Did you know you can use essential oils to help your baby sleep?!
Essential oils have so many uses, it seriously blows my mind. There are a handful of oils that can help your baby get a good nights’ sleep – in turn, helping you get a good nights’ sleep 🙂
There are quite a few essential oils that can have calming effects. I’ve listed my top five single oils for sleep, and as a bonus I’ve also added six oil blends specifically for bedtime.
Pair my top five essential oils with my nine step to getting your newborn to sleep and you’ll be counting Zzzzs in no time!
Top five oils for sleep
This is the number one essential oil for sleep. I mean, it is pretty much famous for its calming nature.
A side note: In my opinion, lavender is one of the most versatile and well-rounded oils out there. If you’re just starting with essential oils I would highly recommend adding this one to your collection.
You can get the essential oil starter pack I bought off amazon for only $55 and it includes lavender and 13 other super popular oils.
Chamomile essential oil comes from a European plant with white and yellow flowers and has been used as a traditional medicine for thousands of years to calm anxiety.
Marjoram is known to calms the nervous system, sooth tired and stressed muscles, support a healthy respiratory system, and benefit the cardiovascular system.
This oil supports and maintains healthy respiratory function and has a relaxing and soothing aroma.
This oil has a pleasant earthy smell which has a cooling effect on the body and the mind. Just like a walk in a park, smells of nature are very soothing.
How to use essential oils for sleep
There are a few different ways essential oils can be used at bedtime from diffusing, to applying topically, or misting in the room.
Probably the most popular way of using essential oils is to diffuse into the air. If you chose to diffuse your oils, make sure you use a cool mist diffuser not a warm mist humidifier. There is a big difference and cool mist is the way to go!
When diffusing your oils, you first dilute them with water. I like to do 2-3 drops per 100ml for baby’s room. You could use a higher concentrate for other areas of your home, but for baby’s room, keep it light.
Drop on stuffy
If your baby or toddler has a favorite stuffy or blanket that she sleeps with, you could add a few drops of essential oils to give it a light scent. That way when she snuggles in she’s breathing in those sleepy time oils.
If you dilute your oils you could create a room spray or sheet mist. This would be great to mist in the crib before bed for soothing smells that last all night.
Add 6-8 drops of essential oils per half a cup of water. Shake well before you spray to mix up the water and oils.
Add to bath water
You can add essential oils to your child’s bath water to help calm them before bed, just a few drops will do. However, if your baby is very small and there’s a chance she may ingest some of the bath water, I would skip this option.
Apply to skin
Use extra caution when applying essential oils to skin – especially on your baby.
Never apply essential oils directly to your baby’s skin. Always, always, always dilute it first!
Essential oils are highly concentrated and could cause reactions to your baby’s super sensitive skin. Most oils require dilution even for adults, so please – use caution.
I’ve made dilution super simple to follow so that you can apply a safe amount of oil to your baby.
Diluting Essential Oils for Skin Application
Diluting oils for air diffusion and akin application are two different things. When diffusing oils for your diffuser you dilute it with water. However, when applying it to your skin, you dilute it with a carrier oil that will mix with the essential oil. This helps your essential oil go further.
There are lots of carrier oils you can use, my favorite is coconut oil. It’s good to use on all skin types and is easy to find (make sure to buy the liquid version!).
Ages 0-3 months: 1 drop of essential oil per 2 Tbsp. of carrier oil.
Ages 3-24 months: 2 drops of essential oil per 2 Tbsp. of carrier oil.
Ages 2-6 years: 9 drops of essential oils per 2 Tbsp. of carrier oil.
Ages 6-15 years: 14 drops of essential oils per 2 Tbsp. of carrier oil.
Ages 15+ years: 22 drops of essential oils per 2 Tbsp. of carrier oil.
There are several places you can apply essential oils on your body. For your baby, either on the bottoms of her feet, or on her backs are the most common places.
If you’re applying to the bottoms of her feet, I would suggest putting socks on afterwards to make sure the oils don’t go from her feet to her hands, then from her hands to her mouth.
Some oils are safe for ingestion, but no oils are safe for your baby to ingest.
Top three essential oil blends for bedtime
Sweet Dreams Blend
3 Drops of Lavender
2 Drops of Chamomile
2 Drops of Marjoram
Soothing Sleep Blend
2 Drops of Lavender
2 Drops of Cedarwood
1 Drop of Tangerine
Counting Sheep Blend
3 Drops of Chamomile
3 Drops of Lavender
1 Drop of Vetiver
Give these three oil blends a try and let me know what you think! I love trying out different blends and seeing which one gives my daughter the best sleep.
Essential oils are a natural solution which is why I am so obsessed with using them!! I’m super excited to share with you all of my favorite natural remedies using my essential oils!