When you love essential oils, you want to share them with your whole family—including the newest members! Essential oils can be fantastic for young children and babies, but it’s important to use oils in a way that is safe for their sensitive systems. Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils in the nursery!
As a parent, you want to give your children a healthy start in life. That means turning to products you can trust—and using them in the safest way for your little one.
Essential oils can be fantastic for young children and babies, but it’s important to use oils in a way that is safe for their sensitive systems.
Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils in the nursery!
There are no hard-and-fast rules for dilution, but these ratios are a good place to start. Use a moisturising carrier oil such as Young Living V-6® to nourish your baby’s tender skin and minimise irritation. Here are our dilution recommendations:
Ages 0-3 months
Do not use without consulting a health professional experienced with essential oils.
Ages 3-12 months
8 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil; if no adverse reaction, try 7 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil.
3 drops carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil.
1 drop carrier oil to 1 drop essential oil.
Full labelled concentration
General safety guidelines
Consult a health professional before administering oils, especially if your baby is sick.
Avoid adding essential oils to baths. Babies love to splash, which increases the risk of essential oil being swallowed or coming into contact with their eyes.
Young Living essential oils are powerful and highly concentrated; ingestion is not recommended for infants.
Introduce your baby to essential oils by wearing the oils on your skin to help him or her get used to the fragrance.
Humidify the air next to cots or play areas and infuse scents with an ultrasonic diffuser such as our Dewdrop Diffuser. Add less oil than you usually would to avoid overwhelming sensitive little noses.
When you use a new essential oil, dilute it heavily and perform a spot test on your baby’s arm or leg. If no reaction occurs after several minutes, the oil is probably okay to use.
Essential oils to use with caution
Some essential oils can be challenging to a baby’s sensitive system. We recommend caution when you use these essential oils—or blends containing them—with your infant:*
Idaho Tansy, Hyssop, Sage, Clary Sage, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus (all varieties)
Want an easy way to introduce essential oils into your nursery? The Young Living Seedlings line has products that are perfect for your baby!
Ready-to-use products include lotion, biodegradable wipes, diaper cream and more.
Ingredients are plant-based, with no harsh additives. It’s gentle care for your baby, from Mother Nature’s nursery to yours.
Products are infused with Gentle Baby essential oil blend, which is specially formulated for infants and contains Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Coriander and Bergamot.
Have additional questions about using essential oils with your little one? Talk with your health professional for personalised guidance.
Find more information at youngliving.com/en_GB/discover/safety-guidelines.
*While some essential oils in this list may appear in our KidScents line, please note that our KidScents products are formulated for children and are well diluted. For use with infants and very young children, we recommend additional dilution.
Want to learn more on how to support your family with essential oils and oil-infused products? Check out our blog on 9 essentials for Dr. Mum, your favourite mum must-haves and kid-safe essential oils to help care for kids from sun up to sun down—and even the time in between.
Which oils do you use to comfort your little one? Let us know in the comments!