9 Essential Oils To Help Babies Sleep

These 9 Essential Oils Help Your Baby Fall Asleep

Taking care of babies is not a piece of cake. As if changing their diapers and feeding them are not enough, they make it a point of duty to cry their minds out every time. Just when you think of getting respite, you find their little angelic eyes peeping out, telling you, ‘Nah, Nah, you can’t rest yet.’ Not only are they affected by the sleeplessness, but you are also affected too. Lack of sleep affects mental health and emotional balance. Sleep is the body’s way of keeping our healthiness intact.

Instead of consuming medications or sleeping pills, essential oils are a better and safer alternative for getting a good rest. They have been in use over the years due to their sedative powers and their ability to induce peaceful sleep with no side effects. Essential Oils are not just useful for ailments and other health conditions; they help reduce stress and discomfort that may be preventing your baby from getting sound sleep. I have put together the best essential oils to help babies sleep.

Lavender oil

The Lavender oil is a good oil for helping babies sleep due to its relaxing properties. It also has an alluring aroma that your baby will find hard to resist. The lavender oil helps to balance the body system, soothe headaches and calm the anxiety that may be preventing your baby from sleeping.

You can use the lavender oil with a diffuser. Also, mix with the skin care products to help soothe their skin as well.

You can topically apply lavender oil to help babies sleep 20 minutes before going to bed. Just rub 1 or 2 drops of the oil on their wrist, spine, neck, or feet.

Alternatively, you can use the Lavender oil with their bath water. Put ten drops of the Oil and one cup of Epsom salt in the bath water and soak the baby in it for 30 minutes to help calm his body.

Roman Chamomile Oil

This oil has a long history of being used as a relaxing and sedative agent. It helps to calm and soothe the body and can help your baby to get a good sleep. It is very efficient for hormonal imbalances, child insomnia, and to prevent nightmares.

You can use Roman Chamomile Oil with a diffuser. For topical application, dilute 1 or 2 drops with 1 teaspoonful of coconut oil and rub on the baby’s neck, back, arm, and feet.

Bergamot Oil

The Bergamot Oil is a citrus-based oil that can help your child sleep peacefully. It has calming and relaxing properties and can be blended with other essential oils for better efficiency.

Marjoram oil

The Marjoram is more than just another cooking material. It works excellently for soothing a restless baby and can help induce a sound sleep. It is one of the best oils to help babies sleep.

Peppermint Oil

The Peppermint Oil works well as a digestive aid, as it is beneficial for the stomach and liver. Indigestion may be the reason your child can’t sleep. The Peppermint also has analgesic properties that help to calm a troubled child, ease headaches and induce a sound rest.

Peppermint Oil can cause severe skin irritation on sensitive skin. I suggest you dilute the oil with a carrier oil before topical usage. Alternatively, you can use with a diffuser.

Cedarwood Oil

Gotten from Cedrus atlantica plant, the oil has powerful analgesic and sedative properties that will help your baby sleep calmly.

Sandalwood Oil

The Sandalwood Oil is extracted from the sandalwood plant that had to be at least 50 years old. The Oil has a woodsy aroma and is more expensive than the other essential oils. It works effectively for inducing a baby to sleep.

Ylang-ylang oil

The plant native to Asia may give many a hard time pronouncing. However, it is an excellent option for mothers who want to help their babies sleep. It has a fruity and floral aroma that you will find interesting.

Vetiver Oil

It has an earthy aroma that can help in calming the baby’s spirit for the night.

Essential Oil Blends to help Babies Sleep

Recipe 1

  • 10 drops each of sweet marjoram, sandalwood, roman chamomile, lavender, ylang-ylang essential oils.
  • 10 drops of vanilla bean extract

Mix the oils and store in a spray bottle, away from sunlight. For use, spray the blend over your sheets and pillows before sleeping. You can also apply topically to the temple, wrist or sole of the feet.

Recipe 2

  • 6 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 6 drops of Bergamot Oil
  • ¼ cup of a carrier oil (probably olive or coconut oil)

Mix the ingredients and apply topically to the feet, back of the neck, around the toes, or the navel.

Recipe 3

  • 2 drops of Chamomile Oil
  • 4 drops of Petitgrain
  • 8 drops of Lavender
  • 60 ml of water

Blend the oils with the water and spray around your child’s bed. It will help him sleep.

Caution Using Essential Oils For Babies

When using essential oils for babies, you have to use with discretion. Most of the oils are toxic and should be diluted with carrier oils before applying directly on the child’s skin. Suitable Carrier oils include coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, grapeseed and olive oils. Dilution ratios are usually two drops to one teaspoonful for a toddler and 1-2 drops per 2 teaspoonfuls for babies.

  • Make sure you buy only therapeutic grade essential oils to ensure its efficiency.
  • Also, some oils work better for some individual than some others. You just need to find the one that works for you.
  • Consult a medical practitioner before using essential oils if your child is on medications or has allergies.

How to use Essential Oils to help Babies Sleep?

  • Bedtime Massage: Rubbing Essential oils on your baby’s body, paying attention to the back, neck, arms, feet, and tummy.
  • Using with a diffuser: A diffuser can add the necessary fragrance and also help to purify the room.
  • Using with their bath water: Adding a few drops of essential oils into their bath water can help calm their spirits.

To Conclude

Discover the oil that works best for your child and you will find a difference in his usual sleeping patterns. Having tried them myself, I can assure that essential oils help babies sleep. Besides babies, essential oils are also great for grown ups who need better sleep.

About the author

    Sally Wong

    Sally Wong is a manual therapist for about 15 years now and also a massage specialist. She is actively taking care of her body to stay healthy and in shape by doing Yoga and Tai Chi. She has a lot of knowledge and interest in Essential Oils because of her Oriental background. She learnt many things from her Grandmother. Originally from a small village in South China, now she lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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    E - February 22, 2018

    “Peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils are all avoided in younger children because they contain a chemical constituent called cineol 1,8 and menthol. … Peppermint is safe to use at 6+ years, but ALL eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils should be avoided until 10+ years of age.”

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    E - February 22, 2018

    “Essential oils for newborns and babies should be used minimally and only as-needed for the first 3 months.

    For newborns/infants/babies dilute 1 drop of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil

    It’s important to use nothing but the most pure and safe, therapeutic-grade essential oils because store-bought oils can have solvents, pesticides, synthetics and other chemicals. “

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