Essential Oils to Induce Labor

By Tara Green
A pregnant woman at the beach

A woman whose pregnancy threatens to extend into a 10th month, may want to consult her midwife or holistic obstetrician about natural ways to induce labor. Aromatherapy oils can be massaged into a pregnant women’s abdomen suspended in a carrier oil (peanut oil is not recommended for pregnancy massage). Alternately, a woman wishing to bring on labor can inhale small amounts of one of these oils. All methods of labor induction should only be undertaken with the aid of a qualified health care worker.

Clary Sage

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Clary sage is known as an especially helpful oil for women. It naturally supports estrogen production, and thus helps with menstrual difficulties and menopause health concerns, as well as aiding in inducing labor. Also, clary sage works on the hypothalmus, relieving anxiety, thus easing the birth process.

Lavender

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Lavender is one of the gentlest oils to use on the skin. It has emmenagogue properties and thus should not be used by pregnant women unless trying to induce labor. Its calming and pain-relief properties can help create a more relaxing labor situation for the mother.

Jasmine

A bottle of jasmine oil and a leaf on a bed of jasmine flowers

Some people are sensitive to jasmine, so the mother's potential allergic reaction to this oil should be established before use. Jasmine has emmenagogue properties and should be avoided by pregnant women not seeking to hasten labor. It has mood-elevating as well as calming qualities. It has a strong effect on the uterus, which can ease childbirth but should be used sparingly.

Palma Rosa

Essential rose oil surrounded by rose petals

This essential oil with the rose-like scent oil is believed to boost the levels of oxytocin (the "love" hormone) in the blood, as well as having calming properties.