Many times we hear the question, “Is it safe to use essential oils for babies?”. Well, the answer is ‘No’. You cannot use all the essential oils available in the market. Consider the age of your baby, before applying an essential oil.
Advice for Essential Oil Care for Babies
Essential oils undeniably offer a multitude of benefits. However, due to the baby’s delicate skin, not all essential oils are safe. You should keep in mind different factors, like the baby’s age, the oil concentration, etc. before making a choice.
Here are some suggestions to help you choose safe essential oils for your baby.
- Avoid Giving Essential Oils Orally: Some essential oils are toxic in nature and can prove fatal to your baby if ingested orally. If your baby accidentally consumes any essential oil, immediately call up your medical practitioner. In case of signs of poisoning, rush to the nearest hospital.
- Avoid Using Essential Oils in Concentrated Form: Even if you are a using an essential oil from an esteemed brand, make sure you dilute it before applying on your baby. No matter how superior the quality of the oil is, never use concentrated essential oil as it can cause skin irritation or burns. Concentrated essential oils are too strong for your baby’s sensitive skin. Massage the baby’s feet with essential oil. Avoid rubbing it on his chest, back, and the region around the nose.
- Avoid Introducing More Than One Essential Oil At A Time: You should sparingly use the essential oils for babies and certainly not all at the same time. First, watch how your baby’s skin reacts to the oil. Give your baby some time to adjust to any new essential oil. Usually, skin reactions show within 15-30 minutes of inhalation or dermal application.
- Avoid Application Of Essential Oils On Babies Of 3 Months Of Age And Below: As mentioned earlier, it is essential to consider the age of your baby before applying an essential oil. You should not use essential oils on babies of age 3 months or below as their skin is too delicate to tolerate the strong oils. Moreover, you should take into account each and every essential oil’s dermal use, before buying the same. In general, hydrosols are gentle and safer.
Essential Oils Safe for Babies As Per Age
Depending on the age of your baby select your essential oil.
Essential Oils Safe for Babies of 3 Months Old and Above:
The maximum amount of essential oil you can use on your 3-month-old baby is 1-2 drops per ounce of the carrier oil or 2% of a recipe. You can use German chamomile, Roman chamomile, sandalwood and lemon oils safely on your baby.
Essential Oils Safe for Babies of 6 Months Old and above Babies:
You can use a maximum of 5% of a recipe or 3-5 drops of an essential oil for every ounce of the carrier oil. Prefer using carrot seed, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, pine, neroli or Rosalina essential oil for your 6-month-old baby.
Essential oils prove to be very beneficial for their therapeutic benefits. However, there are risks associated with the use of some essential oils. For instance, tree tea oil, eucalyptus oil, thyme oil etc. are known to be toxic and you should use them cautiously. No matter what essential oil you use, keep in mind the dosage, child’s age, purity and concentration for best results.