How to naturally ease a cold and congestion in babies using these essential oils safe for babies. Use these natural methods to relieve your baby’s symptoms and help them feel better!
Ahhhh, it’s that time of the year again. Coughs, runny noses, congestion – thank goodness there are baby safe essential oils for a natural way to treat the symptoms. And with the holidays coming up, no one wants to their child feeling awful!
Although schools have been out this year and colds may be found less often in children, when your child gets sick, you want to have a way of helping to manage the symptoms without pumping them full of medicine.
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 the boyfriend or I have a cough, I swear by this 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!).
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.)
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. (I love this diffuser because it looks nice – some of them are ugly!!)
Diffusing this essential oil blend can help your kiddos get back to their happy, healthy selves in no-time.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are plant compounds that are extracted from plants. These compounds typically capture the scent of the plant, and are extracted using different methods (some better than others). They are typically blended with a carrier oil (if used for application) like coconut oil or sweet almond oil.
Learn more about essential oils in this article from Hopkins Medicine.
Are Essential Oils Safe for Babies?
Care should always be taken when using essential oils around babies or children. I always recommend contacting an aromatherapist for your specific situation – I am not a licensed aromatherapist.
While safe used on a babies skin (6 months or older), you have to be very careful and ensure you use the correction dilution, which is .5 to 1-2%. Because of these possible safety concerns, I prefer to use a diffuser to dispense the essential oils. Learn more about Essential Oil Diffusers.
Make sure you use the diffuser in a larger room (not a small bathroom, but a bedroom should be ok) and don’t overpower the room as it can cause difficulty breathing if it is too strong.
The essential oils should never be used internally in babies or children.
However, you can also use Essential Oils to Soothe Teething Pain.
Where To Buy Essential Oils
I’ve had a lot of people ask me where I get my essential oils. There are a lot of different places to get them, but some are better than others.
You want to make sure you get pure, natural essential oils. You don’t want oils that have been mixed with alcohol or are synthetic as they can be irritating to babies (and adults).
After doing extensive research on various essential oil companies, I buy a lot 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.
I also love the quality of Plant Therapy. Robert Tisserand is a world-renowned aromatherapist, and he is 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 some other websites.
Baby-Safe Essential Oil Blend
1-2 drops of Frankincense <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. Don’t use it with your baby in a small enclosed room like a small bathroom. The scent can be overpowering and make it difficult to breathe.
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.
Frankincense essential oil does an excellent job at clearing the sinuses, and it’s a lot gentler than Eucalyptus essential oil (which is a great 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 diffusing essential oils around babies and children, 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.
Only use gentle oils that are known to be safe for use around children. Use a very small amount (less than you would use for yourself) and diffuse the blend in a large, open room.
Have you tried this essential oil blend for babies? Rate it and leave a comment below to let me know how it worked for you!
- 1-2 drop Frankincense essential oil
- 1-2 drops Lemon essential oil
- 1-2 drops Lavender essential oil
- Place essential oils in your diffuser and diffuse in a large, open room.
Don't use it with your baby in a small enclosed room like a small bathroom. The scent can be overpowering and make it difficult to breathe.