What you need to know when diffusing essential oils around babies
Here at the Snotty Noses office, we get multiple inquiries each week from parents with congested newborns, asking if it is safe to use the Aroma Bloom Vaporiser and Essential Oils.
We also get questions from parents of toddlers and children asking about the safety of various oils.
We hope the following information helps you make an informed and safe choice for the health and wellbeing of your little one....
Essential oils are the distilled volatile aromatic constituents of the plant that are highly concentrated. Remember that one drop of essential oil is equivalent to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea! Vaporized essential oils can be safe and very effective in children when used correctly!
To that end, it is important you are choosing 100% pure essential oils, not a synthetic blend from the $2 shop that smells like the plant, but has no health benefit when breathed or absorbed. Cheap, fragrant oils are a synthetic, chemical formulation that mirrors the smell of the pure oil - you don't want your family breathing in this artificial fragrance.
Our 100% pure Organic Essential Oils are made by Lively Living in Melbourne. They are "Certified Organic" (Cert Number 310).
They are recommended for use in the Lively Living Range of Cool Mist Ultrasonic Vaporisers, including the Aroma Bloom and Aroma Breeze. The general dose for diffusion is 1-3 drops for babies over 3 months and children. Then 3-5 drops for adults, mixed with 200ml of water.
Our manufacturer has given the general guideline not to use these oils with babies under 3 months. This is not meant to alarm parents in any way, it is just a general precaution.
Why shouldn't you use essential oils with newborns?
This is a general precaution, as a newborn's skin and respiratory system is so new, and any sensitivities or allergies may not have been detected yet. Plain tap water can be safety diffused in the Ultrasonic Vaporisers from birth, as this will create a humidified, ionised environment, perfect for sleeping (especially as bubs are mouth breathers, so they can dry out very quickly, particularly if the room is airconditioned during Summer).
If bub is younger than 3 months, many customers take our oil to their next GP visit to discuss the safety and health benefits and are very comforted if the GP approves the use of these calming oils prior to the general 3 month guideline.
From around 3 months, our essential oils manufacturer has recommended our oils are safe for diffusing in the correct dosage. Of course, if there are any ongoing medical or respiratory issues or known allergies or sensitivities, then parents would need to seek advice from their health professional. We always recommend starting with just 1 drop of the oil for the first week, then building up to 2 and 3 drops in the following weeks.
The most popular essential oil blend for infants is "Winter Rescue Remedy" - a simple blend of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree - great for busting air borne bacteria and busing congestion, with a calming influence for sleep. Or Child Calming Remedy - a fresh blend of Orange, lavender, mandarin and Roman chamomile oils.
We also get questions specifically about the safe diffusion of Eucalyptus. There are many varieties of Eucalyptus essential oil, with different levels of 1,8 cineole. Some of our oils contain eucalyptus globulus which has a low 1,8 cineole level, and is considered safe by the aromatherapists at our oil manufacturer in Melbourne for diffusion around young children in the appropriate dosage.
Brands like Vicks and Eukybear use eucalyptus oil in their products, some of which are advertised as safe from birth. There are many differing opinions on the Internet regarding the safe use of essential oil (including eucalyptus), and ultimately parents must make an informed choice about what is appropriate for their family.
Our oils are 100% organic and pure essential oils, and you can grab a bottle to try for just $22. Click here to find out more.
As always, please consult your health professional or aromatherapist for more advice on the safe use when diffusing pure essential oils around babies and children.
We look forward to assisting you with health and well being x
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