Essential Oils to Use for Babies
Essential oils can also be used on babies in a variety of ways, so long as you are applying them correctly! There are many health benefits of using essential oils; however, there are also safety measures to consider. Some oils can irritate skin; others may not be suitable for the elderly or young children. So, let’s talk about babies and essential oils!
Never Directly on Skin
Because essential oils are highly concentrated, it is important to not only choose the right oils, but also to dilute them even more for babies. Also, babies should never be given essential oils to ingest. The best way to use essential oils for babies is during bath time or for a foot massage.
Nevertheless, you don’t want these oils to be applied directly to the skin of a baby because they may cause irritation. Before adding oils to a bath or massaging into baby’s feet, dilute the oils in a water-soluble carrier like raw honey or vegetable glycerin, then add it to your bath water or by mixing with a carrier oil to massage into feet.
Watch for Reactions
You may not be aware that your baby has an allergy to a certain product. That is why you should introduce one type of oil per day and note any reactions to the oil. Avoid blends until you are aware of which oils your baby responds well to.
To calm you baby, you can use this essential oils diffuser blend and add it to a 10 ml roller bottle:
- 5 drops of vetiver
- 2 drops lavender
- 2 drops ylang ylang
- 1 drop frankincense
- 1 drop majoram
Before using any essential oil on your baby, please consult your paediatrician and research the oil and its uses on babies. Some oils are not advised for babies less than 6 months of age. You should make sure you are using high quality oils as well, and that they are of a grade intended for use in the way you’re using them.
When used correctly and safely, essential oils can be great for babies.