DIY Massage Oil for Pregnancy
Essential oils SAFE for pregnancy (second and third trimesters):* You can find a wide selection of high-quality, organic and fair-trade essential oils from Rocky Mountain Oils * Bergamot, Black Pepper, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefriut, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose Otto, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sweet orange, Tea Tree, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang.
Essential oils to AVOID during pregnancy (partial list):Arnica (homeopathic is fine), Basil, Birch (sweet), Bitter almond, Boldo leaf , Broom, Buchu, Calamus, Camphor (brown or yellow), Cassia, Cedarwood/thuja, Chervil, Cinnamon, Clary sage, Clove (bud, leaf or stem), Coriander, Costus, Deertongue, Elecampane, Fennel, Horseradish, Hyssop, Jaborandi leaf, Juniper berry, Melilotus, Mugwort, Mustard, Nutmeg, Origanum, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Pine (dwarf), Rosemary, Rue, Sage, Sassafras, Savin, Savory (summer), Tansy, Thyme red (large doses), Tonka, Wintergreen, Wormwood. Note: I'm just going to say NO to Lavender, because it's a tricky one and some strains are "allowed" while others aren't. So to play it safe, just opt out of it for the next few months.
Essential Oil to Carrier Oil DilutionFor massage oils, dilution of essential oils to carrier oil is generally, for healthy adults, 7-15 drops per 30 ml (1 oz), which is about 1%-2.5% dilution. For pregnant women, I'd suggest keeping the dilution at about 1% and use 6-7 drops per 30 ml of carrier oil. * You can find a wide selection of high-quality, organic and fair-trade essential oils and carrier oil at Rocky Mountain Oils *
DIY Massage Oil for Pregnancy
Photo: Paige Lorraine PhotographyMaking you own massage oil is as easy as DIY's come! The carrier oils that I like to use in my massage oil are sunflower oil and sweet almond oil, both of which are safe for pregnant women, too. To make a 60 ml (2 oz) bottle of massage oil, use 30 ml of each carrier oil (60 ml in total), sunflower, and sweet almond, and approx. 12-13 drops of your favorite combination of pregnancy-safe essential oils! Mine is lemon, bergamot, black pepper and sandalwood :) The carrier oils that I use (sunflower and sweet almond) are light and have a very mild odour, which is why I like to use them in my DIY massage oil, however, you can substitute for whatever carrier oil you'd like. Fractionated coconut oil is also quite popular in massage oils, as is safflower and grape seed oil. And it doesn't have to be a blend either - if sweet almond oil is all you have lying around from another DIY project, then just use a full 60 ml of that! *Note: when topically applying citrus essential oils (like lemon, lime, neroli, grapefruit and bergamot) avoid sun exposure. Citrus can burn your skin in the sun. How to Make My Personal Favourite DIY Massage Oil for Pregnancy
- 30 ml (1 oz) Sweet Almond Oil
- 30 ml (1 oz) Sunflower Oil
- 3 drops Lemon essential oil
- 3 drops Bergamot essential oil
- 3 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 3 drops Black Pepper essential oil
- 60 ml of carrier oil (aim for a light, mild-odour oil)
- 12-13 drops of (essential oil) pregnancy safe - see list above)