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Essential Oil Safety

General Guidelines for Essential Oil Usage on Babies

 

Dilute essential oils for newborn babies and young children. A good starting point is 1-2 drops essential oil with 1 ounce of an organic carrier oil such as virgin coconut or olive oil. Skin-friendly oils such as Lavender and Roman Chamomile can be used with less dilution. Always test on a small area first to be sure the dilution rate does not irritate the baby's skin.
If irritation occurs, dilute the effect with more carrier oil, not water. As the baby matures, the dilution rate can be adjusted.
For many issues, a blend of several oils is felt to be more effective than a single oil.
~ Parents are encouraged to test their dilutions and methods on themselves before applying them on their children. ~

Cradle Cap: Gently apply diluted essential oils over the scalp to help loosen scales. Leave on for at least a few minutes, and then shampoo off with gentle shampoo. Be careful to avoid the baby's eyes and face.

Nasal Stuffiness: Myrtle (diluted) swabbed in the nostrils for babies and young children. Follow with a salve such as Comfrey/Calendula Salve to keep the membranes moist.

Teething: Use a diluted combination of skin-friendly oils and apply to jawline.

Sore Throat: Apply diluted oils over the throat, chest and back. 

Colic: Apply diluted oil on the abdomen.

Earaches and Infections: Gently massage around the back of the affected ear, outside the ear, on the side of the head and down the throat (as encouraging the ear to drain). Never drop essential oils into the ear.

Respiratory: Apply diluted oils noted for respiratory issues to the baby's chest and/or back.

Diaper Rash: Apply a small amount (diluted) at each diaper change until the rash heals completely. Try to avoid the penis, testicles or vulva area. Avoid applying undiluted essential oils on cuts or cracks in the skin. Consider using a healing salve for raw areas or cracks.

Infection: Apply diluted infection-fighting oils to the spine and/or bottoms of baby's feet. Put a diluted drop or two on the bottom of one foot and rub the bottoms of the feet together, or give the baby a gentle foot massage.

General Guidelines for Essential Oil Usage on Babies and Children

Baby-Friendly Essential Oils

Bergamot
bacteria, calming, congestion, coughs, digestion, fungus, inflammation, immune support, mental focus, pain, scratches, sinus, sleep, warts
Coriander
calming, digestion, inflammation, mental focus, nausea, scratches, skin issues, sleep
Fir, Balsam
congestion, coughs, inflammation, nasal stuffiness, sinus
Frankincense

bleeding, calming, infection, inflammation, insect bites,
skin issues, pain
Geranium
allergies, bacteria, calming, congestion, coughs, fungal issues, immune support, insect bites, inflammation, lice, pain, sinus, skin issues, sleep
German Chamomile
allergies,asthma, bacteria, burns, calming, congestion, coughs, digestion, fever, inflammation, mental focus, pain, scrapes, sinus,
skin issues, sleep
Helichrysum
allergies, bacteria, bleeding, bronchitis, bruising, burns, calming, circulation, cough, immune support, inflammation, pain, scrapes, skin issues
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
allergies, bacteria, bruises, burns, calming, congestion, coughs, fungal, immune support, inflammation, infection, lice, mental focus, pain, scrapes, skin issues, sinus, sleep
Mandarin, Lemon, Tangerine, Grapefruit, Sweet Orange
calming, digestion, fungus, immune support, infection, mental focus, nausea, skin issues, sleep
Marjoram
bacteria, calming, congestion, coughs, fungus, immune support, inflammation, infection, pain, scrapes, sinus, sleep
Roman Chamomile
calming, congestion, constipation, coughs, inflammation, muscle spasms, pain, sinues, skin issues, sleep
Tea Tree, Manuka, Rosalina
allergies, bacteria, calming (Rosalina), congestion, coughs, fungal (ringworm, thrush), immune support, infection, inflammation, lice, scrapes, skin issues, warts
Thyme ct.linalool (this is a mild Thyme, be sure you use the linalool chemotype)
bacteria, bronchitis, calming, congestion, coughs, digestion, immune support, infection, lice, pain, scrapes, skin issues, sleep, warts

Essential Oils for Common Childhood Health Issues

~ dilute and test before applying on a large area ~

Colic and Digestion
Coriander, Dill, Ginger, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint, Tummy Soothe*
Dilute appropriately and apply on the abdomen.
Cradle Cap
Cedarwood, Coriander, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Orange
Suggested carrier oils: Almond, Avocado, Virgin Coconut oil, Jojoba
Diaper Rash
Blue Tansy, Cedarwood Atlas, Coriander, Geranium, German Chamomile, Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Manuka (esp. for fungal/yeast), Palmarosa, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Tea Tree (esp. for fungal/yeast), Tender Skin Spray* or Salve, *Thyme ct.linalool
Dilute appropriately and apply at each diaper change until the rash heals completely. Try to avoid the penis, testicles or vulva area. Do not use undiluted essential oils on cuts or cracks in the skin. A healing salve such as Comfrey/Calendula* may be better for raw areas or cracks.
Earache or Infection
Earache Blend,* Helichrysum, Juniperberry, Lavender, Ledum, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Tea Tree, Thyme ct.linalool
Dilute appropriately in a carrier oil and gently massage around the back of the affected ear, outside the ear, on the side of the head and down the throat (as encouraging the ear to drain).
Infection
Frankincense, Immune Support,* Lavender, Manuka, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange, Palmarosa, Pine, Rosalina, Spruce (Tusga), Tea Tree, Thyme ct.linalool
Dilute appropriately with a carrier oil and apply to back and chest, avoiding the face.
Respiratory
Bergamot, Breathe Easy,* Cedarwood, Citronella, Clary Sage, Copaiba, Coriander, Cypress, Dill Weed, Fir, Frankincense, German Chamomile, Ginger, Hyssop var decumbens, Juniperberry, Lavender, Lemon, Sweet Marjoram, Pine, Roman Chamomile, Rosalina, Sandalwood, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme ct.linalool
Dilute appropriately with a carrier oil and gently massage chest and back several times daily as seems helpful.
Sinusitis or Nasal Stuffiness/Infection
Cypress, Fir, Rosalina, Spearmint, Spruce
Teething
Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum, German Chamomile
Dilute appropriately with a carrier oil and apply to jawline.
Throat
Ginger, Geranium, Helichrysum, Lemon, Manuka, Tea Tree, Thyme ct.linalool, Roman Chamomile
Dilute appropriately with a carrier oil and apply over throat, chest and back.

* Asterisk indicates blends by Heritage Essential Oils