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Using Essential Oils with your baby

Deanna Russell, Clinical Aromatherapist

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6 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Essential oils for babies

      1:15
    • 2. Birth to 3 months

      1:54
    • 3. 3 to 6 months

      2:25
    • 4. 6 to 24 months

      3:28
    • 5. Baby project

      1:45
    • 6. Eos for babies recap

      0:51

About This Class

If you are curious about when you can start using essential oils with your new baby, this is the class for you!

This class covers age groups of birth to five years. You will learn:

The safest essential oils to use:

  • at what age
  • in what dilution

Ways to use essential oils with your baby.

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Meet Deanna Russell (YouTube)

Transcripts

1. Essential oils for babies: hi and welcome to essential oils for babies. A special class just for new parents and their little ones. Please let me introduce myself. My name is Deanna Russell, and I'm the instructor for this class. I am trained as a registered aroma therapist and clinical aroma therapist. And also I'm in essential oil therapist. In this class, we're gonna have a look at the big question of when can I start using essential oils on my baby? We're going to first start off by looking at using essential oils from birth to three months. Next, we're going to have a look at the age group of 3 to 6 months, and we'll also have a look at the age group of babies from 6 to 24 months. In this class, you'll discover what essential oils are safest for your baby. I'll also show you ways that you can use essential oils with your babies that are practical , appropriate and make sense. The project for this class will be doing a baby massage with your baby and I'll be providing you with recipe for that. So if you're ready to get started, let's go 2. Birth to 3 months: I'm really glad to bring in this class on essential oils for babies. I deal a lot with new parents and new moms, and one of the biggest questions I get asked is, How soon can I start using essential oils on my baby? I suppose the first thing that I would ask if I were you is Do I really need to use an essential oil to solve my problem? You should ask what actually is the best option for this situation. It's possible that it isn't even using an essential oil at all, and that's okay. So I realized that what I'm about to say might be controversial. But I'll say it anyways from age birth to three months, You probably should stay away from using any essential oils with your infant. One of the biggest reasons for this, aside from the safety factor, is that you are concentrating on bonding with your baby and forming an attachment to them. It's much easier to accomplish this if you have your own natural smell and not that of any central oil. Babies have a much more sensitive olfactory system than adults do, and they are much, much more sensitive to smells and aromas, including those of cooking and pets. Did you know, for instance, that babies inhale of 50% more air than adults do? This means that if you're using a diffuser, they are absorbing twice as much essential oil as you are. If you decide to put your diffuser on, I recommend that you only use one drop of essential oil in each 100 mil of water in your reservoir. By now, you're probably asking the question. So what are these essential oils that I can use? And don't worry, we're going to cover that soon. 3. 3 to 6 months: between three and six months, you can start to use essential oils on your baby, and we're going to look at how you can do that and which essential oils you should be using . Let's use this chart to understand how this works. We're talking about topical application right now, and the delish in right for babies for 3 to 6 months is a 0.1% to 0.2% dilution rate. This means that for 0.1% dilution rate, you'll be putting one drop of essential oil into one ounce or 30 mils of your choice of carrier oil. So that means that for the 0.2% dilution rate, you would be putting two drops of essential oil total into your one else or 30 mil of carrier oil. If you want to use your diffuser, you had add between one and two drops for every 100 mils of water in your reservoir. Okay, let's talk about the three best options for using essential oils for your baby. The first essential oil that I would recommend is one of the camel miles Roman camomile. Now this oil is on the more expensive side, however, you don't need very much, and it's worth the investment if you can budget for it. Camomile is super helpful is calming. It helps to ease fessing, temper tantrums, nightmares and tummy upsets. And, of course, you probably expected me to mention lavender. And yes, there is a reason for that. Lavender is extremely versatile, very gentle and very baby friendly. Lavender is also calming and helps to ease fussing, and it also helps to create a sense of well being. And it helps your baby to fall asleep nicely. The 30 essential oil that I would recommend for this age group is Mandarin, where you could replace that with tangerine. Mandarin also has a calming effect, but it's really superstar. Power is with the digestive system. Using mandarin or tangerine in a massage oil blend can work wonders for your baby's upset tummy. So to recap, the best essential oils for using on your baby are Roman camomile, lavender and mandarin. Now you've heard me talk about carrier oils when you make your of massage oil blend, we're going to talk about carrier oil soon, so don't worry 4. 6 to 24 months: the next age group that we're going to look at is the age group of six months to 24 months . Let's talk about the age group of 6 to 12 months. First, the delish in rate for this age group is there a 120.25 to 0.5%. If we do a little bit of math, you'll understand that a 1% dilution rate means that you would use six drops. Total levy central oil into one ounce were 30 mils of your carrier oil. An example of this is 30 mils of rice bran oil as your carrier oil. To that, you had add two drops of Roman camomile and four drops of lavender. Here's another example. This time I'm going to use 30 mils of Hoga. To that, you could add two drops of lavender and four drops of Mandarin. Here's an important safety tip. When you're introducing a new oil to your child, you should always do a patch test. First, a patch test is just applying here. Blend to one small area of your child's body, such as the inside of the elbow or knee, and leave it there for 24 hours to see if they have a response to it. By doing a patch test to the skin, you can be sure to avoid any future complications or sensitization to your child's use of the essential oil. So with this age group, you would have your initial grouping of essential oils of Roman camomile, lavender and mandarin. But now you can add a few more to your list. After your child's first birthday, you'll have a lot more options when it comes to expanding your essential oil collection. Let's take a look you can now start to use in the appropriate delish in rates. Frankincense, spearmint, ginger and tea tree. Actually, you can use a lot of Citrus now. Grapefruit, orange, lime and lemon mean au slim. And be sure to use that highly diluted as it can cause irritation to the skin. You could also start using oil such as geranium, sweet fennel and cardamom, with the 2% dilution rate. What this looks like is 12 drops total of essential oils into 30 mils or one ounce of your carrier oil. Here's an example of blend that you could use for an upset tummy. You would choose your carrier oil if selected sunflower oil here, one ounce, six drops of grapefruit, three drops of fennel and three drops of cardamom. Here's another example. Just to show you what you can do in 30 mils of sunflower oil again, you could add six drops of lavender, three drops of tea tree and three drops of spearmint. A blind like this you could use as an antiviral blend. You'll notice that I have not used peppermint under the age of five years. Here's another tip for you. When you're introducing essential oils to your child, start off with the lowest delusion rate first. First of all, you'll save money on your essential oils by making your investment last longer. Another important reason for this is that if you have a sensitive child, they may not be able to tolerate the full dosage. And there's also the safety factor regarding sensitivity and irritation. And finally, essential oils are an important resource for us. We want to help protect the sustainability by not using more than we need. So do keep that in mind. 5. Baby project: Let's have a look at how to make that baby massage project an important consideration for your baby. Massage oil is actually choosing the carrier oil for your blends. Babies and toddlers have delicate skin. When choosing your carrier oil, you want to be sure that your child will not only tolerate that oil but benefit from it as well. Some excellent choices for a baby massage oil includes sunflower, rice, brand, hojo, ba and even fractionated Coconut oil. If not allergies, run in your family. Or if you're concerned about your child having an oil allergy, you should avoid the nut oil. Such a sweet almond, hazelnut and walnut oil's okay, so Step one is to decide what carrier oil you actually want to use. Step to gather up your supplies. You want to be organized for this. You're going to need your carrier oil, your essential oil if you're using one. A small mixing dish and a stirring implement step. Three. Measure out the amount of oil that you'll be using. The reason you should measure this out. It's so that you can use the appropriate delicious rate for your baby step. Number four is adding your essential oils to your carrier. Oil drop by drop and step five. Stir your ingredients together. Sometimes I just use my finger if I don't have anything else handy, but be sure it's clean. You can use their blend right away if you want to, or you can transfer it to a suitable container so that you can use it later. The time is right for a baby massage when both you and your baby are relaxed and open to doing it together. 6. Eos for babies recap: Let's have a quick recap on using the best essential oils for babies and toddlers. We had a look at how to choose a suitable carrier oil for your blends. I also walked you through choosing suitable essential oils for your baby, depending on their age group. An important safety factor is the delusion right calculation for your baby for your baby's age group, and we covered this as well. And do you hope that you took time to do the project for this class, making a custom baby massage oil? If you're interested, I have a list of recommended reading for parents on my website. Blawg. You can always go there and visit nature notes dot c a. See you again soon.