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How to know which essential oil are safe for babies

by on Jun.28, 2010, under Essential Oil

Essential oils must be treated with care at all times and many of them carry contra-indications as to their use, such as not using them during pregnancy or on babies. However, there are some essential oils that are not only safe for baby but are also good for baby.

Essential oils for babies have such uses as helping to alleviate diaper rash and dried skin, such as cradle cap.

Select the safe oils for babies according to the baby’s age.

  • From birth to 2 months: Chamomile (both German and Roman), Lavender, Yarrow and Dill are safe essential oils.
  • From 2 months to 6 months old: Adding to those already listed, you can also include Coriander, Neroli and Mandarin essential oils.
  • From 6 – 12 months old: Gradually add Grapefruit, Aniseed, Tea Tree and Calendula essential oils.

Be aware of how to use the oils safely and in what quantities. Always follow reputable instructions and always have a trusted recipe at hand.

Decide how you wish to use essential oils with your baby. There are some suggestions offered under “Tips” for starters. It is a great idea to do some research during pregnancy for suitable remedies for baby ailments and soothing.

Do not ever use eucalyptus or wintergreen on any child under 2 years of age. They can be lethal.

Warnings

  • It is always prudent to ask your health professional for some advice before using on your baby or toddler.
  • Always read the labels. If in doubt, do not use. The place of purchase should be able to provide you with advice if you ask.
  • Do not ever use “essential oils” that say not to use internally or on the skin. This are not essential oils but petrochemically distilled fragrance oils.

*Articles refer to ” wikiHow”


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