Homemade Labor Massage Oil – Lavender – Clary Sage

labor massage oil

Next on my list of things to pack in the hospital bag is homemade labor massage oil.  I’ve been looking at some different essential oils that might do well to help during labor and decided to use lavender and clary sage.


Lavender – Lavender is a very versatile essential oil you can use all throughout your labor to promote relaxation and help relieve pain. You can even use it to help heal any bruising your baby may have gotten during birth. (source)

Clary Sage – Clary Sage is a versatile essential oil for labor. It causes more effective contractions, so you can put a few drops on your inner ankles to keep labor progressing well. You can also try this as a natural way to induce labor. It can also be used to reduce pain and aid in circulation. (source)

My plan is to use this massage oil (or have the husband do it) on my stomach and lower back while in labor.  I know it won’t be a magic massage oil, but I’m hoping it will help to relax me while easing a little of the pain and working to keep the contractions efficient.

I know my biggest problem during labor is relaxing.  It’s hard to relax and then progress slows down.  But once I get the epidural (which I’m not getting this time) I relax and in less than 30 minutes baby is usually out.

So, I’m hoping all of these natural methods I will be using will help to keep labor progressing and maybe take the edge off.  I’ll let you know how it does for me in a few weeks, but in case you want to make your own:

Lavender – Clary Sage Labor Massage Oil

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Labor Massage Oil - Lavender - Clary Sage
Recipe type: Massage Oil
A natural birthing massage oil for during labor.
  • 100 ml Almond oil (or other carrier oil)
  • 20 drops Clary Sage 100% essential oil
  • 20 drops Lavender 100% essential oil
  1. Mix all ingredients in the bottle of your choosing.
  2. Massage onto belly and back during labor.
Store in a cool, dark place.
If you’ve tried something like this before, how did it work for you?
Kirstin - March 19, 2013

I am so excited to try this!!! Relaxing is also my problem during labor and I too am planning a drug free delivery but in September!! :)) good luck and can’t wait to see more posts!!

Ellen Christian - March 20, 2013

Good luck! I use lavender a lot to relax.

Robin {Mom Foodie} - March 24, 2013

The ingredients certainly sound soothing.

Scarlet Paolicchi - March 24, 2013

Sounds like a great idea & a simple recipe! I’m eager to see how it works out.

I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. 🙂

Jenn - March 25, 2013

I enjoyed smelling lavender essential oil when I was in labor with Sweet T. Well, as much as you can enjoy anything in between contractions and vomiting. 😉

    Jennifer Dickison - March 29, 2013

    Yes, I know that! LOL

Dee @ Cocktails with Mom - April 21, 2013

I love me some lavendar. I use it almost nightly.

Carrie - April 24, 2013

I needed this when I was in labor! Actually my labor only lasted a couple of hours…but I still would have used this!

Shell Feis - May 5, 2013

Mmm… I can smell it from here. Yum!

Jennifer - June 2, 2013

I love lavender anything! I grow my own and try to use it as much as possible.

Elisabeth - April 16, 2014

Did you use it? How did it work?!

    Jennifer Dickison - April 17, 2014

    I did not get to use it. By the time I figured out I was in labor, I was almost finished, lol. Disappointed I didn’t get to try it out.

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