Essential oils should be used on babies who are 6 months and older. Although essential oils are beneficial to babies, a little goes a long way. Always dilute with a carrier oil. Educate yourself thoroughly on each use.
Essential oils to use on babies:
- Roman chamomile: insomnia, fussiness
- Lavender: calming, soothes diaper rash, teething, unopen wounds, scratches and bumps.
- Dill: for gas
- Mandarin: restful
- Tea tree: as an antibiotic, eases thrush.
- Blue Tansy
- Sandalwood (Australian)
- Geranium Bourbon
- Sweet Orange: uplifting mood
- Yarrow (Blue): soothes diaper rash
- Bergamot: relaxing, enhances sleep.
- Cedarwood Atlas
- Helichrysum Italicum
- Rose Otto
- Fir needle
Why use essential oils on babies:
- For calming
- For sleep
- To sooth Teething irritants
- To purify the air
- Helps soothe colds and flus
- Manages pain and fresh closed wounds
- Eases diaper rash, you may use essential oils around the private areas, inner thighs.
Do NOT use these essential oils for babies:
- Birch (Sweet)
- Star Anise
- Clary Sage
- Avoid premixed Essential oils unless you have patch tested each ingredient.
Carrier oils to use on babies:
If you like you may use carrier oils on their own as they provide wonderful therapeutic benefits. It is also a great idea to mix carrier oils to make salves.
Fractionated coconut oil
Sweet Almond (unless allergic to nuts)
Grapeseed (unless allergic to grapes)
Beeswax (unless your child is allergic to bees)
ALWAYS dilute essential oils before use.
Keep in a cool dark place that is lockable and out of reach.
Store in glass containers.
ALWAYS do a patch test.
Avoid prolonged use of essential oils.
Oils make you and your child slippery. So be careful.
Be sure to follow correct dilution and usage. Diffuse for 30 minutes maximum at a time. Switch off for an hour and diffuse again.
Use one essential oil / carrier oil at a time.
Keep out of reach for children.
If irritation occurs, stop use immediately.
Do not replace essential oils with a child’s medication.
Consult your paediatrician for any concerns.
Be careful when using essential oils on yourself to avoid exposing your child.
Essential oils should NOT be ingested by children unless with advise of a doctor.
Keep diffusers on a high steady spot away from furniture (so that children do not climb to reach).
Always use best quality, organic essential oils.
Educate yourself as a parent on each essential oils, knowing the therapeutic uses, safety and what to look for and do, incase of an emergency.
Also spot for allergic reactions in children.
Do not use essential oils if your child is on medication. Some essential oils may alter medication.
Do not use if your child has broken or damaged skin and open wounds.
ALWAYS supervise children when using essential oils. Wash hands after use.
DO NOT place essential oils on the ears, mouth, nose, eyes and private parts for children. Avoid all openings on the body.
Keep E.O’s away from direct heat and sunlight.
If you are unsure, do not use, trust your instinct.
Add orifice reducers preferably, to all your essential oils as these limit the amount of E.O’s that come out.
Be smart, savvy and safe.
Dosage and Dilution:
To more than 10ml (8 drops of carrier oil / 2 tbsps)
6 Months to 1 year – add 1 drop of E.O
2 to 3 years – 2 to 3 drops of E.O
4 to 6 years and elderly – 4 to 8 drops of E.O
7 to 12 years – 8 to 12 drops
Best places to apply essential oils on babies:
- Bottom of feet
- Back of the neck
- Rub into temples, be sure that it does not drip into eyes
- Behind ears
- Jawline to sooth teething.
Best Method of application:
- Baby massage diluted with a carrier oil
- Baby bath
- Foot soak
- Chest rub
- Add to unscented lotion, avoid putting on the face.
Sun sensitivity (phototoxic) essential oils:
Avoid going into direct sunlight after using Citrus essential oils= Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine. They are phototoxic and may cause skin reactions.
Other phototoxic essential oils are Dill, Rue, Cumin.
- Chest rub to ease congestion:
Lavender – 3 drops
Tea tree – 2 drops
Frankincense 2 drops as well
2 drops Cedarwood
3 drops Wild orange
1 ½ tbsp. Shea butter
1 ½ tbsp. fractionated Coconut oil
- To uplift mood:
1 drop Lavender and Sweet Orange
1 tbsp . of any Carrier oil
- For cradle cap
1 drop each of Sweet Orange and Tea tree, Geranium and Lavender
½ cup unscented lotion
- For sleep
1 drop Cedarwood
1 drop Lavender
2 tbsps. carrier oil
1 drop vetiver
1 drop of Roman Chamomile
1 drop of Lavender
A tbsp. of carrier oil / (½ cup oats and drop Tea tree in a bath for diaper rash)
- Boost immune system especially during flu / cold season for diffusing
Frankincense (1 drop)
A drop Sweet Orange
Lavender 1 drop
- 10 drops Helichrysum
6 drops Roman Chamomile
20 drops Lavender
30ml of Carrier oil.
- Soothing repairing salve
¼ cup fractionated coconut oil
¼ cup olive oil
A tbsp. Coconut oil
20 drops Lavender
12 drops of Frankincense
10 drops Sweet Orange
8 drops Tea tree
If you are uncertain, you may still use the benefits of E.O’s by using hydrosols. Hydrosols is the aromatic water that remains after essential oils have been steam distilled. A fraction of essential oils remains in hydrosols and are beneficial.
They are safer and gentler to use for children. Storing them in the fridge for up to 24 months. Hydrosols are great sprays with anti-inflammatory properties for calming and uplifting. They are a better alternative for baby baths, sun burns on babies and foot scrubs.
In conclusion: Essential oils for babies are highly beneficial as well as using the alternative of hydrosols. Be smart, savvy and safe when using them.
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Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.
Cheers, happy oiling, MrsChettyLife.