5 Must-Have Essential Oils for New Moms & Babies

5 must-have essential oils for new moms and babies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential oils can be a lifesaver for new moms. Have you been curious about the best uses of essential oils for new moms and babies? Then this post is for you. ūüôā

I first started using essential oils when my daughter, June, was about 2 months old. Since then, they have become a part of our daily lives. I talk to a lot of new moms who are dealing with challenges that can be helped by implementing an essential oils protocol, so I wanted to share my most recommended essential oils for new moms and babies.

You can get an in depth overview of what essential oils are in the first post of my essential oils series, 5 Must-Have Essential Oils for Families. In short, essential oils are a quick and effective way to get the therapeutic, emotional, and physical benefits of plants. Much like you might drink a cup of tea to get the medicinal properties of certain herbs, you can use essential oils in a similar way. However, essential oils are much more potent and concentrated. For example, one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. This makes essential oils extremely effective.

The following are the top 5 oils that I used with June as a new mom, and would recommend to other moms:

1) Orange – If there is one thing that new moms need, it’s energy! Orange essential oil is very uplifting and helpful for a quick energy boost. I like to rub a couple of drops between my palms and take a few deep breaths whenever I feel my energy starting to slump. It also works great in the diffuser! Orange has a very clean and refreshing scent and is super helpful in uplifting mood and energy levels. Its uplifting and energizing properties make it one of the best essential oils for new moms.

2) Lavender – As much as new moms need energy, we also need adequate rest… and so do our babies! Lavender essential oil is the perfect oil to start using with babies in order to promote sleep and relaxation. This is the oil that initially got me started with essential oils… the first time I tried it with June, she took her first nap in her crib and slept for hours! This was a significant change for us, because up until that point, she would only nap while I was holding her. Lavender is very calming and relaxing, and can help promote peaceful sleep. To this day, we diffuse lavender essential oil in June’s room every night as part of her bedtime routine. On nights where she is extra fussy, I dilute one drop of lavender with coconut oil and rub on the bottom of her feet. I also add a few drops to my pillow, and apply to over my heart when I am feeling stressed or anxious.

3) Digestive Blend – Most of the popular essential oils companies make a digestive blend. This is a must-have to have on hand with little ones. Many young babies tend to have digestive troubles such as reflux or colic, since their digestive tracts may take awhile to build up. The digestive blend can help soothe an upset stomach and reduce uncomfortable gas and bloating. Whenever I notice that June’s stomach seems to be bothering her, I mix 1-2 drops of the digestive blend essential oils and apply directly to her tummy. It also works great for adults! I have been known to use this blend after overindulging and it provides instant relief.

4) Melaleuca – Melaleuca is better known as tea tree oil and is a great oil with many different uses. Melaleuca helps promote healthy immune function. I like to dilute it with coconut oil and apply up and down June’s spine whenever she is going to be playing with other children to give her immune system an extra boost. It’s also great to diffuse throughout the house to freshen and purify the air. Another great use for melaleuca is to add a few drops to a spray bottle with water and use to wipe up baby spit-up or as a natural cleaner for the surfaces in baby’s room. I also like to put a few drops on my nails after showering to keep them looking healthy. After having my baby, my regular manicures stopped happening as frequently as they used to, so having this trick on hand helped keep my nails healthy and felt like a simple and doable DIY spa treatment.

5) Balance Grounding Blend – I often jokingly refer to Balance as the “oil of motherhood”. I mean seriously, what mom doesn’t need more balance, right?! Balance is the perfect oil for moms. It helps promote tranquility, balance emotions, and bring harmony to the mind and body. These qualities are essential for new moms. After having our babies, our physical bodies are trying to recalibrate and recover from pregnancy and childbirth, while our emotions are trying to process all of the big feelings that new motherhood brings. The grounding blend of Balance can help support our bodies in promoting calmness and tranquility during this transitional time. I like to start my mornings by applying a few drops of Balance essential oil to the bottom of my feet. It is part of my morning routine and helps me start my day feeling great! I also like to¬† diffuse in my daughter’s playroom in order to create a soothing and calming environment, and apply it to my wrists and back of neck to help ease anxious feelings.

I hope that these suggestions help you start to see the many benefits of essential oils for new moms and babies.

Do you use essential oils for yourself or your little ones? Which are your favorites?

If you are not yet using essential oils, but are wanting to start, I invite you to learn more and shop directly from my doTerra website here: www.mydoterra.com/mamabirdwellnest.

If you have any questions or want individual help choosing which oils might be right for you or your family, please fill out the contact form below or send an email to mamabirdwellnest@gmail.com. I would be happy to support you in using these oils that have been so beneficial for me and my baby!

Have a happy and healthy week!

Be well,
Ambar

5 Must-Have Essential Oils for Families

best essential oils for families

I first learned about essential oils at a moms group when my daughter was just a few months old. Having a baby made me extra aware of the products that I was using on my body and in my home. I wanted to reduce toxicity and find¬†safer¬†ways to¬†promote health and wellness for my baby, as well as myself and my husband. I slowly started off on my essential oils journey, using just a few oils and incorporating them into our daily routine. Now, almost 2 years later, my collection has grown as I’ve learned a lot about these oils and the many benefits that they have. My husband teases me because anytime something is a little off in our home, I find an essential oil to treat it.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years as healing agents.¬†They are¬†often described as¬†mankind’s first medicine.¬†These oils are¬†extracted from leaves, flowers, stems, or other parts of plants. They are what give the plant its¬†distinctive smell¬†and contain all of the healing benefits of the plant that they are extracted form. Essential oils are highly concentrated. For example, 50 lemons are needed to distill one tiny 15 mL bottle of lemon essential oil. 30lbs of lavender flowers are needed to produce the same 15 mL size bottle of lavender essential oil. Because these oils are so highly concentrated, they are¬†the most¬†simple, accessible way for us to get the many benefits of these plants and their medicinal properties.

How do you use essential oils?

Essential oils can be used several different ways. They can be used aromatically, either by diffusing them in a diffuser, or inhaling them from the bottle. They can also be used topically, by taking a few drops and mixing them with coconut, jojoba, or another carrier oil, and rubbing them on your skin. A great way to use oils topically is by putting them on the bottom of your feet, where they are quickly absorbed. You can also place them on your pulse points; wrists, back of neck, behind the¬†ears, and over your heart. Some oils can even be taken internally in a veggie capsule, by mixing in water, or even in cooking. Before taking oils internally, it is extremely important to make sure that you are using pure essential oils that are safe for ingestion. This is usually stated right on the label. When starting out with essential oils, it is important to remember that they are very potent, so start out small, using just 1-2 drops. More often than not, you will find that that’s all you need to achieve your desired benefit.

What are the benefits of essential oils?

One of the coolest things about essential oils is that¬†each one has its own physical and emotional properties. As someone who is prone to anxiety, I was initially drawn to them for their emotional benefits. In using them, I’ve found that their physical properties are just as remarkable. There is literally an oil for everything and you can find the right oil for you depending on your desired benefit.

To help you get started, here is a list of the 5 must-have oils in our home:

Lavender

Lavender is the very first essential oil that I started out with. My daughter was colicky for her first few months, and I was desperate to help her find some comfort and get some rest. We started diffusing lavender essential oil in her room to help promote sleep. It worked right away! Since then, diffusing lavender at bedtime has become part of our nightly routine. On the nights that I forget to turn on the diffuser, she points at it and reminds me.

Lavender is a very calming oil and is often used to reduce tension and promote rest and relaxation. It can also be helpful in soothing skin irritation such as sunburn, diaper rash, or dry skin.

Lemon

Lemon is a great essential oil known for its purifying properties. I usually put a drop in my water every morning and it feels really refreshing and promotes natural cleansing.

Lemon is also really great to use in homemade cleaning products. Just mix with water in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down countertops and sinks. It will clean and purify all of your household surfaces, and your mind can be put at ease knowing that you aren’t using any toxic chemicals.

Another thing that it’s really good for is getting rid of grease or stickiness. It’s great for getting glue off of surfaces, and helps to get price tag stickers to come right off. (I know this is a really random use, but I am always buying picture frames and breaking my nails trying to scrape the price tags off of the glass! Lemon essential oil helps them come right off!)

Emotionally, lemon can be a really uplifting oil that promotes a positive mood.

Frankincense

Frankincense is one of my favorite oils. It is known as the “King of Oils” because of its many uses. I personally find frankincense to be really grounding and often apply it topically to the bottom of my feet to help balance my mood. I also¬†like to¬†mix it with lavender in the diffuser, which smells really nice and helps to boost peace and relaxation.

Frankincense is also really good for your skin, and can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer to reduce blemishes. It feels really soothing.

Peppermint

Peppermint is a great energizing oil perfect for tired mommies like me.¬†ūüėČ I place a couple of drops in my hands and take a few deep breaths whenever I need an energy boost. Sometimes I apply a few drops to my temples if I’m going to be driving long distances or doing any other activity where I want to be alert.

Peppermint is also great to rub on your belly to promote digestive health and help alleviate an upset stomach. It can also be used as a natural breath mint to freshen your breath!

Immunity Support Blend

Most of the popular essential oils companies have an immunity support blend. This oil is essential to have on hand, especially if you have children. Anytime I feel that one of us is coming down with something, I immediately apply our protective blend oil to our feet every few hours to help support our immune system. I love knowing that I have this oil for protection and prevention against any threats to our immunity.

It is also a great oil to diffuse to cleanse the air in your home, and can be mixed with water to create another great household cleaner.

Emotionally, it is an energizing and uplifting oil and can help you feel well protected.


And that’s it! Those are our 5 favorite oils that are constantly on rotation in our home. As you can see, there are many different ways to use essential oils, and they can be extremely beneficial in many ways.

Do you use essential oils? What is your favorite?

Are you new to essential oils? I recently signed up as a distributor for the essential oils company that I use since I love them so much. If you have any questions or want to learn more about which ones might be beneficial for you and your family, I’d be happy to help you get started on your oil journey.

You can click this link to shop from my doTerra site.

If you have specific questions, or would like some individual help choosing the best oils for you, just fill out the form below or send an email to mamabirdwellnest@gmail.com.

Wishing you a week of good health + optimal wellbeing. ūüôā

Be well,
Ambar

 

 

 

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