Essential oils have a handful of benefits whichever correct way they are used, and to no surprise (or maybe just a little bit) this stands the same when it comes to its use on babies.
Given that, I am very happy to announce that I recently gave birth to a healthy, beautiful baby girl last June 7! As early as now, I’ve already thought about sharing with her at a young age, the healthy and proper use of essential oils once the right time comes. But since I haven’t really used essential oils since the need has not come yet, this entry serves as a guide to all the mommies out there who also want to explore using essential oils on your lovely babies.
To be fully transparent, using scent-packed fluids on babies can be a bit tricky, especially if not used correctly. They can be neurotoxic to children as and can cause seizures, ulcers and asthma. With this said, it’s important to keep in mind that these oils need to be used in diluted amount for safety purposes as explained by Dr. Erika Krumbeck of Naturopathic Pediatrics. Any type of ingestion is also a big no-no!
Babies who are three months old and above are the only ones who can tolerate the use of these oils. Direct application on skin should be avoided since skin of babies are very sensitive and instead, should always be diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut or vegetable oil so that the strong concentration will be weakened for use. Mixture should not exceed .2% of the recipe, or 1-2 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Recommended oils as long as diluted are dill, chamomile, lavender and yarrow, but, of course, it’s always best to check with your doctor before using these on your child or at least do a patch test for allergies first by following the simple directions below.
Steps to Patch Test:
Dilute a few drops of the diluted essential oil on the inside of your baby’s elbow.
Watch for a reaction for 24 hours.
If there are not reactions encountered such as change in alertness or difficulty breathing, use of oil is good to go.
Another way of using these scented oils for the baby is to put them in a cool air humidifier and stay away from warm ones since heating the oils can greatly damage its therapeutic properties. On the other hand, if you have a humidifier that allows essential oils to be used, make sure to follow the instruction manual on the necessary steps.
Here are also a few, quick and helpful reminders in using EO at home for your baby:
Do not pour oils into the water chamber as it will damage your appliance.
Diffusers are very helpful for essential oil use when you do not have a humidifier to use at home, since diffusers are designed to nebulize the oil into tiny particles to be diffused in the room.
Essential Oils need to be stored correctly and tossed away once they’ve expired since expired ones are more likely to cause allergic reactions past their due date.
Most importantly, whatever method you choose to settle for and use with your baby, make sure to run it by your doctor to ensure that you are correctly using the product 100%!