Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies and Children
We can go thru life with regrets or realize that people, places and things are put in our lives at exactly the right time. Do I wish that natural remedies would have been my first choice as we started having children…of course! Or when my babies experienced their first high fever and ear infection I would have had essential oils and herbs at my disposal….why yes!
There is something very empowering and freeing when you have complete control over your families health. To know for almost any illness, there is powerful yet gentle “medicine” that provide peace and comfort to parents, especially when there are so few things that are safe for babies when they are hurting. I would have loved to have a stash of oils to get me through some of those tough times. Better late than never!
My knowledge and desire to be Dr. Mom came in its own perfect timing and has been a crucial part of healing our boys from autism. To be able to equip parents with options (other than pharmaceuticals and synthetics) is an absolute passion. I WILL change the world… more specifically our approach to modern medicine and the “quick fixes” that our society craves in all facets of life.
So let’s focus on babies for a moment. They are our most valuable gift and that first few years are a critical time to establish a life of good health and immune function.
Below is a list of essential oils for babies, along with protocols for common issues that babies experience.
simple things to keep in mind: always dilute on babies with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Do not expect results from inferior oils.
#1 – Lavender
My top pick is lavender because it is one of the most versatile oils. It instills a normal sleep pattern, and what mom doesn’t need that in the first three months?? Lavender cleanses skin irritations, releases tension in the mind and body, among a long list of other things! Lavender is known as sort of the Swiss Army knife of oils, and has traditionally been known to balance the body and work where there is a need. When in doubt, use lavender is what you will always hear me say! **caution to know and trust your source of lavender. It is one of the easiest to make synthetically which provides zero therapeutic effect. Your essential oil company should have a S.E.E.D. to seal guarantee in place.
Can be used for: Cradle Cap • Crying Baby • Diaper Rash • Clogged Tear Duct • Fever
#2 – Di-Gize
What do I hear more than anything (next to eczema) that pretty much every baby is suffering from? Constipation, gas, colic, or diarrhea, and IT IS NOT NORMAL…so don’t let your pediatrician get away with telling you it is and handing you a prescription for a drug that will cause life-long immune dysfunction. I have personally seen many infants suffering from gut issues, only to have it worsen with OTC’s and Drugs; in each case, a small amount of Di-gize offered immediate relief….and stay away from the pasteurized milk people!
Di-Gize is a blend containing tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. These oils help with problems related to the digestive system. Simply rub a little over the belly or the bottom of the feet.
Eczema anyone?? The new “fashion” for babies and kids now. A combo of Di-gize to heal the gut and lavender to nourish the skin is a powerful one-two punch to nip that in the bud.
Can be used for: Colic • Jaundice • Constipation • Diarrhea
#3 – Thieves
A powerhouse of germ killing! Even superbugs like MRSA and C-diff are no match for this blend. Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiate, and rosemary. It is highly antiviral and antiseptic. I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking!
Can be used for: Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease
#4 – Melrose
Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove. It has strong antiseptic properties and can fight infection. It also helps with tissue regeneration. This oil is also very gentle with little to no “hot” feeling on the skin.
Little did I know how common molluscum contageousum and warts were until it happened to our middle son. This blend has been a part of our oil regimen to heal molluscum permanently!
Can be used for: Ear Infection • Cradle Cap • Thrush
Lavender Plus Melrose
If you have both lavender and Melrose, this combination of oils is useful for pink eye, baby acne, eczema, dermatitis and warts. (never put oils directly in the eye)
#5 – Peace and Calming
Peace and calming is a blend containing tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy. It offers up the most deep relaxing sleep you will ever experience! Peace and calming also helps with insomnia, and can reduce stress and anxiety. Mom also needs this oil, as it works wonders after a busy day and you find that your mind just won’t shut off.
This oil is a HUGE part of our Autism Protocol!
Can be used for: Crying Baby • Sleeplessness • Coughing
Finding it hard to begin? Below are some simple protocols to use for many common childhood illnesses. They only apply to the use of Young Living Essential oils.
Thieves, Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.
Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon.
Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBL of good carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy.
Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back.
Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil.
Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBL good carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon.
Combine 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes.
Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks.
Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA treatment.
Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBL of quality carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line. Thieves and Clove are also amazing, but dilute well and apply to the gum line.
Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Wild Orange with 2 TBL of quality carrier oil. Add 1 Tsp of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. #2 One drop of Di-gize on the belly or bottom of the feet. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes.
Other essential oils commonly used on infants: Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine
Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest. Another great option is Thieves.
Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet. (Di-gize as well)
CUTS & SCRAPES
Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly.
Apply Melaleuca and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal.
Read Here about our Ear Infections and how we treat them.
Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBLS of coconut or jojoba oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back.
Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.
Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area.
Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area.
The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano can be applied to the bottoms of the feet without discomfort. Be sure to put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive.
It is truly magical to be able to sooth a burn or calm a distraught child will these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.
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One last thought. It is time we start taking health into our own hands and stop the cycle of “suppression” that our society has fallen into. What happens when we face anything uncomfortable whether it be illness or just in life? We want to suppress it, rather than heal it. We are taught from an early age that a trip to the pharmacy and some drugs will take away discomfort immediately, and in a time of quick fixes and immediate gratification, this is all we know.
Our bodies, so perfectly designed, are not meant to be “quick fixes”. A fever means the body is fighting germs, but if we trick it and do not allow this natural process to happen, then that virus or bacteria will never go away. There are compounding effects to that as well. Anything with a list of side-effects means those things can ACTUALLY happen!
Natural Medicine does not have side effects. Natural Medicine does not cause other organs and systems to shut down because of their use. More importantly, natural medicine is ancient in its roots and if you are looking for a medicine with the longest track record of safety, look no further than essential oils.
I am a wife and a mom who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. Please like and share the love!
FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.