Our discussion of caring for the babies in our life wouldn’t be complete without talking about essential oils.
Often mothers will ask me whether certain oils are safe to use with small children and babies. My answer is that you really must rely on common sense and do some research. Babies systems are very sensitive, so I always recommend that you go “low and slow.” If in doubt, start with the feet. The feet are furthest away from the face. Well, unless your baby likes to suck their toes!!!! And secondly, dilute, dilute, dilute!
Here are some general guidelines for how much to dilute essential oils for use on your child. For example, an infant under 12 months, you might want to dilute eight times what the recommended dilution would be. So if the recommendation is to use 1 drop of oil and 1 drop of carrier oil, you might want to start with 1 drop of oil and 8 drops of carrier oil. It is much easier to dilute more than to dilute less and end up with a crabby baby! Does that make sense?
I have published a special newsletter called Seedings: From Mother Nature’s Nursery to Yours. If you don’t have a copy of it, please send me an email and request the Seedling newsletter by name! In that newsletter I talk more about dilution, safety, diffusing, and some oils to avoid with infants and children. You are going to want to read this newsletter, for sure.
There is an essential oil blend called “Gentle Baby” that was specially created by Gary Young for his wife and babies. It is unbelievably calming to moms and babies. In fact, I have a friend who calls it “Super Baby”! That’s how much he loves it for his grand babies! Needless to say, I think every parent and grandparent needs this SUPER secret weapon in their arsenal! Enough said!
If you have questions please contact me at joyce@ShareScents.com.
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