Guest Post: Using Therapeutic Oils With Your Babies
Today, I’m going to talk to you about essential oils and how some of them can be used for your little ones.
*Before I continue my little disclaimer is that I am not a doctor, and I cannot prescribe anything.*
I can only give my opinion from my personal experience and also what I have learned from other Mamas and Nannies out there. Before taking any of my advice I encourage you to do your own research and discover what is best for your baby.
Young Living essential oils is the brand I use and support. I choose Young Living because I love what they stand for, the community, and I stand behind their products. Young Living provides only 100% pure, therapeutic-grade oils produced from carefully inspected plants with no added chemicals, fragrance, or toxins. Young Living also just started a baby line called “Seedlings” with all natural baby wipes, baby wash & shampoo, lotion, linen spray, baby oil, and diaper rash cream.
There are so many oils that you can use on your babies that can help with teething, sleeping and even sunburn.
However, there are also some oils that can be harmful for babies but are not harmful for adults. Oils that you may need to be cautious of or not try altogether: Eucalyptus, Basil, Juniper, Peppermint, Hyssop, and Wintergreen.
Common baby ailments and appropriate oils (Must be diluted** appropriately):
Lavender and Melrose Congestion: Lemon, Pine, Myrtle, or Cedarwood (Put on their back and neck) Thieves (Apply to the bottom of their feet)
Constipation: Digize, Ginger, or Lavender (Apply to lower abdomen and bottom of feet)
Diaper Rash: Gentle baby (Dilute with almond oil or YL V-6 and apply to the area) There are also a few ointments that young living has for diaper rash.
Copaiba (Apply over abdomen)
Ear infections: Lavender, Cedarwood, or Melrose (Apply to outer ear, neck, and feet several times a day. You may also place a drop on a cotton ball and place it in the ear.)
Lavender and Melrose Fever: Lavender or Lemon (Apply to bottom of feet) Fungal infections: Melrose (Apply to area)
Hand, foot and mouth disease
Melrose, Purification, Lavender, or Thieves (Apply to feet and spine several times throughout the day.) Indigestion: Lemon or Copaiba (Apply to bottom of feet)
Lemon, Geranium, or Orange oil (Apply to bottom of feet)
Cedarwood, Lavender, Valor, or Peace and Calming (Apply on the bottom of feet) Teething: Orange, Copaiba or Frankincense (Apply on area)
**Always remember to dilute your oils before you put them on your babies. These oils are very concentrated and babies are much more delicate than adults. For every drop of essential oil, you want to dilute that with a carrier oil (Ex. fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, etc.) or natural lotion, depending on what you are using it for.
Again, I encourage you to do your own research and find out what is going to work best for your baby. It may take some trial and error, but patience and persistency is key. Putting toxins in or on your baby is extremely harmful, and finding and researching toxin-free products is very worthwhile! Chemicals found in everyday products may lead to disorders, disease and sickness in the future. I have started my non-toxic journey for myself, my husband, and our future children. I want to do everything I can to keep them safe. I am here to ask any of your questions and if I don’t know the answer I will do my best to find it out for you. This is my passion and I love helping others on their journey towards wellness and a healthy lifestyle!