It’s a good idea to make sure you learn about the best essential oil blends for labour and how they can be used to help manage the pain of contractions, etc.
Ensure that you make yourself fully aware of any essential oils that are safe during pregnancy and labour before using them around your baby.
You may well wish to pop your favourite essential oils into your Mary Poppins bag ready for when you go into labour.
To have the best experience, don’t forget massage techniques!
Here are some of our favourite essential oils and how they can be used in labour:
- Lemon essential oil is refreshing and energizing. It also helps support your immune system during pregnancy and birth.
Lemon essential oil is fantastic for helping to manage nausea but please note that it will not work as a general anti-nausea remedy if you are experiencing severe symptoms of morning sickness.
How to use: Rub the lemon essential oil over your tummy, above the navel and below the rib cage.
- Massaging your lower abdomen with clary sage essential oil can help to bring on labour as it is a uterine stimulant and is also helpful in easing back pain during pregnancy and labour.
It can be very effective for reducing stress and tension, helping you to stay relaxed so that you don’t feel irritable or impatient, which can be all too easy when you are in the final stages of pregnancy and ready to meet your baby.
How to use: You can also massage your belly with clary sage essential oil diluted in some sweet almond oil as a nice treat before going out for dinner on Saturday night despite feeling huge! Simply mix one drop of clary sage essential oil with two teaspoons of sweet almond carrier oil.
- Lavender essential oil is fantastic for reducing stress and tension, which is all too common during pregnancy. It can help to ease any fears or anxieties you may have about childbirth and also assists in the reduction of insomnia, making it easier for you to rest when you need to.
How to use: You can add a few drops of lavender essential oil to your bathwater, or simply inhale the steam for immediate calming effects.
- Peppermint essential oil is stimulating and cooling making it great for nausea in pregnancy. It can also be used in labour to help with nausea, vomiting and breathlessness but must always be diluted as it may irritate the skin if used neat.
How to use: Use peppermint essential oil in a carrier oil blend with five drops of myrrh essential oil, ten drops of lavender essential oil and ten drops of frankincense essential oils. Combine this blend with four teaspoons of grapeseed carrier oil and massage into your lower abdomen.
- Rose essential oil is calming and nourishing for the psyche, supporting you through your pregnancy and birth. It is also wonderful for alleviating pain, tension and stress in labour.
How to use: Add one drop of rose essential oil to a half cup of organic lavender hydrosol (rose water) or carrier oils such as sweet almond, grapeseed or avocado. Mix well and massage into your lower back to help alleviate any pain associated with contractions.
- Ylang ylang essential oil is calming and helps to prevent the onset of stress-related illnesses. It can also increase feelings of happiness and emotional wellbeing making it an excellent choice for pregnancy support.
How to use: Diffuse ylang ylang essential oil in your home, adding five drops of this essential oil to a diffuser with ten drops of geranium and ten drops of rosemary essential oils. You can also mix three drops of ylang-ylang essential oil into half a cup of organic lavender hydrosol (rose water) and use it with your compress.
- Clary sage essential oil can be used in labour to help reduce pain during contractions. It is also effective in the reduction of nausea, which can sometimes occur during labour or when breastfeeding.
How to use: Mix clary sage essential oil with a grapeseed carrier oil and massage over your lower abdomen during contractions.
- The ginger essential oil can be used in labour to help prevent nausea and vomiting. It also helps to relieve breathlessness due to the contraction of the uterus during labour.
How to use: Mix ginger essential oil with a carrier oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond, massaging it over your lower abdomen during contractions.
- Fennel essential oil is another useful essential oil for the reduction of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy or labour. It can also be used as a stimulant to the uterus, making it a good choice for those who are overdue as well as those with a history of uterine problems.
How to use: Mix fennel essential oil with an organic carrier oil such as grapeseed or sweet almond and massage it over your lower abdomen during contractions.
You can use essential oils to help manage any of the discomforts associated with labour and delivery.
However, they should always be used safely and you should avoid using them if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Consult with your doctor or midwife before using essential oils to induce labour, for pain relief during labour or to prevent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy or labour.
Please make sure to use organic essential oils as synthetic essential oils can be toxic and can cause serious complications, especially during pregnancy. Always dilute essential oils before using them on the skin to avoid irritation or sensitization of your baby’s delicate system.
What essential oils help with labour?
Several essential oils can help with the pain of birth, or they can help bring on contractions.
Oils like clary sage and juniper berry are believed to stimulate the release of oxytocin, which helps your uterus to start contracting down. These essential oils will not cause early labour – you mustn’t start your labour too early.
What does frankincense do for labour?
Frankincense essential oil can be used in labour to help with:
- Braxton Hicks contractions (practise contractions)
- Pushing and birth process assistance.
What essential oils should not be used during pregnancy?
This is because most of the oils can cross the placenta and go into the bloodstream, which may lead to complications.