Essential oils for babies
Essential oils have been used reliably and extensively in medicine for thousands of years.
Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, can be defined as the medicinal use of naturally extracted plant aromas to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Aromatic plant extracts can be used for many purposes, treating burns and soothing skin, to alleviating stress and relaxing the mind.
Some essential oils can be used to help encourage sleep, calm anxiety, and even relieve symptoms of colic.
It is important to understand proper dilution ratios and application methods before applying any essential oils on babies.
Essential Oils –Chamomile (Roman or German) and lavender essential oil work for Baby Powder. They are two of the only essential oils considered safe for use with babies and also have wonderful anti-inflammatory and soothing properties when used on skin.
Note: Essential oil use is not recommended for babies under 3 months of age because their skin is not yet mature, therefore making it more sensitive to essential oils.It is also very important to check the labels and know the sources of your essential oils and to make sure you’re using pure, authentic, unadulterated essential oils.
Alcohol should be avoided as it can be irritating so essential oils premixed with alcohol should be avoided.
Synthetic fragrances, which are completely different from essential oils, don’t carry health benefits, and can be irritating to the skin should also be avoided
Chamomile Essential Oil
Lavender and Chamomile oils simply can’t be beaten when it comes to being gentle, soothing and even preventive.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla or Chamaemelum nobile)
German chamomile and Roman chamomile
are gentle essential oils that can be beneficial for babies who have trouble sleeping.
Chamomile has natural soothing effects and is traditionally used to treat insomnia in babies and adults.
Chamomile, along with lavender, can relieve symptoms of colic.
Chamomile has also been shown to help anxiety and depression, and can uplift a fussy baby’s spirits.
- anti–inflammatory properties
- promotes regeneration of skin,
- can help prevent and alleviate rashes
Lavender has many calming and sedative effects. A lavender oil massage can help to relax a fussy baby and encourage sleep.
Lavender can also be used on insect bites and to reduce itchiness. A recent study, Trusted Source shows lavender to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of colic.
- is versatile
- prevents nappy rash and irritation
- is very therapeutic.
Use arrowroot powder or organic cornstarch as the base and added powdered herbs like chamomile and Calendula to sooth sore bottoms.
Experimented with adding just a couple drops of chamomile essential oil.
125 g arrowroot powder
10 g chamomile or calendula flowers*, powdered in the blender or food processor
Powder the chamomile or calendula if using.
Mix with the arrowroot powder and store in a glass jar or sugar shaker (see links above) for easy use.
Use as you would regular baby powder.
*or a few drops of chamomile essential
Chamomile & Lavender Baby Powder
30 g white kaolin clay
30 g arrowroot powder
.5 g chamomile (Roman or German) essential oil
.5 g lavender essential oil
1.Mix the dry ingredients and stir carefully.
2.Drip essential oils on top and stir thoroughly to combine.
3.Transfer to a powder shaker bottle, or a re-purposed spice bottle with shaker top.
Always shake a small amount into your hand before applying to baby.
Shaking directly onto baby’s skin could cause baby to inhale the powder, which will be irritating to his/her sensitive system.
This recipe is not intended for babies under 3 months of age.
Do not use on broken skin.
Lavender Baby Powder
170 g Clay powder
2 g of essential oils (i.e. lavender because of its antiviral properties and soothing scent, but frankincense or chamomile are good choice too!)
Place your clay into a ceramic or glass mixing bowl,
Disperse the essential oil over the surface of the powder and mix with a spoon until thoroughly incorporated.
Once combined store the powder in a shaker.
This powder isn’t just for babies! You can use it as a dry shampoo or body powder to keep dry on sticky summer days.
Perform a patch test
- Apply a small (no larger than a dime) amount of diluted essential oil to a baby’s leg or arm.
- Wait for 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.
- If a reaction occurs, discontinue use (a reaction would likely cause redness, inflammation, or be painful to the touch).
- If no reaction occurs, it’s likely safe to move forward with applying the essential oil.
- According to the NAHA, “some essential oils should simply be avoided [on babies], e.g. birch or wintergreen, which are both rich in methyl salicylate and peppermint.”