Gentle Aromatherapy For Children

Gentle Aromatherapy For Children

Aromatherapy is a gentle, safe, and effective therapeutic technique for a host of childhood ailments and disorders. Essential oils have brilliant healing properties and help regain and maintain health and well being. Working within a holistic framework, aromatherapy helps provide everyday healthcare. Children are vulnerable, and require gentler and sometimes slightly different treatment from adults. Aromatherapy for children and babies uses essential oils that are considerably more diluted.

Gentle Aromatherapy For Children
Chamomile essential oil

Benefits of Using Aromatherapy for Babies and Children

The health benefits of using aromatherapy are innumerable. A massage using essential oils yields wonderful advantages. Massaging is a lovely way for a parent and child to really connect with one another.

Certain essential oils have a mildly sedative effect, and when massaged onto baby’s skin will induce a peaceful sleep. Myrtle mixed with Lavender is a gentle, effective, and safe blend for children.

Gentle Aromatherapy For Children
Gentle Aromatherapy For Children

Essential oils used for inhalations help fight cold, cough, and sore throat instantaneously. Use only four drops of the essential oil (preferably, Lavender and Benzoin) in the inhalation.

Chamomile Essential Oil

Some essential oils, particularly Chamomile, are nick-named ‘children’s essential oil’. Chamomile is one of the best essential oils to use with babies. The oil exerts soothing and calming effects and is highly recommended in cases of sleeplessness, irritability, peevishness, temper tantrums, tummy upsets, and teething trouble.

Gentle Aromatherapy For Children
Essential oil bottles

Safety Guidelines While Using Aromatherapy for Babies and Children

For the purpose of aromatherapy, children are categorized in to infants of one to five years and six to fourteen years. Above fourteen years, the child can be treated as one would treat an adult.

The following guidelines enable one to safely and successfully use aromatherapy for children:

  • For infants who are one year old, use ½ % essential oil, i.e., one drop of the essential oil in 10 ml of base oil (coconut oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil or avocado oil).
  • Safe essential oils for children are: Lavender, Myrtle, Chamomile, Neroli, Rose, and Benzoin.
  • Essential oils can be used in the bath or as massage oils. But, always remember to mix the essential oil in the base oil (even for the bath).
  • For children of five to fourteen years, 1 % essential oil can be used, i.e., one drop of the essential in 5 ml of base oil.
Gentle Aromatherapy For Children
Gentle Aromatherapy For Children

Aromatherapy is nurturing, comforting, and promotes a sense of happiness, security and well being in children. It has a role to play in the physical, as well as psychological health of the child. Aromatherapy helps relieve fear, restlessness, impatience, stress, grumpiness, and nervous energy, along with effectively treating cold, cough, sore throat, fever, skin ailments, and sleeplessness.

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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