Following certain security measures, we can safely and effectively use essential oils in the treatment of children. Children generally respond very well to aromatherapy and all natural methods of treatment. They have just entered this world and their brains are still not burdened by the “achievements” of modern civilization, their connection with Nature is still very strong.
All traditional means of aromatherapy – baths, inhalations, compresses and aerosols with essential oils, have a good effect in the treatment of childhood illnesses.
Subject to all rules, aromatherapy can be a major and successful method of treatment and prophylaxis of childhood illness.
When using essential oils for children, the following precautions must be strictly observed:
Attention! For children younger than 2 weeks, aromatherapy is not recommended!
From two weeks to two months, babies can breathe in the aromas of the following essential oils: chamomile, lavender, neroli, rose oil and dill. A single drop is allowed in the bathing bath, and in the baby massage oil (preferably it is based on almond oil) – two drops.
When the baby is two months old is allowed the use of bergamot, dill, orange, ylang-ylang, patchouli, sandalwood. Concentration can be increased by one drop.
Extremely energizing oils such as eucalyptus are recommended to be used only when the child reaches two and a half years of age.
Until the age of two years, essential oils should be taken only after consultation with a specialist aromatherapy therapist.
It is not recommended to use mint essential oil for children up to 1 year of age, up to 6 years – tea tree, geranium, rosemary, thyme, up to 12 years old – clove oil.
- Children from 1 to 5 years old in aromatherapy procedures is enough to add 2-3 drops of nontoxic and non-irritating skin lavender essential oil to 1 tablespoon of base oil.
- Children from 6 to 12 years of age may use the same essential oils as adults, but the dosage should be 2 times less.
- Children older than 12 years may use the same essential oils at the same doses as adults.
- Only select premium grade oils as cheap and suspected oils can cause unpredictable reactions and complications when taken.
- When purchasing oil, make sure you take advantage of the recommendations of a practicing aromatherapist.
- Strictly observe the dosage and recommendations for use.
- Do not use the oils and do not allow them to fall into the mouths of children.
- Do not violate the basic rules for the storage of essential oils – in a dark bottle and placed in the refrigerator. The essential oil vial should be equipped with a dropper or other suitable dispenser. All dosages for the use of oils are indicated in drops.
- Never try to treat serious illnesses alone without the help of a qualified physician, homeopath or herbalist. Call a doctor immediately if, as a result of the use of aromatherapy, the child raises a temperature or has other signs of deterioration in his condition.
- Call a doctor even if there is no improvement within 24 hours in the case of minor illness.
Aromatherapy for babies
For babies, procedures involving essential oils can be done no more than 3 times a week, regardless of the type of procedure – bath, massage, etc. Immediate inhalation of oily vapors (inhalation) is not for the tender nose, so completely avoid this procedure.
Essential oils should always be diluted before they are added to the bath, especially when it comes to a very young child, as babies often suck their thumbs and rub their eyes with their hands. The insoluble essential oil floats on the surface of the water and can easily fall into the mouth or eyes of the child, which is dangerous and can lead to serious and unintended consequences.
The essential oil should always be kept away from the eyes of both children and adults as it causes irritation to the cornea. But while in such a situation an elderly person will have an unpleasant sensation, this may lead to damage to the eye or deterioration of sight in the small child.
Pure oil, falling into the mouth, can cause irritation to the oral mucosa, and swallowing it – on the lining of the stomach.
In case of sleep disturbances, it is recommended to evaporate lavender, bergamot or incense oil in the nursery, and use lavender, rose oil or sage oil for massage.
If the child is whimsical, worry – make him a relaxing bath: a drop of lavender oil drop in almond base and this mixture good
Periodically, it is good to put essential oils in the tub – this is good anti-pinch prevention because most oils have antibacterial action.
With the help of essential oils, you can safely and effectively to cure the baby of coughs, colds and other respiratory illnesses. It is enough to drop a drop of the corresponding oil on the bed close to his head so that he can inhale his scent. This risk-free method is also used in newborn babies. To ease the cough and help your baby sleep well is to flavor his room, put a drop of lavender oil on the baby’s pajamas, in the tub, you can put two drops of lavender oil or tea tree. Or maybe you can massage the chest and back with the following ingredients: oil-base is mixed with three drops of tea and two drops of lavender oil.
If the baby is suffering from colic, the soft abdominal massage will help in removing the discomfort. Drop 2 drops of chamomile or lavender oil in a teaspoon of almond, soybeans or other oil, which is slightly warmed. Unfold on your hand and with it gently begin to pat its tummy in a circular motion clockwise, approximately 5 minutes.
When the baby starts to grow teeth or has a cold, its years often hurt. The safest method to reduce the pain is to massage the earlobe and the area under the ears in the direction of the neck using a diluted chamomile oil.
Both babies and older children respond well to an ordinary massage. Mothers do not necessarily have to learn specially some massage techniques. It is just enough with gentle, smoothing movements to relieve the pain and remove the tension. There is, of course, enough literature where exactly the professionals have described how you can do that. From birth, the mother is constantly in touch with her child when she bathes when she changes the diaper, feeds or nurses it … That’s why it’s very easy to turn those touches into a gentle massage with dilute essential oil. As growth progresses, physical contact between the baby and the mother decreases, but this can be avoided if the child gets used to a regular massage. Massage can be a part of the ritual of bathing and a pleasant preparation for sleep.
Your basic set of essential oils – “Home Aroma-First Aid”
The chemical composition and toxicology of essential oils have been tested well enough, so their use is as safe as possible for the body of the children. Oils are useful for first aid of burns, bites, injuries, and also treatment and recovery when the debilitated state of health requires urgent medical attention, surgical intervention, or urgent action.
The optimum set of essential oils for aroma-first aid kit:
- Essential oil of clove
- Geranium essential oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Essential Mint Oil
- Essential oil of chamomile
- Essential oil of rosemary
- Essential oil of tea tree
- Essential oil of eucalyptus
As for basis for thinning these oils, it is advisable to have a bottle of sweet almond oil in your home that does not smell, absorbs lightly into the skin and has an additional healing effect.
Adherence to all rules makes aromatherapy an effective method for aiding various childhood illnesses and has a harmonizing effect on the entire body of the child. And as distinct from many medical devices, aromatherapy curative ingredients are very enjoyable and appealing to every child.