Since a baby’s skin is so sensitive and delicate, it’s super important to first and foremost properly dilute any essential oil before applying. I know you can’t wait to help encourage restful sleep, calm anxiety, and soothe away your baby’s tummy troubles, but you have to become aware of what’s most comfortable and safe to use on a baby’s delicate skin.
The safest way to use (age appropriate) essential oils for babies is to go with 1 drop of essential oil for every 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. This will give you roughly a 0.35% dilution that is both safe and comfortable for your child.
Keep in mind that not all essential oils are safe to use on babies, especially hot oils like clove, cinnamon, and oregano.
You can read more about which essential oils are safe for different age groups here.
Commonly Recommended Essential Oils for Babies
• Dill (3 months +) – calming and soothes digestive upset
• German chamomile (3 months +) – traditionally used to treat insomnia, soothe anxiety, and negate fussy emotions
• Grapefruit (6 months +)
• Lavender (3 months +) – calming and sedative. Encourages sleep and relaxation
• Lemon (6 months +) – best known for its uplifting energy
• Mandarin (6 months +) – uplifting for the mood and encourages restful sleep
• Neroli (6 months +) – stabilizes emotions and uplifts. Makes a great digestive tonic.
• Orange (6 months +) – A super relaxing oil. Good for restful sleep and a happy mood.
• Petitgrain (6 months +) – fights insomnia and anxiety. Anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic
• Roman chamomile (3 months +) – calms fussiness and encourages sleep
• Tangerine (6 months +) – a digestive aid, anti-spasmodic, relaxing
• Tea tree (6 months +) – antibacterial, anti-microbial, and disinfectant. Clear mucus.
• Yarrow (3 months +) – anti-inflammatory and balances feelings of confusion. Very grounding and reassuring.
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