Essential Oils & Pregnancy July 21 2015


Essential Oils + Pregnancy

We often receive questions from women regarding the use of essential oils during pregnancy. This can be a difficult question, as every person and every pregnancy is unique, and so we offer our advice as a conservative guide.
Julie is an aromatherapist and she has a conservative view on using essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding. She recommends avoid the majority of them if you can. Why not, you might be more sensitive to smell and your baby definitely is!
However, we do offer unscented products and facial treatments to our pregnant clients, so you can still enjoy glowing skin during your pregnancy.


During the vital first 3-month period we discourage the use of essential oils completely.

After 3 months (and if your pregnancy has not experienced earlier complications) we suggest using a 1% dilution of essential oils or less: 6 drops essential oil in 30 ml of carrier oil. Oils that are suitable for use during this time are: Bergamot*, Chamomile German + Roman, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Rose Otto, Grapefruit*, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon*, Mandarin*, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange*, Tea Tree, Yang Ylang. *Citrus oils are phytotoxic. We recommend verifying with your health care provider before using any essential oils.

Our reasoning behind avoiding essential oils stems from the same reasons why you should avoid certain foods, herbs, etc. while pregnant - simply put it's better to be safe than sorry.

Certain essential oils are contraindicated due to the nature of their chemical components, which may be too strong (and unnecessary) for a pregnant client, bearing in mind that the skin is more delicate. Phenols are an example of a component group that is not usually suitable for use during pregnancy.

The following essential oils should not be used during pregnancy, Labor, or while Breastfeeding: Aniseed, Basil, Birch, Camphor, Hyssop, Mugwort, Parsley seed or leaf, Pennyroyal, Rue, Oak Moss Sage, Tansy, Tarragon, Thuja, Wintergreen, Wormwood, Oregano, Thyme, Savoury, Clove, Cinnamon, Cumin, Aniseed, Fennel, Anise star.


We offer several products that are unscented or have less then 1% essential oils that are perfect for your whole 9 months:

Moisturizing Cleanser + Make-up Remover 
Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum or Custom Face Serum
Nourishing + Revitalizing Moisturizer 
Regenerating + Stimulating Exfoliator
Detoxifying + Clarifying Clay Mask
Hydrating Rescue Balm
Eczema Balm
Face Balm
Enhancing + Replenishing Eye Serum
Sex Oil 

For those of you who are pregnant and would like to come in to PA for a facial, we offer unscented products and facials. Every treatment is customized to your needs. You deserve to be pampered!
If you'd like to book an appointment, click here


Products to avoid completely during pregnancy:

Parfum Botanique - All Scents
Therapeutic Roll-ons - All Scents
Clear Skin Spot Treatment
Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment



We recommend avoid using any essential oils around your breast while you are breast feeding. You can safely use all of our most skincare products while breast feeding.

However, we do recommend not using our Parfume Botanique or Therapeutic Roll-ons directly on the chest or breast area while breast feeding. Apply one drop of our Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment once daily on several spots. We do not recommend applying more then one drop of spot treatment regardless of if you are pregnancy or breastfeeding or not.


For post-partum depression and overall anxiety: we recommend diffusing these oils into the air, or applying to a tissue and breathe in deeply (please use away from your new born)
Lavender, Geranium and Bergamot to uplift your mood and enhance joy  

Lavender, Rose or Frankincense to relax the mind & to help induce sleep

Mandarin to reduce nervousness, stress and anxiety

Eucalyptus and Sweet Orange to help give you a boost of energy and mental clarity.

You can also give yourself a massage or take a relaxing + healing bath. Dilute 2-6 drops into 30 ml of carrier oil (sunflower, safflower or olive oil) and apply anywhere on your body. For fastest absorption apply to temples, forehead, or the back of your neck.

After the baby is born, we do recommend avoiding the use of essential oils (except a 0.5% dilution of Neroli oil), until they are 6 months and older. Here is the small list of oils we would be comfortable using for babies that are 6 months old + older: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Mandarin, Tea Tree, Vanilla, Neroli.

*There are many different approaches to pre-natal and child-care and this is our professional point of view. The information presented on this site is provided for informational purposes only and is the opinion of Julie Clark and Province Apothecary, it is not meant to substitute for medical advice or diagnosis provided by your physician or other medical professional. For more info, please check out the NAHA website and this article. The products offered on this website are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Always consult your physician or health care provider before using any herbal products, especially if you have a medical problem.