How to use essential oils on babies?

The use of essential oils on babies is still uncommon and parents are not always ready to take the plunge. Their beneficial virtues will also act on your baby if they are used with care. A basic rule: essential oils are not authorized for infants under 3 months of age. Moreover, not all of them are authorized for babies. Be sure to check their authorization and the way of application to be considered in the baby of more than 3 months, before any use of a new essential oil.

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General precautions for the use of essential oils for babies

Essential oils are active, concentrated, and highly potent substances. For babies, they are daily allies if used with caution, but also potential dangers if used in too large quantities. In addition, they can be allergenic or irritating.Some precautions should be taken to use essential oils on babies over 3 months of age with peace of mind:

  • By definition, the cautions taken for children are even more so for babies (see Essential Oils for Children as Young as 3) : Always check before using a new essential oil or essential oil blend that your baby is not allergic to any of its constituents by applying a few drops to the crease of the elbow. Then wait 24 hours to notice - or not - a skin reaction (description of the allergy test on our site); Never apply pure essential oil directly into the eyes, nose or ears; No exposure to the sun in the 12 hours following the application of essential oils said to be photosensitizing; Refer carefully to the advice pages of each essential oil to respect the advice for use that are specific to it.
  • As a general rule, it is not recommended to use pure essential oils on the skin of babies. It is preferable to dilute them in a fatty substance, like a natural vegetable oil, for example.
  • The oral use of essential oils is only authorized from 6 years old, unless otherwise indicated. For babies from 3 months old, the cutaneous way and the atmospheric diffusion will be preferred.

How to use them.

They can be diffused in the room or incorporated into vegetable oils for massages. However, you must be careful about the quantities used and the frequency of their use. Be careful to respect the advice of use. Do not hesitate to ask for medical advice. Our team of experts in aromatherapy is also at your disposal. With the advice of a professional, it is possible to use them in the form of suppositories, prepared by a pharmacist.

Which ones are allowed from 3 months?

Without medical advice

These essential oils can be used to relieve babies from 3 months, without special medical advice:

  • Chamomile Matricaria
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Cistus
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Fragrant Inula
  • Fine Lavender
  • True Lavender
  • Marjoram with Shells
  • Small Grain Bigarade
  • Ravintsara
  • Saro
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme with Linalol
  • Thujanol Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang Complete
  • Ylang Ylang III

With medical advice

These oils can be used to relieve babies from 3 months, but, for more security, with a preliminary medical opinion:

  • Clove
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Sweet Fennel
  • Italian Helichrysum
  • Lavender Aspic
  • Green Mandarin
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Green Myrtle
  • Niaouli
  • Green Oregano
  • Palmarosa
  • Annual Tansy


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