Natural Bath for Babies and Children

Natural Bath for Babies and Children

Natural Bath for Babies and Children

Over the years, we have had many articles regarding natural ingredients, essential oils, and herbs and botanicals that can be used in bath products (and even candles). However, while there are numerous essential oils and other ingredients that are safe for adults and their skin, that is not necessarily the case for babies and small children. Therefore, it is important to discuss essential oils and botanicals that are kid safe in small quantities followed by a few formulas.

There are two very important points that you should note before embarking on creating baby products:

1. Research all of your ingredients well, specifically for baby or child usage

2. Always take diluting essential oils seriously, especially for sensitive, baby skin

 

Essential Oils and Botanicals for Children

In Shirley Price’s book, Aromatherapy for Babies and Children, 19 oils that are safe for children are mentioned. The descriptions just highlight the key properties. These oils are:

• Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)* – Citrus scent that promotes a feeling of happiness

• Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica)** – Fresh, woody scent that is both calming and repels insects

• Chamomile, Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) – Sweet, herbaceous scent that calms and lessens achiness

• Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) – Fresh, evergreen aroma that is uplifting

• Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) – woody, balsamic, slightly spicy oil that lessens anxiety and aids the healing of coughing and bronchitis

• Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) – Floral and fruity aroma

• Ginger (Zingiber officinale) – Spicy, woody scent good for achiness and nausea

• Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – A sweet, floral good for many things, including anti-depression and whooping cough

• Lemon (Citrus limon)* – Fresh lemon scent good for colds

• Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)* – Has a very sweet, citrus scent

• Marjoram (Origanum majorana) – Herbaceous with a medicinal aroma, good for treating colic and coughing

• Melaleuca-Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Herbaceous with a medicinal aroma, good for treating coughing, asthma, and insect bites and sores

• Orange (Citrus aurantium)* – Sweet and citrusy used for colds and to reduce stress

• Rose Otto (Rosa damascena) – Sweet floral used for depression and eczema

• Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)** – Fresh and herbaceous scent for achiness and exhaustion

• Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) – Woody floral good for fever, flu, and sensitive skin

• Sandalwood (Santalum album) – Woody and delicate used to treat bronchitis, stress, and chapped skin

• Thyme (Thumus vulgaris CT linalol) – Fresh, herbaceous aroma for treating insect bites, colds, muscle aches, and dermatitis

• Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) – Fresh floral that reduces stress

*These oils are photosensitive; always dilute. To prevent a rash or pigmentation of the skin, do not use citrus oils when exposed to direct sunlight.

**These oils should never be used undiluted on babies and children.

Caution: Do not use synthetic or adulterated oils. Do not use oils with different botanical names until the safety data has been thoroughly reviewed.