Essential Oils for the New Mom

By Mary of The Encouraging Home, Contributing Writer

Essential oils are one of the most important parts of my healthcare. They are also one of my favorite things to give as gifts. I love to share the benefits of pure essential oils with my friends. Especially new moms.  How I wish that I had used essential oils during pregnancy, labor and delivery and when my children were small.  My life would have been much simpler!


Essential oils are amazing and have so many benefits.   You don’t have to use many drops~ more is not always better. One drop of peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea.

They are also very easy to use.  Simple is important for new moms who are sleep deprived and figuring out life with a baby. There are many ways to use essential oils: Rub on the bottom of the feet or different areas of the body (dilute with a carrier oil like coconut oil for children), smell the oil straight from the body, diffuse in a diffuser, put a few drops in a spray bottle.

A valuable resource for moms is Gentle Babies. This is a great book that I use all the time, even though I don’t have babies anymore :(   It has information about pregnancy, birth and health issues that you face in childhood and beyond.

My favorite oils to have on hand and to give as gifts are Lavender, Peppermint and Thieves, along with the book, Gentle Babies. There are so many that it is hard to choose, but these are my top ones:


Lavender is known as the “universal oil” and can be used for almost anything.  No home should be without it. Lavender calms anxiety and Lavender Essential Oilis a natural stress reliever. The fragrance is calming, relaxing and balancing – physically and emotionally. Lavender is excellent for medicinal purposes as well. It is also great for your skin! It can be applied neat (undiluted), inhaled or diffused.

A few of the many uses:

  • Stress reducer
  • Helps you get to sleep
  • Relieves headaches
  • Bug bites/ bee stings
  • Minor burns
  • Allergies
  • Bruises
  • Sunburn Relief
  • Add to moisturizing cream and use on face
  • Helps with bedwetting



Peppermint is one of the oldest and highest regarded herbs. It is well-known for helping with respiratory and digestive issues. Rub it on sore muscles, smell to relieve congestion, rub on a sick tummy or drink a drop in tea of water to soothe nausea.

Some of the many uses are:

  • Aid in Digestion
  • Soothe upset stomach
  • Reduce fever
  • Help with headaches
  • Energy boost
  • Improve concentration/mental alertness
  • Helps with bruises
  • Helps with tick removal
  • Flavor water
  • Boost immune system
  • Curb appetite
  • Help Poison Ivy/Oak


Thieves was created based on research about four thieves in France who covered themselves with cloves, rosemary, and other aromatics while robbing plague victims.  It is highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. It is being used in some hospitals to fight infections. This is the first oil I reach for that the sign of a cold or flu. We start using it when fall arrives or when we are around sickness.

Some of the many uses:

  • Fights germs & infections
  • Helps with strep throat
  • Cleanses the air
  • Kills mold
  • Helps with cold sores and bleeding gums
  • Household cleaner
  • Fights fungus
  • Helps with acne




There are many, many other oils that are beneficial, but these are great and have so many uses. This is a great way to help someone start on the path of natural living or bless someone already using natural products. These will help make life much easier in many different ways for new moms and their little blessings.

Want to learn more about using essential oils? Get my free guide and read my series to help you get started.

Mary is a farm girl, wife, and homeschooling mom to 2 sons. She is passionate about her faith, family, homeschooling, healthy living and tries to find balance in it all, as well as farm life. She blogs at The Encouraging Home where she tries to encourage others in life and to stay focused on the Lord and the things that truly matter, even through stress, chaos, and trials. It is her desire that women will rise up and take back the challenge of raising their children for the Lord, so we can change future generations and our nation.





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