Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Aromatherapy for Children

Aromatherapy is an excellent healing modality for children because it is gentle and without side effects. It is safe to use (unless children have epilepsy- some oils may trigger seizures; talk to your doctor or a qualified practitioner of aromatherapy if your child is epileptic). Children certainly prefer it to bad-tasting medication or swallowing pills.

The best method of using aromatherapy for children is in the bath. The healing properties of the oils are absorbed through the skin. The warm water is also soothing and healing.


For children under the age of two, only the mildest oils should be used. These include lavender, chamomile (both German chamomile and Roman chamomile), and tea tree oils.


Lavender and chamomile are both soothing and calming. Try these for a colicky baby or for a sick child that needs to rest. Add two drops to three drops to a baby bath, or if you take the baby into the bath with you, eight drops into a full tub of water.


Tea tree oil is good for any type of illness or infection. Add to a bath or to water used for a sponge bath. Again, use two to three drops for a baby bath or eight drops for a full tub of water. You can use lavender or chamomile in conjunction with tea tree oil, but only use two or three drops TOTAL, not two or three drops of each oil.


For children over two, you can use a wider variety of oils. Add four drops of oil to a half tub of water and eight drops to a full tub. Again you can combine oils, but do not use more than four or eight drops total.


Following is a list of common childhood ailments and oils that can be used to treat them.


Chicken pox- lavender


Colds and flu- lemon, lime, orange, tea tree


Congestion- eucalyptus


Cough- lemon balm, marjoram, violet leaf


Earache- German chamomile


Fever- yarrow


Headache- lavender


Lice- geranium (This is treated differently. Instead of a bath, mix four drops in two tablespoons of a base oil such as almond oil. Massage into the hair thoroughly. Let rest for several minutes, then wash out).


Nausea- lavender, peppermint


Sleeplessness- German chamomile, lavender, Roman chamomile


Sore throat- clary sage


Sprains and strains- German chamomile, lavender, Roman chamomile


Tonsillitis- bay laurel


For teens, geranium, lemongrass, lime, and sage will help with oily skin and acne.


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