Essential Oils in Birth: Ginger
Kaelie Harris • Doula • Huntsville, AL
Ginger essential oil in birth is amazing to help with nausea in pregnancy and in labor. Ginger is from the Zingiberaceae species. It is a spicy, earthy essential oil and has warming and soothing properties.
Ginger is used to reduce nausea and to increase the appetite. It is great to use in labor not only for the anti nausea properties, but also because it helps to stimulate the mother, making her feel grounded and secure.
It is not recommended to take ginger oil internally for pregnancy and birth, instead using an aromatic application (diffuser or personal inhaler) is advised.
Ginger can be an irritant if used topically, so it is best to avoid using it on the skin during birth.
Ginger is energizing and uplifting and is also considered to be an aphrodisiac. This is great for childbirth because oils with aphrodisiac properties can raise your oxytocin levels, which can help to move labor along.
I would recommend using ginger for upset stomach in labor, as well as times that the mother feels defeated, tired, or ungrounded. This can help her recenter herself and find that calm strength that can carry her through her labor. This can also be helpful for the birth partner if they need to recenter and focus on the mother and her labor.
Ginger is also an anti inflammatory and antispasmodic, so it can also help with headaches and the general aches and pains in pregnancy and labor. It is a great oil to use if the mother is trying to avoid using other pain managing medications.
By avoiding topical or internal application and using a personal inhaler for aromatic application only, Ginger can be a safe and effective tool in labor.
Always check with your care provider before using any medications- including essential oils- during pregnancy, postpartum, or for baby.