How to naturally ease a cold in babies using a baby-safe essential oil blend for colds & congestion.
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 couple years ago, I bought a Young Living starter kit with came with a diffuser (I’m not a YL distributor, I just bought the kit to try it out.) However, having a small infant, I was concerned about the safety of diffusing essential oils around him.
In an effort to educate 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.)
Since that time, I’ve become a huge fan of essential oils, and devour all information I can find on them.
So 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 helped my little guy get back to his happy, healthy self in no-time.
Where I Get My Essential Oils (It’s No Longer YL)
I’ve had a lot of people ask me where I get my essential oils. As I mentioned, I did buy a YL starter kit, however I no longer purchase Young Living essential oils.
After doing extensive research on various essential oil companies, I now buy all of my essential oils from Plant Therapy.
Plant Therapy KidSafe Range
One of the reasons I love Plant Therapy is because of their Kid Safe range. The Plant Therapy Kid Safe range was developed by Robert Tisserand, a world-renowned aromatherapist. It’s a range of blends and individual essential oils that are specifically designed for the common ailments that children suffer from.
Partnership with Robert Tisserand
I also love the quality of Plant Therapy. As I mentioned, Robert Tisserand is a world-renowned aromatherapist, and he’s actually partnered with Plant Therapy. I know that Mr Tisserand wouldn’t partner with a company that didn’t meet his exacting standards, so that alone gives me a huge amount of faith in Plant Therapy essential oils.
Best Prices I’ve Found for Essential Oils
In addition, the prices at Plant Therapy are unbelievable. For example, this Frankincense serrata essential oil is just $14.95 for 10mls on the Plant Therapy website, compared to $96 for 15mls at YL!
Baby-Safe Essential Oil Blend for Colds And Congestion
1-2 drops of Frankincense essential oil <only $14.95 which is an AMAZING price for Frankincense
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.
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.