Using essential oils in your home for everything from health & beauty recipes, to medicinal purposes has become much more of a norm these days than it was just a few years ago.
They’ve been used for centuries across the globe for all their wonderful health benefits but we in the U.S. are a little slower to the habit.
Using them on your baby can be a huge blessing in many ways, from not only saving money since they cost just cents per drop, but the convenience of having them already right there in your home can be very comforting. If you can familiarize yourself with the top benefits and recipes you may need, then when the time comes, let them be your go-to before panic kicks in.
So many of the store bought items we have grown up on can be bad for our families, for example, talc, which is in most baby powders can be very irritable to the lungs, and many other baby products contain synthetics and toxins that can cause health issues such as eye damage, respiratory, neurological and skin issues. Using all-natural ingredients on your child is the best way to go, then there is no worry about starting them off with these things in their systems and you can feel good about the benefits the essential oils will have on them instead.
There are a few tips and safety things to know before you start –
Always use pure essential oils, not synthetic ones, or ones that have added perfumes or dyes. If the ingredients say anything other than the plant extracts themselves, skip it and find a pure one.
- Always dilute essential oils when using on babies. Their skin is more sensitive than an adults is and much more delicate, so even if the oil doesn’t say to dilute, do it anyway to be safe. You can always add more oil if needed but you can’t take it off once it’s put there.
- When diluting, a good ratio to follow is one drop of essential oil to 1 tbsp. of your favorite carrier oil. Some of the best ones to use are fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, or sweet almond oil.
- Avoid using stronger oils in a diffuser in the baby’s bedroom or sleeping areas. Things like cinnamon, peppermint or stronger cooking oils like thyme or oregano are too potent.
- When putting oils on the bottom of baby’s feet, cover with socks afterwards so that the baby doesn’t end up grabbing their own feet and in result, have oils on their hands or face.
Here are some basic oils and uses to know and have handy:
Lavender – Good for any calming use, for colic, to stop crying, for fever
Melaleuca – good for colds and congestion
Peppermint – fever – combine with lavender to help calm the potentcy
Geranium – Jaundice, cradle cap
Roman Chamomile – Diarrhea, crying, anything calming, teething
Top 10 Recipes for Baby
Diaper Rash relief – Use 1 cup organic coconut oil and the following essential oils: 25 drops roman chamomile, 22 drops lavender and 20 drops frankincense. Mix well to disperse oils evenly throughout and then place into a glass lidded jar. To use: Apply a thin layer to area of irritation and reapply as needed.
Baby Toy Cleaner – Use an 8 oz. glass spray bottle and combine 4 drops lemon essential oil and 4 oz. white vinegar, then top off with purified water. Spray on toys to kill germs and bacteria and leave them fresh and clean.
Colic Blend – Use to help calm colic: Combine 6 drops ginger, 3 drops lavender and 1 tbsp. coconut oil. Place in small lidded container and layer on tummy in a thin layer as needed. Also can be rubbed on lower back as well. Use up to 5 times per day if needed.
Stain Remover Spray – In an 8 oz. glass spray bottle, combine 2 tbsp. borax, 1 tsp baking soda, and 25 drops lemon essential oil. Top off with purified water and shake well to blend before use. Spray on stains and rub in well before washing regularly.
Scented cotton balls for drawers and storage – Add a drop or two of lavender or a favorite citrus oil to a cotton ball and place in baby’s clothing or storage drawers or containers. This will help put a soothing scent on their things that will keep them happy and calm.
Cradle Cap relief – Mix together 2 tbsp. almond oil or jojoba oil with 2 drops of lemon and geranium essential oils. Rub a small amount on baby’s head where cradle cap is and let sit. Then wipe clean after a few minutes of letting it soak there.
Fever reducer blend – Make this up ahead of time if your baby tends to easily get fevers. It’s so nice to have on hand and ready to go. Using a 10 ml. size roller ball bottle, add in 15 drops lavender and 10 drops peppermint essential oils, then top off with a carrier oil and place roller ball into bottle. Shake well and roll on the back of baby’s neck and behind the ears. Careful to stay away from eyes. Also apply to the bottom of the feet and cover with socks. Reapply as needed.
Teething relief mixture – Mix 2 drops roman chamomile and 1 drop lavender with 1 tbsp. carrier oil. Use a small amount and rub along outside of face along jawline to help relieve the pain and irritation as needed.
Calming blend for crying – Blend these oils and then place in an empty glass bottle with lid to use as needed: 10 drops lavender, 8 drops roman chamomile and 5 drops orange or bergamot. Shake to mix and then apply either to a cotton ball or in your own hands and then let the baby inhale but not touch the oils. You can gently cup their nose and mouth with your own hand for the easiest way. Also, add to a few drops of carrier oil and rub on bottom of the feet and then place on socks.
Soothing bath time – Add into running water or bath 2 drops lavender and 2 drops roman chamomile. Do this before bed or nap time to help them get a good calm start and a good solid sleep.