Essential Oils for Nausea in Pregnancy
If you experience nausea due to pregnancy, there are a few essential oils that you may find helpful. If you are ever unsure though, it is always important though to speak to a qualified aromatherapist who specialises in pregnancy and postnatal care.
Ginger essential oil has been studied as a remedy for nausea and motion sickness. People swear by it, and the research agrees that it works. Ginger oil can be diffused into the air with an oil diffuser, rubbed onto pressure points at your forehead and wrists, or even rubbed directly on your stomach to improve nausea.
Peppermint oil is often suggested as a remedy for nausea. One scientific review concluded that inhaling peppermint oil when you feel nauseous will improve your symptoms and have you feeling better quickly. However, peppermint oilshould not be used around children under the age of 3 years old due to the high levels of 1,8-cineole.
Though not as well-known as a nausea treatment, peppermint’s purer-bred relative spearmint is also effective. Like peppermint and ginger oils, spearmint essential oil can be applied to pressure points, rubbed gently over the stomach and intestinal area, or diffused through the air to bring relief for nausea. The refreshing scent of spearmint, mixed with the menthol component of its oil, can make you feel more alert and able to breathe despite your nausea.
Lemon essential oil was recently found to be effective and safe when used by pregnant women to help ease nausea and vomiting. Gentler than Ginger or Peppermint, it is well received by women.
Never use oils undiluted on the skin. Whenever you use essential oils on the skin, it is important to dilute them down in a gentle carrier oil, like jojoba oil or coconut oil, to mix with more potent oils before applying to your skin. This will help you avoid burning or irritating your skin’s surface when you use essential oils topically. 1 drop of your chosen oil into 1 teaspoon of your chosen carrier oil is the maximum percentage you should use in pregnancy.
Never directly inhale the vapour from an oil diffuser or steam dispenser, as it can irritate your mucous membrane. You should also only run your vaporiser for 15 minutes out of every hour. If your nausea persists over 48 hours, or if you begin to show signs of dehydration, stop using essential oils and contact your midwife or hospital for further advice.
This home remedy is meant to help mild nausea. It won’t cure the source of your nausea if you have a hyperemesis gravidarum.
It’s important to remember that essential oils are not a miracle cure. Keeping that in mind, there’s not much to lose by grabbing your favourite essential oil to treat your next bout of nausea. By taking a deep breath and calming your body, you might be able to ward off the nausea and keep it from becoming worse.
Keep an eye out for unusual reactions or side effects regardless of whether you’re feeling better, and never try to treat dehydration, headaches or bleeding. If you are ever unsure, please do speak to your midwife or local hospital.