By Paisley Hansen
Well-diluted essential oils are fantastic for soothing a number of discomforts in infants. Parents using essential oils can help ease fussiness, trouble sleeping, rashes, sunburns, and common congestion.
Lavender is known for it's calming properties and is great for soothing a fussy baby to sleep, especially when combined with chamomile in bath water. Dilute the oils with milk before adding to the bath. Using lavender at bedtime – by placing on yourself while nursing or on a blanket – can help an infant recognize that it is time to sleep. Lavender oil is also a great sunburn remedy when combined with peppermint oil, which can be combined in a spray bottle and spritzed over sunburned skin.
Roman chamomile can help calm a nervous baby and is a key ingredient in gripe water, which can help colicky infants with tummy troubles. Combined with lavender, chamomile helps soothe fussy babies. Peppermint and lemon can also help to aid with digestion and gas relief, and frankincense can help prevent the development of digestive gas in the first place. A massage with chamomile and lavender can be soothing to babies, and is safest when diluted with a carrier oil like sweet almond.
Frankincense is known for its skin benefits, including preventing infections and promoting faster healing. This makes is a great diaper rash remedy. Frankincense's anti-inflammatory properties make it helpful in relieving pain, while it's powerful antiseptic abilities help to heal and prevent irritation.
Eucalyptus is recognized for its powerful respiratory benefits. If your baby has a cold, place a few drops in a diffuser to help the child breathe better at night. Eucalyptus may help loosen mucus and even help heal the throat, nasal passages and bronchial tubes. Frankincense, lavender, and lemon also posses anti-microbial properties to help with ear, nose, and throat irritations. Always ask your doctor before using essential oils on children with asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Always remember to dilute essential oils with a diffuser or carrier oil before using on children. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends a concentration of 1 drop essential oil to 1 ounce of a carrier oil for babies. Directly applying oils to a baby's skin can be too strong, so alternative methods of exposing infants to essential oils are highly recommended. You may also try applying oils to a towel placed near a sleeping baby or using a vaporizer.
Be especially careful in using essential oils for children under 3 months of age without expert guidance. Certain essential oils are considered safe for infants under 2 years, while many are only recommended for children over 2. Lemon or peppermint should not be used before age 2.
Essential oils can be a healthy, natural way to cure different maladies with out having to turn to modern medicine. Before you use anything, whether on your child or yourself, make sure you consult a qualified professional first.
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Will peppermint oil help my child sleep better?
I am not sure about using peppermint oil for that purpose. I guess it will help primarily with indigestion, heartburn and bloating. Lavender or valerian are much better for relaxation and for inducing good night's sleep.
Hi, I was looking for essential oil for my gassy baby. I see that chamomile is recommended. Has anyone tried that and any thoughts on how to apply it?
Is lavender oil beneficial for infant congestion?
Thanks for the comment. I am not sure about lavender oil. From what I can tell, Eucalyptus essential oil is supposed to help in cases of baby congestion.