What essential oils are beneficial to use during labour and why?

birth education Jul 24, 2023

During labour, certain essential oils can be beneficial for relaxation, pain relief, and promoting a positive environment. However, it's important to note that essential oils should be used with caution during pregnancy and labour. Always consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a certified aromatherapist before using essential oils, especially during labour.


Here are a few commonly recommended essential oils for labour and their potential benefits.


Lavender oil is known for its calming and soothing properties. It can help reduce anxiety, promote relaxation, and create a peaceful atmosphere during labour.

Clary Sage

Clary sage oil is often recommended during labour due to its reported ability to stimulate contractions. It may help to strengthen contractions and support the progression of labour. However, it's important to use clary sage oil with caution and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.


Frankincense oil is often used for its grounding and cantering properties. It can help create a serene environment and promote feelings of relaxation during labour.


Peppermint oil is known for its cooling and invigorating properties. It may help alleviate nausea, provide a refreshing sensation, and offer a sense of clarity during labour. However, peppermint oil should be used sparingly as it can be strong and potentially overwhelming.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang ylang oil is often used for its calming and uplifting effects. It may help reduce anxiety and promote a positive mood during labour.


It's important to note that essential oils should be used sparingly and with proper dilution. Some methods of using essential oils during labour include diffusing them in the room, adding a few drops to a warm compress, or using them in massage oils (diluted with a carrier oil) for back or foot massages.

Remember, everyone responds differently to essential oils, and some individuals may have sensitivities or allergies. Always prioritize safety and consult with a healthcare professional or certified aromatherapist for personalized advice based on your specific situation.

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