Essential Oils Q&A {5 Days of Essential Oils)

Today is Q&A time! Today, as we wrap up our series of 5 Days of Essential Oils for Mama’s, Babies and Children…your questions answered…

(I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils. Click here: Day 1 to see why}

What would your suggestion be for a beginner oil kit? Like…stuff for colds, mouth sores, sleep issues, headache…just some basics that might be good for most people just getting started.

If I were to recommend five oils to begin with and have on hand, I would have to say Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, Melrose and RC (in that order). These are my four favorite and ones I find myself reaching for all the time!

How can I use essential oils to treat ear infections?

For ear infections I would recommend Melrose or Ledum. Use in a 1 to 10 ratio with a good V6 oil or cold pressed olive oil. Apply a few drops on the outer part of the ear and down the neck. Also, rub a few drops on the feet along with a few drops of Thieves. {Essential oils are not usually recommended to put directly into the ear, unless in extreme circumstances – if you are interested in finding out more, please feel free to email me!)

I’m looking for a safe alternative to bug spray for my children. Are there any essential oils that you recommend?

Yes! Citronella, Lemongrass and Lavender. Go to any store and get 14 oz. bottle of witch hazel. Pour the witch hazel in to a glass jar with a lid (like a canning jar). Then use 15 drops each of the Citronella and Lemongrass and about 12 drops of the Lavender. Put the lid on and shake really good. It will look a little cloudy. Using a funnel, pour it into some type of spray bottle. I would recommend finding a glass spray bottle as the oils will break down the petrochemicals in the plastic. (you can find some here: Bottles and Jars). Just make sure you give it a good shake or two each time before applying.

Is it true that tea tree oil is harmful for infants and pregnant mothers?

Most of the warnings I’ve seen are for ingesting, using undiluted or using during the last weeks of pregnancy. I would however be very careful about the kind you are using. Of course, you know by now I would only recommend using the therapeutic grade by Young Living.

I’d love to know more about Melrose and diaper rash. What kind of mixture do you recommend?

There is a great little recipe for an ointment that I love. You can use one or all of the recommended oils in the ointment. I think it works best with all of them, BUT you can just use Melrose and Lavender as a place to start:

Gentle Baby – four drops
Lavender – two drops
German Chamomile – two drops
Cyprus – one drop
Melrose – one drop
2 oz jar of Rose Ointment

1. Scoop two ounces of Rose Ointment in a stainless steel saucepan
2. Drop the essential oils into the empty Rose Ointment container. (you don’t need to worry about wiping it clean).
3. Warm the Rose Ointment on medium to high heat until just melted, remove from heat and let cool.
4. Pour the Rose Ointment back into the container and it will automatically mix with the oils you’ve put in.
5. Let sit uncovered until solid (about an hour). Do not refrigerate or freeze.

Young Living also had a great “already made” ointment called Tender Tush which includes some of these ingredients.

Sometimes if I don’t have all the ingredients on hand to make the complete ointment, I’ll take a little bit of the Rose Ointment and put it in the palm of my hand and drop two drops of lavender and a drop of melrose and just do a quick mix in my hand then apply. I’ve found this works great too!

I’m currently dealing with some sciatic and round ligament pain, do you recommend anything to help relieve that a bit?

Lemongrass is fantastic for those pregnancy round ligament pains (and great for any ligament pains, pregnant or not). The Deep Relief Roll-On works GREAT for sciatic pain so does another one I like called Aroma Siez. All of these can be applied directly to the area you are feeling the pain.

Speaking of back pain, are the oils good for back pain even when not pregnant? I’ve had problems with my lower back and could really use some relief between chiro visits.

YES! All of the oils I mentioned are GREAT for back pain whether pregnant or not!

You mentioned baby acne here, but what about adult acne? Still at age 35, I suffer from monthly breakouts. I have tried all of these over-the-counter products, including Tea Tree oil, which helps some, but nothing has cleared my complexion yet.

Oh, I can totally relate! Seriously, it wasn’t enough that we had to deal with this in our teen?? Ok, I have found wonderful benefits from using the Essential Beauty Serum (Acne Prone). I’ve used it alone and it works good. I have found it works best when I’ve used it in conjunction with Young Living’s A.R.T. Skin Care System.

Are there any essential oils that can be used to heal eczema? I’ve been rubbing coconut oil on my baby’s eczema a few times a day for about a week but it doesn’t seem to be working.

Take 2 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Melrose put them in the palm of your hand and then kind of mix them together and apply to the affected area. You can do this a few times a day. These two oils can be applied neat (meaning you don’t have to dilute with anything). If you have “wet sores” from the eczema, you can use Gentle Baby and apply it neat. The place will dry over and kind of peel like a sunburn.

I have a son whom we adopted from Ethiopia this year and we just got done with 3 bottles of expensive medication for scalp fungus. I am sure oils would help his poor head heal up after years of this fungus eating his scalp..again I am all ears and wanting to learn!

Here is what I would try. Follow the same recipe as in the diaper rash ointment above only use these essential oils:
Melrose – 5 drops
Thieves – 3 drops
Purification – 4 drops
Lavender – 3 drops

I would rub this ointment on his head 2 – 3 times a day for several days and see if you can’t get that to clear up!

Isn’t it true that MOST essential oils aren’t safe to use internally? I know they all need to be diluted. What are the rules for safely using them–for the whole family, but ESPECIALLY for children/infants? How do I know if an essential oil is safe for internal use, or external use only?

These best summed up information about ingesting oils, I found in the book Gentle Babies (which is part of my giveaway package). The author says this:

Oral ingestion is safe with nearly every Young Living essential oil; DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TAKE OTHER BRANDS ORALLY. Put a few drops into an empty capsule, cap and swallow with water. You can dilute 1:1 with olive oil or V6 oil. It is also acceptable to place the oils in a small spoonful of maple syrup, honey or Young Living’s Blue Agave or add to almond or rice milk or on a cracker or piece of bread and ingest.

Ingestion is beneficial for intestinal issues, supportive of the immune system, digestion, hormone balancing and a host of other body functions. Keep ingestion to the recommendation or to only three or four drops per day while pregnant or nursing.

I will add, I personally wouldn’t recommend giving essential oils for ingestion to a nursing babe, and only very small amounts mixed with honey or agave nectar to very young children. Topical and diffusing is usually the way to go for newborns toddlers. I have, when I have had a young (non-nursing) child who was very sick, given a drop of an essential oil mixed with something to combat illness and knock it out.

Have more questions? I’d be happy to continue answering your questions. Feel free to leave a comment below with any more questions, comments or concerns!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical doctor and am purely giving advice based off my own experiences and opinions. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions.

Note: I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. ALL proceeds earned go help support this site.

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15 Responses to Essential Oils Q&A {5 Days of Essential Oils)

  1. Thanks so much for answering my questions! I’ll have to check it all out!
    I do have more questions based on what you said about ingesting the oils.
    What oils are best for the following issues that I have?
    1. I have intestinal/digestion issues – I am gluten free, which has helped a TON. (My 3-year-old daughter also has to be g-free). Is there anything that would help along these lines – mainly to slow down digestion? I know that’s usually the opposite that people need, but mine is too fast.
    2. For immunity support – mainly for myself – I am always catching the latest cold, and for the past few years, have started wondering if I have allergies. Is there anything for helping allergies? What’s best for keeping colds at bay, as a preventative?
    3. And for hormone balancing? I have been reading a lot lately about balancing hormones because I think mine are out of whack. Since changing some eating habits and going mostly organic, (plus g-free), I think it’s getting better. But just wondering if there’s anything for helping that? It’s been 3 years since I’ve had a baby and she was our last. (This might be TMI, but my tubes are tied – no synthetic hormones – just trying to be natural and get my body back in balance!)
    I know I need to go check out the Young Living site! :)
    Thanks for the info. and this series!
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  2. This entire series has been very helpful! Now I just need to buy some oils, lol.
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  3. April says:

    I am a huge fan of thieves oil. The blend is great for keeping away all the upper respiratory infections that run rampant around our town!!

  4. Karen says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Used to know so much about essential oils but that was 20 yrs ago when I was in cosmetology school. I am trying to relearn now and am loving your posts! Have a blessed day!

  5. I love that you are using the proceeds from selling Young Living Essential Oils to support you on the mission field! <3 <3 <3

    • Chelsey says:

      Thanks Alinajoy – thanks! :) I’m not sure it will actually bring much, but every little penny helps! :)

  6. Jen says:

    I was wanting to get some for the pregnancy… Anything work for morning sickness and headaches?
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  7. Bettina says:

    Battling ductal yeast and 11week old with thrush. Is thieves oil safe to ingest while I’m nursing?

    • Chelsey says:

      Remember, that I am not a doctor, BUT I would be perfectly ok myself with ingesting Young Living Thieves while pregnant and have many times. Also make sure you are taking a good probiotic. Life 5 from YL is an excellent one. AND you can put the thieves directly on the breast. It IS a hot oil, so if it is too much for you to handle, mix with with some coconut oil or Olive Oil 1:1.

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