While it is generally recommended that the use of essential oils should be restricted or avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy, they absolutely have many wonderful benefits in the last two trimesters and especially during labour and the postpartum period (...even if it's years postpartum, who doesn't love a nice bath!).
It is important to ensure the oils used in pregnancy (and for anyone at any time for that matter) are 100% pure, genuine quality essential oils – not synthetic oils or fragrances that can contain harmful chemicals. It is also recommended that these oils be diluted for safest use while pregnant; so they can most safely be used topically in bath and body products or inhaled by diffusing essential oils into the air.
Oils considered safe to use during pregnancy:
Citrus oils such as tangerine, neroli, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, and sweet orange; German or Roman chamomile; lavender; frankincense; black pepper; peppermint; ylang-ylang; eucalyptus; bergamot; cypress; tea tree oil (not recommended for use during labour or if you have sensitive skin); geranium; spearmint; cardamom; ginger; patchouli; petitgrain; rosewood; sandalwood; sweet marjoram; and rose otto are all considered safe to use during pregnancy.
Aura Hampers use only 100% pure, genuine quality essential oils in all of our products to ensure you reap their therapeutic benefits. The oils we use contain only plant compounds, without any additives or synthetic oils and our products are free of any nasties or synthetic fragrances. We have carefully blended our oils to ensure safe dilutions in our products and have in fact carefully chosen oils that will benefit a pregnant and/or breastfeeding mother in our hampers.
The Aura Hampers we recommend for pregnancy (and breastfeeding) are:
- Aura 'Bloom' : designed especially for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers from the second trimester onward.
- Aura 'Restore' : designed to nurture postpartum healing, this blend contains clary sage essential oil so it can also be used during labour (but not earlier as clary sage encourages contractions). This blend is also safe when breastfeeding.
- Aura 'Lullaby' : a gentle blend suitable for use while pregnant and/or breastfeeding, during the postpartum period and for babies and children over 3mths of age.
Though these Hampers can be used by everyone, not just mothers and mums to be.
The top-performing essential oils for pregnancy and their benefits are:
Lavender: the most popular essential oil used in the world for good reason. Renowned for its calming properties, lavender assists with relaxing the mind to ease anxiety and depression and helps to promote a good nights rest.
Chamomile: has mood-balancing properties to lift the spirits and promotes relaxation.
Lemon: supports the immune system, ph balancing, and uplifting the mood. It is full of antioxidants and is revitalising, promotes good digestion and can help with heartburn.
Frankincense: valued for its skin healing properties, it also supports the respiratory system. Frankincense is a grounding oil, that can help you relax and unwind.
Ginger: energizing essential oil, can help with nausea and morning sickness.
Bergamot: an antidepressant oil with sedative qualities and an uplifting scent, making it beneficial for boosting mood and emotions. It is also great for improving the skins texture.
Cardamom: another great supportive oil for the digestion.
Ylang Ylang: calming and uplifting, often used to treat headaches, nausea and skin conditions.
Geranium: balancing for the skin, supportive of the immune system, and has calming and grounding effects on the mood.
Sweet Orange: brightens up dull skin, helps with water retention, can ease constipation, and promote restful sleep.
Grapefruit: helpful for easing water retention and muscle fatigue.
Mandarin: one of the most popular pregnancy safe oils, mandarin essential oil is conducive to rest and can help combat insomnia.
Peppermint: can help ease pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, stomach upset, constipation, headaches and heartburn. It is also energising with antibacterial and antioxidant properties. (Peppermint should be used with caution when nursing as it can affect milk supply).
Essential oils to use carefully or avoid in pregnancy (partial list, please do your own further research)
Arnica, Basil, Birch (sweet), Bitter almond, Boldo leaf, Broom, Buchu, Calamus, Camphor (brown or yellow), Cassia, Cedarwood/thuja, Chervil, Cinnamon, Clary sage (okay during labour), Clove (bud, leaf or stem), Coriander, Costus, Cypress (okay in the third trimester), Deertongue, Elecampane, Fennel, Horseradish, Hyssop, Jaborandi leaf, Jasmine (okay during labour), Juniper, Juniper berry, Lemongrass, Melilotus, Mugwort, Mustard, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Origanum, Parsley (large doses), Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Pine (dwarf), Rosemary, Rue, Sassafras, Savin, Sweet marjoram, Tansy, Thyme, Tonka, Wintergreen and Wormwood
When blended, the pregnancy-safe essential oils on the list not only smell amazing but can help to create a perfect balance for a pregnant or postpartum mother, easing discomforts and promoting rest as she creates and cares for a new little life.
Aura Hampers have carefully selected pregnancy safe oils for the Hampers listed above. Our products combine the healing and relaxing properties of pure essential oils, used for their aromatic and aromatherapy qualities, combined with the sensory experience of candles and room sprays, or the healing power of natural salts and herbs for a truly holistic experience!
To learn more about the healing and relaxing benefits of salts, read our dedicated post 'Which salt does what? : The healing properties of natural salts'
Please note: Information on this site is not intended as a substitute for advice provided by a physician or another health care professional. If you are pregnant or nursing or have any concerns about your health, you should always consult with a health care professional before using a product.