Essential Oils that are Safe for Babies and Children

babies-and-young-childrenEssential oils that are safe and 11are wonderful to use for babies and children – they help support their delicate, developing immune systems and are safe to use as they work synergistically with the body to promote wellness.

I’ve come a long way since my children were born. They are now adults !!! I had never once heard of using essential oils when my family was young and resorted to using very unnatural things whenever they weren’t feeling well. Now I know better and using high quality oils like Young Living has helped a lot. They are now a staple in my household and I use them daily, which has worked very well to keep me and my grandchildren  healthy and well!
This guide below refers to children from newborns to five years old.

Are you brand-new to essential oils? Then I suggest starting here. Most Common Oils Used for Babies

Lavender
    Cedarwood
    Melaleuca Alternifolia (aka Tea Tree Oil)
    Roman Chamomile
    German Chamomile
    Sandalwood
    Marjoram
    Frankincense
    Lemon
    Citrus Fresh (a blended oil)
    Purification
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Proper Dilution
Dilution is important when it comes to babies as they are so small and the oils are strong – a little goes a long way. Not that they are something to be feared, but just have a healthy respect for them.

This is where I recommend starting: 1-3 drops essential oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil. If you’re finding this dilution ratio isn’t effective for your baby, then increase the amount of essential oils you’re using by a few drops and continue from there.

Frequency
For general immune support, just 1-2 times a day or less is good. I’ve even found that when I use oils right after we’ve been somewhere where I think they’ve picked up germs, they stay well with just 1-2 applications afterwards.

When their immune systems need more support, I apply the oils 2-4 times a day. Essential oils metabolize in the body in 2 1/2 to 3 hours, so you can technically apply that often.

My Favorite Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are fatty oils that are totally different than essential oils. They help to “carry” the oil over the skin. This helps to reduce irritation (as essential oils are drying and some can irritate if they are not diluted) and makes your oils go further!

Young Living’s V-6 oil (a combination of 6 vegetable oils, including fractionated coconut and jojoba
Fractionated coconut oil
Sweet Almond Oil
Grapeseed Oil

Common Oil Uses for Babies

Note: Roman Chamomile is gentler than German, so it is best suited for newborns and infants.
Immune Support

Recommended Oils: Lavender, Frankincense, Lemon
Use topically by diluting 1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil of choice and massage on the Vita Flex points on the bottoms of the feet, 2 to 4 times a day when needed.

Digestion Support

Recommended Oils: Fennel, German Chamomile, Melissa, or Marjoram
Use topically by diluting 1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon carrier oil of choice, and massage a small amount gently on stomach and back

Respiratory Support
Recommended Oils: Thyme or Lemon
Diffuse with an aromatherapy diffuser
Dilute 1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest

Crying
Recommended Oils: Ylang ylang, Lavender, or Roman Chamomile
Diffuse with an aromatherapy diffuser
Dilute 1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest

Nappy Area
Recommended Oils: Lavender
Dilute 1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil of choice.

 Happy Ears
Recommended Oils: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil), Cedarwood, or Frankincense
Put a diluted drop of oil on a cotton ball and place in the ear (but do NOT put the oil itself directly in the ear), rub diluted oil behind ear (1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier

 Healthy Skin
Recommended Oils: Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Rose, or Sandalwood
Dilute 1-3 drops in 1 tablespoon carrier oil and apply where needed

Teething
Recommended Oils: Lavender, German Chamomile, Ginger, Marjoram, Melaleuca
Dilute and apply a small amount to feet

Hope you find this guide useful. Do let me know in your comments below.

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