Essential Oils for Pregnant Mamas and Babies

If you’re wondering what Young Living essential oils and oil infused products are good options for pregnant mamas and babies, this is the blog post for you! :)

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One of the top complaints during pregnancy is being nauseous. One of the things that can help keep this at bay is snacking regularly. Young Living’s Pure Protein Complete can be a great choice as it’s a clean and comprehensive protein supplement. It comes in two flavors, Vanilla Spice or Chocolate Deluxe. Both flavors taste super yummy in a smoothie or mixed with vanilla almond milk! Ginger Vitality essential oil can also help settle your stomach (just as ginger gum can). Try adding a drop of Ginger Vitality to a capsule with carrier oil or to a glass of water. If you don’t want to ingest it, try applying 1-2 drops of Ginger essential oil to the stomach and abdomen.

Snacking and Ginger Essential Oil for Nausea

When your baby bump starts growing, your skin can get a little itchy from stretching. Rather than using some of the other moisturizing products on the market that don’t necessarily have the best ingredients, you can make your own (for a lot less)! Below you’ll find a recipe for a DIY body butter that contains shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, and Lavender and Frankincense essential oil (two of the top skin supporting oils).

Body Butter Recipe for Pregnancy

Another common complaint during pregnancy is trouble sleeping at night. Incorporating essential oils into your routine can help you relax before bed and promote a good nights rest. Tranquil Roll-on and Peace & Calming (I and II) are two favorites. Both can be applied topically to the wrists, back of neck, behind the ears, and/or on the bottom of the feet. Peace & Calming can also be diffused.

Essential Oils for Sleep During Pregnancy

Sometimes pregnant moms and new moms need a little mood lifter and citrus oils are some of the best ones to use. A combo of Tangerine, Grapefruit, Lemon, and Bergamot essential oil make a great diffuser blend. You may also want to make your own happy roll-on with Joy, Grapefruit, and Bergamot essential oil in a 10-ml roller bottle with carrier oil (which can be rolled onto the wrists, back of neck, behind the ears, and/or on the bottom of the feet). *Note: All of these oils are photosensitive and should be applied at night or to areas that will not be exposed when outside during the day.

Oils for Mood During Pregnancy

Staying active during pregnancy is important, but it can become difficult as the baby gets bigger. An Epsom salt bath with oils like Frankincense and Copaiba can really help ease muscle tension and relax your body. You may also want to make your own muscle roll-on with Frankincense, Copaiba, and Idaho Balsam Fir essential oil in a 10-ml roller bottle with carrier oil. Simply roll your blend on tired muscles as needed.

Essential Oils for Exercise During Pregnancy

There are a few oily products you may want to keep handy in your diaper bag. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, KidScents Tender Tush (use to moisturize and soothe baby’s bottom), and Thieves Spray and Thieves Wipes (use to quickly clean changing tables, shopping carts, restaurant tables and chairs, etc) are some favorites.

Essential Oils and Products for Diaper Bag

Some popular baby products (*sigh…) have been in the news lately because of their harmful ingredients (seriously, look them up on the Think Dirty app). Instead of gifting yourself or a new mom with those dangerous conventional products, you may want to consider safe alternatives like Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, KidScents Tender Tush, KidScents Bath Gel and Lotion, and Gentle Baby essential oil. Gentle Baby supports the skin (many moms use it daily on their stomachs with carrier oil or a natural lotion after birth). Gentle Baby can also be diffused and applied topically to mom and/or baby to help calm, relax, and promote bonding.

Essential Oils for Baby Shower

The most important thing to be aware of when using oils on a baby is that you will need to greatly dilute that essential oil (far more than what the label says) before applying it to their skin. Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users often have different opinions on topical dilution ratios to use. Below are some suggested ratios, which include diluting an essential oil in 10-ml (or 2 teaspoons) of carrier oil and then applying a small amount of that dilution to your baby. For even more conservative dilution ratios (as well as other very conservative safety recommendations), check out my safety and usage section. Some additional essential oil safety guidelines for babies from Young Living can be found HERE*Note: Young Living’s KidScents line of essential oils are pre-diluted for ages 2+. The KidScents essential oils should be diluted further for use on babies or for use on children with sensitive skin.

Diluting Essential Oils on Babies and Children

Every new mom wants their baby to sleep at night, right?! :) Lavender and KidScents SleepyIze essential oil can be used to help calm your baby down before bed. Either can be applied to mom’s skin before snuggle time. Additionally, when diluted properly (as noted above), one of these can be applied to the bottom of your baby’s feet at bedtime.

Essential Oils for Babies and Sleep

Soothing a crying baby is rarely an easy task. Peace & Calming (I or II) and Stress Away are some great oils to calm baby and mamma (remember, your baby picks up on your emotions and energy). Both oils can be diffused, but if you don’t have a diffuser, a few drops of essential oil can be added to warm water and inhaled. Many moms like to massage the back of their neck with Stress Away after a hard day. You can make your own calm mamma roll-on by adding 20 drops of Stress Away to a 10-ml roller bottle with carrier oil.

Essential Oils for Crying Baby

Calming a baby’s tummy can be challenging at times. Ginger and KidScents TummyGize essential oil can really help. Add one or a combo of these oils to a 10-ml roller bottle using the dilution ratios above and roll on your baby’s tummy as needed.

Essential Oils for Baby Tummy

Lavender and Melrose are great essential oils to support your baby’s skin. Try adding a drop of either essential oils to a container of natural lotion or body butter for some skin soothing and cleansing properties.

Essential Oils for Baby Skin

Diffusers are one of the best additions to a baby’s room. Diffusing 1-3 drops of Myrtle or KidScents SniffleEase essential oil can cleanse the air and help keep your baby healthy.

Essential Oils to Cleanse the Air in Baby Room

Teething can be a very challenging time for babies. Frankincense and Copaiba essential oil can help soothe a baby’s gums during this time. One to three drops of either of these vitality oils can be diluted in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and then a small dab of that dilution can be applied to a baby’s gums (*hint, Copaiba tastes better). A more conservative approach (as some may view this as controversial) is to dilute and apply a small amount to the baby’s jaw line (instead of the gums).

Essential Oils to Use While Teething

I know I mentioned KidScents Tender Tush above, but this stuff is so awesome that it deserves a special shout out! Tender Tush can replace a traditional diaper balm, which may not contain the safest ingredients.

Natural Diaper Balm

If you have kids, you know that things can get dirty, quickly and often, right?! Thieves Household Cleaner is an all-purpose cleaner that is safe to use around everyone in your family, including children and pets. To use, add 1 ounce of Thieves Household Cleaner to 30 ounces of water in a spray bottle, and clean any surface of your home. One bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner makes 14 spray bottles of ready to use cleaner (at just $1.50 each)! This stuff is safe, more affordable, and just as (if not more effective) than your store-bought cleaner. Plus it smells amazing! Another cleaning tip is to add 1-3 drops of Purification essential oil to a cotton ball and place in the bottom of the garbage can or diaper pail to help eliminate odors.

Safe Household Cleaner and Essential Oil for Odors

A diffuser as well as a lot of the essential oils mentioned above (Frankincense, Copaiba, Purification, Lavender, and Stress Away) come in the Premium Starter Kit. If you have this kit, you are already in a really great place to start using oils on yourself and your baby! If you don’t have your own kit, but you would like to learn more, click HERE or on the graphic below.

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Essential oil usage is a personal choice. You will never find hard-and-fast rules. Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users often have different opinions on if and which essential oils are safe to use during pregnancy and on babies and young children (as well as the topical dilution ratios to use). Start slow, only do what you are comfortable with, and consider consulting a professional and/or doctor if you plan to use essential oils during pregnancy or on babies and young children.

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Essential Oil Quick Tips – Part 2

In March, I published a blog post that contained several Essential Oil Quick Tips. My original plan was to continually add to that post, but once I got to almost 20 tips and graphics, I thought I better divide them up a little bit. Below you’ll find my Essential Oil Quick Tips Part 2! Happy learning! P.S. Many of the below oils come in your Premium Starter Kit!! :)

SUPPORT YOUR SKIN: Try adding a drop of Frankincense and/or Lavender to your daily facial moisturizer each morning and/or night to support a looking healthy complexion and work on fine lines and wrinkles.

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ADD SOME FLAVOR: Looking to spruce up your water? Add some flavor with 1-2 drops of a citrus Vitality essential oil! Choose from one of these Vitality varieties – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Orange, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh, Lemon, Lime, or Jade Lemon. Yummy!!

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FOR THAT TIME OF THE MONTH: Keep an eye out for Dragon Time to be back in stock! This stuff is so comforting and soothing for that time of the month! Add a 1-3 drops to your lower back and/or abdomen throughout the day. To make your bottle last longer, you can dilute it (it is just as effective when diluted). I like adding 10 drops to a 5-ml roller bottle, 20 drops to a 10-ml roller bottle, or 30 drops to a 15-ml bottle. Then fill the rest of the bottle up with carrier oil and roll on those same areas as needed.

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BECAUSE LIFE IS GROSS: Thieves is one of my favorite essential oils because it’s super powerful and smells amazing! I use Thieves in a lot of my DIY recipes. I also diffuse it year round and apply it (diluted with carrier oil) to the bottom of my feet every night. During the colder months, I make tea by adding 1 drop Thieves Vitality, 1-2 drops Lemon Vitality, and honey (to taste) to warm water. I also like to add a drop of Thieves Vitality to a capsule (with carrier oil) to support my immune and respiratory system. Top 5 oils for sure!!

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FOR PARENTS: ATTENTION PARENTS!! Whether you’ve been taking care of little ones all day, managing end of the day craziness with your kiddos, or running the around in the evening for after school activities, you need STRESS AWAY! Apply to the wrists, forearms, back of the neck, or behind the ears throughout the day or at night when you are winding down. You can also diffuse this blend too….it smells so good!

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FOR PEOPLE WHO GET HOT: Need to cool down? Try diluting 1-3 drops of Peppermint essential oil and apply to the back of your neck. You can also make a cooling spray by adding a few drops of Peppermint oil, an optional Tablespoon of witch hazel (to help disperse the oil in the water), and water to a 2 ounce spray bottle. Shake and spritz yourself with it.

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FOR MAMA & BABY: Gentle Baby is a great blend to calm both mama and baby. You can diffuse several drops, inhale it directly from the bottle, or apply topically. Applying it to your upper chest could benefit both you and your baby when you are holding your little one.

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BEST ADDITIONS TO A VODKA TONIC: Happy Friday!!! One of my favorite weekend cocktails is a vodka tonic with a drop of Grapefruit, Orange, Lemon, or Lime Vitality essential oil. Trust me, you will love this!!

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HATE THE SMELL OF AN OIL?: Hate the smell of an essential oil, but know you could benefit from using it? Add a little Orange to it! Seriously… THIS WORKS!! :) I do this with oils like Joy and Vetiver.

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SUMMER NIGHT SKIN SOOTHER: When summer finally decides to arrive, try these summer night skin essential oils! Apply a small amount of Lavender and Purification to your ankles, wrists, pant legs, and back of the neck to help enjoy a campfire annoyance free. You can also make an easy to use skin soother roll-on by adding 10-15 drops of each oil to a 10-ml roller bottle. Fill with carrier oil, gently shake, and use to spot soothe areas of the arms, legs, and ankles after sitting outside at night. You’ll end up carrying this roll-on around with you all summer!

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TREAT YOURSELF: If you ever want to treat yourself, Melissa and Rose are great essential oils to get! They are great for skin health, and are also uplifting and emotionally balancing. They can also be found in many blends such as White Angelica, Forgiveness, Joy, Envision, and Humility. Melissa is in the ART Cleanser and ART Toner, and Rose makes an awesome addition to my homemade facial serum (mix 1 ounce avocado oil, 1 drop Rose, 1-2 drops Frankincense, and 1-2 drops Myrrh in a glass dropper bottle). The Melissa plants smelled so good at the  Young Living farm in Mona, Utah!

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FOR PEOPLE WHO COOK: Have you tried the Vitality essential oil line in your kitchen? My hubby adds a couple drops of Lemongrass Vitality to his Thai soup. You can also add a drop of Basil Vitality to a tomato sauce or substitute a drop of Lemon Vitality for one teaspoon of Lemon juice. The possibilities are endless!!!

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FOR YOUR SKIN AND HAIR: Cedarwood is one of the most affordable essential oils. It is awesome for your skin (specifically your scalp) and promotes healthy looking hair and hair growth. You can massage Cedarwood into your scalp or add a few drops to your shampoo and conditioner. The warm, calming scent of Cedarwood also makes it a diffuser favorite for winding down at night.

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