Baby-Safe Essential Oils to Help Soothe and Calm Babies and Toddlers
Most of us know just how amazing essential oils are, but the fact that we’re all grown up means that most products are perfectly safe to be used on our aged skins.
So how can we be sure that essential oils are safe to use on babies? Making decisions as parents (that may possibly harm our children) is a frightening idea, and finding credible information is much easier said than done these days.
Luckily, that’s where this post comes in.
Before we go ahead and tell you what you can or can’t use on your baby’s delicate skin, here’s a word of warning: Essential oils are super concentrated, which means that you should always take care and pay attention whenever working with them.
Tips for Parents On Using Essential Oils for Babies
Kids, toddlers, and babies should never (as in ever) ingest any essential oils. Furthermore, you should always dilute the essential oils you intend to use for your baby. Essential oils should never be used without a carrier oil or proper dilution, and there’s simply no exception to this rule.
Age Appropriate Use of Essential Oils for Babies
The truth is that there’s just not an abundance of information to be found on what age children should be before certain essential oils can safely be used. Parental judgment is the determining factor at play here. You can also go ahead and have a look some popular books on Amazon if you feel like you need a little guidance on the matter.
Best Essential Oils for Babies Aged 3 Months and Up
Essential oils that are applied topically to children aged 3 months and up should never exceed .2% of what the recipe calls for (about 1 or 2 drops per ounce of carrier oil).
The following oils can safely be used on babies that fall under this class:
Lavender – may be able to relieve colic.
Best Essential Oils for Babies Aged 6 Months and Up
When your child is 6 months or older, you should not use more than .5% of the recommended amount of oils in recipes, which is roughly 3 to 5 drops of essential oil per carrier oil mix.
You can safely use the following oils on your half-a-year old baby:
Best Essential Oils for Toddlers Aged 2 Years and Up
Once your child reaches the 2 year benchmark, you can go ahead and use 2% of the recommended amount of essential oils that a certain recipe calls for. This amounts to roughly 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil that you’ll use.
The following oils are safe for children aged 2 and older when used topically:
Basil (sweet and lemon)
Clove (bud or leaf)
Witch Hazel (check out this post)
The Deal with Eucalyptus Radiata and Eucalyptus Globulus
Whether or not to use Eucalyptus with children will probably be a debate that stretches far beyond this lifetime. The reason for this is because the oil contains 1.8 cineole – a constituent – and when used in safe amounts, it’s perfectly fine for babies and toddlers. The reason why most folks avoid it however, is because too much of it can cause problems with the respiratory system. Children under the age of three years old can be treated with diffused Eucalyptus essential oils (roughly 2 drops blended with 4 teaspoons of carrier oil).
How to Use Essential Oils for Babies
There are thousands of recipes floating around, indicating the use of specific essential oils and carrier oils, which can be used to treat a wide range of conditions in children. Whichever one you choose to go with, here are a few super simple ways that you can use your diluted essential oils for your baby. ..
#1 Nighttime Massaging Oil
Using some lavender essential oil you can easily create a calming sleep rub, which may help your baby doze off easier and stay asleep for longer periods of time.
#2 Healing Slave
Tea tree essential oil mixed together with lavender essential oil and some coconut oil. This salve can then be applied to scratches and minor wounds to help speed up the healing process.
#3 As a Relaxing Bath Remedy
Some citrus essential oil diluted into your baby’s bathtub may help soothe his or her little body and get them ready for a good night’s sleep.
While we always try our utmost best to give you good holistic advice, our sources might not include the thing which you had a specific query about, or you may even have some knowledge to add to our database. Go ahead and share your experiences and success stories with us, who knows, another mom might just be able to learn something from you today!