Lavender and Babies!
Lavender essential oil is generally considered one of the few safe essential oils for use on babies aged 3+ months but Lavender essential oil should never be taken orally & it should be kept clear of the face – especially a baby or young child. The real benefits of Lavender essential oil come in the form of scent and application to skin for burns, bites and wound healing. Essentially it is your call as to whether you are comfortable using essential oils on your child. Our experience has shown that Lavender essential oil works well on bites however we recommend diluting the oil in a carrier oil such as almond oil or olive oil or even use a lavender massage oil (but check to ensure there are no other essential oils blended).
We have also found that babies enjoy the smell 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 of the lavender smell 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 subtly work its magic.
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. One or two drops is sufficient for this purpose but please first ensure that your baby isn't irritated by the essential oil on the skin.
We personally add 2 drops to our babies washing. The essential oil not only aides in freshness but it can also help with cleaning.
Massaging your baby or child with a lavender massage oil is also a common use shown to calm babies and children. 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 lotion that in unscented and use this for the same purpose. Again, please ensure that the lotion is safe for your child.
Spray some Lavender Floral Water in your baby 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.
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