Can essential oils be used safely on babies? Yes!
But not all essential oils are the same. Most of the oils available in stores are perfume-grade oils that are fine for aromatic use, but provide no medicinal benefit. These are NOT the oils you want to use on your baby.
Keep reading to find out how to treat common conditions in babies with essential oils and what oils to use. And read my companion post on Essential Oils for Kids (2 years and up).
Why I Choose Young Living Essential Oils
Young Living Essential Oils are 100% pure therapeutic-grade essential oils - which means they can be used for therapeutic use, not just for smell. I use these essential oils as part of our holistic medicine kit. For instance, I use peppermint to bring down fevers and treat bug bites, and lavender for minor cuts. I also make homemade beauty and natural household cleaners.
Young Living Essential Oils sets the standard for purity and authenticity. They carefully monitor every step of the production of their oils from Seed to Seal – from the time the first seed is planted to the time the bottle is sealed.
Everyday Essential Oils for Your Home
If you’re new to essential oils, I recommend the premium starter kit. It’s the best value for you money and a great way to get introduced to the most popular essential oils from Young Living. The kit includes the 10 basic everyday essential oils: Thieves, Peace & Calming, PanAway, Joy, Purification, Lavender, Valor, Peppermint, Lemon and Frankincense – plus a quality diffuser and other goodies.
Another great resource to get along with these oils is the Essential Oils Pocket Reference.
Essential Oils Safe for Baby
NOTE: This guide is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. I am not a medical professional and the information contained here should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any disease or health illness. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented here.
Having said that, I have done a lot of research and tested Young Living essential oils for myself with my family, and these are the remedies that I’ve found that worked.
Check out the Gentle Babies book for a complete guide on how to use essential oils for babies and kids.
Essential oils safe for babies, according to the Gentle Babies book:
- Eucalyptus Blue
- Gentle Baby
- Peace & Calming
- Roman Chamomile
How to Use Essential Oils on Baby
1. Inhalation - Place 2-3 drops of the oil in hands, rub together and cup over the nose and mouth to inhale for a few minutes.
2. Diffuse – Add a few drops of oil and use in a cold-air diffuser (do not use a humidifier as the heat breaks down the oils and the oils can affect the humidifier equipment). Diffuse for 15-20 minutes or throughout the day as needed.
3. Topical – Apply oils to the skin either neat (undiluted) or diluted. If using neat, usually 1 drop is enough. In general, dilute all essential oils for babies (unless noted otherwise below). Mix 1:30 with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil or sweet almond oil. I find that some oils run “hot” on the skin, such as Peppermint and Oregano, and should be used diluted.
4. Massage – This is an excellent option to apply oils and promote baby bonding. Use with a carrier oil to promote sleep, reduce colic and fussiness, and improve baby’s mood.
5. Ingest or internal use – I ONLY recommend using Young Living essential oils for internal use. In most cases, it’s not even needed for babies – there are just a few exceptions noted below. Topical on the bottom of feet or diffusing in the air is very effective.
Essential Oils for Common Conditions in Babies
Add one drop of Lavender and one drop of Melrose and apply to skin. Be sure to avoid the eyes and mouth.
Mix 2 tbsp of a carrier oil (coconut oil or sweet almond works well) with 3-4 drops of Lavender or Gentle Baby. Store in an airtight container and use as needed.
Mix 2 tbsp of cornstarch with a few drops of Lavender, Rose or Gentle Baby. Stir together and store in an airtight container to use as needed.
I’ve got an easy tutorial to make your own baby wipes - both disposable and reusable – with Lavender oil.
Apply a few drops of Melrose neat (undiluted) over the bladder. Or apply a drop of Peace & Calming to the bottom of feet before bedtime. Remove carbonated drinks from the diet – as the acid in these drinks can irritate the bladder.
For external bleeding, apply 1-2 drops of Geranium diluted with a carrier oil. This can be used on the belly button and umbilical cord too. Another option is to apply 1-2 drops of Helichrysum to the affected area.
Apply one drop each of Australian Blue, Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Melrose and Ravintsara to the bottom of the feet three times a day. You can also dilute Ravintsara 1:1 with a carrier oil and apply to spots.
Mix Lavender or Thieves diluted 1:1 with a carrier oil and apply directly to cold sore up to three times a day.
Dilute 1 drop of Di-Gize and 1 tsp of a carrier oil and rub on baby’s belly.
Dilute Ravintsara 1:1 with a carrier oil and apply to baby’s chest.
RC or Raven may be used in the same way – though it does contain Eucalyptus, which some parents prefer not to use on kids under 2 years of age. I have personally had great success with both RC and Raven (I alternate use) on my 2-year-old son diluted 1:3 with a carrier oil. Please use at your own discretion and consult with a health care provider if you have questions.
Dilute Di-Gize 1:1 with a carrier oil and rub on baby’s belly. Another option is to dilute 1-2 drops of peppermint with a carrier oil and rub on baby’s belly.
Diffuse a few drops of Lemon and Purification for about 15 minutes in the room baby sleeps before bedtime. You can also dilute a few drops of Peace & Calming with a carrier oil and rub on baby’s chest.
Apply Lavender or Melrose on affected area. Use neat or diluted with a carrier oil.
Massage a drop of Peace & Calming neat to feet and the back of the neck. You can also let the baby smell Lavender or Joy from your hands.
Diaper changing tables & pails
Use Thieves household cleaner or add a few drops of Thieves in a small spray bottle with water and spray areas to disinfect and kill germs.
Dilute Gentle Baby 1:30 wit a carrier oil. Another option that works for me is to add 2-3 of Lavender to a tbsp of coconut oil. Leave this ointment in a small jar and use as needed to heal and soothe diaper rashes.
Massage 1-2 drops of Di-Gize or Lavender over the belly.
Dilute Melrose 1:10 with a carrier oil and apply 1-2 drops around the outer ear, down the neck and the bottom of feet several times a day. NOTE: Do NOT drop oils inside the ear. You can also apply 1-2 drops of Thieves to the feet (dilute up to 1:30 with a carrier oil).
If these remedies don’t work, the Gentle Babies book recommends an ointment that can be used in the ear for babies. Mix 10 drops of cold-pressed olive oil, 1 drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Melrose in a jar. Use 1 drop of this mixture in each ear one time per day. This should only be used when the use of a pacifier has been restricted, eliminate milk consumption, and ensure baby’s bowel movement is normal. Refer to Gentle Babies for more information.
Mix 2 drops of Lavender and Melrose and apply neat to skin. Lemon oil works well neat as well. You can also try this homemade eczema cream.
Eye conditions (pinkeye, sty, clogged tear ducts)
Apply 1 drop of Lavender to the bridge of the nose, but be careful not to get in the eyes. Pink eye is highly contagious, so be sure to wash hands after treating.
Dilute Peppermint 1:1 with a carrier oil and apply to the belly button. Apply 1-2 drops of Lavender or Thieves to the feet.
For external fungal infections on the skin, between the toes or in the folds of the skin, apply 1 drop of Eucalyptus Blue neat to the affected area. You can dilute with a carrier oil if preferred.
Hand, foot and mouth disease
This is a common childhood illness especially if your child goes to daycare. Dilute or apply 2-3 drops of Thieves, Melrose, Purification or Lavender to the feet and spine several times a day. Diffuse a few drops of Thieves in the home to disinfect the air. Add a few drops of Thieves in a small spray bottle with water and spray surfaces to kill bacteria where affected babies have touched.
Add 1 drop of Lavender, Frankincense, Peppermint (I prefer to dilute this at least 1:3 as my kids say this is too hot for them) or Roman Chamomile and apply to temples, back of neck, across forehead and the affected area. Encourage babies to inhale the scent as well in your hands.
Indigestion or stomach ache
Dilute Di-Gize 1:1 and apply 1-2 drops on the belly. Apply 1 drop of Peppermint diluted with 10 drops of a carreir oil and apply to feet.
Insect bites and itching
Apply 1 drop of Purification to the bite. You can also make your own bug repellant with Purification or apply 1-2 drops on the feet to prevent bug bites.
Add 1 drop of Di-Gize to 2 drops of a carrier oil and apply to bottom of baby’s feet. Be sure baby gets 10 minutes of indirect sunlight daily.
A baby massage is great way to bond with baby. Apply 1 drop of Peace & Calming, Lavender, Gentle Baby or Joy 1:1 with a carrier oil and massage baby’s back, tummy, legs, arms and feet.
Dilute Peace & Calming or Lavender 1:2 with a carrier oil and apply to the bottom of feet before nap or bedtime. You can also diffuse a few drops of Peace & Calming or Lavender in baby’s room before bed. I personally do this every night with all three of my kids. I rub a mixture of Lavender and a carrier oil and massage on their feet and backs.
Apply a drop of Thieves neat on the bottom of feet three times a day. Apply 1 drop of Frankincense over the throat. You can also try Thieves Spray – just spray once to the back of the throat to soothe and fight infection.
Dilute Thieves or Clove 1:5 and massage in the affected area.
Apply 1-2 drops of Frankincense neat until the cord fall off, or Geranium for any bleeding around the umbilical cord site. Dilute if needed.
Apply 1-2 drops of Di-Gize over the stomach. Or mix 2-4 drops of Thieves in water or non-dairy milk and have your child drink it. You can also apply 1-2 drops of Thieves on the bottom of the feet.
Diffuse a few drops of Roman Chamomile throughout the day.
Yeast infections or thrush
Dilute Melrose 1:1 or neat and apply to baby’s stomach.
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