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Aromatherapy For Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but there are many challenges as well. To minimize a few of these naturally, I have created the following aromatherapy recipes. Please, pay heed to the amounts and directions given for each recipe.

4 Pregnancy Problems Solved by Aromatherapy

  • Morning sickness
  • Foul Temperament
  • Feelings of stress
  • Headaches

For Morning Sickness

The essential oil Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) is very effective at relieving nausea and vomiting. It is also good for clearing the head and making one feel more energized when feeling fatigued. And it’s excellent for headaches.


Place one drop of Peppermint oil in a bowl of steaming hot water for inhalation, or place one or two drops on a tissue and keep it handy, to inhale when needed.

You can also add one extra drop of either Mandarin, Sweet Orange, or Lavender to water and tissue. Any of these would make an excellent addition, especially Lavender, which calms and soothes the nerves.

But, please, remember, NEVER apply Peppermint essential oil directly to your skin while pregnant, and most certainly DO NOT DRINK Peppermint tea while pregnant. If you’re interested in learning why peppermint tea and topical use of essential oil can be risky for pregnant women read the article The Benefits of Peppermint.

For Foul Temperament and Stress Relief

In my experience, as the friend, relative and unwitting target of many irritable pregnant women over the years, these recipes may be more necessary than the one for nausea. LOL.

If you would like to feel calmer and recapture or maintain your pleasant disposition, you will find the following recipes very useful.

Formula 1:

In an amber glass bottle, place 2 Tablespoons Grape Seed or Coconut Oil and add

  • 5 drops Rose Otto
  • 3 drops Chamomile Roman
  • 3 drops Lavender

To blend, put the cap on tight and either roll between both hands or swirl the bottle in small circles until the carrier oil and essentials blend completely. This should take no more than 2 minutes. Use 2-4 drops.

This formula can be massaged into the neck, back, chest, tummy, and temples – which is why I recommend Grape Seed and Coconut oils. They are the least likely to cause a breakout, especially Grape Seed oil.

Formula 2:

There’s more than one way to use aromatherapy in a bath but, for this purpose, we will simply add undiluted essential oils into the hot water in the following proportions…

  • 6 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Sweet Orange
  • 5 drops Bergamot
  • 4 drops Ginger

Close the bathroom door to contain the aroma, get in the tub and relax.

You will find this synergistic blend not only calming but emotionally uplifting and good for aches and pains.

For Headaches

Taking the average OTC (over-the-counter) pain pill is not always such a wise choice during pregnancy, but the following recipe is completely safe for this delicate time. And you can use it directly on your skin, as it does not contain Peppermint (an amazing headache reliever – when you’re no longer pregnant).

In an amber glass bottle, place 2 Tablespoons Grape Seed or Coconut Oil and add

  • 5 drops Chamomile Roman
  • 5 drops Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops Lavender

Mix as described above and use 1-4 drops. Place them on your fingers and massage them into the back of your neck, forehead, and temples. You should feel the effects within 20 minutes.

If you have any questions about the recipes or individual essential oils mentioned in this article, post them in the comments section below or tweet me on Twitter.

For more information on using Aromatherapy in the bath, read my previous article Aromatic Bath for Stress & Anxiety. But, please, keep in mind that some of the essential oils mentioned in that article are not considered safe for use during pregnancy.


Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991. Print

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5 thoughts on “Aromatherapy For Pregnancy

  1. If you want something completely safe that doesn’t require absorption or ingestion – but which has been tested and proven effective in dealing with the symptoms of NVP by the NHS – consider the Nevasic app.

    1. I’d never heard of the Nevasic app before you commented, but I looked it up. It’s a mobile phone app. How does a mobile phone app stop morning sickness?

  2. It didn’t start life as an app – and its the content of the app – not the app that does the work. It started life as an audio product targeting the symptoms of nausea – known as motion or travel sickness and was an audio tape – then a CD. Westminster College of medicine ran an 18 month clinical trial and published their findings in the International Journal of Travel Medicine – the abstract of which states “provided significant protection”. It was then taken into research by the NHS with pregnant women to fight the symptoms of NVP. The results from that were astounding. The product was released under the name “MorningWell” and the National Childbirth Trust distributed the CD in the UK. When it became an app – there was nothing they could ship anymore… Since then its been through a clinical trial with cancer patients (Manchester University initiated and managed) and the findings from that are the driving force behind another trial – this time nationwide with cancer patients. Funding for that is harder to get.

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