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cradle cap

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


see also  Candida, Chapped Lips, Dermatitis, Eczema, Impetigo, Rashes, Ring worm, Scabies, Skin cosmetic problems

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is an inflammation of a baby's skin on the head (or ears) that results in white or yellowish scales that form.  It is more common in infants but can occur at any age or in any area of the body usually where the skin is oily. Other common locations for these scales to form are the eyelids, around the nose and in the groin area. It is not a precursor or symptom of any other underlying health problem. In infants the build up of oils and skin cells coupled with the yeast malassezia causes the formation of the scales. For babies or adults, a number of other factors can be related: congenital (runs in families), over production of skin oil, lotions containing alcohol, and even stress or fatigue.


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Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  GeraniumC, Lavender, Melaleuca

Essential oils based products:

Also consider: Grounding Blend, LemonC

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Suggested protocols:

Cradle Cap

·    Mix one drop of Lavender (or Melaleuca or Geranium) with a small amount of carrier oil (coconut or olive oil) and apply topically to the scalp. Do not use so much that it will run into their eyes. 

·   Let the oils absorb into the skin before washing their head. 

·   Usually 3 to 4 applications will clear the cradle cap.

·    Precautions for babies: Test the skin first because children can be sensitive. 

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Jana - I have a friend who wants me to make up a solution for her baby, who has Thrush in the mouth. I know that melaleuca and lavender are recommended, but what kind of carrier oil would be the best? And how many drops per ounce? Or has something else worked for you? She also wants me to make up a solution with Respiratory Blend...I'm thinking about making that into more of a cream, and lastly she needs a solution for Cradle Cap (poor kid has lots of issues)!.

Erika - All of these issues are symptoms of candida. I have done it with my own infants and would recommend to anyone to get the baby on a good pro-biotic.  (...)'s Probiotic Defense Formula would be a place to start but there may be a more appropriate one for infants out there.  Is the mother nursing?  She should get on it too!!

Pat - Cradle caps will go a way with cleaning and a little lavender with coconut oil.

WCB - Grounding Blend is great for cradle cap - we put it in the bath water (1 drop into a scoop of Epsom salts first so it dissolves), then I rinse baby's hair with the water (like washing the hair, but without any shampoo/soap), and comb out the flakes.


Stephanie - What can I recommend to a mom when her baby gets cradle cap? 

Robert - For baby cradle cap, use one drop of Lavender, Melaleuca or Geranium with a small amount of carrier oil, coconut oil or olive oil.  Test the skin first because children can be sensitive.  Don't use so much that it will run into their eyes.  Let it absorb into the skin before washing their head.  Usually 3 to 4 applications will clear the cradle cap.

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