Babies & Children Reference Guide

"I know how our littles can depend on Dr. Mom.  I have spent countless hours over the years researching and scouring my resources in order to tackle childhood ailments in a natural and safe way.  I wanted something that would assist their little bodies in healing, as it was designed to be done, without chemical and drug involvement.  

This quick-read guide offers single oils as well as blends available in our store.  All blends that are a part of the Selah Kids Collection are properly pre-diluted and packaged in a roll-on bottle, ready for immediate use.  However, with my little people, I don't limit my essential oil usage to just one application method.  I like to diffuse them or use them in a bath, in addition to applying them topically.   

Something to keep in mind is that diet plays a major role in keeping our kiddos healthy.  Certain foods can make all the difference.  At our house we stay away from processed foods and sugars (bread, crackers, pasta, candies, refined sugars, etc), grains (oats, corn, soy, wheat, etc.), and dairy (fresh goat's milk is an excellent substitute).  We also practice cellular cleansing, detoxing, and use some key supplements.  (If you'd like more info on the products we use, aside from essential oils, feel free to email me directly at

Now, on to the topic of oils, kids, and oily kids.  From one oily Mama to another, I hope you'll find this list to be a helpful and simple resource."


Click here for a printable pdf of our Baby & Children health topics.  I'd recommend printing this and putting it on your fridge for quick access!

Also, I highly recommend that you purchase Valerie Worwood's book, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child.  It is an excellent resource for using aromatherapy on your child.

Some guidelines to remember when treating babies and children:

*NEVER put essential oils in eyes.
*NEVER put essential oils in ear canal.
*DO NOT add UNDILUTED essential oils to the bathwater of babies or children.
*ALWAYS keep essential oils out of reach of children.
*NEVER apply essential oils to or near a child's (or baby's) face.
*NEVER use essential oils on premature infants.
*NEVER place essential oils or preparations containing them into the nose of a baby or child.
*DO NOT expose children of five years or less to strong essential oil vapers.
*NEVER attempt to treat serious illness without referring to a medically qualified practitioner.
*Call your medically qualified practitioner in any case if conditions do not improve within 24 hours.
*ALWAYS follow your doctor's advice.

Dilution guidelines:

Newborn - 6 months: 1 drop essential oil to 30mL (1oz or 2 Tbs) carrier oil
6-24 months: 1 drop essential oil to 10mL (2 tsp) carrier oil

2 yrs+: 1 drop essential oil to 5mL (1 tsp) carrier oil 

To use essential oils in a more concentrated manner, check out our Dilution Ratio Chart. Remember, higher concentrations should only be used for short term application. 

Also, our Selah Kids Collection offers safely pre-diluted essential oil blends just for littles ages 2+, pregnant and nursing mothers and the elderly!


Always test your application on yourself first and then on a very small area on your baby to be sure their skin will tolerate it. If there is not enough dilution, the baby's skin may redden and become irritated.  You can add more carrier oil to lessen this effect.  Please note that water does not reduce the effect but could actually intensify it.


The best place to apply (diluted) essential oil is to the bottoms of the feet.


Diffusing the oils in the baby's room is a great way for the baby to inhale the essential oil molecules.  Essential oils provide antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial and anti fungal properties.  There is no need to overload the air with essential oils.  We recommend running the diffuser so that when you walk in, the essence of the aroma is noticeable, but does not overpower you. 

Lengthly Illness:

If you will be applying the oils for a length of time for a chronic condition, please use more dilution.  Essential oils are processed and used by the body within 2 hours, so for an acute illness it is a good idea to reapply every 2 hours. After diluting, it is best to apply to the bottoms of the feet and cover with socks. 


The best places to apply (diluted) essential oil is to the baby's chest and back.  (Avoid face and neck.)

Click here for a printable pdf of the above guidelines.


Bed Wetting - Cypress

Bronchitis -  Breeze, Jr.Empower, Jr.Thyme linaloolEucalyptus radiata

Chickenpox -  LavenderGerman ChamomileRoman Chamomile

Circumcision - Lavender, Chamomile
Antiseptic Spray for the area:
In 1 pint of warm water, add 20 drops of lavender.  Bottle, shake well.  Use before circumcision in a spray over the genital area.  Use after circumcision to also assist in healing, once the dressing has been removed.

Colds (Common Cold) -  Armor, Jr.Breeze, Jr.Empower, Jr.Ease, Jr.Eucalyptus RadiataTea TreeLavenderThyme linalool, Lemon

Cold Sores (Fever Blisters) -  German ChamomileTea TreeLavenderLemonThyme linalool.

Colic -  CardamomCorianderDillSweet OrangeLavenderRoman chamomile, German chamomile

Cradle Cap -  Soft Spray, Jr.CedarwoodPatchouliLemon

Croup -  Breeze, Jr.Empower, Jr.Eucalyptus RadiataThyme linaloolGerman Chamomile

Cuts (Minor) -  Empower, Jr.Ease, Jr.LavenderTea TreeLemonEucalyptus radiata

Diaper Rash -  Soft Spray, Jr.LavenderGerman chamomileRoman chamomileTea TreeThyme linalool
*Avoid the penis, testicles, and vulva area. Do not use essential oils undiluted.*
Dilute well (1-2 drops essential oil to 2 tablespoons carrier oil) and apply at each diaper change until the rash is healed. 

Earache / Infection -  Armor, Jr.Breeze, Jr.Thyme linalool, Roman chamomileTea TreeLavenderFrankincense.
Massage around the back of the affected ear - outside the ear, on the side of the head - with one of the following mixes.

Fever FrankincenseSweet Orange
Apply diluted to spine and bottoms of feet.

Fifth Disease -  Armor, Jr.LavenderRoman chamomileGerman chamomileLemonThyme Linalool, Cardamom

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease -  Armor, Jr.Empower, Jr.Ease, Jr.Thyme linalool, Tea TreeEucalyptus radiataLavenderCypressGerman chamomile.

Hives -  Soft Spray, Jr.German chamomileRoman chamomileLavender

Impetigo -  Armor, Jr.LavenderGerman chamomileThyme linaloolTea Tree

Influenza (Flu) -  Armor, Jr.Breeze, Jr.Empower, Jr.Thyme linaloolEucalyptus radiataFrankincense

Insomnia -  Resting, Jr.Sweet OrangeLavender

Pin Worms -  LavenderRoman chamomileCardamom.

Pneumonia -  Breeze, Jr.Armor, Jr.Tea TreeThyme linaloolLavenderGinger, Frankincense

Rash -  Soft Spray, Jr.LavenderRoman Chamomile

Ringworm -  LavenderTea Tree

Teething - German ChamomileLavenderLemonFrankincense
Mix 2 drops German chamomile (or oil of choice) with 5ml (1 tsp) carrier oil.  Very gently massage the cheek.

Throat - Armor, Jr.Thyme linaloolLemonFrankincenseTea Tree
Dilute 5 drops with 1 tablespoon carrier oil.  Apply over throat, chest and back.
Do not apply essential oils to baby or child's face.

Thrush, Yeast Infection - Tea TreeGerman chamomileThyme linaloolPatchouli

Umbilical Cord Infection -  Tea TreeLavenderGerman chamomile
Newborn babies have very thin skin, as it has yet to mature.  Only use very small amounts of anything on the skin.
Cotton ball method: First wash your hands.  Put 1 drop lavender onto a cotton ball. Dip the cotton ball in a cup of water, squeeze the excess water out between your fingertips.  Use the cotton ball to carefully clean around the area.  Do this twice a day.

Urinary Tract Infection -  Tea TreeGerman chamomileLavender
Warm Baths: Dilute 3 drops tea tree in 1 teaspoon carrier oil, and add to the warm bath water.  Also add 1 teaspoon salt to the water.  Swish around well before the child gets in.

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