Lavender and Babies!
Lavender essential oil is generally considered one of the few safe essential oils for use with babies aged 3+ months. Lavender essential oil should never be taken orally & it should be kept clear of the face – especially that of a baby or young child. The real benefits of Lavender essential oil come in the form of diffusing and application to skin for burns, bites and wound healing. It is your call as to whether you are comfortable using essential oils on your child but if you do please dilute your essential oil. Our personal experience has shown that Lavender essential oil works well on bites however we recommend diluting the lavender essential oil into a roll-on bottle with a carrier oil such as almond oil or olive oil. You could even use a lavender massage oil if it has been diluted sufficiently. Always check to ensure that there are no other essential oils in the massage oil which may be harmful to children. It is also very important to ensure that the essential oils are true 100% pure essential oil and not a synthetic fragrance oil.
Babies often enjoy the light scent of lavender. It keeps them calm, relaxed & jolly but of course if your baby is tired and hungry then essentially nothing will calm them except food and sleep! The strength and use of lavender should be kept light. Don't allow the lavender to overpower the room. Like any strong smell this can just end up causing a head ache and irritation. Lavender is best enjoyed in moderation allowing it to work its magic subtly.
Some people like to add Lavender essential oil to their child’s bath as they find that it relaxes both the parents and the babies and aides in the child falling calmly to sleep at bed time. We generally do not recommend this method, however If you choose to add lavender essential oil to your child's bath please keep in mind that oil and water do not mix. The essential oil will remain on the surface of the bath water and will likely come into direct contact with your child's skin, mouth and eyes, possibly causing irritation and discomfort.
Massaging your baby or child with a lavender massage oil is also a common use shown to calm babies and children. Please keep in mind that a baby's skin is very delicate and the oil must be very diluted. We would suggest starting with no more than 0.5% lavender essential oil to massage oil - caution should always be of the highest priority.
Keep the oil away from your child’s head. Usually massaging the feet and legs will do the trick. You can also add a couple of drops to a an unscented lotion and use this for the same purpose. Again, ensure the lotion is safe for your child. We do not recommend using any essential oil on a child daily. Please give your child plenty of essential oil free days. Essential oils are extremely powerful and are of therapeutic quality. Their strength and power must be respected.
Spray some Lavender Floral Water (lavender hydrosol) in your child's room to assist with sleeping. Simply spray a few squirts in the corner of the room to provide a freshness for baby.
Like all things, when introducing new items into you child's life it needs to be done carefully and slowly to avoid irritation and allergic reactions. Whilst Lavender essential oil is generally considered safe when used correctly, each child is different and therefore care must be taken.
Whenever using essential oils moderation is the important. It is best not to overuse them. Think safety first.
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- Lucy Centofanti