The use of essential oils has come into the limelight recently, promising natural remedies for a variety of ailments. These highly concentrated oils are very powerful, and when used properly, can provide numerous benefits. Before beginning the use of essential oils for your baby, it is important to dilute the oils. For newborns and infants, it is recommended to dilute 1 drop of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Some common carrier oils used are coconut oil, vegetable oil, or jojoba oil. Speaking with a qualified individual, such as an experienced Aromatherapist, or reading through an informational book, such as Gentle Babies Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants, and Young Children, will provide a good start for the use of essential oils. Additionally, here is a list of common uses for essential oils and your newborn.
To Calm Your Baby:
Essential oils such as lavender have the ability to calm your baby and induce sleep. Used with a diffuser into the air, as massage oil, or rubbed on the feet, lavender oil can work to keep calm your baby when nothing else seems to do the trick.
To Help With Colic:
Colicky symptoms can cause stress to any parent. The inability to help your baby when they seem to be in so much distress can be heartbreaking. Combining 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of chamomile in an essential oil diffuser can create an aromatherapy environment to calm your child during severe bouts of fussiness.
To Keep Your Baby’s Room Clean:
Many of the household cleaners on the market today claim to be organic and natural, but this does not always mean that there are no toxic materials in the solutions. Using essential oils as cleaning solutions can provide a completely natural and non-toxic alternative for your baby’s nursery and play area. A solution of eight drops of mandarin oil and one cup of water in a spray bottle can provide a powerful, all natural, cleaning agent.
To Treat Diaper Rash:
Diaper rash is never fun for your baby, so the faster it can be healed, the better. Make a solution comprised of one drop of German Chamomile oil, one drop of Lavender oil, and 2 cups of water, then dab onto Baby’s bottom with a cotton ball or washcloth. This solution, along with diaper-free time, is sure to soothe any irritated bottom.
To Fix the Booboos:
The essential oil, Frankincense, has incredible healing properties that can be useful when your baby begins to crawl and is more prone to booboos. Frankincense works to accelerate the healing process of cuts, prevents wounds from bleeding, and stimulates the body’s inflammatory response.