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Essential oils are a fairly safe means of managing the entire family’s health & wellness in a natural way. But too often I see incorrect usage being promoted by blogs and direct sales reps. I am not a Certified Aromatherapist (though I would love to have the opportunity to study to become one!) but have done a lot of research on safely using essential oils on babies. I also continue to study safe essential oil usage and am always looking to learn new things.
For infants there are only a few essential oils that are safe for use. You may have heard this person or that person used “X” essential oil and it helped with no problems. But it is important to remember that essential oils are natural compounds with powerful medicinal uses. They need to be respected and used safely.
Promoting safe essential oil usage is one of my top priorities! Especially regarding babies & children.
Essential Oils For Teething Babies
If your baby is popping their first teeth, you can use essential oils to help ease the pain. My 7 month old is cutting her teeth now and we use Lavender and Roman Chamomile to help her relax.
I mix 2 Tablespoons of Fractionated Coconut Oil with one drop each of Lavender and Roman Chamomile. When I am ready to use it I wash my hands and dip my finger tip in the bottle then gently massage the area ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE CHEEK. Do not place the essential oils directly on the gum or on the lips. After applying the oil you’ll want to make sure that baby is not touching their face and getting any oil on their hands. You may also try diffusing either one of these oils as they both have a naturally calming effect when inhaled. Not to mention how great the room will smell!
Choose Your Oils Wisely
There are “natural” teething products sold that contains clove, peppermint and chamomile and are instructed to be placed directly on the gums. I admittedly purchased and used this with my daughter on her gums. Thankfully we had no adverse reactions but since then I have learned that 2 of those essential oils SHOULD NOT be used on infants. There is no such warning on the bottle of which ages are appropriate for use. The other problem with this is that although there is a nice mixture of carrier oil on the ingredients I have no idea how strong the dilution is. Since safety is my first priority with using ANY products on my baby I would much rather make my own blend and I recommend you make your own as well.
Important Safety Information Regarding Essential Oils For Teething Babies:
- Clove Essential Oil is for ages 2 and older
- Peppermint Essential Oil is for ages 6 and older
- At no point should essential oils be used “neat” (undiluted) on children of any age
- At no point should essential oils be ingested by children of any age
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This post is purely educational in nature and all health and treatment questions should be directed towards a healthcare professional.