Healing Children With Essential Oils and Nourishing (Aromatherapy)
Essential Oils have powerful therapeutic effects . Most of them are natural antiseptics, and certain
oils have highly effective, immune-boosting, disease - fighting properties that can kill air borne viruses, bacteria and fungi. They can be used preventively and also to treat colds and infections disease by reducing discomfort, helping to shorten the duration and preventing secondary infections.
* When buying essential oils make sure that the bottles are secured securely closed and a dropper dispenser is fitted into the neck of the bottle.
* Keep your essential oils in safe place - not only will it keep them out of the reach of small hands,but a cool dark place will also help to retard oxidation of the oils.
* Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, and when preparing a blend for a child, remember that you would halve the strength where you would normally include a 2% dilution of essential oil to the carrier oil, you would prepare a 1% dilution for use on a child.
* You use a weaker dilution on children because their bodies are smaller and their skins are also more sensitive - in adults you would use 6 drops of essential oil to 20ml carrier oil, while on children you would only use 2-3 drops to 20ml of carrier oil.
*Should you use essential oils in steam inhalation never leave the child alone or unsupervised, and keep the inhalation to 1 minute.
Introduce One Essential Oil At a time
Allergies are no fun , when introducing essential oils to babies. You have to remember that you haven't yet discovered the things they are allergies to. It's important to introduce essential oils one at a time and sparingly to both watch your baby for any sort of reaction and to allow your baby's body to slowly become introduced to that essential oil. Do not introduce more than one essential oil in one day. If your baby is going to have a reaction an essential oil they will likely show signs of a reaction in the first 15-30 minutes after inhalation or dermal application.
Note: Patch testing can be done for children with sensitive skin or allergies. this done by applying a little diluted oil to the inside of the elbow. Leave it unwashed for 20-40 hours and if any redness or itching occurs, that oil should not be used.
What age is safe to use essential oils for children
It is not advised to use essential oils on babies less than 3 months of age because their skin is not mature yet and therefore more permeable and sensitive to essential oils. unlike adults, newborns are also not as capable of deling with adverse reactions to essential oils. There should be even more caution with premature babies, avoiding all essential oil use until they reach at least 3 months after their due date.
A Lot of the information provided below.
Essential Oils that are safe and suitable for children
2. Lavender Oil (Lavendula angustifolia): lavender oil has anti - viral and anti - bacterial
4.Peppermint Oil (Mentha x piperita): Peppermint oil also a digestive aid and can be used to help
6. Rose Otto Oil (Rosa damascena): Rose Otto oil is known for it's ability to treat hay fever and
7. Citrus Oils (orange- Origanum onites, Grapefruit- Citrus paradisi, Mandarin- Citrus reticulata, Tangerin- Citrus reticulata): Citrus oils are mood enhancing oils, and they smell
The above oils are use suitable for children and can be used for-
Essential Oils for Common Ailments
Sleep Disturbance: A warm bath with pre - diluted Roman Chamomile or Lavender oil can be very calming. Both of these oils have soothing, calming, sedative properties that promote gentle, natural sleep.
Digestive upsets: Chamomile oil added to a carrier oil can be gently rubbed on the tummy. for older children, peppermint oil since it can be over - stimulating.
Diaper Rash: Diaper rash can be prevented by regularly adding essential oils to a child's bath. Almost all essential oils will prevent bacteria from developing on the skin. A diaper rash cream can be made by adding 2 drops of German Chamomile oil and 2 drops of Lavender oil to 2 ounce of an unscented cream, use four drops of tea tree oil instead, if the rash is due to thrush . A few drops of lavender added to pre wash soak can help disinfect a bucket of diapers.
Burns: Apply Lavender oil to a minor burn after plunging it into cold water. Chamomile can be added to a bath to soothe minor sunburn. For more severe sunburn, Lavender can be used.
Teething pain: Can be alleviated by massage with chamomile add Lavender added to carrier oil. Warm oil in hand first and gently massage into cheek, along jawline. Do not use directly on the gums or any where inside the mouth. Do not get near the eyes.
Earaches: Chamomile can be massaged gently around the outside of the ear and down the neck. Hot compresses of Chamomile and or lavender oil in a teaspoon to warmed Almond or Olive oil can be put into the ear cavity using a dropper.
Teen - age Acne: Steaming the skin with peppermint oil can cleanse and decongeste the skin. German Chamomile helps inflammation of acne. Tea tree oil can be added to a skin wash, alternating with Lavender and Bergamot. a single drop of Tea tree oil can be dabbed on each large, inflamed pimple and may clear it up quickly. Tea tree oil can irritate the skin so use with caution.
Pregnancy and child birth: Essential oils can be used during pregnancy and child birth with good results, consult an aroma therapist or midwife before using. There are many oils that should be avoided during pregnancy.
This is just a general guideline and great care should be taken to research each essential oils maximum dermal use individually before use.
Through all of my reading and information, there is still very little known about the use of many essential oils on babies and children
It is best to use your judgment when choosing essential oils for your children.