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Essential oils and babies

Certified pure essential oils are gentle enough to use on newborns and babies, but some things to keep in mind:

  • Always dilute the essential oil in a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil) before using it on your baby. Babies and for children under 3 years old,
    add 1-2 drops of essential oil to 1-2 tablespoons of carrier oil.
  • Take care not to get the oil on the babies hands because they may rub their eyes.  
  • If an oil accidentally gets into a baby's eye, dilute with a vegetable oil, such as olive oil or fractionated coconut oil, NOT with water.   
  • If you are new to using essential oils, I highly recommend doTERRA's(lavender, lemon and peppermint), or Family Physician Kit, which comes with 10 essential oils
    (Breathe, Deep Blue, DigestZen, frankincense, lavender, lemon.
  •  Watch this short (2 min) video of Dr. David Hill discussing the use of essential oils on babies. 



  • Calming/Sleep
    Apply 1-2 drops Lavender, Serenity, or Balance on the bottom of feet, neck or down spine. Diffusion is also beneficial
  • Colds:
    Melaleuca, Lavender, lemon – Mix 1-2 drops of each oil and diffuse. Mix 1 drop of each oil and massage on upper chest and back every 4 hours.
    May also diffuse 2 drops of Breathe for stuffiness
  • Colic or tummy pains:
    Lavender, Digestzen, Fennel, Peppermint or Ginger. Mix 1 drop of one of these oils with a carrier oil and massage around belly button in a clockwise motion.
    May also add 1 drop of Lavender on spine.  Other helpful oils are Marjoram, Bergamot, & Ylang Ylang.
    Do not apply all the oils at once. Try one at a time to see which oil is helpful.
  • Constipation :
    Dilute 1 to 2 drops of rosemary oil in 2 tablespoons carrier oil and massage on stomach and the bottoms of baby's feet.
  • Cough :
    Rub 1-3 drops of Breathe, Eucalyptus or Peppermint Essential Oil with carrier oil on chest, upper back, neck and if possible, diffuse in room at night.
  • Croup:
    Marjoram and Thyme – Dilute in a carrier oil and massage on neck and chest. For more ideas, read this blog post
  • Crying: 
    Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Roman chamomile – Diffuse in the air or rub 1-2 drops on spine. (Use one oil at a time).
  • Diaper Rash:
    Lavender, Roman Chamomile – Dilute 1 drop with a carrier oil and apply around area of concern.
    Or 1-2 drops Sandalwood or Myrrh add 1-2 drops coconut oil and apply to affected area

    Digestzen, Roman Chamomile – Dilute 1 drop of oil with a carrier oil and massage around the abdomen. Choose one oil at a time.
  • Earache & Ear Infections: 
    Melaleuca, Lavender, Basil – Dilute 1-2 drops of Melaleuca and/or Lavender around the back of the ear (NOT inside the ear)
    Basil may help with the
    pain. You may put 1 drop on a cotton ball or swab and apply around the ear (not in ear canal).
    You may also rub on reflex points on the feet i do not advise putting on the hands of babies and children because they could wipe it in their eyes
  • Fever:
    Lavender, Peppermint or Eucalyptus – dilute 1 drop in a carrier oil and rub on feet, spine, back of neck, or behind ears.
  • Jaundice:
     Geranium – Apply 1 drop of Geranium oil with a tsp of carrier oil and apply on liver area or bottom of feet. (Do NOT apply oils within 30 minutes before or after UVA light treatment/sun).
  • Runny Nose:
    Rub 1-2 drops on bottom of feet or down the spine
  • Teething:
     Lavender, Roman Chamomile – Mix 1 drop with 1 Tbls of carrier oil and massage around the outside of the face along the jaw line.
    Or 2 drops of clover in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and apply to gums.


Listen to this mother's heart wrenching story and what happened when she was introduced to doTERRA essential oils it could help give you hope.


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