Aromatherapy in midwifery: benefits and risks

Complement Ther Nurs Midwifery. 1996 Aug;2(4):88-92. doi: 10.1016/s1353-6117(96)80081-3.


This paper examines the potential dangers for pregnant, labouring, and newly delivered women of using essential oils without adequate knowledge of the actions of the chemical constituents of the oils. Although the discussion focuses specifically on the use of essential oils by midwives, the principles could equally apply to other health professionals.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aromatherapy / adverse effects*
  • Aromatherapy / nursing
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Midwifery / methods*
  • Nurse Midwives
  • Pregnancy
  • Risk Assessment