can help to awaken when fatigue starts.

  • Orange scent can be useful in childbirth units to help women who are experiencing stress in labor in decreasing their anxiety and tension (study)

Tea Tree

  • a savior if you’re experiencing hormonal breakouts during pregnancy (or before or after!)

  • Apply over breakout by diluting with witch hazel or carrier oil like jojoba oil.


  • support healthy emotions

  • some people will use Frankincense diluted with olive oil on the perineum once the baby starts crowning to help the skin become elastic and ease tearing (talk with your provider)

Let me know your favorite essential oils for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum!