What Essential Oil is Good for Breast Milk?

As a mom who breastfed both of her kids, I know how important it is to have a good supply of breast milk when nursing. I know how it feels when you feel like your body can’t produce enough breast milk to satisfy your baby. It can be crushing. When I was nursing, I didn’t know much about essential oils. Now, I do. And what I have learned has really opened up my eyes to all the natural and healthy possibilities out there. And that is why I have this blog, to help others like you to learn about the wonders of the natural world. So, to answer the question, “What essential oil is good for breast milk?”, the answer is Fennel. But that’s only one essential oil that works. There’s actually more and I talk about there.

Essential Oils That Work for Milk Production

Here’s the list that I want to talk about.

  • Fennel
  • Clary Sage
  • Basil
  • Geranium

All four of these essential oils may help to increase your milk supply. Of course, you do have to take care of yourself too so that these essential oils can be even more effective. Stress can decrease your milk production and too much stress will pretty much zero out any benefits essential oils can provide. So, try to get enough rest and drink plenty of water. Your body is doing a big job of making milk to feed your baby.

Rachel, over at Healing In Our Homes, wrote that Fennel helped increase her milk supply with “AMAZING” results. She said she applied it topically on her breasts, not the nipple, while pumping. She would do this 1 to 2 times a day. Within 3 days, she saw a marked difference.

Clary Sage essential oil is known for helping to support our hormones. So when we are nursing, it will help our hormones to work as they should.


Don’t use Fennel for more than 10 days in a row. A few days should be all that is necessary. Remember, essential oils are very strong and potent and a little goes a long way.

If you are using other essential oils, stay away from Peppermint. It is known to dry up your milk supply. (My husband was using peppermint for his allergies when I breastfeeding. All I needed to do was to get a whiff of it and my milk would dry up.)

Where To Purchase These Essential Oils

Always buy from a reputable company that makes pure essential oils with no fillers. I recommend Plant Therapy. They provide quality pure essential oils at affordable prices.

Fennel Sweet
Clary Sage
Basil linalool
Geranium Egyptian

Dilution Chart

Please refer to this dilution chart when diluting your essential oils. It is recommended that you dilute any essential oil that you use regardless of brand. Essential oils are strong and very potent and many can and do cause skin sensitivity, especially with children.

Plant Therapy has this awesome dilution chart you can reference.

You can download a free PDF version here or purchase the magnet here.

For babies, dilute at 0.5% or even 0.25% (half of the 0.5% amount. So, use 3 drops of your essential oil and dilute it in 4 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.5% or 8 teaspoons of carrier oil for 0.25%.

Use the 1% dilution ratio for daily use. Mix 3 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

If you need a stronger dose for a short period of time, use the 5% dilution ratio by adding 15 essential oil drops for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil.

For really, really severe situations, you can up it to 10 percent dilution ratio for small acute areas of concern. For this, you would mix 15 essential oil drops for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Recommended Essential Oil Brands

Because essential oils have therapeutic properties that make them so useful in our lives, you want to make sure that the essential oils you purchase are pure and contain all of the healing components that you are looking for. Unfortunately, there are some unscrupulous companies out there that sell diluted oils or even fake oils that will do you harm if you use them for therapeutic purposes.

The companies that I recommend and who consistently receive positive reviews on their essential oils are these:

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