Aromatherapy is a new approach to emotional well being. It is a healing form that uses essential oils. These aromatherapy oils are the vital essence of aromatic plants and flowers in a condensed form. When used properly they have restorative effects on the body, mind and even the spirit. Babies are extremely sensitive to smell. They can recognize their mother's scent and distinguish it from someone else's, at an age as young as six weeks. Fragrance, pleasant or not, comforting or not, becomes a memory. Fragrant essential oils can play an important role in giving our children a good health start. This knowledge can change the way children grow up. With aromatherapy we can give our children a beautiful and soothing beginning.
Each essential oil has a distinct chemical composition, which determines its fragrance, colour, volatility and the way it affects our system.
Check out some of the ways aromatherapy can be used for our childrens' benefit and stock up on these little drops with magical properties.
For dreamy, comfortable nights, use lavender oil. Just sprinkle some drops on your child's pillow before s/he curls up. It also eases aches and can be your home remedy for earaches, headaches and even insect bites.
For healthy skin - Sandalwood, Geranium and Rose oils. Neroli oil derived from orange blossom is a skin softener, toner and a natural astringent.
For combating hair loss- Chamomile and Peppermint oils.
For relief from dandruff- Lavender, Lemon and Curry leaf oils
For bruises and burns Fennel and Lavender oils.
For constipation- Black Pepper oil
For coughs- Cedarwood, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oils.
For chapped skin - Benzoin and Myrrh oil
For dandruff - Lavender oil
For dry skin - Sandalwood oil
For flatulence - Lemon oil
For indigestion - Cardamom Seed and Chamomile oils
For sore throats - Ginger, Lavender and Thyme oils
For nausea - Chamomile oil
For scars - Frankincense oil
Lemon Drop Bath
The refreshing fragrance of lemon in the house can entice a child from the backyard. This blend is especially good at turning a grubby child into a squeaky-clean one. Lemon is fresh and serves as a good cleanser.
2 drops essential oil of lemon 2 drops essential oil of grapefruit Add these essential oils to a tub full of warm water and mix well.
This is a soothing, relaxing blend that helps ease away the day's stresses and strains, seeming to help ease some of the emotional lumps and bumps of childhood. 2 drops ylang-ylang oil 3 drops lavender oil Add essential oils to a tub full of warm water and mix well
Always exercise caution when using essential oils with children. Stick to mild oils and remember less is best. Make sure the oils are well diluted in the water and that the water is at a proper temperature. Improper dilution can result in skin irritation, especially with citrus oils, so resist the urge to use just a little more.
Also children must always be supervised when using pure essential oils, and never allowed to make their own bath without guidance.
The preparation for use on children should have significantly lower quantity of oils than the same one used by an adult. Many oils should not be used at all with children. When in doubt, do not use it on your child.
Always check with a qualified aromatherapist before using any aromatherapy formulation on children. Also be extremely careful about the quality of oil that you pick.
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