Essential Oils for Babies by Oil Logic
Aromatherapy for babies is not widely practiced in present times but latest studies have shown that it can have excellent effects on the health of your baby. Common problems can be helped by incorporating aromatherapy oils in your child’s life. If performed regularly, your baby can get relief of sleeping problems, colds, coughs, rashes, etc.
These oils can be administered to your baby in different ways:
– Bathing your baby with a few drops of essential oils.
– Installing an oil diffuser that perfumes the surrounding air.
– You may also give your baby frequent massages which is possibly the best way to provide aromatherapy. Please note you should never apply essential oils neat to the skin. Always dilute them in carrier oil such as almond or jojoba.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you employ aromatherapy on your baby.
1) It is very important not to take aromatherapy oils internally, especially so for a baby. Whilst some oils may be safe to ingest it is largely unknown what the body’s response will be so it is best to avoid the circumstances.
2) The oils should be kept at a considerably safe distance away from the eyes, as they are very sensitive and there can be adverse effects if they are brought too close to the oils. If diluted oils do enter the eyes, flush out immediately with warm water.
3) If you have chosen to provide aromatherapy to your baby by way of massage, it is advisable to perform a patch test a few days before to see if there are any adverse reactions on the skin. Perform the test by applying a drop of the oil diluted in a carrier oil, that you intend to use on the inner elbow. This should be left on for forty eight hours and if there is no reaction, you may proceed to give the full massage as the oil is considered quite safe for your baby’s skin. However, if there is any kind of redness, itching or swelling, you should not use the oil.
4) As mentioned previously, essential oils are not to be used neat. They are to be diluted instead with a carrier oil and then applied to the baby’s skin. This dilution should be done in a suitable ratio. The ideal ratio for mixing is to pour in one drop of essential oil to ten mils of carrier oil. Also ensure you use oils labelled ‘essential oils’ rather than ‘fragrant oils‘ as these are synthetic replicas and aren’t suitable for use.
5) The following is a list of the oils that are suitable for babies along with their specific functions. Any oils that are more potent than these should be avoided:
– For colds, eucalyptus oil (but only for children aged over 3 months)
– For cases of skin rashes, eczema, etc chamomile should be employed.
– Lavender oil is the best choice to soothe and lull your child to sleep and for general skin care.
– For problems related to the digestive system, fennel oil or peppermint oil can be used
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