Shortly after the official announcement of Kate Middleton's royal pregnancy came the rumor that the Duchess of Cambridge had developed a pregnancy craving for lavender shortbread to help ease the symptoms of morning sickness. Whilst cravings during pregnancy vary, lavender can be used in a number of different ways during pregnancy.
Using lavender oil in pregnancy
You can use lavender (and lavender oil) in pregnancy in the following ways:
- in cooking or baked items (such as lavender shortbread)
- in a massage oil to relieve back ache and other aches and pains
- during labor in a massage oil (although consult a qualified and experienced midwife before using lavender in this way)
- inhaling lavender oil through a diffuser or candle to help with insomnia.
Lavender oil is also suitable to use for both mom and baby, once baby is born, to help both get a good night's sleep!
A few things to remember when using lavender essential oil during pregnancy:
- know the type of lavender essential oil you are using as there is more than one variety; for example, true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the most common lavender oil but there are others too, including lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia) and spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia). These different types of lavender oil may react differently. Lavandula angustifolia is the preferred lavender oil to use during pregnancy
- make sure that you use a pure lavender essential oil and not a synthetic substitute, such as a fragrance oil, as such products don't possess the same therapeutic properties
- avoid using lavender essential oil during the first trimester of pregnancy; consult a qualified aromatherapist and an experienced health care professional for further advice on your particular circumstances
- always dilute the lavender essential oil in a base such as a massage oil or cream if you are applying it topically.
This is article is not intended as a substitute for medical advice and the advice given within it has not been assessed or evaluated by the FDA.
- Lawless, Julia, 1995, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils UK:Thorsons
- Price, Shirley, Price, Len, 2012, Aromatherapy for Professionals (4th Edition) UK: Churchill Livingstone
- DailyMail.co.uk, Folk Remedy Fit for a Princess: Duchess of Cambridge Munches on Lavender Biscuits to Ease Morning Sickness, December 31, 2012, accessed February 8, 2013
- Author is a certified aromatherapist