dōTERRA essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy. Using common sense of course as skin is more sensitive during this special time. Diluting with fractionated coconut oil is the way to go. No matter which oil brand you are loyal to, one thing every essential oil lover will agree to is that you need to use pure, therapeutic-grade oils. That means you need to choose a brand that does rigorous testing of their oils to ensure that there are no harmful nasties present.
Also, be sure to choose an essential oil that isn’t “cut” with a carrier oil. Chances are, if you’re buying a large bottle of essential oil at a low price, it’s not a pure oil. Pure essential oils tend to come in smaller vials and carry a higher price tag. Thankfully 1 or 2 drops is normally all you need so a little goes a long way and the vials tend to last longer.
There are a few oils I’m 100% comfortable using during pregnancy due to personal experience and advice from fellow dōTERRA users I really trust.
Oils I’m happy to use during pregnancy :
Peppermint : 1 drop on the tongue for instant relief of nausea.
Lavender : 1 or 2 drops on the soles of feet and wrists to rid that frustrating insomnia. I also used 2 drops of lavender diluted with fractionated coconut oil on my growing belly daily to stop itching and stretch marks.
Balance : 1 or 2 drops on wrists and back of neck to chill those crazy hormones out. Instant zen!
Frankincense : 1 or 2 drops on temples and across forehead to stop headaches. Soles of feet for immune support. I also dilute with fractionated coconut oil and apply on hips and legs to stop my restless legs which were terrible during both pregnancies.
Bergamot : muscle spasms.
Geranium : varicose veins, soothes skin, hemorrhoids.
Ginger : improves appetite, nausea, heartburn and reflux.
Lemon : general cleaning around the home instead of using toxic cleaning products from the supermarket, eases congestion when applied directly on nose.
Sandalwood : deep sleep, relaxing.
Ylang Ylang : increases libido, depression, frustration, pre eclampsia, reduces blood pressure.
Wild Orange : fatigue, constipation, reflux.
Other info that’s good to know :
Peri spray for perineum damage : 20 – 30 drops immortelle in 15 ml glass spray bottle. Fill the rest of bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Spray on area each time you change pad.
Swollen feet : apply 2 drops of lemongrass, grapefruit and cypress diluted on 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil, massage into week, ankles and calves upwards towards the heart.
Breastfeeding sore, cracked nipples : myrrh, geranium, sandalwood, frankincense.
Use peppermint essential oil sparingly near the end of your pregnancy and while breastfeeding. Mint is known to decrease milk production.
Breastfeeding mastitis : If you feel like a blocked duct may be forming whilst breastfeeding or even nasty mastitis massage 1 drop of melaleuca, clove, thyme, oregano, rosemary, wild orange and citrus bliss hourly to breasts (avoiding nip).
Need to increase your milk supply? Fennel and basil applied all over the breast (avoiding nip) 3 times daily. No need to wash off as it absorbs very quickly.
Postnatal depression : diffuse geranium, lavender, sandalwood and ylang ylang.
Afterpains/contractions : apply 1 or 2 drops lavender and white fir to lower abdomen for relief.
Essential oils + babes :
Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth and Babies by Stephanie Fritz is a good source to have at home especially for the little ones. I love this book!