Essential Oils for Babies & Children

doTERRA’s therapeutic quality 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. Digestzen is also an excellent blend to use for occasional tummy discomfort. Be careful to keep the oils away from babies hands where they might be able to rub them into their eyes.

You would probably like to know how much essential oils to use on a newborn baby or for children. Here is a simple guide.

  • 3-6 months of age. Use a single drop at a time diluted in 4 tsp. of carrier oil
  • 6 month to 2 years of age. Use a single drop in 2 tsp. of carrier oil
  • 2-6 years of age. Use 2 drops in 1 tsp. of carrier oil
  • 6 years and older. Use 3 drops in 1 tsp. of carrier oil

If giving an older child essential oils internally.

  • 1-2 drops
  • 12 drops max in a 24 hr. period

Noodle & Boo, LLCPossible uses:

doTERRA for Babies

SEASONAL THREATS: Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender when the desired result is to avoid seasonal threats. 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.

OCCASIONAL NEWBORN TUMMY DISCOMFORT: 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.

NORMAL RESPIRATORY HEALTH SUPPORT: Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back to support respiratory health.

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

OCCASIONAL DIGESTIVE DISCOMFORT: 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 AREA SENSITIVITY: 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.

HEALTHY 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.

If you would like to learn more about having doTERRA’s essential oils for yourself, then see our post on Getting Started. Or give us a call @ 858.295.2801. Would love to help you learn more.

OCCASIONAL TUMMY DISCOMFORT: 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: doTERRA Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine

DSHEA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

doTERRA for Older Children:

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

BOOST NATURAL IMMUNE SYSTEM: Dilute OnGuard blend in an organic carrier oil and store in a roller bottle. Apply to the bottoms of the feet before daycare, preschool, school or anywhere hands are exposed

HAPPY HEALTHY GUT: Use PB Assist Jr. a chewable tablet with 5 billion live cells including 6 strains of healthy probiotic bacteria vital for sustained good health. A healthy GI tract is important because much of our immunity starts in the digestive tract.

ANGRY CHILD: Dilute 1-2 drops of Ylang Ylang in an organic carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet. Diffuse a few drops of Vetiver & Wild Orange. Apply diluted Vetiver directly to the bottoms of the feet.

RESPIRATORY AILMENTS: Diffuse Breathe blend. Apply diluted OnGuard to the bottoms of the feet.

RESPIRATORY AILMENTS: Diffuse Breathe Blend

FEELING SICK & TIRED OF IT: When feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious apply diluted Lavender to the bottoms of the feet. Put a drop of Bergamot in the palm of the hand and inhale. Diffuse Frankincense and Wild Orange to oxygenate the brain and uplift the moods.

BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE: To warm them up and boost the immune system warm some organic unfiltered apple juice and add one drop of OnGuard Blend.

MAINTAIN NORMAL INTESTINAL ACTIVITY: Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet for digestive health support.

OUIE BOOBOOS: 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.

FEELING HOT: 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 for a cooling sensation.

OCCASIONAL MINOR BODY DISCOMFORTS: Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.

MILD SKIN SENSITIVITY: 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.

AFTER SUN CARE: Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sun exposure.

Other oils commonly used for children: doTERRA 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.

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.

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DSHEA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease.

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