Aromatherapy for Children
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 mothers’ 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 kind beginning.
Each essential oil has a distinct
chemical composition, which determines its fragrance, color, volatility
and the way it affects our system.
Check out some of the ways aromatherapy
can be used for our children’s benefit and stock up on these little drops
with magical properties –
The refreshing scent of lemon in the
house can entice a kid in from the backyard. This blend is especially good
at turning a grubby child into squeaky-clean one. Lemon is very refreshing
and serves as a good cleanser.
For dreamy, comfortable nights, use
lavender oil. Just sprinkle some drops on your child’s pillow before 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
For relief from dandruff- Lavender,
Lemon and Curry leaf oils
For bruises and burns – Fennel and Lavender
For constipation- Black Pepper oil
For coughs- Cedarwood, Eucalyptus and
Tea Tree oils.
For chapped skin- Benzoin and Myrrh
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
2 drops essential oil of lemon
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 essential oil of grapefruit
Add these essential oils to a tub
full of warm water and mix well.
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
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, don’t use it on your child.
Always check up with a qualified aromatherapist
before using any aromatherapy formulation on children. Also be extremely
careful about the quality of oil that you pick up.
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