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Guide to Essential Oils for Babies and Kids

Tips and recipes for safely using essential oils for kids.
Babies are so cute and cuddly! Everyone loves to hold and love on them. (Anyone who says they don’t is in denial the way I see it.) Those little, chubby cheeks and tiny toes need to be kissed as much as possible, but all those kisses and cuddles expose our precious babies to an awful concoction of germs and bacteria. Never fear! With some precaution and common sense you can treat all the MINOR ailments at home naturally.

Here’s a list of essential oils based on the age of the child:

Infants under 3 months: Roman Chamomile, Lavender, and Mandarin
3 Months to 5 years: Previous oils, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Ginger, Lemon, Rosemary, Melaleuca, and Thyme.
5 years and up: Any oil safe for an adult but at a smaller dose.

Now for specific remedies!

Colic. Otherwise known as- my baby has been crying for hours and nothing seems to help!

Don’t worry you’re not alone. Although colic is a very common struggle for infants and parents the actual cause is still a mystery. You’ve probably already ruled out hunger, diaper rash, and all the other obvious things, so let’s get on with it.
Mix 4 drops of essential oils (choose from the appropriate age range) with ¼ cup of carrier oil. Very gently massage the mixture onto baby’s tummy in small circular motions. For infants 3 months and older try using a drop each of chamomile, ginger, lavender, and mandarin.

Sniffles and Coughs. Even babies can catch a cold.

Kids have a terrible tendency to share germs- at least that’s what I’ve noticed from working in the nursery at church. Some good oils to have handy are lavender, lemon, and melaleuca.
There are several ways to soothe a cold stricken infant. For younglings under 3 months add 3 drops of lavender to a diffuser. Older infants and kids would greatly benefit from 3 drops of melaleuca oil or tea tree.

Diaper Rashes.

I think we all know what a diaper rash looks like- painful. The poor little darlings may have a tooth coming in, a tummy ache, or someone forgot to change their diaper sooner. Whatever the cause- no sense making them suffer through smearing on diaper cream. (They’d rather you not touch the owies.)
First of all, if you can manage it, some nakey-butt time would be best. It gives their skin a chance to dry and heal. Next, whip up some diaper rash spray!
Here’s a great recipe for DIY Diaper Rash Spray! → Click Here courtesy of Titus 2 Homemaker.

The Monster in the closet and under the bed.

Every kid has been afraid of the monster in the closet at least once. (Well, except Chuck Norris- Ha!) Kids have growing imaginations. Once they start asking you to check under their beds (or in our case turn on all the lights), you’ll know it’s time to make some Monster Be Gone Spray.
Here’s how: In a 4 oz spray bottle put 4 drops of lavender, 4 drops of mandarin (or sweet orange), and 4 drops of roman chamomile. Fill the rest of the way with water and let them spray away the monsters.

Do you have a go to natural remedy for your little ones?

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About Shannon Walter -

Wife, Mommy, and Writer are three of the hats Shannon wears on a daily basis. Natural and holistic wellness is her passion. Diving into medical studies, reading long-winded books, and refitting them into information that is valuable to everyday life.

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