Essential Oil Therapy for a natural and healthy pregnancy – Part 1

Thank you for visiting AromaticHealth's Blog. Please sign up for my RSS feed, so you don't miss out on new content.

More and more pregnant women and new parents are looking for natural alternatives to prescription drugs. Although conventional medicine and medicines can be helpful in more extreme cases, for the more common ailments associated with child birth and parenting, natural alternatives like Essential Oil Therapy can prove to be just as, if not more, effective. Below are just a few ways that Essential Oil Therapy can help with a more natural pregnancy and childbirth.


Massaging yourself with nourishing carrier oils and the essential oils of neroli (citrus aurantium) and mandarin (citrus reticulata) during your pregnancy may help to reduce the chance of getting stretch marks, and alleviate dry, itchy skin. Be sure not to forget to massage your breasts and thighs, along with your growing belly. In an attempt to prevent striae gravidarum (stretch marks), a treated group who used a massage ointment was two thirds less likely to develop stretch marks, vs. a controlled group who was one third less likely to development stretch marks.1

If you are suffering from headaches and migraines, using essential oils can be a good alternative to conventional pain relievers. Essential oils such as peppermint (mentha piperita), chamomile (anthemis nobilis) and lavender (lavandula angustifolia), among others, in a carrier oil, can be used in a roll-on applicator, and applied to the temples and nape of the neck.2

The essential oils of peppermint, chamomile or ginger (zingiber officinalis) can be effective in relieving the nausea associated with morning sickness. Ginger  has been found to be more effective than vitamin B6 for relieving the severity of nausea and just as effective for decreasing the number of episodes.3 Ginger was also found to be as effective as dimenhydrinate  in treating nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.4 Pieces of dried ginger can be chewed or the capsules taken internally. Peppermint and/or chamomile tea can be drunk to ease nausea. Simply inhaling peppermint and ginger essential oils can ease the nausea for many women.

A warm bath with essential oils added, can soothe your sore muscles, help you to relax, and be emotionally uplifting as well. Research has confirmed that the mother’s emotional state affects the child, both pre and post natal. Massage yourself, or even better, have a partner massage you, to help with sore muscles, relaxation, strengthening the emotional bonds and help prevent fluid retention in your legs and feet.

For years, many midwives have recommended massaging your perineum daily during the last six weeks of pregnancy, to help reduce the chances of tearing or having an episiotomy. Three trials, involving more than 2,000 women, concluded that prenatal perineal massage reduces the chances of perineal trauma, mainly episiotomies, and ongoing perineal pain.5

A resource on how to perform the massage can be found at:,,midwife_46dl,00.html

For inflammation, acne and other skin issues, toners with lavender and chamomile hydrosols are soothing and calming to the skin. Many women see changes in their skin and some develop acne, similar to when they were in their teens.

Please visit for details about products for pre and postpartum health.

Please look for Part 2, in using essential oils for Labour and Postpartum.

Michelle Reynolds, CAHP
1. Attempt of preventive treatment of striae gravidarum using preventive massage ointment administration. Wierrani F, Kozak W, Schramm W, Grünberger W. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 1992;104(2):42-4. PMID: 1609525
2. Effect of peppermint and eucalyptus oil preparations on neurophysiological and experimental algesimetric headache parameters. Göbel H, Schmidt G, Soyka D. Cephalalgia. 1994 Jun;14(3):228-34; discussion 182. PMID: 7954745

3. Comparing ginger and vitamin B6 for the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy: a randomised controlled trial. Ensiyeh J, Sakineh MA. Midwifery. 2008 Feb 11. PMID: 18272271
4. A randomized comparison of ginger and dimenhydrinate in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Pongrojpaw D, Somprasit C, Chanthasenanont A. J Med Assoc Thai. 2007 Sep;90(9):1703-9. PMID: 17957907
5. Antenatal perineal massage for reducing perineal trauma. Antenatal perineal massage for reducing perineal trauma.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2006 Jan 25;(1):CD005123. PMID: 16437520

22 Responses to “Essential Oil Therapy for a natural and healthy pregnancy – Part 1”

Read below or add a comment...

  1. Doyle Boyett says:

    I like your website. Really useful and very motivational. Thanks a lot. It’ll help me a lot.

  2. Thank you, it’s great to hear that I’ve helped. Watch for part 2 coming tomorrow.

  3. For me I am a fan of online shopping for the reason that we need not to go anywhere.

  4. very good & explanatory information is provided

  5. tax attorney says:

    Thanks friend. That has been interesting reading.

  6. Thank you so much for this valuable information. Very useful indeed. . . . .

  7. Thank you for the great blog. Did you learn this on your own or from college?

  8. Just came upon your page and will review additional ones. Looks like seriously great stuff.

  9. Hi Barbara, I took a course through a private school and must take continuing education courses yearly. I have also learned a lot through research and experience.

  10. diet plans says:

    Hey, i read all your read, and i’m really loving your contributions so far.:)

  11. well, I was surprised it… someone finally got it right! I would like to appreciate finally publishing the real deal here, I stumbled upon your site here and almost bounced right out, but I am glad I spent the time to read your post, it was/is very informative and worth the read. Thanks!

  12. Hey, awesome site, I have personal experience with acne, it is great to see people discussing the best ways to minimise their effects on your life. I’ve just subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up posting.

  13. Excellent summary, bookmarked the site for hopes to see more!

  14. A good friend of mine visits your blog all the time and recommended it to me to read too. The writing style is exceptional and the content is relevant. Many thanks for the insight you offer the readers!

  15. wow, awesome post, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by bing, many userful stuff here, now i have got some idea. bookmarked and also signed up your rss. keep us updated.

  16. Excellent post I must say.. Simple but yet interesting and engaging.. Keep up the awesome work!

  17. A mutual friend mentioned I should arrive consider a look at your internet site. Happy I clicked on the hyperlink! I like how you truly focus and get towards the bottom line.

  18. Hi hair dryer stands, there are a number of essential oils and hydrosols which will help with acne. You can contact me directly for more information. Thanks.

  19. marital says:

    Thank you for the insightful information this will certainly come in handy in the future. Will definitely check back for more awesome content and tell my friends!

  20. Great site!Thanks for sharing!Good luck everyone!

  21. Kids Jacket says:

    Genuinely like your sites information! Definitely a fantastic offer of details which is very useful. Continue to retain publishing and i’m going to continue studying through! Cheers.


  1. […] article has been edited from a previous version published at the Aromatic Health […]

Leave A Comment...