Last Saturday we celebrated Matilda’s first birthday. A small group of friends and family celebrated with us a year of our delightful Matilda. We held the event in our back yard, and kept it simple with helium balloons, play activities for the little ones, a boho corner, grazing platters, and the birthday cake. It was the most beautiful autumn afternoon spent with loved ones.
Some parts of me are sad to farewell the baby stage, other parts of me excited to see this little girl growing up. Reflecting upon the year, I feel so blessed to be a stay at home mum to both girls. I have been able to continue to work from home in my dōTERRA business, educating and supporting my beautiful oily community. Essential oils aren’t only my business, they are a part of our everyday life. Maisie, almost 3, knows which oils to use to calm her for sleep, and which one to use when she isn’t feeling well. My legacy is to empower her, even at a young age to know how to use essential oils.
I had a wonderful birth experience with Matilda using essential oils. My labour, recovery (physical and emotional) were also supported so well with the use of essential oils. I would continue to use these oils on my baby.
We had one trip to the hospital with Matilda last winter, at 5 months she came down with bronchiolitis. Unfortunatly treatment was limited as it was a viral illness, however thankfully we had a number of oils to support her immune system and breathing during her sickness. Matilda’s recovery was quick.
Amazingly, we were able to avoid any trips to the chemist. We had these oils at our fingertips to support any ailment that popped up along the way, along with making our own DIY products free of any chemicals and toxins.
Here is a list of the staple oils we used for both of our babies but let’s talk safety first!
Because a babies skin is so delicate, essential oils MUST be diluted before applying them topically. I waited until Matilda was 4 weeks old before applying oils topically. I started with 1 drop of essential oil to 10mls of fractionated coconut oil. At 6 months of age, I increased the dilution rate to 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml of fractionated coconut oil. At 12 months of age, I have increased that again to 6 drops.
Applying the oils down the spine, and on the bottoms of the feet are great places to use oils topically. As baby gets bigger, putting socks on over the top is a great way to keep the baby from wiping oils in his/her eyes or mouth. Keep essential oils away from babies eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.
Diffusing oils is a very safe way to use essential oils around a baby. Matilda entered the world to clary sage diffusing in the delivery suite. The hours and days following her birth I diffused oils in our hospital room. It’s a great way to support both mum and baby! 2-4 drops is ample in a nursery.
Internal use of essential oils for babies and children is NOT advised.
I tend to avoid diffusing the ‘hot’ oils, such as straight Peppermint, Oregano, and Cinnamon
Lavender is very calming. A lavender massage can help encourage a fussy baby to sleep. A great place to apply lavender is down the spine or to the bottoms of babies feet.
I love to blend lavender with tea tree to make a very soothing and healing nappy rash salve (please see previous blog post).
Lavender can also help sooth stomach upsets by massaging in a clockwise direction around the belly button.
We often diffuse Lavender and Cedarwood at the end of the day to wind down and promote bed time and sleep.
Lavender is also effective when blended with frankincense or roman chamomile to help ease the discomfort of teething.
Frankincense is a very calming oil.
I love frankincense for babies as it is a very mild oil. It’s a great option to use for babies in times of sickness.
Frankincense is a wonderful oil diffused at night. It can be blended with easy air, lavender, or by its self.
This oil is my go to for any little ailments. Think sore teeth, vaccinations, and tummy discomforts.
Roman Chamomile is a very calming oil. The best way to use this oil is diluted for topical use. It’s perfectly pared when blended with lavender.
I love to diffuse a drop of lemon with a couple of drops of easy air through the night to assist any congestion.
I diffused Easy Air over night to help open airways. It’s a staple in our home over the winter months, it’s a great oil to diffuse in the bedroom. You can add a drop of lemon to help clear congestion, and frankincense to supercharge this blend.
I use Easy Air in a 10ml roller bottle of fractionated coconut oil and apply to babies chest, back and bottoms of feet.
Any signs of sickness in the family, we diffused onguard to kill any pathogens in the air.
I used onguard as a toxin free bench spray (safe for toys), mixing a solution of white vinegar and 10 drops of onguard in a 400ml stainless steel spray bottle.
Onguard is an incredible oil blend for supporting the entire family during times of sickness and winter lergies. I diluted with fractionated coconut oil and applied to babies feet.
I love dōTERRA essential oils! I align with this company which work directly with farmers from around the world to source the purest and most potent oils. dōTERRA have a co impact sourcing model which means they only source the essential oils from where they grow in their natural environment, half of these countries are third world or developing nations. They provide on time and fair trade payments to farmers and distillers and facilitate long term relationships to ensure a sustainable supply of the purest essential oils.