More and more parents are using essential oils as a means to improve the way their children feel. This can be anything from helping them sleep to settling an upset stomach to relief when teething… the list goes on. Keep reading to learn more about using aromatherapy for kids.
Purchase oils that are 100 percent natural. While they may be a bit more expensive, they are also highly concentrated. This means you use less for each application. Sometimes, depending on the “recipe” used, all that’s necessary is a single drop.
In many recipes, you’ll need to mix whatever essential oils you’re using with a kid-safe carrier oil. These carrier oils include:
- apricot kernel oil
- almond oil
- jojoba oil
Never apply undiluted essential oil to your child’s skin and never allow your child to directly ingest it. As a general rule, for topical applications, use one tablespoon of carrier oil for every drop of essential oil.
The best method for inhaling essential oils is either by putting a couple drops on a clean cloth and breathing in the scent or adding them to a nebulizer.
Using an Aroma Lamp
For very young children, one great way to utilize essential oils is to burn them in an aroma lamp. Filling the nursery with the pleasant scent of chamomile and lavender goes a long way in helping your baby (or any child) to sleep.
In addition, burning oils such as lemon or frankincense actually kills germs in the air This is especially helpful during cold and flu season.
Speaking of lavender oil, it’s one of the most kid-friendly essential oils available today. It aids in reducing both colic and diarrhea. Lavender oil is also great for alleviating pain from minor burns and bee stings. Last but not least, this oil is known to boost immunity.
Other Suitable Oils
There is a wide variety of other essential oils suitable for use with children. Some of them include:
- tea tree oil
- eucalyptus oil
- rose otto oil
- sandalwood oil
- citrus oil (orange, lemon, grapefruit, etc.)
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to aromatherapy for kids. Once you start using essential oils in your home, you’ll probably wonder how you ever managed without them. As long as they are used correctly, these oils are a safe and affordable way to care for their children with a little help from Mother Nature.