You’re probably aware of and have used essential oils before – as a massage oil, to scent a room, as a topical skin treatment or you may have even made your own cleaning products incorporating essential oils. But have you ever considered using essential oils with your children?
Essential oils not only smell great but they can be used for a huge range of purposes and each oil has its own unique properties. Most people know that the scent of lavender can help with relaxation, while citrus scents invigorate and refresh (hence the many lemon and lime ‘wake-me-up’ type shower gels that are on the market).
Just as these aromatic oils can have a positive effect on your mood, they can also do the same for your kids. Essential oils can be used to help your children sleep, calming temper tantrums, soothing sore tummies and reduce the pain of teething. There are also several ready-mixed essential oil products available to relieve congestion and cold symptoms – olbas oil is one of the better known ones.
You can try aromatherapy with your kids in a number of different ways. Oils can be heated in a special burner to scent the room or you can add a few drops to a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and use for massage or as a bath oil. When making up oil mixtures to use on children, you should generally use less essential oil than normal to adjust for their sensitive skin and noses. Not all essential oils are recommended for use with children so be sure to do your research first.
Another fun option for kids is to add a few drops of essential oil to some homemade play dough for a wonderful introduction to aromatherapy that is fun as well as fragrant. Try peppermint for concentration, lavender to relax and calm, or sweet orange to promote happy feelings.
If mixing your own essential oil blends sounds too much like hard work, don’t worry because we also sell a selection of aromatherapy treatments designed specially for little ones:
Cheeky Monkey Organic Cheek Rub for teething
Belly Better Organic Tummy oil to sooth little tummies and aid a restful nights sleep
Hello Mellow Organic Massage Oil to relax and calm