Looking for a natural way to nourish and moisturize your baby’s skin? Using specific oils is a natural way to keep your baby’s skin healthy and smooth while avoiding the toxins and chemicals that are often in more conventional baby bath products. Here are 5 massage oils you can use on your baby. Be sure to check with your baby’s doctor to make sure these oils are okay to use and that there aren’t any allergy restrictions.
5 Healthy Massage Oils for your Baby:
Virgin Coconut Oil is an easily absorbent and moisturizing oil for babies with all skin types. Virgin coconut oil is hydrating for babies with eczema-prone skin.
Sesame Oil is recommended for babies with sensitive skin. It’s smooth texture and nourishing benefits make it a great choice for a massage oil. High in vitamins and nutrients, including linoleic acid, sesame oil provides antibacterial properties.
Calendula Oil helps keep your baby moisturized longer and supports delicate skin. The calendula flower, part of the sunflower family, is known for its gentle and soothing properties often used in homeopathic medicine.
Chamomile Oil has been used to help relieve symptoms of eczema-prone skin prevent skin rashes or irritations. Chamomile is known to help relax and soothe the senses, making it an ideal oil for baby massages- just be sure to ask your baby’s doctor about allergies.
Castor oil is a favorite for baby massage since it has been known to help with strong bone development and treat dry skin. There are actually a number of other benefits of castor oil including help in removing scars, keeping moisture in, and thicken hair. It’s recommended to use castor oil before a bath.
Oils to Avoid:
The ones you’ll want to avoid are peanut and petroleum-based oils. Peanuts are a common allergy and so it’s best to avoid using an oil that’s derived from it. Petroleum-based oils are best to avoid because of the chemicals that unnatural ingredients that go into the formulation process. Although applying massage oil is external, babies are constantly putting their hands and such in their mouth, and it’s best not to risk your baby ingesting unnatural ingredients. You’ll want to avoid olive oil, since it has been known to cause redness and irritation.
Since every baby is different, make sure to ask your doctor if there are any reasons not to use the massage oils listed. Keep track of how your baby’s skin reacts after using the oils. For tips on baby massage, check out our guide here.