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Essential oils for babies

Essential oils should be used on babies who are 6 months and older. Although essential oils are beneficial to babies, a little goes a long way. Always dilute with a carrier oil. Educate yourself thoroughly on each use.

Essential oils to use on babies:

  • Roman chamomile: insomnia, fussiness
  • Lavender: calming, soothes diaper rash, teething, unopen wounds, scratches and bumps.
  • Frankincense
  • Dill: for gas
  • Mandarin: restful
  • Tea tree: as an antibiotic, eases thrush.
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cypress
  • Sandalwood (Australian)
  • Geranium Bourbon
  • Sweet Orange: uplifting mood
  • Yarrow (Blue): soothes diaper rash
  • Bergamot: relaxing, enhances sleep.
  • Cedarwood Atlas
  • Basil
  • Ginger
  • Helichrysum Italicum
  • Rose Otto
  • Carrotseed
  • Fir needle
  • Grapefruit
  • Copaiba

Why use essential oils on babies:

  • For calming
  • For sleep
  • To sooth Teething irritants
  • To purify the air
  • Helps soothe colds and flus
  • Manages pain and fresh closed wounds
  • Eases diaper rash, you may use essential oils around the private areas, inner thighs.

Do NOT use these essential oils for babies:

  1. Peppermint
  2. Wintergreen
  3. Camphor
  4. Rosemary
  5. Thyme
  6. Eucalyptus
  7. Clove
  8. Birch (Sweet)
  9. Mustard
  10. Garlic
  11. Oregano
  12. Wormseed
  13. Star Anise
  14. Lemongrass
  15. Myrtle
  16. Hyssop
  17. Ylang-ylang
  18. Citronella
  19. Bay
  20. Clary Sage
  21. Avoid premixed Essential oils unless you have patch tested each ingredient.

Carrier oils to use on babies:

If you like you may use carrier oils on their own as they provide wonderful therapeutic benefits. It is also a great idea to mix carrier oils to make salves.

Sunflower oil

Fractionated coconut oil

Jojoba oil

Calendula oil

Sweet Almond (unless allergic to nuts)

Grapeseed (unless allergic to grapes)

Cocoa butter

Other carriers:

Honey

Vegetable glycerine

Beeswax (unless your child is allergic to bees)

Safety (Caution):

ALWAYS dilute essential oils before use.

Keep in a cool dark place that is lockable and out of reach.

Store in glass containers.

ALWAYS do a patch test.

Avoid prolonged use of essential oils.

Oils make you and your child slippery. So be careful.

Be sure to follow correct dilution and usage. Diffuse for 30 minutes maximum at a time. Switch off for an hour and diffuse again.

Use one essential oil / carrier oil at a time.

Keep out of reach for children.

If irritation occurs, stop use immediately.

Do not replace essential oils with a child’s medication.

Consult your paediatrician for any concerns.

Be careful when using essential oils on yourself to avoid exposing your child.

Essential oils should NOT be ingested by children unless with advise of a doctor.

Keep diffusers on a high steady spot away from furniture (so that children do not climb to reach).

Always use best quality, organic essential oils.

Educate yourself as a parent on each essential oils, knowing the therapeutic uses, safety and what to look for and do, incase of an emergency.

Also spot for allergic reactions in children.

Do not use essential oils if your child is on medication. Some essential oils may alter medication.

Do not use if your child has broken or damaged skin and open wounds.

ALWAYS supervise children when using essential oils. Wash hands after use.

DO NOT place essential oils on the ears, mouth, nose, eyes and private parts for children. Avoid all openings on the body.

Keep E.O’s away from direct heat and sunlight.

If you are unsure, do not use, trust your instinct.

Add orifice reducers preferably, to all your essential oils as these limit the amount of E.O’s that come out.

Be smart, savvy and safe.

Dosage and Dilution:

To more than 10ml (8 drops of carrier oil / 2 tbsps)

6 Months to 1 year – add 1 drop of E.O

2 to 3 years – 2 to 3 drops of E.O

4 to 6 years and elderly – 4 to 8 drops of E.O

7 to 12 years – 8 to 12 drops

Best places to apply essential oils on babies:

  • Bottom of feet
  • Back of the neck
  • Rub into temples, be sure that it does not drip into eyes
  • Behind ears
  • Belly
  • Back
  • Jawline to sooth teething.
Best Method of application:
  • Diffusing
  • Baby massage diluted with a carrier oil
  • Baby bath
  • Foot soak
  • Chest rub
  • Compress
  • Add to unscented lotion, avoid putting on the face.

Sun sensitivity (phototoxic) essential oils:

Avoid going into direct sunlight after using Citrus essential oils= Bergamot, Lime, Lemon, Sweet Orange, Grapefruit and Tangerine. They are phototoxic and may cause skin reactions.

Other phototoxic essential oils are Dill, Rue, Cumin.

Blends:
  • Chest rub to ease congestion:

Lavender – 3 drops

Tea tree – 2 drops

Frankincense 2 drops as well

2 drops Cedarwood

3 drops Wild orange

1 ½ tbsp. Shea butter

1 ½ tbsp. fractionated Coconut oil

  • To uplift mood:

1 drop Lavender and Sweet Orange

1 tbsp . of any Carrier oil

  • For cradle cap

1 drop each of Sweet Orange and Tea tree, Geranium and Lavender

½ cup unscented lotion

  • For sleep

1 drop Cedarwood

1 drop Lavender

2 tbsps. carrier oil

1 drop vetiver

  • Teething

1 drop of Roman Chamomile

1 drop of Lavender

A tbsp. of carrier oil / (½ cup oats and drop Tea tree in a bath for diaper rash)

  • Boost immune system especially during flu / cold season for diffusing

Frankincense (1 drop)

A drop Sweet Orange

Lavender 1 drop

  • 10 drops Helichrysum

6 drops Roman Chamomile

20 drops Lavender

30ml of Carrier oil.

  • Soothing repairing salve

¼ cup fractionated coconut oil

¼ cup olive oil

A tbsp. Coconut oil

20 drops Lavender

1tbsp beeswax

12 drops of Frankincense

10 drops Sweet Orange

8 drops Tea tree

Hydrosols:

If you are uncertain, you may still use the benefits of E.O’s by using hydrosols. Hydrosols is the aromatic water that remains after essential oils have been steam distilled. A fraction of essential oils remains in hydrosols and are beneficial.

They are safer and gentler to use for children. Storing them in the fridge for up to 24 months. Hydrosols are great sprays with anti-inflammatory properties for calming and uplifting. They are a better alternative for baby baths, sun burns on babies and foot scrubs.

In conclusion: Essential oils for babies are highly beneficial as well as using the alternative of hydrosols. Be smart, savvy and safe when using them.

Read more here: https://mrschettylifestyle.co.za/how-to-calm-a-fussy-baby/

Sources: https://naha.org

Get your essential oils here: http://www.soil.co.za

Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences with essential oils. The writings on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Please discuss your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.

Cheers, happy oiling, MrsChettyLife.

Posted in Motherhood

Show love to your baby.

A baby experiences love differently because a baby does not really understand words from the beginning. Have you ever seen an uncontrollable baby who just melts in the arms of a parent? My son does this too many times. The question is how do we show love to our baby in a language they understand?

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Show love to your baby by:

  1. Hugs and kisses: touch is a sole language for a baby. Touch sends signals to the brain that make them feel calm and feel good. That is a big way to show love to your baby. So hold them close to you. Trust me, the bigger they get the more independent they become and you will miss these profound memories and opportunities. My son now reprociates hugs and kisses. He will be in the middle of play and randomly come and give me a hug and kiss. My heart melts. The morning cuddles are also the best, special and sweet. Practice baby massage on them. It’s easy, relaxing and calming.
  2. Listening and attending to their cues and cries: Have you ever interacted with someone who doesn’t speak your language? But you notice this person is hurt by their cries. This person reaches out and give you a hug or picks what fell on the floor and hands it to you. Better yet gives a helping hand when your hands are overflowing. Doesn’t it feel good to know that even though you don’t speak the same language. Responding to your babies cries and cues tells them that you care enough to soothe them. This builds trust. They begin to trust you, when something is wrong, they trust you will make it ok. Sometimes my son just cries and I must automatically know what he wants. Even though he is 14 months and can now communicate without crying. Babies giggles are so sweet, real and cute.
  3. Play with them. Make them ? laugh. Laughter is the best medicine. I make a conscious decision to give my son a few minutes of undivided attention and play with them. Play peekaboo. Kick the ball. Drive his toy cars. He appreciates the attention and he smiles. Sing and dance with them. Take them outside and enjoy a walk and few minutes of fresh air. We like to lay down out in the yard on the grass.
  4. Take care of them by catering for their basic needs: a humans basic needs are food, water, sleep and shelter. As long as these basic needs are met then you will have a happy chappy. I was informed in my prenatal classes that if a baby cries check if they are hungry or if the nappy is wet or if they are not uncomfortable (something is poking them). Of course a baby doesn’t need water till after a 8 months to a year old. Water is provided in breast milk.

Show them by

  1. Speak kind words to them: a baby picks up on the tone of your voice. They know when you speak kindly and when you speak harshly to them. Set the standard. Your baby will one day immitate what you do. They will speak harshly to you because it is what you taught them. I saw this memo on Facebook, raise them kind. And remember one day they will have relationships too, whatever you tea h them now will affect them for many years to come. They are human beings too. I guess you wouldn’t like to be yelled at all the time. It matters to them too. Children are never too young to know who is nice and who is mean. That’s why they agree for some people to hold them and others not. A baby senses who you are by your ♥ heart. It will also be easier for them to learn to speak by you speaking to them.
  2. Pay attention to them: my son doesn’t like it when I am on the phone too long( he steals my phone and runs away or he sits and picks his fingers on my phone) , or when I cook or do dishes, he doesn’t like it when I read or when my husband and I cuddle. He knows that when I do all these unnecessary things my attention is not on him. And he sure loves my attention. This is why I make an intentional undivided play specifically for him. My son will not always be this young. And these moments will never come again. Plus paying attention to your baby helps to avoid some unnecessary injuries. Parents develop a reflex that helps keeps children safe. Or to put it in way man’s terms mommy instinct.
  3. Bath them. My son has always loved his baths. It is a direct way to calm and relax him. When he is fussy or has a sore tummy, a bath is the answer. He now looks forward to a bath because he knows it’s an opportunity to splash ? and play.
  4. Discernment: I mentioned earlier that mommy instinct plays along. Before I had my son, when we were pregnant, I would always worry how I will take care of this little person. But mommy instinct came after I gave birth to him. It is also discernment. Mom can fortel the future. Picture this, you tell your baby so many times not to do that you will hurt yourself. Few minutes later that happens. I call that discernment.any times you just know that something is not right with your baby and you rush them to the hospital, only to find out you were right. Even if you aren’t better be safe than sorry.
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These are other ways as well:

  1. Pray for your baby: I always look up to prayer when I know its something I can’t handle and it’s out of my hands. Prayer gives good vibes and safety on your child for the future and for the present. There is power in prayer. And this is a good way to show love to your baby. If something is meaningful to you and you care about it, you pray for them.
  2. Read with them and show interest in what they do: one thing I would love my son to do and learn from me is to read and write. Because this is something I love to do and I love my son. So combine the two things I love. Even when I’m dead and gone I would love my son to remember me through reading and writing. It’s the purpose of this blog. One day he will read everything I am writing to him here. And that’s what I would love my legacy to be. And reading helps you dream big.
  3. Help them: another way to show love to your baby is helping them through difficult things. Through places, they can’t reach. Help by asking for help through prayer and at the doctors. Life always needs a helping hand. Grown-up people who have strained relationships with their parents complain about this one thing where we’re you when I needed you? So be there for your baby and help them.
  4. Speaking to them and making soothing sounds: you are the first person a child learns to speak from. I tell my son’s stories, we have a conversation. He listens to my voice. There’s a scripture in the Bible that says my sheep know my voice. Speak to them, make soothing noises. When your baby was in your womb one thing that stood out to them is your voice and your heartbeat. Your voice reassuringimg to them. They love your voice and the funny quirks and sounds it makes. Plus you are teaching them to speak and converse. And it makes life so much easier when they can speak.

Show love to your baby by learning how they communicate to you.

How does a baby communicate with you:

Crying is the basic way of them communicating with you. They can’t speak so they cry.

Baby talk as they grow older babies begin what is called baby talk. You will learn the fancy words they use for certain things the more time you spend with them. ?

Body language: reading a babies body language is one way they talk. When my son hurts himself he holds whatever thing he hurt and I know how to soothe him. And make sure he is OK. In my first aid class they said we should watch for warning signs when something is wrong: is your little one bleeding? vomiting? eyes rolling up? If there is rush to the emergency room. That all comes in body language. Some people say it’s also easy to teach a baby sign language, they use it before they can speak.

Lastly learn your baby’s love language. You will know the Perks of what your baby likes and answer to the love language when you do this. This is a way to show love to your baby. You may read from https://www.5lovelanguages.com/book/the-5-love-languages/ for more info.

Cheers, happy mothering.

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