Healing an Umbilical Granuloma Naturally

Healing an Umbilical Granuloma Naturally

My daughter was born August 2014.  I was the happiest Mom on the planet.  The labor was only 3-4 hours and the delivery was nice and easy (a first for me).  The essential oils and chiropractic care really made a difference this time around.  I did have her in a hospital and I did get the epidural after my water broke at 6 centimeters.  No pitocin and I actually had them administer a very small dose of the epidural.  I wanted to feel the pressure to push.  It was the perfect combination of medical and natural.  I guess as a third time mom I have something figured out.

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Meet Julie Iris 7 pounds 14 ounces.  The real work began at home.  After about 5-7 days I noticed a bad smell from the belly button.  The hospital nurses now recommend no cleaning of the umbilical cord after birth.  I’m not sure that is such a great idea.  My daughter developed an umbilical granuloma as a result.

I never took a picture of it.  But you can google it and it is pretty obvious.  It is a small ball of pink tissue sticking out where the belly button is suppose to heal.  When the dried umbilical cord fell off on day 7 I new there was a problem.  I had never seen or heard of anything like this.  Turns out it is an infection/ inflammation and it doesn’t heal properly.  Great for not cleaning the wound right?!?! I wasn’t having her seen until we moved to Florida so I began looking for natural alternatives.

I first started the hydrogen peroxide treatment.  I did this 2 times a day for 4-5 days.  I saw a little improvement but I noticed her skin around the button was red and bothered by it.  Babies are sensitive and it seemed like it hurt a little.  I applied calendula around the redness and that helped a little.

I kept researching more and more.  I spent hours online at night when I should have been sleeping.  I didn’t want to end up doing the chemical agent that burned it off.  I was going to try the salt treatment next and then I started looking into essential oils for this issue.

I thought why not give it a shot and my mommy instincts kept pulling me towards using it.  I love mommy instincts.  Men will never understand that one!  Here is the essential oil blend.

Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Helichrysum, Rose (1-2 drops of each) My carrier oil is calendula or olive oil.

I rotated the different oils at different times.  I don’t think you need all the oils for it to heal.  Small amounts do wonders.  I used a carrier oil.  Whichever is your preferred carrier oil would work.  I love calendula for healing.  The granuloma slowly healed naturally over the course of 2 weeks.  Each day I saw improvement.  I am very happy with the results and the mommy worry finally disappeared.

Yes, after another 7-10  days of the oils treatment it did work and it healed naturally.  I applied a tiny bit of the formula 5-7 times a day-pretty much whenever I changed her diaper.  It was a worrisome 2-3 weeks but the natural remedy healed the infection and the skin perfectly.  Keep a close eye on it while treating it and consult with a natural holistic doctor if possible.

XOXO GreenBootGirl


MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult your doctor or health care practitioner before using herbs, homeopathy, essential oils or other natural remedies. PAID ENDORSEMENT DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog.

About the Author:

I am a mother of 3. We eat nourishing and traditional food at home. We use natural healing successfully with essential oils, herbs, and homeopathy. We love being in the outdoors and living the "green" life.


  1. Amanda August 29, 2015 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    How was your outcome using the essential oils on umbilical glanuloma?

  2. Tiffany September 12, 2016 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Hi Kaley!! I was wondering how the oils worked! My daughter is 11mo and has a granuloma that reoccured after the initial burning off when she was a newborn. I would like to try natural healing before we decide to burn it off again.

  3. Brittany W March 22, 2017 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Going to give this a try! I wanted to chime in and say that with it first I did clean her umbilical cord area several times daily and she still ended up with a granuloma ?

  4. Wendy Shook May 30, 2017 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    How can I treat what happened to your babies umbilical cord. My baby will be a week tomorrow and it is probably gonna fall off tomorrow. What and how did you treat your babies umbilical cord. My babie’s has a foul smell. Please help. Thank u

  5. Patricia Espanillo June 18, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

    hi just curious if the essential oil blend healed the umbilical granuloma of your child? Also, can I have the exact blend recipe? Thanks.

    • greenbootgirl October 6, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Yes it did. It did take 7- 10 days. I will update the site

  6. Brad & Monica Crandell October 8, 2017 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    How much carrier oil did you put with the amounts of essential oils you listed? Thanks

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