A few weeks ago my sister Rebecca (Camp Wander) and I, along with Eden’s Garden, hosted a fun event called The Natural Baby Fair! We wanted to share our love of natural remedies and also introduce those in attendance to some other naturals ways for bringing up baby! The event was a HUGE success! We had a bunch of great vendors (which I will introduce you to at the end of this post) and more than TRIPLE the number of people show up than we had OPTIMISTICALLY anticipated! Thank you to everyone who took part! We can’t wait to do it again! :-)
Since The Natural Baby Fair was all about bringing up baby NATURALLY…I thought today I would share some natural remedies for babies that are simple, safe, and gentle. I sure wish I’d known about some of these when MY kids were babies, I would have saved myself a lot of worry, grief and some sleepless nights. We’ll start with the three C’s: Colic, Croup & Constipation
These common baby conditions are on every parents “dislike” list, because all parents know that an unhappy baby makes for a VERY unhappy household!
Colic is any extended period of crying and fussiness that occurs frequently in babies. The exact cause is unknown but it’s speculated that the cause is from indigestion, gas build-up, lactose intolerance or, a lack of probiotic bacteria in the intestines.
Marjoram essential oil assists with intestinal colic, digestive problems, acidic stomach, diarrhea and helps soothes the gut.
How to Apply: Dilute 1 to 2 drops of Marjoram in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil, and massage a small amount gently on stomach and back every 3 hours or as needed.
Croup is a viral respiratory infection that causes inflammation of the area around the larynx and a barking cough. Sometimes, taking baby outside to breath cool night air can help open the restricted airways, so can humidity (steamy bathroom). Once again Marjoram essential oil comes to the rescue. There are a couple of ways you can use it for croup:
- Dilute 1 to 2 drops of Marjoram in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil and massage a small amount gently on stomach and back every few hours or as needed to help break up the congestion.
- Diffuse Marjoram (or a respiratory blend like Respiratory Ease) into the air, set a diffuser in the nursery if possible.
- Or, even BETTER, set up a diffuser in the bathroom and fill with very warm water (you’ll get crazy amounts of vapor) then add Marjoram essential oil. Next, run a hot, steamy shower or bath, filling the bathroom with steam will help open airways and the droplets of essential oils can get in and start the healing process. I love diffusers for their ability to lace the air with tiny droplets of pure plant essence in a cloud of water vapor.
Constipation happens when waste becomes too hard and dry to expel from baby’s little body, making them feel miserable! This uncomfortable condition calls for Lavender essential oil.
Keep in mind when using pure EOs on babies and children, it’s always best to dilute them with a carrier oil. For older children, dilute 1 to 2 drops in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. For newborns and infants, dilute 1 to 2 drops in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
DIY Chest Rub
- Add 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- 2 drops Lavender essential oil
- 2 drops Eucalyptus essential oil
- To 2 ounces of carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil)
Massage it into the soles of baby’s feet, back, chest, and neck to help relieve the congestion. If you are nursing, try adding a little to the top part of the breast (right about where their noses would end up while nursing) to help them to be able to breath easily while nursing.
Here is a simple and safe way to apply pure essential oils to the ear of little ones and adults alike using a cotton ball. This method allows the vapor of the oils to safely penetrate deep into the ear and get to the issue.
Cotton Ball Protocol:
2 drops Basil essential oil on half of a cotton ball (or 1 drop Basil essential oil and 1 drop Geranium essential oil, if you have it) Insert gently into the infected ear and leave in over night to let the vapor of the oil penetrate into the ear. Pain relief should be almost immediate.
Basil: anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-biotic, anti-spasmodic, decongestant.
Geranium: analgesic, anti-bacterial, can reduce symptoms of Candida, stimulates lymphatic and circulatory systems (good for drainage), astringent.
Relaxing Baby Massage Oil
Whether you are trying to get the baby settled down for a good night’s sleep (we can DREAM, can’t we?) or trying to calm a fussy baby, Lavender is your go-to oil. It will help ensure both you and baby get a better night’s sleep.
- 1 tablespoon carrier oil (almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, etc.)
- 5 to 10 drops Lavender essential oil (start with 5 to see how baby reacts to it.)
To Make: Measure all ingredients into a clean bowl and stir to combine. Pour oil into a 2-ounce glass bottle add essential oils, cap tightly and shake gently to blend.
Diaper Rash Cream
My sister created an All Purpose Healing Salve that I absolutely SWEAR by for anything skin-related. So it stands to reason it would also make a GREAT diaper rash salve. The organic ingredients are moisturizing, anti-microbial, and gentle enough for baby. And the salve, which can be used on cuts, burns, bruises, scrapes, eczema, itching skin and for diaper rash, is SIMPLE to make!
Here is Rebecca’s recipe, that she has been kind enough to share with OGT readers. But if you would like to purchase rather than make it, you can do so at Camp Wander.
All Purpose Healing Salve
by Camp Wander
- 1 cup organic solid coconut oil – I use Gold Label by Tropical Traditions
- 1 cup organic olive oil
- 4 tablespoons beeswax pastilles
- ½ teaspoon vitamin e oil (optional)
- Four – 4 oz glass mason jars
In each 4 oz JAR add the following amounts:
For convenience and easy pouring, use a glass Pyrex measuring bowl with a spout and handle for melting coconut and olive oils, set it inside a deep saucepan with 3 inches hot water.
On low heat, slowly heat the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax. Melt slowly, be careful not to let any water splash into the oils, this could cause mold issues.
Stir occasionally to keep the beeswax melting in.
When the coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax have melted completely, add vitamin e oil and stir gently.
Prepare jars by adding lavender, Tea Tree and lemon essential oils to the bottom of each clean glass jar.
Pour melted oils over the essential oils, no need to stir but you can if you must!
Fill ¼ inch from the top of each jar, cover with a paper towel and let sit at least 6 hours until solid.
Seal snugly with lid. Store in a dark, cool place for best results.
Another helpful, all-natural, remedy for diaper rash can be found in that bottle of apple cider vinegar you have sitting on the shelf in your pantry. ACV contains natural germ and bacteria-fighting properties. Prepare a 1:1 solution of water and apple cider vinegar and wipe it over baby’s diaper area. Allow to air dry.
Babies don’t actually need soaps or shampoos for the most part. They have naturally protective oils in their skin that are better not washed off. If they start to smell “ripe”, however, it might be time for a gentle washing with a natural soap. In that event, here’s an option:
In a foaming dispenser, add:
- 1 ounce unscented liquid castile soap
- 4 ounces filtered water
- 3 drops Lavender essential oil
- 3 drops sweet orange, lemon, tangerine, or grapefruit essential oil
Teething Pain Relief
For centuries, parents have used chamomile tea to soothe fussy babies. For both adults and babies, chamomile has a soothing effect.
Make some Chamomile tea by adding a couple of drops of Roman Chamomile essential oil to a cup of hot water, or brew your own tea from loose chamomile leaves. Dip a washcloth in chamomile tea and freeze it to create a soothing teether for older babies experiencing teething woes.
Organic Baby Powder
Make this fragrant and safe baby powder that the whole family will love!
- 1/2 cup organic arrowroot powder/starch
- 1/2 cup organic corn starch
- a blender
- 3 drops Geranium essential oil & 3 drops Lavender essential oil (geranium and lavender together create a rose-like fragrance)
- a container, preferably with small holes. If you use mineral makeup, wash out your empty jars and fill them with your new baby powder, it’s a perfect size of diaper bag, backpack or purse.
Add everything and blend the simple ingredients together in a blender, yes that’s right…you’ll want to blend it. This allows the powders and EOs to be evenly mixed, it’s an important step in the process.
Pour the powder into a wide bottomed bowl and allow it to dry for several hours before you add it to a container.
Baby Powder is a MUST in the Beach Bag for sandy feet!
I hope you have learned a thing or two about the natural remedy options are out there for your little ones. I appreciate knowing that natural remedies like these are available and fast-acting. Over the counter drugs aren’t always the best choice for infants or children nor the most effective.
As an added bonus today I would like to offer you this FREE printable we made for The Natural Baby Fair: 20 Ways to Use Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Childbirth
CLICK HERE to download
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.