Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies!

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.  I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking!


Can be used for:  Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, Mouth

#4 – Melrose

Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove.  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!

lavender and melrose

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

Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies

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.

5 Responses to Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies!

  1. carla says:

    your posts are so very good! thank you so much. may I use your pictures on the very small “secret” group page of my little country community folks? We are beginning to use oils and several have become “distributors” simply so they can get the discount and the bargains… many look at the group and others so that they can better learn how to serve their family. With that… may I have your permission to repost to that page? if not.. thank you anyway.. I’ll be watching and learning from you! Bless you bunches.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Carla! Thank you so much for the compliment! Sure, I have no problem at all with you reposting graphics I’ve made, as long as everything remains intact. I have seen people remove all my info and put their own in! :( But feel free to share them as they are!!

  2. Carmen says:

    How soon can I start using oils on my baby? He is 8 weeks old today & has started getting cradle cap. Plus I am not sure at what she I can start using them.

    • Angie says:

      Hi Carmen! I would recommend trying to get a copy of Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. It outlines how to use the oils on infants, babies, and small children (tells how much to dilute and how to use). It is a great reference for using oils on babies!!

  3. Alyssa says:

    Eucalyptus would definitely be in my top 5! Excellent for coughing/congestion and is awesome in a shower or bath to provide some breathing relief when little noses are stopped up!

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