see also Candida,
Ring worm, Scabies,
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
Oils & Blends: GeraniumC, Lavender,
Essential oils based
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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
Breathe...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. Doterra's
PB assist 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 - Balance 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.