Read this article to know more about how to use aromatherapy for common baby problems like teething, colds and coughs, bathing.
Use Lavender essential oil. 2 drops of on a tissue kept near bedside while feeding associates the aroma with love and comfort and helps in sleeping.
To ease out teething pain in kids use Chamomile oil. Wrap some ice cubes in a cloth and then put 1 drop of Chamomile oil.
To give a nice aromatic bath to your baby, add 1 -3 drops of lavender & roman chamomile to the soap and add to the tub.
Citrus Oils like Orange, Lemon, Bergamot or Mandarin oil. A few drops added to water acts as natural cleaning agents
To calm crying or irritated baby
To pacify a crying baby put one drop of lavender oil on your shoulder and then put the baby to sleep while rocking the baby. Rest the baby's head on your shoulder while doing so.
Roman Chamomile has calming effect on the babies and it also helps in putting them to sleep. Put one drop of Roman Chamomile on the pillow of the baby at bedtime or in the bath tub mixed with the liquid soap. It is advisable to use half the recommended amount if pregnant or breastfeeding the child.
Depression, stress, tension, frustration and anxiety
Use Sweet Orange or Mandarin oil in a diffuser. Both these oils help to release stress and anxiety
Chest infections or stuffy nose
Eucalyptus Globulus (use only Eucalyptus Smithi for children). 1 drop on the corner of the pillow. It facilitates breathing and is an effective analgesic.
Colds and coughs
To stop cold and cough add three drops of Eucalyptus Smithi to a bowl of boiling water and place it under the bed.
Insect or spider bites
Tea Tree oil dries up, swelling decreases, no pain or itching.
Essential oil use:
Use one third of the adult dose for children. Since the skin of the children is very delicate make sure to blend the right amount of essential oil with 16 oz of water , then shake it nicely and then add to the bath tub. There are very few essential oils that can be used with kids. Some are lavender, geranium and rose. Always make sure to dilute the oils in sweet almond or milk.
Eucalyptus Smithi is the only Eucalyptus essential oil that should be used on children. Eucalyptus Globulus, which is the most common, is usually rectified and is not suitable for children. Do not use Eucalyptus on babies younger than 2 months.