Essential Oils for Baby

Author: Dr. Larita
December 19, 2017

Do not use an essential oil on a baby until it is at least 24 hours old and even then, only if you have good reason to use it. One good reason is dry and wrinkled skin which many babies have after being in amniotic fluid for nine months and especially if they were overdue or induced. When my first daughter was born, she was absolutely beautiful with lots of curly hair and smooth, clear skin. When my second daughter was born 18 months later I was expecting the same beautiful little angel but she had red splotches and thin straight hair!

If your baby is born with skin problems or develops them early on, you can have a synergistic essential oil blend ready to treat it right away.

  • Wrinkled skin – Mix 8 drops chamomile and 1 drop lavender then put 3 drops of this mixture in 2 tablespoons of the carrier oil mixture of almond oil, evening primrose oil and jojoba oil discussed earlier.
  • Diaper rash – 1 drop chamomile and 1 drop lavender. When you wash baby’s bottom, use a cotton ball dipped in a bowl of 1-pint warm water with one drop of your diaper rash blend added. Swish the water around well first. Use a clean cotton ball each time until the baby is clean and then dry baby’s bottom. Add 1 drop of your essential oil blend to 4 teaspoons of a castor oil cream and zinc mixture. If you have stored your synergistic blend in an amber glass bottle, you can just mix one drop in with 2 teaspoons of the cream and store this in a small sterile container (pill box) and use as necessary.
  • Cradle cap – Mix 1 drop eucalyptus/lemon oil and 1 drop geranium oil and add it to 2 tablespoons of almond oil and shake well. Apply very gently to the scalp with your fingertips avoiding baby’s soft spot. Use this formula once a day until the cradle cap goes away.


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