Your Baby and Essential Oils
Essential oils are a really magical thing to use for your baby/child. The impact they have at a biochemical level is amazing and can help with all sorts of common problems young babies have. Another brilliant thing about them is that they will also have a positive impact on you and give you a possible alternative to waiting in a doctors’ surgery depending on what’s going on. Having said this, if you want to take your baby to the doctor or they have a chronic problem, or you are worried, then absolutely go! I would never say don’t go, especially when a newborn is concerned. The below might give you an option to try if you feel that they don’t need medical attention. I have listed 5 oils that are safe to use with babies, and what they can help with. Always use organic if you can and check that the Latin name is the same as the below as there can be different species of the same plant that might not be safe – Neal’s Yard and other good health food shops sell them, or a great online supplier is Oshadhi Oils
Whilst essential oils are natural, do be careful as they are potent, so follow the drop instructions as listed below. Never let your child be able to get the oils into their mouth, or eyes. The best way to use them is in an oil burner that’s out of reach, or mixed in with organic cold pressed sunflower oil and rubbed into the skin where they can’t touch it. The back is the obvious choice, or on their tummy if they are then dressed in clothing that they can’t get their hands into. Depending on their age you can also use them in the bath – but once again, make sure they don’t put their hands in their mouths or get the water with the oils in into their eyes. (I am overly cautious, the likelihood of any damage is very slim, but my first principle as a Naturopath is ‘do no harm’, so I will never recommend anything that could cause any damage). Always buy organic if you can.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is brilliant to soothe, calm and help sleep. Put one drop of the lavender into an oil burner in their room/where they sleep and light it at bath time, or around 10 minutes before they go to bed to allow the room to fill. You can put one drop onto a tissue and put under the cot mattress/child’s pillow (depending on age). You can also put one drop in the bath depending on their age and if you think they will put their hands in their mouth will the oil on it or not.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is great for colic and tummy ache. The most beneficial way to use this would be to mix one drop of the peppermint with 10 mls of organic cold pressed sunflower oil and gently rub it into the tummy using a clockwise circular motion. Make sure hands are kept away so oily hands don’t go into the mouth.
Rose (Rosa damascena) is a very gentle oil and is very good and soothing and reducing anxiety. If your baby is very fractious, cries a lot or you had a traumatic birth, I would highly recommend this oil. It’s also excellent for children who are anxious or very upset a lot of the time. Use one drop of rose in 10mls of organic cold pressed sunflower oil and rub into their back, or use one drop in an oil burner.
Roman Chamomile (Chamomile roman) can help with nappy rash. You can either add a drop to a plain nappy rash cream or make your own with organic raw virgin cold pressed coconut oil. You can add one drop per 10mls off the cream, just make sure you mix it in thoroughly before applying it and remember that a little goes a long way with the coconut oil!
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) is great for coughs and colds and clearing the airways at night so your child can sleep more easily which will speed up their recovery. Put one drop in an oil burner in their bedroom/where they sleep and light it at bath time, or around 10 minutes before they go to bed to allow the room to fill. You can also put one drop onto a tissue and put under the cot mattress/child’s pillow (depending on age). One drop of the essential oil mixed with 10 mls of organic cold pressed sunflower oil can also be rubbed into their back or on their chest. You can also put one drop in the bath depending on their age and if you think they will put their hands in their mouth will the oil on it or not.
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