Essential Oils for Babies & Children

Portrait of a crawling baby

 

Therapeutic grade essential oils that have been certified pure are considered safe and effective for babies and children. Essential oils for babies & children when used properly to promote health and wellness can even be safe for newborns. When applying to newborns & infants dilute your essential oils because of the sensitive nature of a babies skin. A good ratio to start with is 1-2 drops of oil with 2 TBLS of fractionated coconut oil, just a few drops of that diluted mixture will be enough. Also chose some of the gentler oils like Lavender, Frankincense, Melaleuca, Ginger, Lemon, Orange, Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile and one of my favorites, Ylang Ylang. the Digestive Blend is also an excellent blend to use for tummy discomfort. Be careful to keep the oils away from babies hands where they might be able to rub them into their eyes.

Possible uses:

Babies

FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER: 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.

NEWBORN TUMMY TROUBLE 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.

SLUGGISH BOWEL 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.

RESPIRATORY ISSUES 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.

OVERACTIVE DIGESTIVE ISSUES 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.

FUSSY BABY 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.

LIVER SUPPORT Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBL 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 exposure to the sun or UVA lights.

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.

OCCASIONAL 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.

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

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.

Children:

NOT FEELING SO WELL: Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest.

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

OUIES: Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the ouie. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the ouie. The Lavender may sting a little if applied directly.

EARS: Apply Melaleuca 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.

OVER HEATED 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.

SEASONAL BODY ACHES 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

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 minor skin irritation or calm a distraught child with these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.

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

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