Essential Oils for Babies & Toddlers

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.


Babies

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

Lavender

Roman Chamomile

Melaleuca

Geranium

Marjoram

Bergamot*

Basil

Cardamom

Cedarwood

Clary Sage

Clove

Eucalyptus

Fennel

Frankincense

Grapefruit*

Helichrysum

Lemon*

Lemongrass*

Lime*

Oregano

Rosemary

Wild Orange*

Wintergreen

Ylang Ylang

*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

Tummy aches

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.