Essential Oils for Labour & Birth

Disclaimer: I used essential oils to help support my body during pregnancy. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada. I’m sharing my personal experience with the oils. As always, please consult with your healthcare team when incorporating new products into your healthcare routine.

I’m getting asked all the time which essential oils I used during my pregnancy so I thought I’d do a round-up of oils that I used throughout the trimesters and during labour & birth. You can read about the essential oils I used during my first trimestersecond trimester, and third trimester.

Here are some of the blends I pre-made to prepare for labour and after the birth of my twins. For each of these blends, I cleaned an empty 15 mL bottle, 5 mL bottle or 10 mL roller bottle by soaking them in water & lemon essential oil to remove the labels. You can also purchase these brand new on Amazon

Final Countdown

I put this blend together to encourage my body to prepare for labour. And while I wasn’t able to encourage my body to go into early labour when I was induced my contractions were quite easy to manage on the first day by using this oil blend.

Recipe: 

Add essential oil drops to a 15 ml empty bottle (you can use one that you finish or grab a new one). 

  • 10 drops of Clary Sage
  • 10 drops of Ginger
  • 10 drops of Lavender
  • 10 drops of Lemon
  • 10 drops of AromaTouch
  • Top with fractionated coconut oil
FInal Countdown

Back Labour Support

Back Labour Support

I whipped this up at our Nanaimo Doula’s suggestion for back labour pain. On the first day of induction I experienced one contraction that was a 10 out of 10 on the pain scale with incredible back pain. I had Mike rub it on my back to help ease the pain.

Recipe: 

Add essential oil drops to a 5 ml empty bottle (you can use one that you finish or grab a new one). 

  • 10 drops of Black Pepper
  • 10 drops of Peppermint
  • Top with fractionated coconut oil

Perineal Spray

I made a batch of this up in case we were able to have a successful vaginal delivery. After delivering the babes both vaginally and undergoing a forcep delivery and an episiotomy I was so glad that I made this and brought this with me to the hospital. I used it up in one week and have already made 2 more batches.

Recipe: 

Add essential oil drops to a 15 ml empty bottle (you can use one that you finish or grab a new one). 

  • 20 drops Geranium
  • 20 drops Frankincense
  • 20 drops Sandalwood
  • 20 drops Lavender
  • 20 drops Roman Chamomile
  • Top with fractionated coconut oil

I would’ve added Roman Chamomile too but I was out of that oil at the time of making the first bottle. I’ve included the oil in the recipe above in case you have it. 

I also picked up spray bottle toppers on Amazon so I could easily spray it on my perineum.

Essential Oils For Perineal Spray

Milk Supply

Milk Production

I worried about having enough milk come in to feed the twins. I’m glad I made this up because due to all my birth complications my body has struggled and is struggling to bring in a full milk supply. I’m using this daily and sometimes several times of day (when I remember) and rubbing this on my breasts after breast feeding.

Recipe: 

Add essential oil drops to a 10 ml empty roller bottle (you can use one that you finish or grab a new one). 

  • 20 drops Clary Sage
  • 20 drops Basil, 
  • 20 drops Fennel 
  • 20 drops Geranium
  • Top with fractionated coconut oil.

What Other Oils Did I Bring In My Hospital Bag?

I also brought my Frankincense & Neroli roller bottles and Copaiba. They actually have a Copaiba touch format now so I would’ve grabbed that to easily roll on. 

I rolled Frankincense and Neroli on my wrists and palms to inhale as I was wheeled into the OR to birth the babes. I used Frankincense on Alora’s scalp to help heal the small mark from the scalp electrode heart rate monitor and I used Copaiba post-birth to help manage pain.

Oils I Brought To Give Birth
Labour and Birth Essential Oil Kit

I’ve put all the oils mentioned in this post into a shopping cart for you. You can grab them all or only grab the ones that you’re interested in making DIY recipes for. 

Shoot me an email if you have any questions. robynpineault @ gmail . com

Essential Oils For Labour & Birth - Pinterest

If you end up using any of these DIY recipes, do let me know! 

5 thoughts on “Essential Oils for Labour & Birth

  1. On the back labour pain with black pepper and peppermint. Is this a 50/50 ratio? I would like to give this a try since I am getting closer to my due date.

  2. Thank you Robyn!
    I am grateful I found your post with these oil blends that work for you personally. Thank you for sharing, I’ll be set once I put one blend together for the back labour pain.

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