It is best to avoid using essential oils on babies in the first 6 months. If you decided to start introducing, go at a very slow pace (as you would introduce solid food to a baby’s diet). Diffuse only a drop or 2 to start with and gradually increase over time. You can wear the oil on yourself so that babies get an indirect contact before applying topically at the bottom of their feet at a very high dilution rate.
Babies + 3 months – Chamomile Roman, Lavender
Babies + 6 months – All Citrus, Cedarwood, Cypress, Geranium, Helichrysum, Palmarosa, Rosalina, Tea Tree, Frankincense, Manuka
Avoid direct use of peppermint, rosemary and eucalyptus on toddlers and young children because of the high level of menthol in Peppermint, and high level of 1-8 cineole in Eucaplytus and Rosemary. Opt for Spearmint instead with a mild % of menthol and Eucalyptus Radiata which is one of the lowest 1-8 cineole in the family. Rosalina, Manuka and Chamomile Roman is a great choice for use with small children as it is gentle and safe.
Birch and Wintergreen which are both rich in methyl salicylate must be avoided at all cost.
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Note: Carrier oil is safe to use at any stage as a baby oil.
Popular oils used for babies:
Lavender and Chamomile Roman – Helps with calming, teething, rash and minor discomfort
Rosalina, Tea Tree and Manuka – Helps with rash, eczema, skin infection and inflammation
Rosalina and Frankincense – Helps flu and cough