Natural baby care using essential oils
Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils are safe and gentle enough to use on newborns and babies. As a mother (who knew absolutely nothing to begin with) I have found them totally empowering because they’re very effective, fast-acting, easy to use and cost-effective. They are, in my opinion, one of the best things to have on-hand if you’re wanting to take a proactive and natural approach to your child’s health.
Not all essential oils are equal
First things first, not all essential oils are created equal. The essential oil industry world-wide is largely unregulated and, therefore, what’s printed on the bottle can often be meaningless. I personally only use and recommend the purest therapeutic grade essential oils because I can be 100% certain that they contain no solvents, pesticides, synthetics and other nasties – remember that everything we put onto our skin or inhale goes into our bodies. I don’t want to take the risk – do you?
Essential oil safety and babies
- Only use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade oils on your baby’s sensitive skin.
- Never use essential oils internally with babies or children.
- Keep oils out of the reach of babies and children at all times. Teach older children self-application only under adult supervision.
- If your baby accidentally ingest oils, call poison control. It is extremely rare for a child to drink enough to be truly harmful but it’s better to be safe.
- If your baby accidentally gets essential oil in their eye, don’t panic. But apply vegetable oil (such as coconut or olive oil) onto a tissue or cloth and place over baby’s eye to draw out the stinging essential oil. NEVER apply water as this will drive the essential oils in deeper.
- Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil (I use Fractionated Coconut Oil) before using topically on your child. Recommended dilution rates: Infants – 1 drop of essential oil per 1 Tablespoon (15 mls) of carrier oil; From 2 years of age – 1 drop of essential oil per 1 teaspoon (5 mls) of carrier oil.
- Avoid applying oils on baby’s hands and cover baby’s feet with socks after applying essential oils to the feet to avoid oils going into mouth and eyes accidentally.
Common essential oil uses for babies
Calming – Dilute Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Serenity Restful Blend. Apply to baby’s feet, on your own chest if you are holding baby, to baby’s clothing or bedding (it will not permanently stain), or diffuse into the air.
Digestive support – Dilute one or a combination of Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Wild Orange. Massage gently into baby’s stomach and back. May also apply Digestzen Digestive Blend to baby’s feet or stomach.
Ears – Dilute Lavender and Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and massage around (never inside) the ear and down towards the lymph nodes.
Skin – Dilute one or a combination of Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Melaleuca (Tee Tree) or Frankincense. Massage gently into skin.
Teething – Dilute Lavender and/or Roman Chamomile. Massage gently onto outside of baby’s face along the jaw line. For older babies/toddlers, may also apply very heavily diluted clove oil directly to gums during times of intense discomfort.
Respiratory support – Dilute Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Lemon and apply to chest, back and feet every 1-2 hours. Can also add Lavender and/or Frankincense. May also be diffused into the air. For older babies/toddlers, diffuse or apply diluted Breathe/Easy Air Respiratory Blend topically.
Common essential oil uses for children
The second post in this series on natural infant and child heath and wellbeing using safe yet extremely powerful Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils focuses on children from two years old and above. You can read it here.
Would you like some samples to try for yourself? For further information about using Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils for health and healing for all ages from newborn to elderly, please contact me. You can also book an essential oils wellness consultation with me personally.