Lavender, Ginger, Ylang-ylang, Sweet Orange and Grapefruit oils are five specific essential oils that can be very useful for a healthy, joyful pregnancy. According to the various experts, the use of a few selected oils for massage during pregnancy prove to be very useful pregnancy utility for expecting moms.
Essential Oils that can be used during Pregnancy
Here are some of my favorite essential oils to consider for massage during pregnancy (after the first trimester), and recommendations on how to utilize them for the best results.
Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia): It’s an anti-stress oil which is considered to be safe for pregnancy. According to Aromatherapy expert, true lavender is not a uterine stimulant. In fact, animal research shows it decreases contractions. Diluted lavender oil can be added to the by-weekly bath to help ease pregnancy stress and anxiety. After the child is born, lavender can be used as a herbal spritz to refresh the room. It helps to keep the mood calm and serene.
Ginger (Zingiber officinale): Ginger oil is a warm, spicy essential oil that has been used in aromatherapy for decades. For relief from mild nausea (after the first trimester), ginger essential oil (diluted form) can be added to a diffuser. As a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic, ginger oil helps relief from pregnancy aches and pain when used as a mild massage oil. Syrups and tea made from whole ginger root are also very effective and have a proven safety record for pregnancy when used correctly. Ginger oil blended with lavender oil can also be beneficial.
Ylang ylang (Cananga odorata): Ylang ylang oil is the ultimate oil for mild anxiety and depression. It’s a mood elevator and stress reliever with a sweet and fruity smell. Ylang-ylang oil can be used to relieve pregnancy stress, and insomnia when used during bath time. It can also be used from time to time to combat pregnancy sadness and induce a happier, joyful mood in stressful times of pregnancy.
Sweet Orange (Orange Sinensis): Sweet orange is a citrus oil that can be used to rejuvenate the body and lighten the mood during pregnancy. It can be used with sweet orange and/or grapefruit in a diffuser for better mood and energy. For pregnancy, this can be done twice a week. It can also help gently open the sinuses.
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradise): Unlike other citrus oils, grapefruit essential oil has a very low risk of phototoxicity if the skin is exposed to sunlight. However, it does oxidize rapidly and, therefore, should be used quickly. Grapefruit essential oil is great to use during bath time as it reduces fatigue and strengthens the senses. Some researchers also suggest grapefruit essential oil can even fight infections. However, it should only be used in diluted forms and in moderation during pregnancy.
How to use essential oils during pregnancy:
According to the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists, it is advisable to use recommended oils at only 1% dilution during pregnancy – that means 5-6 drops of essential oil mixed with carrier oil like almond, olive or coconut oil. For pregnancy, essential oils are best when used for short periods of time (10-15 minutes) during bath time.
During pregnancy, the woman body is delicately tuned and sensitive to imbalance. Every choice of the mother is going to affect the baby. High doses of supplements aren’t good for the developing baby. While testing is not available on most oils, for safety reasons, always presume that essential oils will cross the placental barrier and have the potential to affect the development of a baby.
Keep in mind that while they are natural substances, essential oils are very potent. For example, It takes more than 150 pounds of lavender flowers to make one pound of lavender essential oil!
Essential oils play a very important role in addressing the challenges of pregnancy. Still, they should be used with lots of care and wisdom. For the good quality, look for essential oils that have undergone chromatography testing. Always read ingredients carefully to make sure you have the right oil. Avoid oils that contain synthetic ingredients, which could be dangerous to the baby and worsen pregnancy symptoms like headaches or insomnia. If you are unsure, always consult with an experienced doctor or clinical aromatherapist for support.