Essential Oils in the Nursery

Essential Oils and Babies.

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At the “Snotty Nose Station”, we’re often asked whether it’s safe or not to use Essential Oils for babies and toddlers. Health Fads are in fashion one minute and out the next, but these oils have been used reliably and extensively in medicine since the year dot.

Aromatherapy is the medicinal use of natural extracted plant oil aromas to assist in relaxation, improving mood, soothing skin and treating burns. All in all, it’s a powerful addition to your family tool kit. From 3 months of age your little munchkin can enjoy the therapeutic effects of aromatherapy. Precaution must be taken when using these oils because they’re extremely concentrated and must be diluted first.

There are countless brands out there in the market, so it’s important to check the product label first. Make sure that it is pure, authentic and unadulterated essential oil. There are cheaper versions out there, but they are premixed with alcohol and can irritate your baby. My suggestion would be to avoid all synthetic fragrances because they will not provide any real health benefit at all.

How to use Essential Oils for Baby:

Most people would agree that essential oils should be used sparingly.

Baby Massage –

3 to 24 months old: 2 drops essential oil in 2 Tbsp of carrier oil

It’s important to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before application on bubs skin. If not, it can cause irritation. A suitable carrier oil can range from avocado, apricot kernel, grape-seed,  jojoba, coconut and wheat-germ oil . Avoid nut oil, as this may cause irritation for bubs under 12 months old.

Baby Bath –

3 to 24 months old: Depending on bubs size and sensitivity, add 2 or 3 drops essential oil.

Dilute oil with 1/3 cup of milk, add to baby’s bath.

Inhalation –

Add 1 drop of your chosen essential oil to your bubs pyjamas or cot. Or, wipe the oil on a cotton bud and place it into the cot but well away from tiny hands.

Is it safe to use Essential Aroma Oil Diffusers around babies?

Yes, from 3 months old:

The Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser is an excellent choice in vapour therapy. This device will ensure that the oils will be dispersed into the air but with a very gentle approach. People should not use aroma diffusers if the baby has a medical history of asthma.

Safe Essential Oils to use for Babies

From 3 months old:

Chamomile, Coriander, Dill, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli and Yarrow

After 6 months old include:

Calendula, Ginger, Grapefruit, Palma Rosa and Tea Tree

Unsafe Essential Oils for Babies:

Babies have sensitive skin, so avoid irritants such as:

Bay, Cinnamon Bark or Leaf, Citronella, Clove Bud, Cumin, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Oregano and Thyme.

Important Safety Precautions:

  • Avoid using essential oil directly on bubs skin because it will burn. The oil must be diluted first with a mild lotion or carrier oil.
  • These oils must never be ingested!
  • Keep oils well away from bubs eyes. If oil does get into their eye, flush with milk rather than water.
  • If any irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.
  • Always check the label to ensure the oil is safe to use on your baby.
  • If bub has a medical condition, avoid using essential oils and talk to your local GP first.

Proper Storage of Essential Oils:

Keep well out of reach from your little ones. Poisoning can occur if ingested.

Your essential oils must be tightly sealed.

Make sure to store oils away in a cool place to maintain their potency.