Over 50% of pregnant women have morning sickness. Let’s keep it real and call it all-day nausea.
If you are a long-time follower of mine you also know that I use essential oils in my home and for my family. Carrying the twins had me thinking about essential oils for nausea during pregnancy, so I decided to collect this helpful list for all of you fellow mamas to be.
Safety With Essential Oils for Nausea During Pregnancy
If you’re new to essential oils, the first thing to cross your mind is likely whether or not essential oils for pregnancy nausea are safe.
While pregnant, the doctor will probably ask if you smoke, drink coffee, or take vitamins. All of these items have the potential to cross the placenta.
The placenta is the body’s natural barrier, of nutrients and waste alike, between mommy and baby. It is a complex tissue, so you can’t just see it as a permeable layer. Some substances are allowed to completely transfer through the placenta, others are partially absorbed, some metabolized, and others are blocked completely.
Considering this information you may want to be extra cautious when deciding to use essential oils for pregnancy nausea topically or through ingestion, especially during the first trimester. The fetus is going through a lot of changes during this time, so consult your O.B. if you have any concern.
Using Essential Oils for Nausea During Pregnancy
I have consulted with my own doctor and have used essential oils for pregnancy nausea during my previous pregnancies. The most important factors to consider are the different ways you can use essential oils, and if you do decide to use them topically you need to understand the dilution rates.
I feel completely comfortable using essential oils while pregnant. I most often use them in my diffuser during my first trimester, but I also use them topically throughout (well diluted during the first trimester, when at all).
Essential oils are even safe for children to use, but you do need to know which ones are okay and that all-important dilution rate. In fact, I worked with my favorite essential oil company to create convenient Kid Safe Essential Oil blends.
It takes all the guesswork out.
The essential oils are already diluted with a carrier oil in a 10ml roller and ready to use. They come in Boo Boo Blend, Tummy Buddy, Homework Helper, and Sleepy Head. These are the very same essential oil blends I use with my own littles.
When it comes to using essential oils for pregnancy nausea I recommend using a diffuser, placing two drops on a cotton ball, or diffuser jewelry.
Top 5 Essential Oils for Nausea While Pregnant
1) Lemon Oil
This may be an unexpected choice, but a 2014 controlled, double-blind, randomized clinical trial proved that the use of Lemon Essential Oil reduced nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. The women in the study used Lemon Oil, diluted in an almond oil carrier, on a cotton ball and inhaled it when they felt nauseous.
Lemon is a great oil to start with if you are new to essential oils since it is something you will likely use again in your home for diffusing or cleaning. I use it in my DIY Streak-Free Glass Cleaner & Stainless Steel Cleaner for a bright, fresh scent that is anti-bacterial and anti-microbial.
2) Lavender Oil
Lavender Essential Oil is another great oil to always have on hand. I use it for EVERYTHING. It’s an analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, decongestant, and an antidepressant that has a calming effect that fights anxiety.
Basically, it is a medicine cabinet in a bottle. Placing a few drops in a diffuser and inhaling the relaxing scent is perfect for treating nausea related to anxiety or pain.
3) Fennel Oil
The aromatherapy effect of Fennel Essential Oil stimulates appetite. But if considering trying it topically this is one essential oil you do not have to worry about depleting your milk supply. In fact, Fennel is an important ingredient in most Mother’s Milk teas.
4) Black Pepper Oil
You might be asking why Black Pepper is on the list and not Ginger. The best way to get the benefits of Ginger is to consume it. There are plenty of lozenges, teas, or meals to have the benefits.
However, you’re not about to take a spoon full of Black Pepper. Historically, Black Pepper is used for aiding cold and flu symptoms, digestion, and appetite stimulation. Even better, it blends perfectly with everything else that is on this list, so it would be a great addition to making your own tummy-taming blend.
5) Peppermint Oil
Peppermint Oil can help with indigestion and gas, but it may aggravate heartburn. For this reason, you need to consider why you are taking it. There is scientific evidence that inhaling Peppermint Oil will alleviate nausea symptoms.
Another great benefit is for those mamas that don’t want to take Tylenol, Peppermint has also been known to help with headaches. You can place the diluted Peppermint Oil on your temples, back of the neck, wrists, or on a cotton ball.
There is also research-based evidence that Peppermint in a carrier oil can help alleviate itching induced by pregnancy. According to the Tisserand Institue, there is no indication that Peppermint Oil carries any risk in pregnancy.
Other Essential Oils to Use During Pregnancy
Through my previous pregnancies, I not only searched for the best blend of essential oils for pregnancy nausea but oils that would help with my other pregnancy side effects. I designed a Fresh Mommy Blend that supports changing skin, emotions, and hormones. Once again I joined teams with my favorite essential oil company to bring this amazing blend to you.
The pleasant floral scents calm and lift your spirit while the warm scents of vanilla and chamomile ground you. This blend is perfect for a diffuser. Also, you can mix it with a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, to rub on your neck, soles of your feet, use as an all-over body moisturizer, or my personal favorite, a massage oil.
A little bit of Fresh Mommy Blend with a foot rub from hubby made all the worries of the day melt away. I hope it helps you through your pregnancy like it does mine.
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*Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. None of the information on this blog is intended to cure, treat, or heal any disease. Please use essential oils at your own risk with lots of common sense. Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.