It is a fact that essential oils have plenty of health benefits. Eucalyptus oil is one of the essential oils with many benefits. It helps you to breathe easy, to heal cold sores, to decrease joint pain, to clear your chest and to disinfect wounds. However, you should remember that using essential oils for babies is not the same as using them for adults. Some oils are dangerous to be used on babies. Is eucalyptus oil effective in treating common colds and is it safe for little ones?
Eucalyptus in common colds
A few drops of eucalyptus oil added to the bath or hot shower or steam inhaler can definitely give relief from sinus symptoms and from congestion. Inhaling the eucalyptus vapor loosens the mucus from your chest and in expelling it. It has been used for several centuries in Asian countries to treat common colds.
Is eucalyptus oil safe for babies?
It has high 1, 8-cineole content. 1, 8-cineole is also called as eucalyptol. It is known for its mucolytic action on respiratory tract with proven clinical efficacy. When used on babies it can cause problems related to central nervous system and breathing. Moreover, the oil is very strong and can harm the delicate skin of infants. Rarely, it can lead to seizures in babies.
It’s a shocker to know about the side effects of eucalyptus oil on babies. The good news is, not all species of eucalyptus oils have high 1, 8 –cineole content. Some species with low 1, 8 –cineole content are safe for babies if used in the right dosage and in the right way.
Eucalyptus radiata for babies
Eucalyptus radiata is one of the milder forms of eucalyptus oil and is safe to be used on children. It is not as powerful and not as strong as eucalyptus globulus that is most commonly used in adults’ chest rubs.
How to use eucalyptus radiata on babies?
The first thing you should do is to blend eucalyptus oil with carrier oil. The proportion is as follows:
- For newborns below 2 months – 1 drop eucalyptus oil with 2 teaspoon carrier oil
- For infants from 2 months to 18 months old – 1 drop of eucalyptus oil with 1 teaspoon carrier oil
- For kids from 18 months to 3 years old – 2 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil
- For children from 3 to 6 years – 3 drops in 1 teaspoon carrier oil.
- The most recommended carrier oils are almond oil or olive oil or coconut oil.
- You can use it in baby’s bath.
- You can use it as massage oil. If you are using it to massage your baby, you should add 2 more teaspoons of carrier oil to the blend. If your baby is below 6 months old, it is better to massage only the back and not the chest.
If you are buying baby rubs for your kid, make sure that it contains eucalyptus radiata and not eucalyptus globulus.
Our Nasobuddy Cough & Cold balm is based on the Eucalyptus radiata essential oil .