Essential Oils for Babies & Children

dōTERRA essential oils for babies & children are considered safe, even for newborns. But you want to keep a few things in mind. Let’s start with a video by Dr. Hill who will briefly discuss Are Essential Oils Safe for Children.

When applying to newborns & infants consider diluting the oils because of the sensitive nature of their skin, a good ratio to start with is 1-2 drops of oil with 2 TBLS of fractionated coconut oil. Also chose some of the gentler oils like lavender, frankincense, melaleuca, ginger, lemon, orange, sandalwood, roman chamomile and one of my favorites, ylang ylang. Digestzen is also a excellent blend to use for tummy upsets. Be careful to keep the oils away from babies hands where they might be able to rub them in their eyes.

Three cute little girls - one, two and three years old

Possible uses:


COLDS Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon.

CONSTIPATION Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBL of good carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy.

COUGHING Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back.

CRYING Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil.

DIARRHEA Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBL good carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon.

DIAPER RASH Combine 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes.

FEVER Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks.

JAUNDICE Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1TBL of quality carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA treatment.

TEETHING Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBL of quality carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line.

TUMMY ACHE Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Wild Orange with 2 TBL of quality carrier oil. Add 1 Tsp of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes.

Other essential oils commonly used on infants: Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.


COLDS Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest.

CONSTIPATION Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet.

CUTS & SCRAPES Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly.

EAREACHE Apply Melalueca and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal.

FEVER Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBLS of quality carrier oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back.

FLU Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.

MINOR BURNS Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area.

SUNBURN Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area.

Other oils commonly used for children: Frankincense, Geranium, Sandalwood, Thyme and Ylang Ylang

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano can be applied to the bottoms of the feet without discomfort. Be sure to put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive.

baby essential oils

It is truly magical to be able to sooth a burn or calm a distraught child will these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.

I am not a Physician, just a wife, a mom, and a grandma who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family.

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30 Responses to Essential Oils for Babies & Children

  1. How often do I apply the oils for jaundice in my newborn?

    • You might want to try 2-3 times a day, diluted, bottoms of feet with socks. If you are using some of the very gentle oils like Lavender, you could massage into the tummy, and around the back with a quality carrier oil,. My favorite is the fractionated coconut oil. Also, a little sunlight or even fluorescent lights without clothes is very helpful. Enjoy your new baby!

  2. I recently purchased the doTerra On Guard and the Breathe. Are these safe to use on my 2 month old or do I need to dilute them first? I was planning on putting the On Guard on his feet but wasn’t sure if I needed to dilute it first. On the Breathe bottle it says to dilute with fractionated coconut oil, can I use organic coconut oil or does it need to be fractionated? Thanks

    • I would dilute those oils at least for a start on such a little one. The bottoms of the feet are very insensitive to the way the oils feel. Even Oregano can put put on the bottoms of a baby’s foot without causing any discomfort. Always put socks on following, because it can be transferred by way of little hands to other places it could be uncomfortable. You can use any quality oil and I always recommend organic. The fractionated coconut is nice because it absorbs quickly & it always stays liquid, but really any oil is fine.

  3. Thank you for the quick response, how much coconut oil oil would I use to dilute one drop of the On Guard and the Breathe? Can I put the Breathe on his chest?

    • Just maybe a tsp, it doesn’t have to be precise. Yes you can put the Breathe on his chest with the coconut oil. No more than a drop of Breathe because it does have peppermint and that can actually make him feel cold. Peppermint is excellent for bringing down a fever.

  4. I used the On Guard on my babies feet and he has gotten over his cold a lot quicker than the doctor said he would but now I am sick I’ve been using it on my feet but my cold is still lingering. Can I take On Guard internally while nursing?

  5. Curious about orange ginger sugar scrubs on kids. I purchased a bottle from Bath and Body works and while my 6 year old was in the tub he was asking if he could use some. I did a small application on his feet and lower legs giving him a massage and he loved it. After the fact I see on the container it says for adult use only- I assume its because it will make things so slippery but now wonder If that’s why? Did I do a bad thing?

    • I am not familiar with that particular product, but I am familiar with Bath & Body Works enough to know I will never use any of those kinds of products on myself again. The reason is, since discovering these CPTG essential oils a couple of years ago I now fully understand that what goes on you goes in you. I have personally seen and experienced this. Having that knowledge has completely changed what I use when it comes to personal care products.

      There are many grades of essential oils, the most common are perfume grade oils, which are what you would find in an Orange-Ginger sugar scrub or it could be the lovely citrus smell that comes from the toilet bowl cleaner. That sugar scrub likely had very little if any at all pure orange or ginger oil in it. Plus all of the other fillers in the form of dangerous petroleum based ingredients, which are the most common ingredients in our personal care products, I know now that they will absorb into my body, because what goes on you goes in you.

      It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice Orange-Ginger Sugar Scrub ever again. But why not have fun making it yourself with these true Wild Orange & Ginger essential oils mixed with some organic sugar? We make all sorts of our own personal care products now using these essential oils from doTERRA. In fact most of them are safe to eat without worry and have a food label right on them. Instead of potential harm being done we are now doing something good for our bodies every time we use these oils. No more worries about what is in the bottle we are applying to ourselves or children. You will never have to be concerned again as to whether or not you did a bad thing for your son. I am sure your son will be ok, but seriously take a look at what ingredients are in the products you use in the future and you will never worry about that again if you begin to make a change.

      Isn’t that what we all want, healthier options? It is clear by your question, you do.

  6. What oils are good for wipie solution other than tea tree and lavender? Thank you

    • Those are the best 2 that come to my mind. What are you looking to accomplish? You can always do a Google search and get some ideas.

  7. Can I use serenity on my 5 month old and 2 year old? We are flying for the first time and I would like them to be as calm as possible since I am flying without my husband! How would I apply it?

    • I would think that would be fine if you dilute it. I would put it on the bottoms of the feet & you could even swipe a little across their clothes. Lavender would be great, Wild Orange, kids love that. And use a little Serenity for yourself:}

  8. I’m new to this whole oil thing but I figured I might try. My 5 year old started sneezing a ton today and now has a stuffy nose:( what can I do for him so he doesn’t get worse? Or is it too late? If I use the oils will he not get a cold? How do I use it and what do I use..on his feet? I also have a 2 year old..can I use the same remedy on her as a precaution ? Thanks

  9. Can I use lemon, lavender and peppermint in my 7 month old humidifier for allergies?

    • You can use the oils in a humidifier as long as it is cool mist, not steam. Heat will change the oils. I would have no problem using them for a baby.

  10. My baby (5 months) has acid reflux. Are there any oils that would be good to use to help with that?

    • You might want to try adding some DigestZen to a little carrier oil and rub on tummy and chest a few times a day.

  11. will try using lavender for 9 month old grandchild with sleeping problems – any other suggestions?

  12. My 1 month old niece does nothing but scream when she’s with her mom. What oils are safe to use on her? Also what can I dilute it with besides coconut? I am afraid to put any nuts on her just yet.

    • I am thinking possibly Frankincense on both mom & baby. It is a bonding oil and may help the 2 connect. Frankincense is often used right after birth to help make a strong connection. I would also use Lavender. Having mom apply some lavender on her chest so whenever she is holding her little girl she will be able to smell the vapors. Apply it often, it will help mom relax too and that is important because babies can definitely pick up any stress mom is feeling. If mom doesn’t feel comfortable about what she is doing, baby can’t feel comfortable either.

      Are there nut allergies in the family? I don’t know if coco”nut” actually qualifies as a nut. It has been used on newborns since forever. There are lots of different oils though, any good carrier will do fine, coconut is just so quick to absorb into the skin & with no greasy feeling.

  13. How often do you apply the Lavender for fever?Also, my daughter is 2…should I use your recommendation for “babies” or “children”?

    • As needed, even every hour. Peppermint will really help. I would probably do for a child, but a drop or maybe 2 should be enough. Feel free to dilute though, it won’t change it’s strength,

  14. I have the family physician kit but I’m very new to this. My almost 3 month old has severely dry, peeling skin on his face and scalp. Would you recommend using anything from the kit I have for this? If so, can you advise me how to? Thank you so much in advance! Much love!

    • If you haven’t found , it is an excellent place to look stuff up. Skin issues can happen for so many reasons, but according Dr. Susan Lawton (I was able to spend a couple of days taking classes with her) the biggest culprit is Candida. Even in a new baby, that is what thrush is, many diaper rashes, etc. Work on finding the underlying cause and you will be headed in the right direction. You have to be your own detective of sorts. I would also think about any lotions or other baby care products you are using and move towards organics. If formula is being used, take a look at that too. Hope you are able to figure it out for the both of you, I know it is so hard to watch your baby have problems. Keep us posted if you figure it out:}

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