Friday, August 28, 2009


Aromatherapy for kids is an approach to emotional well being and healing through the use of Essential oils. Oils used in aromatherapy can have a profound 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. Babies 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 supports 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 a qualified aromatherapist, if possible, and carry out detailed research yourself 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 a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations, including burns. It is excellent home remedy for headaches, earaches and even insect bites.

- Geranium oil is excellent for the skin, and its aromatic influence helps release negative memories. Used traditionally to support the circulatory and nervous systems, a great deal of its strength lies in its ability to revitalize body tissues.

- Rose oil helps bring balance and harmony with stimulating and uplifting properties that create a sense of well-being and self-confidence. Used for skin care for thousands of years, it is perfect for dry or aging skin, so it acts as a good skin softener, toner and natural astringent.

- Roman Chamomile oil is relaxing, calming and soothing for the skin. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children. It's also beneficial when added to massage oil for relief of muscle discomfort after exercise, or for growing pains.

- Peppermint oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.

- Lemon oil has a strong, purifying, citrus scent that is revitalizing and uplifting. Lemon consists of 68 percent dlimonene, a powerful antioxidant. It is delightfully refreshing in water and may be beneficial for the skin. It is a powerful natural cleanser.

- Ginger oil has a warm, spicy fragrance that is energizing. Supportive of the digestive system, ginger is commonly used to soothe, comfort, and balance digestive discomfort.

- Sage oil is helpful for supporting the respiratory, reproductive, nervous, and other body systems. Sage may help in coping with temper tantrums or feeling overwhelmed. It is used traditionally in Europe for the skin and hair.

- Grapefruit oil has a fresh, citrus aroma that is energizing and uplifting. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it is nourishing to the skin. It is useful for oily skin, acne and cradle cap.

- Tea tree oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) is highly regarded for its wide range of uses. It has beneficial properties including antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial action. It supports the immune system and is beneficial for the skin. Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc.

- Cedarwood oil has a warm, balsamic, woody aroma. It is relaxing and soothing when used for massage, improves oily skin , acne and is excellent for cradle cap. It is also a decongestant and helps to break up congestion.

- Eucalyptus oil (Eucalyptus radiata) is cooling, refreshing, and energizing. It's antibacterial, antiviral action makes it useful for colds, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses. Lighter in smell than Eucalyptus globulus, it has many of the same supportive properties. Because it is relatively gentle and non irritating, it is the preferred choice for children.

- Thyme oil is one of the strongest antioxidants known. Thyme is antiseptic and supports the immune, respiratory, digestive, nervous, and other body systems. It is helpful for colds and influenza.

- Lavender, Sage, Cedarwood, and Lemon oils, when used together, provide relief from dandruff and cradle cap.

- For any bruises and burns, use Tea tree and Lavender oils.

- Cedarwood, Eucalyptus and Tea tree oils alleviate coughs.

- Ginger, Lavender and Thyme oil works wonders on sore throats.

- Lavender and Roman Chamomile oil blend allows for restful sleep at night.

- Lemon and Grapefruit oils added to a tub of warm water for a bath refreshes and rejuvenates a child.

A word of caution for any parents planning on using aromatherapy oils on their children. Only use therapeutic grade oils. Lesser oils have been manufactured using toxic chemicals that can be harmful for you and your child. Please exercise caution while using essential oils. Since essential oils are highly concentrated, make sure that they are properly diluted with water or carrier oils, such as pure olive oil or vegetable oil such as Young Living's V-6 oil. Improper dilution can result in skin irritation for your little ones. Don't let your children be alone while using essential oils.



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