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Are Reed Diffusers Safe for Babies?

You’ve just birthed this small fragile human into the world. There are so many questions about what is safe and unsafe – being a new parent is scary.

Before the baby came along, you used reed diffusers without a worry. Now, you wonder, are reed diffusers safe for babies? We are going to take one less worry off your plate and answer this question using scientifically backed evidence to help keep your baby safe.

Are Reed Diffusers Safe for Babies?

It is not safe to use a reed diffuser around babies under six months old. If your baby is older than six months old, you can slowly introduce specific diluted reed diffuser oils.

First and foremost, always consult a healthcare provider before using essential oils and reed diffusers around babies. Although the information we are giving you is based on Healthline, Poison control, and other healthcare science websites we are not healthcare providers.

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The general rules on reed diffusers and babies are:

  • Never use reed diffusers around babies under six months old
  • For babies older than 6 months, slowly introduce select and highly diluted oil fragrances while monitoring your baby closely for negative reactions
  • Some oils should not be used until your baby gets a few years older and some up to 10 years old

For this article’s purpose, the term baby will be considered newborns, toddlers, and children up to six years old. Stick with us so we can give you the safest and unsafest oils to use around your baby.

Reed Diffuser Oil Safety Chart for Babies

Reed Diffuser Oil Safety Chart for Babies

We’ve put together an easy-to-read table for quick skimming. Here it is!

Safe

Unsafe

Inconclusive

Babies Under 6 MonthsConsult With Your Healthcare ProviderConsult With Your Healthcare Provider
Reed Diffuser Oils for Breastfeeding
  • Aniseed
  • Anise, Star
  • Angelica
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Birch
  • Black Pepper
  • Black Seed
  • Camphor
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Eucalyptus
  • Feverfew
  • Hyssop
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Parsley seed or leaf
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thuja
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Helichrysum
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram
  • Tea Tree Oil
Babies Under 2 Years
  • Balsam
  • Bay
  • Benzoin
  • Black Seed
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Gingerlily
  • Hyssop
  • Lemongrass
  • May Chang
  • Oakmoss
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rambiazana
  • Saffron
  • Savory
  • Tea
  • Thyme
  • Treemoss
  • Ylang-Ylang
Toddlers & Children Under 6 Years
  • Aniseed
  • Anise, Star
  • Birch
  • Cajeput
  • Cardamon
  • Chaste Tree
  • Cornmint
  • Eucalyptus (children under 10)
  • Fennel
  • Galangal
  • Ho Leaf
  • Laurel
  • Myrtle
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint
  • Ravintsara
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sanna
  • Saro
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

Reed Diffuser Oils Safe for Babies

Reed Diffuser Oils Safe for Babies

Between all of the methods of using essential oils and fragrances, inhalation is the safest route for your baby and child under six years old. Reed diffusers use the inhalation method.

Here is a list of reed diffuser oils you can safely diffuse around children two and over (younger than two years, stick to oils that are herbs and hydrosols):

Hydrosols consist of mostly water, making the essential oils in your reed diffuser a lot less concentrated. In turn, your reed diffuser scent will be more subtle and safer to use around your baby.

Reed Diffuser Oils Unsafe for Babies

There are some essential oils you should completely avoid when breastfeeding or around your baby in general. We will split this section into four subsections: breastfeeding mothers, babies under two, toddlers/children under six, and conflicting answers.

Essential Oils You Shouldn’t Use When Breastfeeding

When we breastfeed, we often forget what goes into us goes into them too. So, even if you are only inhaling your reed diffuser when your baby isn’t around, they are still consuming essential oils through your breast milk.

Here are some reed diffuser oils to avoid while breastfeeding:

Essential Oils You Shouldn’t Use When Breastfeeding

  • Aniseed
  • Anise, Star
  • Angelica
  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Birch
  • Black Pepper
  • Black Seed
  • Camphor
  • Carrot Seed
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Dill
  • Eucalyptus
  • Feverfew
  • Hyssop
  • Mugwort
  • Mustard
  • Myrrh
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Parsley seed or leaf
  • Pennyroyal
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tansy
  • Tarragon
  • Thuja
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen
  • Wormwood
  • Yarrow

Unsafe Essential Oils for Babies Under Two

Below we’ve listed the reed diffuser oils to avoid if your baby is under two years old:

Unsafe Essential Oils for Babies Under Two

  • Balsam
  • Bay
  • Benzoin
  • Black Seed
  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Garlic
  • Gingerlily
  • Hyssop
  • Lemongrass
  • May Chang
  • Oakmoss
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rambiazana
  • Saffron
  • Savory
  • Tea
  • Thyme
  • Treemoss
  • Ylang-Ylang

Unsafe Essential Oils for Toddlers and Children Under Six

Combined with the essential oils listed for babies under two, these are the oils that children under six years old should avoid:

Unsafe Essential Oils for Toddlers and Children Under Six

  • Aniseed
  • Anise, Star
  • Birch
  • Cajeput
  • Cardamon
  • Chaste Tree
  • Cornmint
  • Eucalyptus (children under 10)
  • Fennel
  • Galangal
  • Ho Leaf
  • Laurel
  • Myrtle
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint
  • Ravintsara
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Sanna
  • Saro
  • Thyme
  • Wintergreen

Conflicting Answers on the Safety of Essential Oils for Babies

After researching, several reed diffuser oils were mentioned as safe and unsafe for babies. These are the essential oils that came back inconclusive on their safety:

Conflicting Answers on the Safety of Essential Oils for Babies

  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clary Sage
  • Helichrysum
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Marjoram
  • Tea Tree Oil

Some reed diffuser oils, like marjoram, are known to fluctuate hormones. More research must be done to better understand the safety of these essential oils for your baby.

Tips on Reed Diffuser Safety Around Babies

We’ve put together a quick list of informational tips to keep in mind when operating a reed diffuser around your baby. Skim through the list below.

Tips on Reed Diffuser Safety Around Babies

You should check out The Complete Book For Essential Oils for Mama & Baby by Christina Anthis and Demetria Clark if you enjoy learning through reading. They give you reference charts and clear dilution instructions.

In Summary

So, are reed diffusers safe for babies? The answer depends on the essential oil you are using, your baby’s age, and if you are breastfeeding your baby.

We hope you find value in this article and understand which diluted essential oils you can use in your reed diffuser that is safe for your baby. Stay safe and always consult with your healthcare provider first.


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