Essential oils can be a great way to help your baby through common baby ailments and fussy days. In fact, a lot of the well known baby soothing products on the market include popular essential oil ingredients, because they are the safest things to use with little ones. Diffusing these oils at home with baby is easy to do, and when you get used to adding them to the diffuser both of you will be able to enjoy the benefits all day long.
These are some of the best and safe essential oil choices to diffuse at home with your baby, and a basic guide to the issues they help with.
Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon essential oil is a great mood booster when diffused in the home, for both you and the baby. More importantly though it can be used during cold and flu season, to clear the house of viruses, and then to relieve and loosen up congestion. This natural citrus oil is safe for diffusing near the baby, but you can also apply it with a carrier oil to the back or feet.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is found in the baby version of a popular chest rub product, along with rosemary, and its sole purpose is to relax and calm babies down. This essential oil is one of the best soothers and calming aids you can use, with only a drop or two necessary to fill an entire room for several hours. Babies that suffer from colic, a cough, congestion or prolonged crying benefit the most from this oil.
Melaleuca Essential Oil
Most new essential oil users are not familiar with melaleuca, but it is a great oil to have on hand and safe for use around baby. Used along with lavender and lemon this essential oil is a great way to hasten the healing process after a cold because it helps clear airways and baby and mom can breathe easier.
Orange Essential Oil
Another citrus, this crisp oil is great for the fussy or colic baby, but it should only be diffused around baby. Orange is great as a balancing oil for everyone, and babies benefit from the benefits when they are upset, or just need some extra comfort.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile is known for its sleepytime benefits, and it works the same way when it is diffused in a room. This baby safe oil perfect for the fussy, colic baby that needs help getting to bed and staying asleep for longer than a few minutes at a time. It doesn’t take a lot of this oil to work, and it can be combined with orange and lavender in a diffuser for overall sleep support.