Essential Oils For Labor & Delivery

That big moment is coming! I’m trying to prepare everything I can, as early as I can, so that the chaos that surrounds preparing to give birth is minimized.

Essential oils have done wonders for my family – from keeping us well, to creating safe, healthy cleaning products for our home, we’ve been highly satisfied and I’m sure labor will be no different.

Essential Oils for Labor and Delivery

I’ve done a lot of research concerning essential oils these last 6-7 months and have compiled a list of blends I believe to be safe, useful, and effective during labor, delivery, and the days-weeks postpartum. If you have concerns you should always consult your doctor first – but the ingredients listed below have been tested not only by the science community, but also have withstood the test of time. Though there is still much research to be done on essential oils, these are known to be safe.

If you are looking for a good resource I highly recommend this book, Gentle Babies Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Children. This book seriously has it all – I use it almost everyday. I’ve also read this book, but was far less impressed. An interesting read for sure, but not worth purchasing. Gentle Babies is comprehensive, something I appreciate so that I only have to look to one source, and backed by all of the scientific data that currently exists on essential oils. The writer of the book believes that Young Living essential oils are supreme to other oils in the industry, and I would agree. The problem is that many of the blends are FAR out of my price range. At this stage of our life, Jared and I have decided to go with pure, lesser quality oils, in order to have a collection of essential oils that will sustain us through any medical need in the near future. Also, with each recipe that contains a Young Living blend, I have included the recipes for ‘do it yourself’ versions of the blends – much much cheaper. I recommend doing your own research on which essential oils company you would like to go with – there is a lot of research out there in comparing different brands. Also – just because its popular doesn’t mean its higher quality. For instance, DoTerra is one of the leading essential oils companies in our country, though when third party comparison analysis are done they often fall in the lower 50% of quality of all essential oil companies in the world. Something to think about.

For many of these recipes I used rollers – a method of application I’ve come to prefer better than any other. You waste less on your hands from application and the oily residue is minimized. I purchased these rollers and have really enjoyed them. I also purchased these spray bottles, another less messy method of application. I specify with each recipe with container I used. I have been keeping my empty essential oils bottles to make blends with – but if you are new to the essential oils world and want to make your own blends I would suggest purchasing something like this to get you started. All the bottles used for these recipes can be washed and reused over and over again.

If you’re looking for other recipes to use during the third trimester check out my previous post on Essential Oils for the Third Trimester.



Reduced Bleeding During Birth:

carrier oil

25 drops of the following essential oils: ylang ylang, helichrysum, cypress, cedarwood, clary sage, and geranium

Place the essential oils in a roller bottle and fill the rest of the way up with a carrier oil of your choice. Apply once daily to the insides of your ankles, calves and the bottoms of your feet from one week before your due date up until active labor.

Pain During Labor:

carrier oil

20 drops basil

10 drops lavender

5 drops ylang ylang

4 drops helichrysum and cypress

2 drops peppermint and clary sage

Add the essential oils to a roller bottle and fill the rest of the way up with a carrier oil of your choice. This mixture can be applied to the areas of pain – such as your back and legs. External use only. I have this in a roller and a spray bottle – so that when active labor begins, my husband can use the spray bottle to apply more oil at once and massage it in with his hands.


distilled water

5 Tbs witch hazel

2 Tbs aloe vera

10 drops tea tree and helichrysum

5 drops myrrh and lavender

3 drops cypress

Add the witch hazel and essential oils to a spray bottle. Fill the rest of the way up with distilled water. Spray regularly on the perineal area after giving birth to aid in healing and pain management. Shake before use.

Sore, Cracked or Dry Nipples:

carrier oil

10 drops of myrrh, geranium, and lavender

Add the essential oils to a roller bottle and fill up the rest of the way with a carrier oil – I chose grape seed oil for this mixture because its often used for sensitive skin. Apply as often as need to the nipples, and around the nipples, after feeding. Make sure that your nipples are dry before application. This mixture does not need to be washed off prior to the next feeding.

Emotional Support in the Delivery Room and Through the Early Stages of Labor:

  • Essential oils that can be used in the diffuser:

2-3 drops Lavender (for calming, anxiety relief)

1-2 drops of Surrender (YL) (for support in releasing negative emotions)


30 drops lavender

30 drops roman chamomile

15 drops lemon

10 drops spruce

10 drops angelica

10 drops mountain savory

Combine these in an empty essential oils bottle. This mixture becomes a blend – so treat it as such. If you plan on using surrender alone on skin, please use a carrier oil. This recipe can be used to substitute for YL Surrender.

  • Essential oils to be used on the skin:

Calming Blend (for relaxation and anxiety relief):

carrier oil

10 drops lavender and frankincense

Add essential oils to a roller bottle and fill up the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet, wrists, and sides of neck.

YL Stress Away Blend (for relaxation and clarity):

To use in a roller bottle, simply add 20 drops of Stress Away Blend to a roller bottle and then fill the rest with a carrier oil. Apply to wrists and around ears and neck.


40 drops copaiba

40 drops lime

20 drops cedarwood

40 drops vanilla

20 drops lavender

1 drop cinnamon

Combine all essential oils in an empty essential oils container.

Energizing Essential Oils Blend:

carrier oil

5 drops lemon

3 drops eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary

Add essential oils to a roller bottle and fill up the rest of the way with a carrier oil. Apply to the back of the neck and the bottoms of feet. This can be used for labor and delivery, as well as after baby’s birth for a much needed pick me up.

To Encourage Labor:

Apply a drop or two of jasmine or geranium essential oil into a dime size amount of carrier oil and apply like a perfume – so on your wrists and neck. You can also simply inhale from a bottle of either essential oil.

Essential Oils to Diffuse During Transitional Labor and Pushing:

4 drops lavender and frankincense

2 drops ylang ylang and roman chamomile

Place in diffuser.

After Birth Blend:

10 drops geranium, lavender, and clary sage

Add essential oils to spray bottle and add about 3-5 tablespoons carrier oil. Apply to belly twice daily in the weeks following birth to assist in expelling the placenta and toning the uterus.

Soothing Mom and Baby After Birth:

YL Gentle Baby Essential Oil

Add 20-30 drops to a spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with carrier oil.

This can be used on the tummies of both mom and baby, especially during skin to skin contact to promote bonding. It can also be used during infant massage and neck and shoulder massages for mom to relieve tension from giving birth. Some women use this essential oil to begin healing their stretch marks. To relieve stretch marks use a 1:1 ratio with a carrier oil on the affected areas.

There is also a great Gentle Baby Body Balm recipe found here.


25 drops geranium

25 drops rosewood

25 drops lavender

20 drops ylang ylang

20 drops roman chamomile

10 drops lemon

5-10 drops jasmine

5 – 10 drops rose

5 drops coriander

5 drops palmarosa

Essential Oils for Labor and Delivery

I’m so excited to be able to share all of these remedies and recipes with you! I hope they serve as useful to my readers as they have been to me. I’ve already begun packing my hospital bag – so these natural remedies have made their way in.

Labor and delivery will be painful, uncomfortable, and the days to follow will likely be similar – but I rest knowing that my pain management and relief will be all natural.

For all you mommas to be, hang in there – I’m told that the best is yet to come.




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