Only the best (and gentlest) for our little ones. Finding products that work well, are safe, and don’t cost a fortune can feel like a full-time job sometimes. With so many options to choose from, it can all be a little overwhelming. But Frannie is here to share her tips.
Essential oils are one of the best ways to make all-natural home and personal products, as they contain properties that do everything from fight harmful substances to ease breathing to soothe uneasy emotions. But using them around children, and particularly babies, can be tricky. Since essential oils are highly concentrated and 1,000 times more potent than their leafy counterparts, it’s important that they’re not only diluted properly (up to 6 drops/ounce), but that caution is used when picking oils.
Here are a couple that can be used on and around babies.
Trying to find a way to get the baby down for a nap? Chamomile helps soothe the mind, body, and spirit, promoting more restful slumber for child and peace at mind for parents. Use in a diffuser to experience these effects, as well as help ease colic. Chamomile is beneficial to use aromatically to alleviate discomfort from teething.
One of Mother Nature’s most gentle gifts! Lavender is fantastic for all sorts of applications, including laundry detergent that helps fight bacteria and dirt. This oil provides soothing comfort and is a wonderful addition to homemade diaper rash cream (recipe below). Burn in a Candle or Meltie to help calm colic, difficult breathing, and fussiness.
Oregano Diaper Rash Relief Cream
- 1/4 c Coconut Carrier Oil
- 1/4 c Shea Butter
- 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- 7 drops Oregano Essential Oil
Pour Coconut Oil and Shea Butter into a glass jar. Put about 1-2 inches of water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Place jar in boiling water until mixture is completely melted (approx. 3-5 minutes). Remove from saucepan and let rest for 25 minutes. Add essential oils and stir until combined. Allow to mixture to cool completely before using.