Our newest grandchild arrived about a months ago and I spent about three weeks with my daughter and her family helping with the new baby, his four big brothers and harvest.
What a precious little gift from God children are, and this one is no exception, but around week 3 his happy-go-lucky demeanor began to sour. Here is an essential oil blend for fussy babies to have on hand when those times happen.
All babies are going to get cranky and colicky at some point in time. Some babies suffer with colic for extended periods and not only are they miserable and cranky, but the whole rest of the family eventually gets that way as well.
Grandson #5 got a bit of colic but I don’t think anyone recognized it for that at first. With 4 big brothers there is a lot of noise in the house anyway, and as everyone is getting used to the new routine around the baby, at times he would just doze off only to be woken up by the Fabulous 4.
After a couple of days of poor sleep and generally not being satisfied very long with any one thing, my daughter and I started looking though her essential oil reference books.
You know how it is…by this time it was Sunday evening, no stores are open and relief is sorely needed for all of us!
After looking through several books, figuring out the proper dilution ratio and what oils we had, we came up with this essential oil blend for fussy babies. My daughter chose ‘colic’ and ‘crying’ (stress and anxiety) as the issues to address.
Essential Oil Blend for Fussy Babies
1. To 4 tablespoons of carrier oil (sweet almond, olive, fractionated coconut or other similar oil) add 1 drop each of these four essential oils:
Sweet Marjoram – good for colic, sedative properties, dilute 1:1 with carrier oil
Roman Chamomile – good for crying, calming and relaxing, dilute 1:1 with carrier oil
Lavender – good for crying, stress reducing, can be applied neat
Ylang Ylang – good for colic, sedative properties, can be applied neat
2. Apply a little on each foot and massage in.
- My daughter likes the 1/3 oz glass roller bottles for easy application. These bottles are the small, lip balm sized ones. Some conversion information for you is this: 1/3 oz = 10 ml = 2 teaspoons. If you don’t have a good source, you can get them here in multiple colors.
- This bottle size is smaller than the recipe blend, so if you decide to use the roller bottle, beware that you will have to store the extra in a small jar.
- This recipe is a .25% dilution, which is the recommended dilution ration for newborns and infants according to the Modern Essentials book.
I’ll tell you straight up, this blend worked beautifully! Within about 15 minutes baby had settled down and shortly afterwards, fallen asleep. I’m talking 3 to 4 hours kind of sleep!
WOW!! What a difference this made.
Naturally, this isn’t a substitute for professional, medical advice. Make sure to check with your health care professional if conditions worsen or persist.
But if you find yourself in conditions similar to the ones described above, this is definitely an alternative to turn to.
What do you think? Do you have other suggestions that I didn’t think of?
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Pam…..I mixed this blend up for my newborn grandson (3 wks old) this week. How often did ya’ll apply it to the baby? I was thinking before feedings or after. I am learning more about essential oils & wanting to find a good source for recipes. Do you have any suggestions on books to use? I see the link in your post for the Modern Essentials book so I am looking at purchasing that one. Thank you so much for sharing this information with us.
Hi Teresa, I am so, so sorry that I didn’t reply sooner. I got locked out of my site and it took forEVER to get back in. I know this is waaaay late in responding, but I’ll answer anyway so that it might help someone else with the same questions. I remember my daughter applying it at naptime and bedtime if he wasn’t settling down to sleep and then other times if all the usual remedies didn’t solve his fussiness – food, clean diaper, snuggles and the like. I have 2 favorite books – the Modern Essential book and another one called The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. I think I use the Modern Essentials more because I like digging in and learning what the oils do, and I love the quick reference charts at the back. Plus, there are many oils that do the same thing, and invariably one recipe will call for an oil I don’t have, so I try to substitute what I have on hand when possible. The Modern Essentials book’s charts helps me do that confidently. Pam