How to naturally ease a cold in babies using a baby-safe essential oil blend for colds & congestion along with a natural cough syrup.
Ahhhh, this week has been a doozy for us. Coughs, runny noses, congestion – thank goodness for my baby-safe essential oil blend!
Last week the little man and I went to check out a couple of different kid’s gyms in the area. (We’ve only recently moved to NC so we’re still in exploration mode.)
And while we had a lot of fun playing with some new friends, I knew there was the chance that the little guy could catch a cold, given that at 11 months old, his immune system still isn’t fully developed.
And sure enough, on Sunday evening, the coughing and runny nose started. By Monday morning, the poor little guy had spiked a fever and was feeling pretty under-the-weather.
I hold a great appreciation for modern medicine and I’m 100% in favor of utilizing pharmaceuticals when they’re needed. But for things like coughs and colds, I like to explore natural remedies like essential oils before I reach for the OTC medication.
Whenever my husband or I have a cough, I swear by my homemade cough syrup recipe but it’s wayyyy to strong for infants or children (I doubt most teenagers would even want to drink it! But once they realize how amazing it works, they might change their mind 😉 )
A little while ago, I bought a Young Living starter kit with came with a diffuser. However, having a small infant, I was concerned about the safety of diffusing essential oils around him.
*Update – after doing extensive research, I now solely use Plant Therapy essential oils. Plant therapy essential oils contain absolutely no additives or fillers and are substantially cheaper than Young Living. As an example, this Frankincense essential oil by Plant Therapy that I use in the blend recipe below is less than 1/5th of the price of Young Living.
In an effort to education myself on safely using essential oils, especially around children, I bought this Essential Oils Pocket Reference book and proceeded to read it multiple times, cover to cover.
I was excited to learn that there are actually a number of essential oils that are safe to use around babies and young children. (However, I read a lot of research that suggests you should probably avoid using essential oils in babies younger than 6 months old, so I waited until my son was a bit older before I started diffusing them around him.)
In an effort to ease congestion and help with his cough and cold, I put together this baby-safe essential oil blend and diffused it in our living room. I love that it’s a safe, natural alternative to OTC medicines.
Diffusing this essential oil blend combined with taking some Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Cough Syrup helped my little guy get back to his happy, healthy self in no-time.
(I love the Zarbee’s Naturals Baby Cough Syrup because it’s made with wholesome, safe, ingredients and contains no artificial sweeteners, flavors, drugs, alcohols or dyes. It can be used with babies older than 2 months of age.)
Baby-Safe Essential Oil Blend for Colds And Congestion
1-2 drops of Frankincense essential oil
1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil
1-2 drops of Lemon essential oil
Place essential oils in your diffuser and diffuse in a large, open room.
Benefits of Lavender, Frankincense & Lemon Essential Oils For Colds
Lavender essential oil has been used for hundreds of years and is known for it’s calming, therapeutic properties. It is a very gentle essential oil and is one of the safest essential oils to use around babies.
I love using Frankincense essential oil to help ease my son’s coughs and colds, because it does an excellent job at clearing the sinuses, but it’s a lot gentler than Eucalyptus essential oil (which is my favorite essential oil, but definitely should NOT be used around babies and small children – it’s too strong.)
Lemon essential oil is a natural disinfectant, that is naturally anti-bacterial. It can also help to ease anxiety and depression.
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Essential Oil Safety Tips
When I diffuse essential oils around my son, I always err on the side of caution. Essential oils are incredibly powerful and when used correctly, have so many wonderful benefits.
Likewise, because of their incredible power, they have the potential to be harmful if used incorrectly.
I only use gentle oils that are known to be safe for use around children, I use a very small amount (less than I’d use for myself) and I diffuse the blend in a large, open room.
Essential oils can be a powerful alternative to reaching for the OTC medication, but they must be used safely. If you’re in doubt about the safety of an essential oil, I recommend consulting a qualified aromatherapist or purchasing an essential oils safety book.
Do you use essential oils? What are your favorite essential oil blends for coughs and colds?