Parents and caregivers unknowingly use commercial baby care products that are mass-marketed to appear gentle or natural. Instead, these products are potentially harmful for babies. A baby’s skin and organs are especially precious and sensitive to chemicals. The skin is our largest organ. Whatever you put on baby’s skin may also wind up being ingested by baby. Let’s take a look at baby oil…
The “oil” in the majority of mass-marketed baby oils is mineral oil. Mineral oil has no “minerals”! This , mineral oil, along with petroleum jelly are both byproducts of petroleum refinement. Mineral oil is widely used in skin care products because it is cheap and easy to obtain. Mineral oil, however, has several dangerous hazards associated with it.
As I recently browsed the baby aisle of a large supermarket, I noticed several brands of baby oil. As they have for years, each baby oil product included mineral oil as their main ingredient. Most of the baby oil brands had only two ingredients. Mineral oil and fragrance. “Fragrance” on an ingredient label indicates that the fragrance is synthetic. One popular mass market brand markets “Lavender Baby Oil.” In herbal and aromatherapy circles, pure lavender essential oil is known to be one of the gentlest essential oils for babies and the natural constituents in lavender is calming and soothing to babies. The popular “Lavender Baby Oil.” that is sold under a well known name, however, doesn’t include lavender essential oil. Although the name sounds gentle and even natural, there is nothing natural about this mass market brand’s Lavender Baby Oil. The “lavender” aroma is derived from synthetic fragrance, and the oil used in the product is once again cheap mineral oil.
One label stated prominently that the product it contained is “pure baby oil.” Its only two ingredients are mineral oil and fragrance (synthetic)! Imagine!
Nutritive Oils for Baby Are Readily Available
Natural and beautifully smelling oils are available that are safe for babies. Look for companies which create baby oils containing cold pressed vegetable oils and that use only natural botanicals like calming and soothing lavender essential oil. Natural baby products, by their nature, should have a delicate fragrance and should be fragranced only with natural botanicals that are gentle for babies.
Essential oils that are generally known to be the safest for use with babies/children:
- Chamomile (English and Roman)
- Rose Otto (Steam Distilled Rose Oil)
- Tea Tree
- Vegetable Oils for Baby
Organic oils are ideal. Vegetable oils that are especially good for protecting and moisturizing baby’s delicate skin include but aren’t limited to the following oils:
- Acai Berry
- Almond, Sweet
- Apricot Kernel
- Chardonnay Grapeseed
- Flax Seed
- Fractionated Coconut
- Macadamia Nut
- Pumpkin Seed
- Rice Bran
- Riesling Grapeseed
- Watermelon Seed
So you see, the possibilities are endless. You CAN and you SHOULD shun products with mineral oil and opt for natural alternatives. Not just in baby products, but for your own hair and body as well.
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