I sure wish I had oils when my kids were babies! There are so few things that are safe for babies when they are hurting or sick, and I would have loved to have a stash of oils to get me through some of those tough times. Wouldn’t a basket of oils with a booklet on how to use them would make a GREAT baby gift?!
Below is a list of my Must-Have oils for babies, along with the uses for common issues that babies experience. You can find out exactly how to use each oil listed in Debra Raybern’s Gentle Babies book (see the Resources page if you’re looking for this book, it’s very inexpensive!)
Here are my top picks, based on the recommendations in Gentle Babies!!
#1 – Lavender
My top pick is lavender because it is one of the most versatile oils. It can support normal sleep, cleanse skin irritations, and relax the mind and the body, among a long list of other things! Lavender is known as sort of the Swiss Army knife of oils, and has traditionally been known to balance the body and work where there is a need. When in doubt, use lavender!
Can be used for: Cradle Cap • Crying Baby • Diaper Rash • Clogged Tear Duct • Fever
#2 – Di-Gize
Babies can experience lots of tummy issues, right?! Di-Gize is a blend containing tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. These oils help with problems related to the digestive system.
Can be used for: Colic • Jaundice • Constipation • Diarrhea
#3 – Thieves
This blend is a germ-fighting machine. Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary. It is highly antiviral and antiseptic. I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking!
Can be used for: Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease
#4 – Melrose
Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove. It has strong antiseptic properties and can fight infection. It also helps with tissue regeneration.
Can be used for: Ear Infection • Cradle Cap • Thrush
Lavender Plus Melrose
If you have both lavender and Melrose, this combination of oils is useful for some common baby issues!
Can be used for: Pink Eye • Baby Acne • Eczema/Dermatitis
#5 – Peace and Calming
Peace and calming is a blend containing tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy. It can promote relaxation, help with insomnia, and help reduce stress and anxiety. This oil is GREAT for mom, too! I use it when my mind just won’t shut off, even when I am exhausted.
Can be used for: Crying Baby • Sleeplessness • Coughing
Of course there are many oils that are helpful for babies, but if I had to just pick a few, these would definitely be my top picks. These five oils can cover a really large range of common baby issues. I would have LOVED to have them when I had babies! I think I wouldn’t have felt quite so helpless in so many situations!
Again, I can’t recommend the book Gentle Babies enough… it tells exactly how to use the oils for pregnancy, childbirth, on infants, and on young children. (see Resources)
And remember… Lavender, Thieves, and Peace and Calming are all part of the Premium Starter kit!Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here.