How to use essential oils with babies
There are many schools of thought here. I take a middle of the road approach but I encourage you to use your own judgment. Some say that essentials oils should not be used on a baby under 12 months. Most agree that oils should be used very sparingly for babies under 3 months. 1 drop is adequate if you use them at all
Cautions when using aromatherapy
Great caution should be exercised when using essential oils on babies under three months of age. They are still developing in many ways and are adjusting to life outside the womb. Essential oils are too strong in most instances to use at this stage.
Here are the important safety precautions:
Never give oils internally and don’t use them directly on the skin (blend them first- this is very important, they can burn sensitive skin if not properly diluted)
Don’t use oils in or too close to the eyes. If any oil accidentally gets in the eyes, flush with milk rather than water.
If any irritation occurs, discontinue use.
Always check for contra-indications and make sure the oil you are using is safe to use on babies.
Avoid using essential oils for babies that have a medical condition that would be aggravated by the use of the particular essential oils.
Safe oils to use with babies
Most aromatherapists believe the following oils are considered safe to use with newborns:
From 3 months old on, you can also use:
After 6 months you can add:
How to give the oils:
Massage- Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before using on the skin, they can cause skin irritation. The safest carrier oils to use with babies are olive, jojoba, grape-seed, avocado, apricot kernel, and wheat-germ oils. Nut oils should not be used until 12 months of age in case of a severe allergic reaction.
3 months and under- 1 drop of essential oil in 2 T of base oil
3-24 months- 2 drops essential oil in 2 T of base oil