8 Herbs To Have On Hand For Common Newborn Issues

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Using herbs on your newborn is a wonderful, safe way to help with those little issues that are common with new babies. Not only does it make you feel good to know that you have the ability to help your little one’s body through some minor difficulties all on it’s own, but it makes you feel good to know that you aren’t giving your baby something that’s going to harm or bring toxins into your baby’s brand new little body.

Thankfully herbs are easy to learn about and use, but learning is the first step. Your confidence in your abilities and the herbs abilities to treat your little ones will grow over time as you work and practice with them.

Let me also say here that I’m in NO WAY saying to skip the doctor and use herbs instead when your baby is really sick. If you need to see a medical professional, by all means go.

What I am saying is that many times you can use herbs to help your baby feel better and recover from something minor without needing to make a trip to see the doctor.

Today, I want to talk about some common issues that newborn babies may experience as well as 5 easy to come by herbs that you should be sure to have on hand to help you manage these issues when you have a newborn in your home.

Minor Newborn Health Issues

Newborn babies, as perfect and pure as they may be, don’t come with a users manual and sometimes they have their fair share of issues. Not that I remember, but I’d say it’s tough being born into this world! Squished, handled, and every part of your body messed with. Good grief!

Below you’ll find some common issues you may have to deal with when it comes to newborns and each of these things can be dealt with at home along side some good, natural herbal remedies to help you through the process.

Umbilical Cord Care

Caring for a newborns unbilical cord for the first few weeks doesn’t seem like such a big deal to this seasoned mama, but I remember it being a bigger deal when it was my first baby. They can bleed, they can get infected, you’re not supposed to get it wet, you’re supposed to put rubbing alcohol on it, you’re not supposed to put rubbing alcohol on it… who knows what they say now.

The point is to keep it clean, keep it dry, and let it fall off on it’s own. Herbs can help you through this process.

I use calendula and comfrey tea with a tiny bit of castile soap in it. Calendula is an antimicrobial herb, comfrey is healing to the tissues, and the soap helps to keep it clean and dry it out without over-drying it or getting it too wet where bacteria will grow. Simply mix everything together, dip a cotton-swab in it, and gently swab around baby’s cord at diaper changes.

CLICK HERE to learn how to make a tea.

Eye Infections

I think every single one of my babies has been born with a tear duct that was blocked. This resulted in a goopy eye that would sometimes get a bit swollen in the corner. As a first-time mom, I was a bit concerned. Now, it’s not a big deal as I know that it’s a very common thing among newborns, and I know how to deal with it using a simper herbal wash.

Eyebright is my go-to herb for this although you can use several others. All I do is make an eyebright infusion, dip a cotton ball in it, and rub baby’s eye with it several times a day. I try to drip just a bit of the tea into the corner of the eye and massage that area a bit. Within 4-6 days, it’s usually opened up and we have no more goopy eyes!

CLICK HERE to learn to make an infusion.


Gas is a common occurrence in newborns whether they’re breastfed or bottle-fed. A new baby’s digestive system is just waking up and getting used to drinking milk and processing it all. This can result in uncomfortable gas for them and lots of crying.

A great herbal combo that helps with gas is a catnip and fennel infusion. Both of these herbs are known for their help in this area, and on top of helping with gas, catnip is relaxing to baby and fennel tastes good so you won’t have much difficulty getting baby to take this.

What I do is squirt a dropperful of this infusion into baby’s mouth before each nursing session to help counteract any gas that may be caused from nursing incorrectly or from an immature digestive system.

CLICK HERE to learn to make an infusion.


I’ve, unfortunately, dealt with my fair share of thrush in my newborns. With my second, we got it once, got some meds because I had no clue how to treat it with herbs and got over it quickly. Fairly simple. With my third baby, we got it, went for the meds, it went away then came back so we got more meds. It went away again then came right back even worse than before. At this point I was really not sure why on earth I was giving my kid these drugs and finally decided to do some research. After being appalled that I’d given my baby these strong drugs and giving myself a stern lecture for being so lazy and not checked into this sooner I decided to get it together and finally deal with it naturally.

I bought a yeast cleanse for pregnant and nursing mamas for myself to take, and I made a strong herbal cream for babies bottom and mouth… and for me to put on before and after nursing to prevent passing it back and forth between baby and I. I also formulated an anti-fungal tea blend to make and give baby each day so that I wasn’t only treating the external thrush (in the mouth and on the bottom), but treating the internal yeast as well. Oh yeah, and baby got powdered probiotics before and after each nursing session.

Now treating thrush naturally can be a long, complicated matter. At least it was in my case. Maybe I’ll write a post on it sometime soon and include all the details about what I did.

But for now, garlic is a great and simple anti-fungal and something that most people have in their pantry. Simply infuse garlic into some coconut oil and add in a drop of lavender and tea tree essential oil after you’ve strained the garlic out. I’m not big on using essential oils internally, but when it comes to certain issues, I find value in it. Thrush is one of those dreadful issues. You can put this ointment on yourself before baby nurses, and you can rub it on their tongue and cheeks after they’re finished. You can even put it on their bums if they get a yeast diaper rash.

CLICK HERE to learn how to infuse herbs into an oil.

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is another common newborn issue. Diaper rash is less common if you use cloth diapers, if you change diapers frequently, if baby’s bottom gets some air in between changes, and if you use a natural wipe solution or unscented, alcohol-free wipes during changes. No matter, some babies just get it.

If they do, you can use garlic, chamomile, and calendula to help. You can infuse these into an oil and make a salve or cream to use as a protective barrier for their skin or you can make an infusion with them and use it as a wash during each diaper change. Better yet, you can do both.

CLICK HERE to learn how to make salves, creams, and infuse oils.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is another one of those bothersome newborn issues, but thankfully it’s easy to deal with. I should say that there are two thoughts on cradle cap, or so I’ve heard. One is that it cradle cap is a result of yeast and the other is that it’s due to overactive oil glands. I’ve not looked into the yeast thing too much, and I’ve found that the later is truer… at least with my kids.

Whenever my kids have developed cradle cap, and they almost always do, I simply infuse rosemary into some jojoba oil, strain it, and apply that oil to their head, letting it sit for several hours before washing their hair and gently combing the cradle cap out. Rosemary is stimulating to the scalp so it makes a great addition to this quick cradle cap remedy.

CLICK HERE to learn how to infuse herbs into oils.

Trouble Sleeping

Lastly, many babies have issues when it comes to sleeping. Thankfully mine have all done well in this area, but it is common for babies to get their days and nights mixed up… sleeping most of the day and staying awake at night.

In my motherly opinion, this can be easily remedied by getting your baby on a good schedule/routine of trying to stay awake for brief periods of time during the day and doing your best to not stimulate them and help sooth them to sleep during nap times and bedtime.

But, if for some reason your child decides they wanna stay up all night, you can make a simple, safe herbal glycerite using chamomile, lavender, and catnip to help sooth them to sleep. Give baby half a dropperful before bed and then another half if they wake up to nurse at night.

CLICK HERE to learn how to make a glycerite.

So there you go!

8 simple herbs that you can use to help your new baby feel better quickly with zero side effects.

8 Herbs To Have On Hand For Common Newborn Issues | GrowingUpHerbal.com

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Did I miss something here? What newborn issues are you curious about using herbs and natural treatments for? Share with me in the comments below.
  1. Jill York says:

    This is such a helpful list! Pinning!

  2. Laura says:

    Thank you for the helpful post! I am hoping to try the eyebright, but Mountain Rose Herbs doesn’t seem to have it any more. What other herbs would you suggest using if I can’t find eyebright anywhere?

    • Meagan says:

      Chamomile is also supposed to be great for eye infections and you can almost always find it, but if you can’t find eyebright anywhere, you can use eyebright tea bags like these the same as you would the loose leaf herb. HTH!! Thanks for your comment!

  3. Brooke says:

    I have had good luck with getting rid of mild thrush with apple cider vinegar. I swab it on my nipple after baby nursed and swabbed it on the inside of baby’s cheeks with a cotton ball. I think it took a week or two to be gone. I think I would be concerned about putting tea tree oil inside a baby’s mouth.

    • Meagan says:

      I’ve heard good things about apple cider vinegar too Brooke. The first time I tried using it on myself during a case of thrush I didn’t know to dilute it in water first and about died because it burnt so bad. Lesson learned… painfully learned. Anyway, it never worked quick enough for me when used by itself, but I did have success using the garlic infused coconut oil with 1 drop of lavender and 1 drop of tea tree EOs in it. It’s not that much so baby doesn’t really ingest much of it. I always use it after they nurse so they don’t swallow much of it. Afterwards I use the ACV water on myself followed by new nursing pads. That’s helped a lot, but every time one of my babies has had thrush it’s been a different experience.

      No matter, I’m all for moms doing what they’re comfortable with. There are a lot of natural options for thrush! Thanks for your comment!!

  4. Franchesca says:

    What ratio of herbs do you recommend for the sleepy time glycerite?

  5. iesha says:

    great post thank you (:

  6. Nikki says:

    What about for a lil fever?

  7. Allison says:

    Once it’s made, how long is an eyebright infusion good for (made from eyebright tea bags)? Does it need to be refrigerated? Thank you!

    • Meagan Visser says:

      Yes, it should be refrigerated. Unrefrigerated, infusions will last 24 hours or so. Refrigerated, they’ll last around 3 days.

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