Like adults, baby can have a bad day too! Perhaps sleep wasn’t too generous the night before, a dirty nappy could set him off, or maybe Mom didn’t make the bath water warm enough! But whatever the reason, it’s Mom who’ll have to put things right.
Don’t stress. Don’t fight with your partner about what the right remedy is. Don’t think you may die if baby goes for even just one more bout of screaming. Instead, try massaging him with essential oils which provide a natural avenue of healing.
Many parents are afraid to try baby massage using essential oils because of the potency of the oils.
When you purchase the oils you should always check if they are suitable for babies, however the three most popular essential oils used for babies and toddlers are lavender, chamomile and geranium. The dosage is just as important when dealing with little ones. The rule of thumb says that for children over seven years you should use only half the amount that you would for yourself. For children ranging in age between three and seven years the amount should not exceed one third of an adult dose, while from four months to three years one quarter is sufficient. Essential oils should not be used on newborn babies.
Relief for baby
Using aromatherapy (always diluted in a carrier oil) has shown great health results for babies suffering from colic, incessant crying, anxiety, earache and colds often associated with the teething stage, cradle cap, nappy rash, eczema and tummy aches.
Pre-mixed blends of essential oils can be a wonderful calming tool for baby when used in his bath water, while the mere smell of chamomile or lavender in the nursery will soothe him, resulting in a peaceful sleep.
A few drops of lavender oil mixed into baby’s nappy cream will soothe an angry rash, and eucalyptus or geranium essential oils act as disinfectants so are a good bet for spraying baby’s linen to eradicate dust mites and allergens.
Natural oils gained from the earth’s rich resources have been successfully used for babies and older children across the globe for centuries. So, too, has baby massage, so the combination of massage and aromatherapy oils has seen this tried and tested practice cottoning on in the western arena.
But the magic of aromatherapy massage for babies extends even beyond treating or soothing a sick child.
Research has shown that a strong connection or bond is grown between mom and baby. The baby’s skin is improved or kept healthy by regularly massaging these oils into your little one, and it shows that a baby lucky enough to have his mom regularly massage him will suffer far less from colic, constipation and diarrhoea.
Other benefits to babies and children who are regularly massaged with essential oils include a clearer respiratory system so less colds, coughs and ear infections will be experienced, irritability is reduced as a result of the appropriate oils working on his nervous system, a healthier immune system and the movement of his joints and muscles will be improved as well.
Different essential oils have different properties and are therefore used for a variety of different reasons. If your baby suffers from colic, digestive problems, respiratory struggles or any other condition, make sure you check which oil is best suited for the problem at hand. If you baby is not suffering from any condition, but you just want to enhance his overall health and his life, opt for lavender, geranium or chamomile and start massaging him.
Be sure to remember that you must always mix neat essential oils in a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil, both are safe for babies and children.