Essential Oils for Labor & Delivery

Having my son was one of the most beautiful moments of my life but also one of the most trying.  Labor and delivery can be stressful, scary, painful, exciting, and amazing all at the same time.  How do we deal with that naturally without side effects of an epidural or synthetic medicine? The use of Essential Oils…they do not mask symptoms but instead work with the body to heal itself.  Ease the stress and anxious feelings , relieve the pain, heal the body…essential oils do all of this.  I will go over essential oil usage during the three stages of labor and a great way to welcome your newborn.


Stephanie Fritz LM, CPM said “Clary Sage is a uterine tonic that assists with effective contractions.  It can be euphoric and wonderful for relieving anxiety as well.  It calms the nervous system, relieves tension, brings on labor, and helps with expelling afterbirth.  I recommend Clary Sage with Geranium and Lavender.”  Stephanie Fritz is the author of an amazing book called Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies.

It was recommended to me to use Peppermint and/or Balance on the low back and Clary Sage on the abdomen for contractions.

A great way to assist everyone in the delivery room is to diffuse Essential oils.  You want a calming oil and an invigorating oil.  Calming oils would be Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Serenity, or Balance.  Invigorating oils would be Wild Orange, Elevation, or Citrus Bliss.  It may be a good idea to diffuse On Guard as well to kill all any germs in the air.

Labor Stage 1

Balance, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, or Whisper

  • Use 2 drops to 1 tsp fractionated coconut oil and rub on hips, bottoms of the feet, and/or abdomen

  • Take a bath using 2 drops to 2 tsp bath salts

  • Soak a washcloth in 2 drops to 1 cup of warm water mixture. Hold washcloth on abdomen and/or back for as long as desired

Labor Stage 2

Labor pains – use 2 drops Basil to 2 tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil rub on temples and/or abdomen

Stress – 2 drops to a bowl of cool water, soak a washcloth and rub on the face.  Use any of the following oils

  • Wild Orange

  • Serenity

  • Citrus Bliss

  • Lavender

Prevent Hyperventilation by inhaling 1-2 drops of Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang, or Breathe.

Labor Stage 3

Massage abdomen until uterus is well contracted and firm with Whisper, Geranium, and Lavender.  5 drops Whisper to 5 drops Geranium to 7 drops Lavender to 2 ½ tsp Fractionated Coconut Oil

Soak a washcloth in warm water with 2 drops of Whisper and rub over abdomen

Welcome Baby!

When using essential oils on Newborns 1 drop is all you need and dilution is usually recommended.

Place 1 drop of Frankincense on baby’s crown of the head and spine for protection and to assist bonding.

Place 1 drop of Myrrh on umbilical cord to help seal tissue (like a liquid band aid) and protect all systems.

Place 1 drop of Balance to the feet to ground and align baby.

Place 1 drop of Melissa on bottoms of the feet for DNA repair

Circumcision – Immortelle, Lavender and Frankincense

Jaundice – Geranium and Lavender or Geranium and Lemon on bottoms of the feet

I have found Essential Oils to have profound effects on myself and my son.  I encourage you to research more, ask questions, and find what helps you to delivery naturally.  If you are interested in purchasing the Essential Oils please contact me or take a look on DoTerra’s Page.  I also encourage you to read Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth & Babies by Stephanie Fritz.

I will have a post about Essential Oils Postpartum soon, check back!

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