Health fads come and go, but 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 have many uses, from treating burns and soothing skin, to alleviating stress and relaxing the mind.
On babies older than 3 months, some essential oils can be used to help encourage sleep, calm anxiety, and even relieve symptoms of colic.
Before applying essential oils to babies, it’s important to understand proper dilution ratios and application methods.
Because essential oils are widely available today, check product labels to make sure you’re using pure, authentic, unadulterated essential oils.
Essential oils that are premixed with alcohol can be irritating.
You should also avoid synthetic fragrances, which are completely different from essential oils, don’t carry health benefits, and can be irritating to the skin.
Essential oils should never be used internally by children or infants, and should be kept out of infants’ baths to avoid accidental ingestion.
There are many essential oils that are beneficial to children and babies and here we will list a few of our favorites!
All of these oil can be purchased online and myfdb.com has a really good essential oils buying guide.
Chamomile is a gentle essential oil that can be beneficial for babies and children 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.
Distilled lemon is preferable to expressed lemon for babies.
Expressed lemon is a potential photosensitizer, whereas distilled lemon should not cause skin irritation.
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.
Tea tree is a natural antimicrobial, antifungal, and disinfectant.
Adding a few drops of tea tree oil to an unscented oil can help with diaper rash and fungal infections.
Tea tree is a stronger oil that can be harsh on the skin, so it should be avoided on babies younger than 6 months old and carefully patch-tested on older infants.
Before giving your child any sort of essential oils, you should always perform a patch test by placing a small amount of the diluted oil on a small patch of skin.