Thursday, December 27, 2012

essential oils and babies

Certified pure essential oils are gentle enough to use on newborns and babies, but some things to keep in mind:
  • Always dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil) before using it on your baby. Babies and for children under 3 years old, add 1-2 drops of essential oil to 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil.
  • Take care not to get the oil on the babies hands because they may rub their eyes.
  • If an oil accidentally gets into a baby's eye, dilute with a vegetable oil, such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil, NOT with water. Review other safety information here. 
  • If you are new to using essential oils, I highly recommend doTERRA's intro kit (lavender, lemon and peppermint), or the Family Physician Kit, which comes with 10 essential oils (Breathe, Deep Blue, DigestZen, frankincense, lavender, lemon, melaleuca, On Guard, oregano and peppermint). 

Calming/ Sleep: Apply 1-2 drops Lavender, Serenity, or Balance on the bottom of feet, neck or down spine. Diffusion is also beneficial.

Colds: Melaleuca, Lavender, lemon – Mix 1-2 drops of each oil and diffuse. Mix 1 drop of each oil and massage on upper chest and back every 4 hours. May also diffuse 2 drops of Breathe for stuffiness.

Colic or tummy pains: Lavender, Digestzen, Fennel, Peppermint or Ginger. Mix 1 drop of one of these oils with a carrier oil and massage around belly button in a clockwise motion. May also add 1 drop of Lavender on spine. Other helpful oils are Marjoram, Bergamot, & Ylang Ylang. Do not apply all the oils at once. Try one at a time to see which oil is helpful.

Constipation: Dilute 1 to 2 drops of rosemary oil in 2 tablespoons carrier oil and massage on stomach and the bottoms of baby's feet.

Cough: Rub 1-3 drops of Breathe, Eucalyptus or Peppermint Essential Oil with carrier oil on chest, upper back, neck and if possible, diffuse in room at night.

Croup: Marjoram and Thyme – Dilute in a carrier oil and massage on neck and chest. For more ideas, read this blog post here.

Crying: Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Roman chamomile – Diffuse in the air or rub 1-2 drops on spine. (Use one oil at a time).

Diaper Rash: Lavender, Roman Chamomile – Dilute 1 drop with a carrier oil and apply around area of concern. Or 1-2 drops Sandalwood or Myrrh add 1-2 drops coconut oil and apply to affected area

Diarrhea: Digestzen, Roman Chamomile – Dilute 1 drop of oil with a carrier oil and massage around the abdomen. Choose one oil at a time.

Earache & Ear Infections: Melaleuca, Lavender, Basil – Dilute 1-2 drops of Melaleuca and/or Lavender around the ear (NOT inside the ear) along the back of the cheek bone down & around behind the ear. Basil may help with the pain. May put 1 drop on a cotton ball or swab and apply around the ear (not in ear canal). May also rub on reflex points on the feet and hands. Also read this blog post about ear infections here.

Fever: Lavender, Peppermint or Eucalyptus – dilute 1 drop in a carrier oil and rub on feet, spine, back of neck, or behind ears.

Jaundice: Geranium – Apply 1 drop of Geranium oil with a tsp of carrier oil and apply on liver area or bottom of feet. (Do NOT apply oils within 30 minutes before or after UVA light treatment).

Runny Nose: Rub 1-2 drops of Lemon on feet or down spine

Teething: Lavender, Roman Chamomile – Mix 1 drop with 1 Tbls of carrier oil and massage around the outside of the face along the jaw line. Or 2 drops of clover in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to gums.

Watch this short (2 min) video of Dr. David Hill discussing the use of essential oils on babies.

 My colleague, Crystal, shared this story with me:

On Christmas day my little nephew that is 4 months old was sick for the first time with runny nose and congestion.  He couldn't breathe very well and was very fussy where he is normally a happy baby 24/7.  I rubbed Frankincense, Breathe, Lavender and Peppermint on his feet and then put the breathe oil on top his little under shirt he was wearing.  Then I had his mom put maybe a half a drop of Frankincense in his mouth.  He gave a funny look but handled it ok.  Then we did the same with Peppermint.  He didn't like that one so well but what he did was all the sudden cough up a bunch of mucous.  It made him feel so much better that he finally was able to rest and go to sleep.  Just checked with her yesterday and he's doing so much better now.

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