What are the best essential oils for babies?

There are literally hundreds of essential oils to choose from. From lavender to tea tree, they can be used alone or as a blend to benefit from their varied properties. However, which essential oils are the best to use for babies and toddlers? Find out our favorite beneficial and safe aromatherapy for your child.

Always keep in mind that for young babies, it is best to keep things simple and always test a new essential oil to make sure there’s no allergic reaction.

5 of our favorite essential oils for babies & toddlers

If you want to use aromatherapy with your child, these are our favorite essential oils for their health and well-being properties and ease of use.

Help your baby relax with chamomile essential oil

You probably enjoy a warm cup of chamomile tea when you feel unwell or have trouble sleeping. German chamomile or Roman chamomile essential oils have a natural soothing effect and can help your baby sleep better. It’s also great when your baby is being fussy.

Lavender essential oil to ease your baby to sleep

Lavender essential oil is safe for babies. Famous for its calming and relaxing effects, lavender essential oil is great to ease your baby to nap or sleep. Use a drop or two in a diffuser, spray some in the nursery or use in the bath.

Uplift your toddler’s mood with lemon essential oil

Lemon essential oil is great to uplift your baby’s mood and gently wake him up after a nap. Be careful to use distilled lemon (rather than expressed lemon) as it can be a photosensitizer, meaning that it can irritate the skin when exposed to light.

Treat diaper rash with tea tree oil

A famous essential oil to treat skin issues and acne, tea tree oil is a strong antimicrobial and antifungal. To help heal a diaper rash add a drop of natural carrier oil before rubbing to your baby’s bottom. Tea tree oil can be harsh on the skin, so make sure not to use more than 1 drop for 2 tablespoons of carrier oil and do a patch test. It is best to avoid using it on babies below 6 months.

Geranium essential oil to heal your toddler’s boo-boos

With its delicate scent, geranium essential oil can be used in a diffuser, room spray, or carrier oil. Antibacterial and antiseptic, its properties include healing skin irritations and inflammations. It’s also great for helping with balancing moods and alleviating stress.

Which essential oils can be bad for your baby?

There are a few essential oils that are best not to use with a child. If you are unsure about an oil, best to do some research and always perform a patch test to ensure there’s no adverse reaction for your child.

These essential oils can be harmful when used for baby aromatherapy:

  • Eucalyptus
  • Peppermint
  • Sage
  • Douglas Fir
  • Birch
  • Black Pepper
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Wintergreen

Remember aromatherapy can have very strong effects and should be used with caution and care. Don’t use essential oil directly on the skin. Do not use it with newborns under 3 months. It is best to consult your child’s physician before starting aromatherapy. Read more about using essential oils safely for your baby here

I hope you and your baby will get to enjoy all the beautiful benefits of essential oils. In the meantime, Christmas is fast approaching. If you didn’t already, check out my previous article, 5 tips for enjoying Christmas with your toddler.

Until next time, Tania xx

*This article is provided for informational purposes only and does not intend to substitute professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.