Essential oils and pregnancy

essential oils

I love essential oils. To be fair, I am not an expert in using them, and I still have a lot to learn. But I love the smell and the many goodness they contain.

I normally diffuse instead of apply directly, and I use the Melaleuca line of essential oils. One of my favourites is the Peace Tranquility Blend, which contains tangerine, orange, patchouli, tansy, elemi, and German chamomile blue. This smell reminds me of spa, and would create a nice, calm and relaxing atmosphere almost immediately.

Today, though, I am not going into the different types of essential oils. Instead, I want to write about essential oils and pregnancy – the do’s and don’ts, the yes and no.

Essential oils are basically highly concentrated substances extracted from plants, which means they are extremely powerful and potent. In fact, when you apply essential oils onto your skin, they are absorbed into your bloodstream. And that is why it is extremely important to know what is safe and what is not when you are pregnant.

Some experts advice mothers to stay away from essential oils when in the first trimester. While it is not exactly clear how essential oils can affect a developing baby, there is a possibility that the oils could cause uterine contractions or adversely affect the baby in his early developmental stages.

Otherwise, if the pregnancy is going well, these are the oils that are safe:

  • Citrus oils, such as tangerine and neroli
  • German chamomile
  • Common lavender
  • Frankincense
  • Black pepper
  • Peppermint
  • Ylang ylang
  • Eucalyptus
  • Bergamot
  • Cypress
  • Tea tree oil
  • Geranium
  • Spearmint

Oils that are not safe for pregnancy:

  • Nutmeg
  • Rosemary
  • Basil
  • Jasmine
  • Clary sage
  • Sage
  • Rose
  • Juniper berry
  • Laurel
  • Angelica
  • Thyme
  • Cumin
  • Aniseed
  • Citronella
  • Cinnamon leaf

Some other things to note if you want to use essential oils when pregnant:

  • Only use one drop of essential oil at one time
  • Don’t use one particular oil for a long period of time, i.e. every day for several weeks
  • To be safe, only use essential oils once you are past your first trimester
  • Stay away completely if you have a history of miscarriage or if you have had any vaginal bleeding in this pregnancy
  • Always consult your doctor before using essential oils

I hope these are helpful!






  1. C May 26, 2016

    Hey Nat, I hope you don’t mind me asking, but are you expecting #3? Read your Dayre post on when’s the “right time” to expand your family, and I loved it! Guess it also applies to many other scenarios in life too. ☺

    • Natalie Sia May 29, 2016

      You’re right, it does apply to many other scenarios in life. I’ll probably expand on that here in this blog soon 🙂 As for #3, I hope to be able to share good news soon!

  2. C July 13, 2016

    Hi Nat! It’s me, your not-so-silent reader again. Read your latest Dayre post, and I’d just like to say.. congrats! Hope you’ll have a smooth pregnancy and delivery (6 months later hehe). So happy for you and your family
    Ps. Can I also say congrats to myself for “guessing” it? 😛

    • Natalie Sia July 19, 2016

      haha thanks C! you were spot on in your guess, but I couldn’t really tell you that at that time 😉 thanks again for your support!


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