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Essential Oils For Pregnancy And After

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dōTERRA Essential Oils for
Pregnant Mothers

Since essential oils (the oils that give plants their distinctive smells) are the key ingredients in aromatherapy treatments and products, experts recommend not using them in the first trimester. Essential oils could cause uterine contractions or adversely affect your baby in his early developmental stages, explains Jill Edwards, N.D., an Oregon doctor of naturopathic medicine who specializes in prenatal care.

“In the second and third trimesters, some essential oils are safe to use, as your baby is more developed,” Edwards adds. These include lavender, chamomile and ylang ylang, which calm, relax and aid sleep. Oils to be avoided include cinnamon, clove, rosemary and clary sage, all of which can cause contractions.

Essential oils safe for pregnancy (second and third trimesters)

– Bergamot – Roman chamomile – Eucalyptus – Geranium – Ginger – Grapefruit – Lavender – Lemon – Lemongrass – Lime – Mandarin – Neroli – Patchouli – Petitgrain – Rose – Rosewood – Sandalwood – Wild orange – Tea tree – Ylang ylang

You can find all these at dōTERRA

Essential oils to avoid in pregnancy (partial list) most of these dōTERRA doesn’t even stock

– Arnica (homeopathic is fine) – Basil – Birch (sweet) – Bitter almond – Boldo leaf – Broom – Buchu – Calamus – Camphor (brown or yellow) – Cassia – Cedarwood/thuja – Chervil – Cinnamon – Clary sage – Clove (bud, leaf or stem) – Coriander – Costus – Deertongue – Elecampane – Fennel – Horseradish – Hyssop – Jaborandi leaf – Juniper berry – Melilotus – Mugwort – Mustard – Nutmeg – Origanum – Parsley (large doses) – Pennyroyal – Pine (dwarf) – Rosemary – Rue – Sassafras – Savin – Savory (summer) – Tansy – Thyme red (large doses) – Tonka – Wintergreen – Wormwood

dōTERRA Essential Oils for
Newborns and Babies

I absolutely adore babies – which is probably good since I had 5 of my own. I was actually very pregnant with my 5th when I discovered dōTERRA essential oils and I enjoyed using them while pregnant and also through all her stages so far. Children are such precious blessings. Essential oils can be a huge help to you as a mother ~ you’ll be ready for anything!

It’s important to use nothing but the most pure and safe, therapeutic-grade essential oils because store-bought oils can have solvents, pesticides, synthetics and other chemicals. You cannot tell by looking at the label. Remember, everything we put onto our skin also goes into our body. No oils are more thoroughly tested to be pure and safe than doTERRA. That is why we trust them for our family, because we know they are free of pesticides, fillers and contaminants.

Essential oils for newborns and babies should be used minimally and only as-needed for the first 3 months.

Always dilute essential oils for babies and children

We ALWAYS dilute for little ones to avoid irritation or sensitization, to aid in absorption and also to expose the babies to a lower amount of the oils. While our pure oils are very safe, the liver can only process so much at a time, so there’s no reason to overdo or waste money by using them undiluted.

For newborns/infants/babies dilute 1 drop of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil

What are the most gentle oils for your newborn or infant?*

Appropriately diluted these oils can be used from birth:
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Serenity blend
  • Melaleuca (Tea Tree oil)
  • Frankincense
  • Lemon
  • Wild Orange
  • Balance Blend
*Many other oils can be used safely. These are the oils I’ve found to be most gentle. Use all essential oils at your own discretion.

Single oils to save until they are older:  Cassia, Cinnamon, Oregano, Peppermint. These oils can all be irritating to the skin and/or irritating for new and tiny respiratory systems. These oils are less of an issue as part of a blend but typically can be substituted with a more gentle oil from the list above. Above all, always use your own discretion, experience and resources in making these choices for your child.

Safety Tips

  • Babies and children should never take oils internally. Save internal use until they are at least 6-10 years old.
  • Keep oils out of the reach of children at all times. In the event that your baby accidentally ingests oils, call poison control. We’ve had many little ones get into their mama’s oils accidentally and they’ve all been fine. While I’ve never heard of it happening in my 5 years in doTERRA (doTERRA has over 3.5 million members in the US), it’s extremely rare for a child to drink enough to be truly harmful.
  • Never put oils in or around baby’s nose. Use only gentle oils, well diluted, on the face when needed (see teething tips below)

Common Baby Issues and Solutions: 

1. Calming: Dilute Lavender, roman chamomile or Serenity blend and apply to the feet. Also apply on your chest if you are holding them to promote relaxation. You can also wipe extra on their blanket/clothes (we’ve found that our pure, quality oils and their Fractionated Coconut oil do not stain! yay!). Diffusing with a diffuser is also very helpful as well as daily infant massage.

You can read more about making essential oils part of baby’s routine to help them sleep HERE.

2. Digestive support: Dilute 1 drop each of Lavender and Wild Orange in 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil and rub baby’s tummy in a clockwise direction for at least 30 seconds for digestive support. Apply every 15-30 mins until their tummy is settled.

3. Booboo Love: Frankincense promotes a healthy inflammatory response so overall, it’s a great choice. It’s my go-to oil when a child comes to me. After all, learning to roll, crawl and walk can be precarious sometimes!

4. Skin: Dilute 1 drop of each of Lavender and Melaleuca in unrefined or fractionated coconut oil or Lanolin (I love lanolin for skin irritation and dry skin!) to soothe the skin. Apply each time while changing their diaper. I like to use a glass spray bottle for this. Use damp, soft paper towels to wipe or rinse your wipes well before using to avoid any further irritating of the skin with chemicals.

5. Teething: Use diluted Lavender, Roman Chamomile, or Serenity blend along the jawline as often as every 15-30 minutes to soothe*.  For older babies, I’ve used diluted Clove (only doTERRA) together with 1 drop in 1 oz of Vegetable glycerin and applied to gums to numb without chemicals!

6. Ears: Dilute Lavender and Melaleuca and apply around the ear (never put oils IN the ear) frequently, massaging down towards the lymph nodes to encourage healthy drainage*. You can also use the diluted oils on a cotton ball placed in the ear – use a bandaid to help keep it in place. Please always supervise your baby when using a cotton ball and/or bandaid to make sure they do not get either into their mouths. 

7. Respiratory support: Dilute Melaleuca and Lemon and apply to the chest, back and feet several times an hour. A combo of Frankincense and Lavender can be very helpful when the chest is tight and loud.


Frequently asked questions:

  1. Is Eucalyptus safe for children? There’s a lot of outdated and irrelevant information circulating online and it can be scary for new moms. In fact, the good news is that properly diluted, and used appropriately, doTERRA’s Eucalyptus is very safe!  (There are many different species of Eucalyptus so all info applies only to doTERRA’s)  HERE is a great article from doTERRA, written by a holistic practitioner and pediatrician. Please note, from the article, “The reports of serious adverse events associated with Eucalyptus oil in scientific literature have always involved excessively large (> 5mL/80 drops) amounts taken internally or placed directly into the nose. Of course, these excessive amounts are well beyond the normal usage range.”  There’s always those extreme situations but let’s not “throw the baby out with the bathwater”, right? With normal use, Eucalyptus is very safe. I still recommend the most gentle oils (see above) for tiny babies but as they get older, Eucalyptus is an extremely useful oil to have in your mama arsenal.
  2. Is Peppermint safe for children? See link in #1. Personally my body is more sensitive to Peppermint than others so I chose to wait until my daughter was over 2 to use it as a single oil. And honestly, we just never needed it. There are so many other great oils that are less strong in aroma but still very powerful for the immune and digestive systems.  Peppermint is much more gentle as part of a blend (Breathe, Digestzen) and properly diluted so that is a great option if you’d like to use those for your little one. I recommend using Peppermint, or blends containing Peppermint, on the bottom of the feet for little ones and avoiding use near the face to avoid irritation.
  3. Are oils safe to diffuse around babies? Use the same guidelines for diffusion as I’ve listed for topical applications. I, therefore, recommend diffusing gentle oils like lavender, lemon and frankincense for tiny babies. They are just gentler for the respiratory system.
  4. Can I put a diffuser in my baby’s room? Yes. To repeat, choose gentle oils. Make sure the room is well-ventilated so the oils are not too potent in the room. If you walk in and it seems very strong to you then its probably more than you need for your little one.


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