Essential oils for babies
We love our little ones so much, but we always worry about their health and the products we use with them don’t we? Have you ever wondered what is in all the products you use on your baby and how harmful they are? We see long-lasting consequences of the use of certain diaper creme, talc powder and other products. It’s scary to think we may use something on our kids that can potentially harm them. Many moms turn to natural options and for good reason. Let’s talk about some of these natural options and how to safely use them with our babies.
Safety with little ones
While our Essential Oils are 100% pure, natural extracts from plants, they are also very concentrated substances. For the littlest family member, it is important to use them in a safe and gentle way.
- Because your baby’s skin is so delicate, always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Always label rollers or containers used for your baby to eliminate any confusion; try using a special colored tape.
- Avoid diffusing strong oils such as Cinnamon Bark, Clove, or Oregano in your baby’s room.
- Cover your baby’s feet with socks after application, so the oils don’t end up in their mouth.
- Never use essential oils internally with young children.
- When using citrus oils topically, avoid sun exposure for at least 12 hours
- Keep oils out of reach of small children.
- Store essential oils in glass bottles only, and away from sunlight and heat.
- Be cautious when using hot oils, such as Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, Clove, Lemongrass, Coriander, Cassia, and Thyme, as they can burn the skin without proper dilution.
The most gentle way to introduce essential oils to your baby is aromatically. As your baby inhales, the molecules of each oil go right through the back of the nostril where receptors convert the information to the nerves attached to the olfactory bulb of the brain. This provides great support for the emotional needs of your baby.
Inhalation of essential oils is also taken into the lungs and into the bloodstream. This provides support for the overall wellness of your baby.
- When diffusing in the nursery or around the baby, one to two drops is all you need in the water of your diffuser; if you have a waterless diffuser, dilute the oil in a carrier oil in an empty bottle to attach to the diffuser.
- When diffusing stronger oils, keep the baby’s door open for airflow.
- Add one to two drops of essential oil to a 2 oz glass spray bottle of water to create a natural room spray
- Apply a drop of the essential oil to Mom’s scarf or diluted on your chest and allow baby to breathe it in as you hold and caress them.
- Mix one to two drops of essential oil to 2 tsp of carrier oil and use 1/2 tsp of the mixture in a full sized bathtub full of warm water. Shut the door to keep the aroma in the bathroom.
Using essential oils in conjunction with a massage, will create aromatic bonding. This is where your baby will begin to associate the aroma with times spent relaxed with their parent or grandparent. The more regular the massage, the stronger the aroma bonding.
When the child smells the same aroma out of context of the massage, they will be reminded of the massage and the emotions that went with it – comfort, reassurance, and relaxation. This can be very helpful when small children are separated from their parents.
When using essential oils topically with babies, use 1-2 drops in a 10ml roller bottle and fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil. If you want to make a salve or lotion, use 1-2 drop to 2 tsp of carrier oil.
Carrier oils for children:
- Sweet Almond Oil – emollient and nourishing effects on skin, which makes it the number one carrier oil suggested for babies and children.
- Avocado Oil – can be used in combination with 2/3 Almond Oil for a dry and flaky skin.
- Coconut Oil – an excellent emollient that is perfect for making lotions, creams and body rubs.
- Fractionated Coconut Oil – coconut oil from which the lauric acid has been removed, allowing it to stay in liquid form, making it perfect for roller bottle blends.
For the whole family
Diluting essential oils in a carrier oil before an application is an excellent way to reduce sensitive skin reactions to certain essential oils, but will it reduce the oils’ effectiveness? The answer may surprise you. Research shows that diluting oils not only does not reduce effectiveness but may actually have certain advantages.
Evaporation is the primary issue in topical application. One of the most important benefits of dilution is that it decreases the surface area of a substance exposed to air, which reduces the rate of evaporation. When diluted, essential oil chemical constituents have been shown to pass through the skin more efficiently than when applied neat (no dilution).
Reflexology is the application of pressure to different system zones that can support a physical change in the body.
Using essential oils with reflexology on your baby’s feet can magnify the benefits as it brings the body into balance. Start with a gentle massage to increase the blood flow to the foot, then massage into the targeted zone. Remember to use the properly diluted amount that is safe for your baby.
The zones important for baby reflexology:
1 – head/teeth area
2 – sinuses/respiratory area
3 – relaxation
4 – digestive area
- Work on reflexology during a routine massage time with your baby.
- Apply reflex points when the baby is nursing or drinking her bottle.
- Reflex points can become tender when the immune system is working harder.
- Use reflexology one to two times a week.
Relaxing and calming oils
Episodes of crying, that sometimes can last several hours, with a healthy baby can be exhausting and discouraging. Often this is just a short stage, but living through those weeks of the unknown can be very hard on a new parent. Essential oils can be very effective tools to help calm and relax your baby, and even parents, as they care for them.
Our calming blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. The essential oils in this must-have blend were meticulously chosen to lessen feelings of tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling. It is the perfect blend to diffuse at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep, to calm a restless baby or child, or to help reduce the worry and stress so many of us feel. It combines the soothing scents of lavender, marjoram, roman chamomile, and ylang-ylang with the warming aromas of Hawaiian sandalwood and vanilla bean to create a prized essential oil blend that every home, family, and individual needs.
Nursery uses for the calming blend:
- Dilute and apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime to help wind down before going to sleep.
- Add one to two drops to Epsom salt and put into a warm bath to create a peaceful, renewing aroma.
- Diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress. Blends well with Grounding Blend, Cedarwood, and Vetiver.
- Apply to Mommy’s aromatherapy necklace or scarf to help reduce anxious feelings throughout the day.
- Add to a spray bottle with witch hazel or water and use as a teddy bear, pillow, or room spray.
- Add a drop to our all natural hand and body lotion and use during a massage to promote relaxation.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
The warm, woody aroma of our grounding blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. This is especially helpful after the stressful experience of birth or when the baby is unsettled with a change or stressful situation.
Spruce, one of the oils in the grounding blend, was used by Native Americans for health and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho wood, blue tansy, and blue chamomile can ease anxious feelings, while frankincense provides a grounding, balancing effect on emotions.
Nursery uses for grounding blend
- Combine one drop in a diffuser with lavender or calming blend to soothe away feelings of irritability and promote sleep.
- Use topically over the solar plexus to bring a sense of tranquility.
- Use topically with a massage to promote whole-body relaxation.
- Combine with lavender or calming blend in a spray bottle to create a natural room spray.
Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
From a renewable source in Hawaii, Hawaiian sandalwood delivers a variety of benefits, including smoothing skin and enhancing moods. With thousands of years of documented use, this oil has a high value to many users. Hawaiian sandalwood has a rich, sweet, woody aroma that instills calmness and well-being, making it a perfect oil to incorporate into massage or aromatherapy.
Sandalwood is very soothing and beneficial to the skin, making it highly sought after in body and skin care products. In addition to being soothing and beneficial to the skin, Hawaiian sandalwood provides these same effects to mood, helping to lessen tension and promote emotional well-being.
Nursery uses for sandalwood
- Apply diluted to the bottom of your baby’s feet at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.
- Add one drop of all natural hand and body lotion and massage onto your baby’s back, feet, and chest to lessen tension.
- Add one drop and ¼ cup epsom salt to a hot bath to promote relaxation.
- Diffuse with lavender and roman chamomile at sleepy time.
The dreaded time when gums are swollen and teeth are pushing through, making it hard for our little ones to sleep or even get comfortable; teething. Yes, there is an oil to help with that as well.
In fact, there are several great choices of essential oils to support a baby during this insufferable time: lavender and roman chamomile, for instance, as well as calming blend, which has BOTH of these amazing oils in it.
When most people begin their journey with essential oils, they often start with lavender. This oil has been used and cherished for centuries for its unmistakable aroma and myriad benefits.
In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities, which continue to be lavender’s most notable qualities.
Due to lavender’s versatile properties, it is considered the must-have oil to have on hand at all times. The pre-diluted lavender roller is perfect to have at the changing table or in your diaper bag.
Nursery use for lavender
- Use one to two drops in the diffuser of your choice to promote sleep and relaxation.
- Dilute and massage on the baby to soothe occasional digestive discomfort.
- Dilute and apply to help skin to recover quickly.
- Apply diluted to the cheek, and across the jawline, to soothe discomfort when teething.
- Add to a whipped body butter with melaleuca to use at the diaper changing table.
- Use with melaleuca and a carrier oil to make natural baby wipes.
- Apply diluted around ears with melaleuca prior to taking off in an airplane.
Clove, Peppermint, and the Protective Blend are often used for teeth support with older kids and adults. Since babies cannot use oils internally, these oils are not recommended for teething support.
Colic is often seen in newborns who may be needing some tummy support. When a baby is struggling with occasional upset stomach, a nursing mom can often change her diet to support healthy digestion, eliminating gaseous foods (beans, corn, dairy, gluten, spicy foods, etc.) as well as taking our terrazyme complex to help absorb nutrients and break down food.
Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste and it may help support the health of the lungs and respiratory tract. Fennel is also known for its ability to promote healthy metabolism, liver function, and circulation.
Nursery uses for fennel
- Apply diluted around your baby’s belly button to aid in healthy digestion. If the aroma is bothersome, blend with wild orange. For a more constant support, reapply three to five times a day.
- Layer the fennel application with diluted lavender to soothe the tummy.
- Dilute and apply with lemon essential oil to reflex points on the feet to help with liver function and healthy digestion.
- Use fennel with massage techniques to promote healthy digestion.
- Nursing moms can massage into breast tissue (avoiding the nipple) two to three times daily to increase milk supply.
The digestive blend is a wonderful companion to aid in the digestion of food, soothe occasional upset stomachs, and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating. It is known as a “tummy tamer” and is a unique blend containing ginger, fennel, and coriander to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, including motion sickness and indigestion, while peppermint, tarragon, anise, and caraway aid with digestion and help maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract.
The pre-diluted digestive blend roller is great to have on hand at the changing table or in your diaper bag.
Nursery uses for digestive blend
- Using a pre-diluted roller, roll around baby’s belly button or on the bottom of baby’s feet. For a more constant support, reapply three to five times a day.
- Layer with diluted lavender to soothe the tummy.
- Blend with wild orange or lemon for a more pleasant aroma if the minty, licorice smell is bothersome.
Our respiratory blend is a remarkable blend of essential oils including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, ravensara, and cardamom. This blend maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing while minimizing the effects of seasonal threats such as pollen
Since respiratory blend contains peppermint and eucalyptus, it is not recommended to be used on the chest of children under 12 months old. Some people can also be sensitive to these particular oils, so make sure to test these oils topically on Mom several times while holding the baby and make sure that your baby responds nicely to them.
Feel free to also experiment with the other oils listed above as they are very effective in opening airways as well. Some babies may respond better to different oils.
The pre-diluted respiratory blend roller and the respiratory blend vapor stick are great for on-the-go Moms.
Nursery uses for respiratory blend
- Diffuse one drop respiratory blend with one drop lime, keeping the nursery door ajar.
- Apply the respiratory blend vapor stick onto the bottom of baby’s feet and put socks on.
- Apply any of the above oils (diluted) to a nursing Mom’s chest to help keep the baby’s airways open while nursing.
Possible skin sensitivity: use only on baby’s feet. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after application.
There are many amazing essential oils that are great for supporting a healthy immune system. The best oils to support baby’s immune system include frankincense, arborvitae, lemon, protective blend, and melaleuca.
Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. In addition to its fame as a kingly gift in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin.
This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of frankincense today. As the king of oils, frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function, helps build and maintain a healthy immune system, and promotes feelings of peace and relaxation.
The pre-diluted frankincense roller is great to have on hand at the changing table or in your diaper bag.
Nursery uses for protective blend
- Dilute and rub on the crown of a newborn baby, up the spine, and on the big toe to assist in circulation and transfer oxygen to the cells.
- Dilute with lavender and apply after circumcision to soothe the skin.
- Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
- Dilute with arborvitae and lemon to support a healthy immune system.
- Use with our all natural hand and body lotion instead of a traditional baby lotion.
Healthy skin support
Every nursery should have a variety of essential oils at the diaper changing table to promote healthy skin. Lavender, melaleuca, frankincense, cedarwood, and geranium can soothe a baby’s sensitive skin.
Commercial diaper cream can contain ingredients that can irritate a baby’s delicate skin. This amazing essential ointment is a petroleum-free, preservative-free ointment that absorbs quickly. Frankincense, helichrysum, melaleuca, cedarwood, and lavender form the base of this ointment, making it gentle and non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
This amazing essential ointment also provides a moisture barrier that helps protect while simultaneously soothing and hydrating the skin. This multi-purpose, all-natural ointment helps soothe skin and keep it clean while recovering from distress.
Directions for use
Apply to affected areas as needed.
**PERFECT for using at the changing table.
**PERFECT for using on sore, dry and cracked nipples when nursing.
For external use only. Avoid direct contact with eyes. If skin irritation occurs, discontinue use.
More commonly known as “Tea Tree,” melaleuca essential oil has over 92 different compounds and limitless applications. Melaleuca is best known for its purifying properties. It can be used to cleanse and purify the skin and nails and to support a healthy complexion. This oil promotes healthy immune function and can be used on surfaces throughout the home to protect against environmental threats.
MELALEUCA is frequently used on occasional skin irritations to soothe the skin, and diffusing melaleuca will help purify and freshen the air.
The pre-diluted melaleuca roller is great to have on hand at the changing table or in your diaper bag.
Nursery uses for melaleuca
- For occasional skin irritations, apply melaleuca essential oil (diluted) onto the affected area.
- Combine with lavender to make natural baby wipes.
- Diffuse to purify air and protect against environmental threats.
- Dilute and apply to bottoms of feet to support a healthy immune system.
- Add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use on surfaces to protect against environmental threats. You can also add protective blend or lemon.
- Using a pre-diluted roller, roll around babies ears when traveling on an airplane. You can also layer with lavender.
A member of the Pelargonium Genus of flower species, geraniums are grown for their beauty and as a staple of the perfume industry. Uses of geranium essential oil date back to ancient Egypt, when Egyptians used geranium oil to beautify skin, and for other benefits.
As an essential oil, geranium has been used to promote the appearance of clear skin and healthy hair—making it ideal for skin and hair care products. It also helps calm nerves and lessens feelings of stress. Geranium is also known to naturally repel insects.
Nursey uses for geranium
- Mix one drop with one drop of lemon essential oil and one tbsp carrier oil, apply to bottoms of feet to support the liver in breaking up bilirubin in the body.
- Add with lavender to a whipped body butter to promote clear, healthy skin.
- Diffuse aromatically for a calming effect.
- For dry, cracked nipples while nursing, apply one drop diluted in fractionated coconut oil directly to nipples after a feed.
Oils for breastfeeding
Breastfeeding can be one of the most rewarding and difficult times in a new mother’s life. If the baby has a difficult time latching on, or breast milk is not coming in as it should, then you need to talk to a lactation consultant.
There are oils that can help increase milk supply, and using lavender can also help calm baby and mom when feeding time begins. Clary sage supports and assists the uterus as it tones after delivery. It also promotes increased lactation.
Clary sage is a biennial or perennial herb that grows up to six feet in height. It is known for its calming properties and benefits to the skin. The main chemical component of clary sage is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group thus making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils.
In the Middle Ages, the clary sage plant was frequently used to soothe skin. Inhaling clary sage promotes feelings of relaxation, allowing for a restful night’s sleep.
- For supporting the uterus – Apply to the abdomen, ankles, or bottoms of feet.
- For increasing milk supply – Mix two tbsp of fractionated coconut oil and add 10–15 drops of clary sage oil. Apply a small amount of the mixture to your breasts, avoiding the nipples. Fennel and basil also help with milk supply.
DIY Nipple cream
- Use the amazing essential ointment
- That’s it!
Apply after each feeding. This ointment has lavender, frankincense, melaleuca, cedarwood, and helichrysum. This petroleum-free, preservative-free ointment absorbs quickly and is gentle and non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
So many baby products are made with synthetic fragrances that can cause respiratory, neurological, and skin damage. At a fraction of the cost, you can be empowered to make natural, safe, and gentle products right from home. Here are some amazing recipes.
Natural baby wipes
1 roll premium paper towels
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil
8 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops melaleuca essential oil
Cut paper towel roll in half with an electric meat knife or regular kitchen bread knife and pull out the roll from the center. Warm the 2 cups of water on the stove. Remove from heat. Add oils to the water and pour over paper towels. Store in an airtight storage container/empty wipe container/wet bag.
Soothing oatmeal bath
A handful of oats.
1/2 tsp jojoba oil.
Add the gluten-free, organic oats to a square piece of muslin material. Add oils to the oats. Tie the bundle and attach it to the bath faucet, so the water runs through the oats before reaching the bath water; OR tie bag securely and place in the bath.
Half gallon jar.
Alcohol (vodka or rubbing alcohol).
Fill up jar halfway with equal parts water, alcohol, and white vinegar. Add essential oils. Cut up old t-shirts for rags. Put rags into the solution. Wash dirty rags and replenish jar. Refill solution every two to three months. These are perfect for cleaning toys and the nursery.
2 oz glass bottle.
10 drops lavender essential oil.
8 drops melaleuca essential oil.
10 drops frankincense essential oil.
Mix oils in a glass bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil. Spray a thin layer onto the rash area and reapply as needed.
Whipped body butter
1/4 cup organic shea butter.
1/8 cup organic coconut oil.
1/8 cup organic sweet almond oil.
24 drops essential oils.
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Let cool 30 minutes. Stir in almond oil and essential oils. Place oil mixture in the freezer to chill. Once oils are solidified whip it until you get a butter-like consistency. For sleepy time, use grounding blend, calming blend, cedarwood, roman chamomile, or lavender oils. For healthy skin, use geranium, cedarwood, lavender, or frankincense.
Talc-free baby powder
1/2 cup organic cornstarch.
1/2 cup arrowroot powder.
1 drop roman chamomile essential oil.
3 drops lavender essential oil.
1/4 cup finely ground oats.
Mix. Put in a shaker style bottle.
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