Are you an essential oil lover or curious mama that has heard that these wonderful plant based products are helpful in labor and want to know more? Well, you've come to the right blog post. Because it is true that essential oils help mamas to cope with labor discomforts and aide in calming anxiety! According to the studies done by Evidence Based Birth, research shows that aromatherapy is an effective way to manage labor pains.

Now, you may be asking, Which specific oils can I use to manage my labor pains? And to that question, there is not a real clear answer. As a birth doula, I have done quite a bit of research on this and have found that while there are some specific oils research has shown to be helpful, it truly comes down to personal preference. So, here are my tips to consider when you are deciding which oils to pack in your birth bag....

The top three qualities to consider when choosing your essential oils for birth are:

Will it produce a Calming effect?

Does it promote an Uplifting mood?

Does it help me Breathe easy?

Pack essential oils that you are familiar with and enjoy. There are several essential oils on the safe list that have these qualities, choose the ones that appeal to you the most!

Ok, Ok, Ok... I know there are readers out there that are like, "Just tell me what to pack!" So, here is what's in my doula bag that you might want to tryout and include in your birth bag:

Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, Citrus Bliss, Orange, Peppermint, Cardamom, Clary Sage, and Jasmine. In most instances, I diffuse one or a blend of those oils in the labor room by placing a few drops on a tissue or cotton ball and wafting it into the air. In labor, mamas' senses are heightened and her preferences can change quickly, so I don't often use applications of oils that tend to linger in the environment for too long.

A special note on Clary Sage and Jasmine:

These are two essential oils commonly used during labor to help contractions become stronger and more productive. Both oils should not be used during pregnancy and only applied, with guidance from a doctor or aromatherapist, after active labor has naturally started. It is important to use these oils with caution.

Before concluding this post, I will remind you that you should always use high quality products, use the oils with caution, and seek guidance in any type of application of an essential oil, whether its aromatic, topical, or internal application.


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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Pregnant or lactating women should consult a physician or aromatherapist prior to the use of essential oils.

Resource Credits:

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy

Federation of Holistic Therapist

The School for Aromatic Studies

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, by Robert Tisserand

Aromatherapy in Midwifery, by Denise Tiran

Aromatherapy for Women and Children, by Jane Dye