Today I am sharing some of my favorite DIY baby and small children recipes using your Young Living essential oils! One of the main reasons I got into essential oils was the option to make my own products and cut out all the unnecessary crap I find in over-the-counter, commercial products. Not only do I hate using bad products on myself, I LOATHE using them on my child…my motherly instinct just wants the best for him.
Making your own products doesn’t have to be difficult! If you have a kitchen mixer and coconut oil, you can make anything with it!! Well, not anything… but for the most part, many of my go-to recipes (for adults & kids) are coconut oil based that I mix using my kitchen mixer. Others are simple enough to just mix by hand or by shaking the ingredients together. Super easy, and super fast. That’s my motto for these easy DIYs.
Diaper Rash Recipe:
Anyone with a baby knows at some point they are most likely to get a bad diaper rash. Whether it was because of something they ate or the flu, it happens and you want to be prepared. This recipe is a quick one but boy, does it work!
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 4 drops Gentle Baby
- 2 drops Lavender
- 2 drops Roman Chamomile
- 1 drop Melrose
First I take the coconut oil and whip it until it’s fluffy and soft using my kitchen mixer. Then I slowly add in the essential oils, mix and store in a glass container with a lid. It’s great for bum rashes and even heat rashes. It’s very soothing on the skin.
Baby Powder Recipe:
Everyone has those extra sweaty days, especially if you or you’re child is a heat box, so I love this safe and non-toxic substitute for commercial baby powder.Plus you get to cut out a ton of ingredients you don’t need and it’s super affordable.
- 2 tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder
- 5 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby
Combine ratio to your desire. Sift together and store in a container with a shaker lid (like this one here)
Depending on how big your powder shaker, use this ratio for lovely smelling, sweat absorbing powder. Typically I make 4 tablespoons of Arrowroot Powder to 10 drops of Lavender (or Gentle Baby). On hot summer days, this mom even puts it between her legs to prevent leg chaffing, I am not a dress person so when I do wear them, this is a must!
Bubble Bath Recipe:
No better way to end a busy day by taking a warm bath with homemade bubble bath. Because this recipe is sulfate free, it doesn’t bubble up as much as commercial baby products but thankfully, it is extremely moisturizing and won’t dry out your baby’s precious skin.
- 25 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby
- 2 tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin
- 1 cup Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (unscented)
- 2 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
- ½ cup water
Combine glycerin, Castile soap & water, swirl gently. Add coconut oil & essential oils of your choice. Mix. Store in container with tight-fitting lid. I often clean and re-use old bottles.
Baby Shampoo Recipe:
One can’t take a bath without washing that messy hair!
- 10 drops Lavender or Gentle Baby
- 1 ½ cups Dr. Bronners Castile Soap (unscented)
- 4 tablespoons Vegetable Glycerin
- 2 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
- 2 tablespoons filtered or distilled water
- 16 oz bottle
In a 16 oz bottle, combine castle soap, vegetable glycerin, fractionated carrier oil and essential oils of your choice. Top with water and shake vigorously. Use as needed during bath time.
Baby Wipe Recipe:
If you love to make your own products, this is a fun one to make for your baby. Some baby’s are more sensitive than others so if you’re struggling keeping your baby’s bum rash free, this might be one to try.
- 5 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Tea Tree
- 1 teaspoon Dr Bronners Castile Soap (unscented)
- 1 teaspoon fractionated coconut oil (or other carrier oil)
- 1 roll of natural paper towels (usually brown)
- 2 cups warm water
Combine warm water, soap and coconut oil and set aside to cool. Cut paper towel in half to make two rolls (like toilet paper) using a sharp knife and discard cardboard insert. Save other half of the roll to make as a refill. Add essential oils to the water mixture and stir. Lavender is great for healthy skin support and Tea Tree is great to keep it from molding. Shove towels into a glass jar or container and pour mixture over the towels. Let the towels absorb the mixture for at least 15 minutes before using.
One of the best and easiest ways for small children to get the benefits of essential oils is to diffuse different recipes throughout your home! I have a diffuser in my kitchen, where I diffuse Thieves essential oil every day to support our immune systems. I also diffuse in our bedrooms at night to support a healthy sleep schedule. In my son’s room, I usually diffuse 2-4 drops of Lavender and 1 drop Thieves every night.
Here are some other great kid recipes!
Roller Ball Recipes:
If your child isn’t close to a diffuser, another way to get the benefits of essential oils is to make roller blends by diluting essential oils and applying them directly to your baby or children’s feet. For small and new baby’s, the feet is the first place you should be using essential oils because our feet are less sensitive than any other place on our body. Just remember baby recipes need to be diluted more than bigger kids, so for new babies, I would cut these ratios in half or add more carrier oil. When my son was 0-3 month, I would only use 1-2 drops of Lavender oil to a ¼ cup of coconut oil to rub on his feet before bedtime, and have slowly increased it, as he has gotten older. A few drops of Thieves and coconut oil is also great for supporting little one’s immune systems, especially when/if they start daycare.
NingXia Red is a tasty YL drink that is full of antioxidants.
1 oz is equal to eating:
- 93 Apples
- 59 Broccoli Florets
- 100 Oranges
- 10.85 lbs of Spinach
- 34 large Onions
- 55.33 lbs of Almonds
- 22 medium Carrots
- 814 Blueberries
- 73 medium Strawberries
Awesome, right? I give this juice most of the credit on why my 2 year old has never had the flu and has only had two runny nose’s in his life. He loves his daily serving of “juice.”
These fun recipes with NingXia Red are healthy but nummy treats that can overall help support your child’s growing body.
Kids put EVERYTHING in their month, and it drives me nuts! So here is a safe play dough recipe that uses essential oils. For older children, diffuser necklaces are great to wear to school to support concentration by using essential oils that promote focus.
I hope you all enjoy some of my favorite kid recipes! Happy DIY-ing!