Updated: Jul 30, 2018
As an aspiring holistic health coach, and a mom of two, who’s bodies and immune systems are still developing, I strive for natural solutions for our everyday aches and woes.
Essential oils are distilled oil from the barks, leaves and roots of plants, trees and flowers. They can be used therapeutically for physical pain as well as for emotional support. The benefits are enormous. Most importantly is that they leave no toxins behind in the body, which is something I put value on when it comes to the medicinal care of my children.
For newborn babies I would avoid essential oils until the 3-month mark. Lavender is a great starter oil. It's gentle and be used for so many different things.
After 3 months, introduce one oil at a time, always diluted with the ratio 1:1, meaning 1 drop with 1 tsp carrier oil, i.e. almond oil. Other safe oils for babies as from 3 months include roman chamomile, lemon, frankincense, melaleuca and wild orange.
After 6 months, a few further oils can be introdcued, such as cardamom, cypress, geranium, ginger, marjoram, rosemary, sandalwood, thyme and ylang ylang.
Most importantly, always use 100% pure therapeutic oils. There are many adulterated oils out there which can be bought over the counter.
Safe essential oils for babies (as from 6 months) & toddlers
*In summer I would recommend to not use any citrus oils as they are photosensitive and came create pigmentation on the skin. However, do diffuse them in your home!
How to use oils on babies & toddlers
For babies up to toddlers, I always recommend to dilute in a carrier oil to prevent any skin irritation. Don't forget how potent these oils are! Make sure that oils are of pure therapeutic grade quality.
Carrier oils can be coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. Dilution ratio should be 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. I usually mix it directly on the palm of my hand before application.
Massage gently in circular motions on the concerned area. Repeat a few times a day until you see results.
Many say that essential oils should not be used until the 3rd month. That is really up to you and your feeling as a parent. I would say use the gentler oils on the newborns, such as Roman Chamomile and Lavender, which are definitely safe to use.
After the 3-month mark, you can incorporate more oils. Always observe how how your child reacts to them, as every child and skin type is different. Some mothers are extremely cautious introducing oils to their kids. It's really up to you and your feeling as a mother. Don't hesitate to ask me or your healthcare taker if you have any concerns or questions.
Natural Solutions with Essential Oils
For babies and toddlers alike, use roman chamomile mixed with almond oil. Use the above-mentioned dilution ratio and rub the oils gently in circular motions on their tummy.
Burns, cuts, sunburns
Use lavender for both babies and toddlers for the aforementioned issues. It can happen so quickly that your child burns or cuts themselves. It happens! Luckily, we are have our handy oils, 100% natural. Lavender oil is known as the Swiss army knife of oils.
Apply on the concerned area a few times a day until you see results. You may dilute, if your child has sensitive skin, or apply simply 1 drop of lavender oil, undiluted, to your little one's skin. For sunburns, mix coconut oil before bedtime with lavender oil.
Melaleuca is a life-saver when it comes to diaper rashes. Usually after one day of application, the diaper rash diapers. Mix with almond oil or coconut oil and apply at every diaper change.
When you often go hiking in summer and are looking for a natural bug repellent, use geranium mixed with coconut oil for small babies. Coconut oil has lauric acid which is also a natural bug repellent and protection for our skin.
For older kids, use thyme with coconut oil. Again 1 drop of essential oil properly diluted is sufficient. Apply when needed.
On a side night: your canine companions also benefit from essential oils. The same solution with thyme and coconut oil may be applied to them.
In our society, fever is quite misunderstood. Fever is your body's way of activating it's healing properties. Too quickly we reach to fever lowering medication, which unfortunately, can lead to side-effects such as chronic cough or runny noses. Usually fever lasts around 3 days. As long as it doesn't surpass 42 degrees Celsius, it's actually not harmful, but rather just doing it's job of healing.
Instead of using medication, try lavender and spearmint. Lavender is effective at supporting the immune system while assisting spearmint in providing a cooling sensation. Take a rollerball bottle and add 3 drops of lavender and 1 drop of spearmint essential oil. Fill up the rest of the bottle with carrier oil of choice.
All my information I have from various experts who've written books on essential oils. One my favorite books on the subject is Smart Mom's Guide to Essential Oils by Dr. Mariza Snyder as well as Renegade Beauty by Nadine Artemis.
Reach out, if you have any further questions, I'd love to answer any questions.
Hi, I'm Inés, mom of a 3- and 1-year old, both boys, striving for a natural lifestyle by eating clean&green and using natural solutions.