I love talking about this topic!
Babies and children (especially kids under five years old) are a lot smaller than grown-ups. Their systems can be very responsive.
That alone can have us questioning our choices when it comes to household products and body care products.
We don’t want to surround our children with harsh chemicals that can stress their little immune systems.
For parents and people who care for children, learning to use essential oils can be so empowering.
Aromatherapy offers us a way to care for babies and children naturally, so we can nurture their health and support their growth—without harsh chemicals!
But it’s important to remember that essential oils are highly concentrated.
If we’re going to use essential oils for babies and children, it is so important to understand how to use them SAFELY.
I’ve been an essential oil educator for over 20 years, and during that time I’ve worked with thousands of parents, teaching them how to use essential oils and natural products for their children.
In this blog post I want to share a few key considerations to keep your use of essential oils safe for babies and children.
I’ll also share two recipes that you can use right away! One for babies, and one for children under five years old.
Both recipes come from my book, The Heart of Aromatherapy.
I feel so strongly about keeping essential oils safe for babies and children that, out of over 100 recipes in my book, every single one has a kid-friendly version!
The first recipe is called “Lavender’s ‘Happiest Baby Ever’ Skin-Soothing Spray.”
When it comes to babies and very young children, I actually prefer NOT to use essential oils.
As I mentioned, essential oils are very highly concentrated. They can easily become overwhelming for a baby or a young child (even in small amounts).
Instead of essential oils, I turn to pure carrier oils and butters, and hydrosols.
Hydrosols are actually produced during the same distillation process that gives us essential oils.
The plant material goes into the still, and at the end of distillation, not only do we have a gorgeous essential oil . . . but the water that was in the still has also become infused with the plant’s therapeutic benefits. This is the hydrosol, and it offers us a lot of benefits. It’s nowhere near as concentrated as the essential oil. Hydrosols are even gentle enough for tiny babies!
And that’s what’s in “Lavender’s ‘Happiest Baby Ever’ Skin-Soothing Spray”—pure hydrosols!
Here’s the recipe . . .
Lavender’s “Happiest Baby Ever” Skin-Soothing Spray
- 1 oz (30 ml) German Chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita)
- 1 oz (30 ml) Lavender hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia)
Make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) glass spray bottle.
You could measure the ingredients . . . but honestly, I usually just estimate it! If you fill your 2 oz bottle halfway with German Chamomile hydrosol, and the rest of the way with Lavender hydrosol, you’ll be just fine.
You can even adjust the amounts of each ingredient based on the aroma that you like best.
Use this spray on any area where baby’s sensitive skin gets irritated—like diaper rash, baby acne, or very dry and irritated skin.
I do suggest making a fresh bottle every few weeks, because there aren’t any preservatives in this recipe.
Ready for our second recipe?
This one is for children over 5 years old.
It’s a soap-free face wash that is just right for tender, sensitive skin! It doesn’t contain any alcohol or soaps that can cause irritation, yet it’s great at cleansing skin, leaving it fresh, clean, and moisturized.
It’s called . . .
“Neroli and Frankincense’s ‘Pretty Peaceful’ Soap-Free Face Wash.”
- 1 oz (30 ml) Argan oil (Argania spinosa)
- 1 oz (28 g) Aloe vera gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 1 drop Neroli essential oil (Citrus aurantium amara)
- 1 drop Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii)
Make this blend in a 2 oz (60 ml) PET plastic bottle with a flip-top.
PET plastic is popular with essential oil blends that aren’t made in glass, because it’s known as a non-reactive plastic that doesn’t leach. And it’s great for kids’ blends because it won’t break if they accidentally drop the bottle.
The flip-top makes it easy for kids to shake out just as much of this face wash as they need.
Again, you don’t really have to measure this recipe. You can just look at the bottle and fill it halfway with aloe vera, then the rest of the way the argan oil.
2 drops of essential oil are perfect for this recipe. That’s because it’s for children, and it’s going on their face (where skin can sometimes be extra sensitive).
This blend is formulated to be used just like a face wash.
The child can get their face damp, then shake this blend up and massage it into their skin. And then rinse it off with a soft, damp cloth!
It will leave a soft, moisturizing layer of argan oil behind that will continue to nourish sensitive skin.
Just like the first recipe, I suggest making a fresh bottle of this every few weeks—we’re not using preservatives here, so let’s keep our blends fresh as possible to be safe for babies and children!
If you’d like to learn more ways to keep your use of essential oils safe for babies and children, I invite you to my FREE class—Introduction to Essential Oils.
I really do feel passionately about this. I want to give you the knowledge to care for the little ones in your life naturally . . . without worrying about compromising their health.
Please join me for the free class, and learn more about essential oil safety and blending techniques.