Essential oils have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes, dating back as far as the Egyptians in 4500 B.C.
There are many known uses and benefits of essential oils. Here is my list of the best essential oils that have benefits for children.
Ways To Use Essential Oils
There are many ways to use essential oils. You can use a diffuser, or apply them to the skin, some can be ingested. If you enjoy DIY activities you can even learn how to make your own bracelet, toothpaste or foot rub.
Use Caution when you use essential oils for children. There are many benefits to using essential oils for kids, however, they are highly concentrated. A little goes a very long way. It’s important to read the labels and use the correct amount. Never use oils in a way that is not on the product label. If applying to the skin, test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t cause irritation.
Some essential oils are mixed with other chemicals or vegetable oil. They could be a skin irritant, or simply not provide the expected results because they aren’t pure. Always ensure that you are using pure, therapeutic grade oils.
The diffuser below, from Amazon, if a great choice if you’re trying to make your child’s bedroom calming, yet not under stimulating. The starry LED lights change through 7 different colours providing calming, visual stimulation. I have 4 diffuses in the house. One for each bedroom plus one for the living room. In the evening when we are all in the living room, I just put one of a relaxing essential oil such as rose, lavender or chamomile to wind down. At night I would use frankincense or clove to help with the respiratory system.
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Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is most commonly used to improve sleep and reduce stress. Some studies show that regularly using lavender can improve the immune system, too.
Add a couple drops of lavender essential oil to a container of baking soda. Then, sprinkle the mixture over your child’s mattress (a great time to do this is when you’re washing bedding). Leave the mixture on the mattress for 3 or 4 hours, and then vacuum it up before putting the sheets back on the bed. The baking soda neutralizes any odours from the mattress and will leave your kiddo’s bed infused with a calming lavender scent that lasts for a couple weeks.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Eucalyptus oil is very potent so less is more, use a small drop for a few tablespoon of carrier oil such as coconut oil. It is an anti-viral, antibacterial, helps with sinus congestion and fevers.
Chamomile Essential Oil
Chamomile tea is well known for helping people fall asleep. Chamomile oil is also relaxing, making it a sleep aid. You can add a couple drops to some melted coconut oil and rub on your child’s feet and chest at bedtime, add chamomile oil to your diffuser.
Clove Essential Oil
Clove oil is the one I have to make sure I don’t run out ever. with a house of 3 young ones, toothache, cold and flu or sore throats are inevitable. Clove oil is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster as well as an antifungal and antibacterial. I rub it with a blend of coconut oil and frankincense every night on the kid’s feet.
Gargling with clove oil in warm water can help improve dental hygiene besides reducing pain and inflammation. It is effective for throat pain from acid reflux, bacterial and viral infections like strep throat, tonsillitis, laryngitis etc.
Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water and add 3 drops of clove oil to it. Gargle with this solution two to three times a day.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil. It reduces stress reactions and negative emotions, helping to reduce meltdowns. It can also help children with mental health stay focused.
Frankincense can also improve interoception. Get more information on interoceptive and find out if your child has low interoceptive awareness here.
Rose Essential Oil
Emotionally and energetically, rose oil benefits the heart as well. It’s said to have the highest vibrational frequency of any other oil, and opens ones heart and soul to love and spiritual connection. In this way it may help a person dealing with fear, stress, or hard-heartedness, and even help to heal relationships with one’s self and others.
Bergamot Essential Oil
Bergamot has a very sweet smell and works as an antidepressant and a sedative. It can improve mood and help your child sleep better. You can also use it for pain relief and muscle spasms, or to reduce a fever. It helps synchronize the digestive system and can help with constipation.
Warning: Bergamot must be kept out of sunlight because exposure to sunlight can cause one of the properties to become poisonous. Store in a dark place.
Sandalwood Essential Oil
There are actually three types of sandalwood: Indian, Australian, and African. You will most commonly see Australian and African oils because they aren’t as expensive. However, Indian sandalwood has the most intense aroma and I absolutely love it.
Sandalwood has so many benefits. It’s an antiseptic. It induces relaxation to the intestinal muscles which can help remove gas. It improves concentration and memory and helps calm anxiety and restlessness. Plus, the smell is amazing. My teenage daughter was walking around with this one during her living Cert revision and exam.
Blending Essential Oils
There’s a bit of an art behind blending essential oils. Which ones you mix can have added benefits, depending on the effect you want it to have. The idea of blending oils sounds intimidating and it needs to be done a certain way. You can find blending recipes online.
If you aren’t comfortable with blending at home. you can also purchase essential oils that are already blended which you can roll onto your child’s wrists or feet.
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