Aromatherapy is a new approach to emotional well being and healing through the use of essential oils. Oils in aromatherapy have a soothing effect on the body, mind, and soul.
A gentle hug, smile or a kiss are forms of connection, bonding between the parent and the child. The loving nurturing touch of massage on the feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen, and legs are therapeutic for both the child and parent, usually the mother. Babies at six weeks of age can recognize their mother's scent, hence making them extremely sensitive to any kind of fragrance, pleasant or unpleasant. Fragrant essential oils used during the upbringing of your child support your little one's health, happiness and well being.
Essential oils have distinct composition determining the fragrance, color, and effect on our body. Before you introduce your child to the aromatic world of fragrances, seek advice from your GP or a qualified aromatherapist. If possible, carry out detailed research your self on the oil you plan to use on your infant or child.
Listed below are few commonly used essential oils that are used for kids.
- Lavender oil is an excellent home remedy for headaches, earaches and even insect bites.
- Geranium and rose oils act as a good skin softener, toner and natural astringent.
- Chamomile and peppermint oils prevent hair loss.
- Lavender, lemon and curry leaf oils provide relief from dandruff.
- For any bruises and burns, use tea tree and lavender oils.
- Black pepper oil is good for constipation.
- Cedarwood, eucalyptus and tea tree oils alleviate coughs.
- Ginger, lavender and thyme oil works wonders on sore throats.
- Lavender and Roman chamomile oil blend allow for a restful sleep at night.
- Lemon and grapefruit oils added to a tub of warm water for a bath refreshes the kid.
A word of caution for any parents planning on using aromatherapy oils on their children. Please exercise caution while using essential oils. Its best to stick to mild oils and less is best. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, make sure that they are properly diluted with water or carrier oils. Improper dilution can result in skin irritation for your little ones. Don't let your children be alone while using essential oils.