Let’s get all the unpleasant facts out of the way first, and cover what to avoid.
Toxins are the unhealthy chemicals in life. They are everywhere. But you have a choice of what you buy at the supermarket. Thankfully I no longer need to go down those cleaning or personal aisles in the store, which are full of toxins. Have you wondered why some people have reactions such as headaches by only walking through these aisles? This should be a warning sign for all of us.
What we breathe in, put on our skin and on our floors affect our babies. They are touching and breathing in the chemicals as they lay on the floor or snuggle in our arms. But their livers, respiratory and immune systems are not fully developed.
Here are a few key ingredients to avoid, and I’ll go into more detail regarding these and others in the topic of a “Toxin Free Home”, in a Thursday Night Live, which I’m planning for August. These are in alphabetical order, so not a priority list to avoid.
Formaldehyde – cancer causing. Think candles and home sprays.
Fragrances – synthetic chemicals. May include phthalates, neurotoxins and synthetic musks. One of top 5 allergens in the world. This word covers a multitude of sins, such as toluene.
Parabens – endocrine disruptors. Found in breast cancer tumors.
Phthalates – endocrine disruptors. Carcinogen. Linked to birth defects, lowered sperm counts and certain cancers. Damages reproductive organs and a hormone disruptor linked to early puberty in girls.
Propylene Glycol – Linked to kidney damage and can damage cell membranes.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – in personal items such as your toothpaste, baby bubble bath. It’s used in clinical testing to purposely irritate the skin. But it’s worse than that. Also avoid derivatives such as sodium laureth sulfate.
Triclosan – affects hormones (thyroid)
There are so many more to mention. But when we use products on ourselves and our children on a daily basis, the toxins build up and accumulate within our bodies – a process called “bioaccumulation”. So the more we expose our little ones to toxins, the harder it is for their bodies to break them down and therefore in the long run cause both minor and major health issues that could be prevented.
If you don’t know what other ingredients you should avoid or which have been proven to cause cancers, are hormone disruptors, known allergens or cause respiratory problems, then check out either of these apps on your phone:
- Healthy Living (by EWG.org)
- Think Dirty
These are a great starting point, where you can scan bar codes in the store or around your home and see how harmful they are e.g. laundry soap, all purpose cleaners and unfortunately also well known brands designed specifically and advertised as safe for our little ones. This also includes “organic” and “all-natural” brands. All I can say is know your ingredients as these toxic chemicals, especially in the long run are too much for our precious little ones to handle.
Now specifically regarding essential oils, that don’t have any of these nasty ingredients…
Unfortunately, essential oils are becoming so popular you can get them in nearly every store, and via multiple sites online, BUT, as I’ve explained in previous webinars, those that are labeled as 100% pure aren’t good enough, especially when it comes to our children. Here’s a quick tip: Peppermint Essential Oil should smell like the raw peppermint plant, NOT peppermint candy.
It’s also so important that you know your source, which is why I’m only referring to products from Young Living as time and time again it’s proven that they have the highest therapeutic grade oils out there. Check out their Seed To Seal commitment and their expertise when it comes to understanding EVERYTHING that goes into making and using an essential oil. Surely you want to know where the food you eat has come from, well essential oils should ONLY come from plants and are so concentrated you definitely should want to know what they contain before you use them.
You may have heard of chemical burns or allergic reactions. Well this is due to the synthetic chemicals and fillers that are added to the majority of essential oils on the market, as they don’t have to label these ingredients. It’s scary. But I can show you ways to compare essential oils and test that yours are safe.
Also, it’s being mindful that some essential oils are HOT oils and issues can occur when you don’t dilute them, particularly with children. They have very sensitive skin.
There are multiple research studies proving more of the benefits of essential oils and backing-up why they have been used since ancient times. These studies are available to all of us, so we can understand why they are being used more in hospitals and by doctors and nurses.
But we’re covering tonight how you can use them for your little ones at home and when on-the-go. First off, if you don’t know me, I’m not a doctor, so consult yours. I’m not hear to help prevent or treat any disease, so do YOUR research. It’s worth it!
I’ve said it for years now, but there’s a significant difference in our household since making a change to our lifestyle. And that involves what we are going to discuss tonight. Now, I’m a city girl, but since having our children I’ve seriously started to dive into a non-toxic lifestyle. The results speak for themselves. BUT, it’s all about doing the best we can, making changes ONE STEP AT A TIME. Keeping it manageable.
Now I said it was going to be unpleasant, but hopefully I haven’t freaked you all out. This is a no judgement here. I used to use toxic products on my kids before I knew better. We all have to start somewhere…
So, let’s cover some Safety Tips & Tricks
When you love essential oils, you want to share them with your whole family—including the newest members! Essential oils can be fantastic for children and babies, but it’s important to use oils in a way that is safe for their sensitive systems.
Here’s what you need to know about using essential oils for babies and children to get the best and safest results.
Again, ALWAYS dilute essential oils before applying to babies and children. If in doubt, the safest place to start is with the feet, because of the thicker skin and large pores.
Remember to NEVER dilute with water, only carrier oils. And NEVER drop oils into the ears or eyes. If this happens, simply add a carrier oil and wipe away.
Essential oils are very potent and should only be used with adult supervision, they are not toys, but I’ve always encourage mine to be involved so their curiosity doesn’t take over when I’m not watching. A great place to start is adding your favorite oil to your child’s stuffed animal or blanket to gently diffuse in their presence.
If you’re unsure how to dilute with a carrier oil, use these suggestions and general guidelines to ensure your little one has a great experience. Once a child is 12 years I would follow the directions on any essential oil label, but younger than that I would dilute further if you don’t have an oil that is already prediluted for children, such as those in the KidScents line.
By diluting an essential oil you’re not decreasing its benefits, but rather helping to disperse them in an even application and for slower absorption that is safer for babies and children.
Start low and slow.
Which Essential Oils to use with Caution
Due to the natural compounds of certain essential oils, it’s recommended to use the following with caution and avoid them them infants.
- Idaho Tansy
- Clary Sage
There may be others too, so double check an oil’s safety first before using on your little one. There are plenty of lists that are generally regarded as safe
There is also a list in aromatherapy guides of oils to avoid during pregnancy. And remember the quality of the essential oil you are using makes a big difference too.
So now we’ve discussed some safety features and toxins to avoid, let’s change gears and get you educated on safe, non-toxic alternatives.
Let’s first take a look at the Seedlings line, which is designed for newborns and infants.
I say that, but I actually use several of these products on my children. I have a 7 year old and my twins are nearly 6. The twins have always had drier and more sensitive skin, so this line is perfect for them.
Parents make hundreds of decisions about the health and happiness of their family each day. With so many products and promises to choose from, Young Living Seedlings™ is designed to make it simple for parents to find pure, gentle products infused with baby-safe essential oils to care for their littlest, most vulnerable family members. The soothing, plant-based formulas use infant-safe essential oils and are free from harmful ingredients to help you gently comfort and care for your little one. With essential oil-infused products made by experts and diluted to a strength safe for your baby, Seedlings leaves you with peace of mind and your baby feeling snug and secure.
Let’s have a quick look…
- Baby Wash & Shampoo: This is mild and tear free is perfect for everyday use and I use on my girls. This soft, non-drying formula has added essential oils of Lavender, Coriander, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Geranium.
- Baby Oil: Unlike other baby oils, what makes this extra special for delicate skin, is that it does NOT contain mineral oil. Yep, who thought mineral oil, which is a distilled from petroleum is good for any of us? Instead, this non greasy formula uses apricot, safflower and prickly pear. It is also contains Lavender, Coriander, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang and Geranium essential oils. Even though my twins are no longer babies, I still on occasion give this to them after a bath.
- Diaper Rash Cream: This is a thick cream that’s scented with Lavender and will keep little bottoms comfortable without using harsh chemicals. It reduces duration and severity of diaper rash and can be used as a preventative to seal out wetness, and like all Young Living products remember, a little goes a long way.
- Linen Spray: Wrap your baby up in a soothing, relaxing atmosphere that we all want at bed time. This gentle, alcohol-free spray adds a calming aroma to linens with a formula specially created for infants. Use it to refresh blankets, crib sheets, car seats, and clothing. This calming spray is gentle enough for babies and parents alike.
- Baby Wipes: Now this is my personal favorite from the Seedlings line as they are soft, thick and versatile. It contains cleansing botanicals and formulated to minimize the risk of common allergies. Thankfully my girls have been out of diapers for years now, but I still use these for a makeup remover as they are ultra-soft and comfortable, or for an emergency clean up when on-the-go. They provide gentle and thorough cleansing without drying your infant’s delicate skin. Some even use these for a non-toxic dryer sheet.
- Baby Lotion: While babies are known for their cuddly softness, dry skin affects infants just like adults. Hot baths, dry air, irritants, and other factors can all leave your baby uncomfortable and fussy. My girls love this non greasy moisturizer, and it’s been especially useful for the twins as it helps with drier skin. It has a delicate calming scent for all to enjoy.
Now if you’re like me, and want to try it all the Seedlings line and see the difference for your little ones, do what I did and start with…
The Seedling’s Gift Bundle
In it you’ll find everything your baby needs in one convenient bundle! It’s filled with one of everything I’ve mentioned tonight and it’s perfect for your new nursery or a friend’s baby shower.
This collection of naturally derived, essential oil infused products have been made specifically for babies. Each item features the soothing scent of Lavender essential oil to help create a calming environment wherever you and baby are—from bath time to bedtime and in between.
The bundle also comes with a hooded bath towel and washcloth. Both are made with 100% unbleached cotton. The set comes together in an unbleached cotton rope basket, so it’s easy to gift to a friend or keep organized in your bathroom.
Next let’s take a look at options for children aged 2-12 – the KidScents line
Raising kids can be a challenge. Fortunately, Young Living is here to make the job a little easier. They have topical and aromatic Kidscents products developed and diluted especially for children aged 2-12! They are predilluted, so these are perfect choices to add a roller fitment, and roll directly onto your child’s skin. Less mess!
Let’s have a quick look at the essential oils in this line…
- Owie: Never leave home without it! This essential oil blend is a soothing option for your child. Apply it topically to improve the appearance of your child’s skin. It soothes irritation and may also help with emotions and stress.
- SniffleEase: This is a rejuvenating and refreshing blend of 14 essential oils, formulated just for kids. Add a roller fitment to the bottle and roll-on the chest or feet for easy application. This is one of our favorites to apply at bedtime, or when the girls have come in from running around outside in the spring air.
- Sleepyize: This bottle is a little trick to making bedtime go smoother by applying it to back of the neck, feet, or wrists every night! Diffuse it at bedtime for a peaceful aromatic environment. It’s calming from overstimulation and play. Quite often my girls will take it in turns to inhale from a drop rubbed into my palm as we snuggle on the sofa.
- Geneyus: This is an excellent blend to diffuse for young minds that are focusing and concentrating on projects. Apply it when there is need for extra focus during class, homework time or reading.
- TummyGize: This is a relaxing blend that can be applied to little tummies. It promotes healthy digestion, which is key for all of us, especially delicate little ones. Think also car journeys. My girls love this aroma too.
But there’s more than essential oils in this line for our kiddos…
- They have their very own Bath Gel: This is a safe, gentle soap that cleanses and protects sensitive skin. It’s formulated with MSM, aloe vera, antioxidants, and essential oils such as Lemon and Cedarwood. This liquid soap is pH balanced for children’s skin. And along with this, they do NOT have toxic ingredients, which includes no artificial colorings, that are key to avoid.
- Shampoo: KidScents® Shampoo contains no synthetic perfumes, colors, or toxic ingredients. The natural components in this shampoo include aloe, MSM and the essential oils of Chamomile, Tangerine and Lemon. So it’s effective and gently cleanses without causing irritation. Again no artificial colorings either.
- KidScents Lotion: This contains safe, gentle ingredients to moisturize and soften sensitive skin. The premium blend of MSM, shea butter, aloe vera, and pure Cedarwood, Geranium, and other essential oils supports healthy-looking skin for children of all ages. My oldest loves this lotion.
- Slique Toothpaste: This uses Thieves and Slique Essence essential oil blends to gently clean and protect teeth. This safe and effective blend promotes healthy teeth without the use of fluoride, dyes, synthetic colors, artificial flavors, or preservatives. As my girls learned to brush their teeth at a young age I had no worries of having to call poison control if they accidentally swallowed any. And they love the light citrus flavor.
I also highly recommend researching a couple of the other products in the KidScents line…
- Kidscents MightyPro: This supplement is a unique synergistic blend of prebiotics and probiotics. They are packaged in easy, one-dose packets that can go anywhere and it contains over 8 billion active, live cultures to support digestive and immune health. This is key for kiddos! And for a bonus…my girls think it’s candy. It’s that good.
- MightyVites & Mightzyme: MightyVites are an excellent source of essential nutrients designed for children that is FREE from additives such as synthetic folic acid. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other whole food-based nutrients. It comes in a berry-flavored chewable for ages 4-12. It’s another where my girls ask me for their vitamins. MightyZyme is a vegetarian chewable that supports digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats in children. As with adults, enzymes are key for a healthy digestive track. This is for children aged 6 or older; although you can crush and mix in 1/2 a tablet with yogurt or applesauce for children under 6 years old.
Now let’s change gears again and review some essential oils you may already have in your home and how they can be beneficial to little ones. First up…
Adding 1-2 drops of an essential oil to your diffuser is a great place to start.
Our mind creates powerful connections between scent and our emotions, surroundings and memories. Diffusing is a simple but effective way to access those connections. It can also help build new and positive memories and experiences for little minds.
Diffusing in the same room as a baby is safe, but never place a baby directly over a diffuser’s mist stream.
- Lavender at nighttime
- Purification to freshen up the nursery space. Or add some to a cotton ball and pop it in your diaper pail. You’ll thank me!
- Peace & Calming is great during quiet time or play time at the end of the day when you’re beginning to prep for bedtime.
- Frankincense is great for a grounding and a soothing experience. As I’ve mentioned in a previous webinar, I love to diffuse this one with Lavender.
- Citrus Fresh is wonderful during fun and exciting games. You’ll feel the positive energy.
So What about Roller Balls to apply to the skin?
Here’s some popular baby and toddler roller bottle blends
These recipes all contain essential oils that are key in our household, and that of many moms! So if you don’t already have the essential oils in the KidScents line, you may want to start here:
Add 5-10 drops of each of the oils I will mention in a 10ml roller bottle and top up with a carrier oil. Or adjust the recipe and add to a 5 or 15ml empty essential oil bottle and add a roller fitment to the top. Roll it on and go with no mess.
- Happy gums with Copaiba
- Calm Baby with the Gentle Baby blend
- Stay Well with Thieves (rub on the bottoms of the feet – remember it’s a hot oil)
- Happy Tummy with the DiGize blend
- Breathe Deep with Raven or R.C. blends (please note that within its ingredients, Raven contains Eucalyptus Radiata, Peppermint and Wintergreen and R.C. contains three different species of eucalyptus and peppermint). My girls love these, but introduce very slowly.
- Happy Skin with frankincense
- Rest Well by combining lavender and frankincense
I have to say though that Cedarwood has been a top favorite for me to apply to the girls at bedtime. I have even been known to massage it into their scalp.
Then some Popular Child Roller bottle blends:
These custom DIY roller blends are great for all sorts of applications and fun for kids to apply themselves (with supervision), here are some I haven’t already mentioned, again adding 10-15 drops and topping up with a carrier oil:
- Happy Mood with Valor and Orange. I love this combination.
- Seasonal discomforts with lemon, lavender and peppermint. This is a key combination in our household
- Happy Tummy with DiGize and extra peppermint
- Boo Boos turned into smiles with a combination of frankincense, lavender and copaiba.
- Rest Well with lavender and peace + calming.
The blends you could put together are endless. However, these are a great starting point for you, but don’t be scared to make your own with your favorites and with the ones that click with YOUR little ones. I will cover even more options in upcoming webinars such as on the immune, respiratory and digestive systems.
In the Meantime Here Are More Resources
Investing in a book such as Gentle Babies is a great resource. It’s full of essential oils and natural remedies for pregnancy, childbirth, infants and young children. It includes safety features, as well as how to use essential oils. I’ve used the 5th edition multiple times for my children, but they have recently released a newer edition for their 10th Anniversary.
Another good starting point is The Chemical Free Home #3 Booklet, which includes multiple DIY recipes and remember I’ll be giving away a copy of this live in a moment.
There will also be applicable information that your family can apply from the Back to School Survival Webinar which is scheduled for July 25. You can register for this upcoming event on our website: familylifescaping.com (via educational resources and webinars).
Next Week, our Thursday Night Live will cover:
Summer Survival. It’s going to be another fast paced webinar as I cover all the summer essentials. Whether you’re planning to travel, or stay local and hang out by the pool all summer, you’re going to want to tune in for this one. There will be more tips specific for children in this webinar too. As usual, you can register via our website or with the link in the email you’ll receive tomorrow morning with tonight’s webinar recording.