LV Magazine November 2020 - Denise Grant - Page 14

Essential oils are pure aromatic plant essences distilled from flowers, fruit, leaves, resins, roots, seeds, and wood. We have free access to essential oils, but this comes with some important cautions. Only some essential oils available are suitable for children; others are not suitable for children. Some are even dangerous to children (children with epilepsy should not contact stimulating essential oils).

However, essential oils can be of great benefit when used correctly and will not conflict with your childís medically prescribed drugs. Always research the oil of choice thoroughly before using your infant or child ñ ask advice from a qualified practitioner, or see the references at the end of this article.

Essential oils can be an excellent way of supporting your child's health, happiness, and well-being. Essential oils can be very therapeutic and nurturing to both your child and you, the caregiver. Essential oils are used externally (on the outside of the body) in your childís bath, body lotions, oils, creams, gels, compresses, foot baths, or in an oil warmer. The effects of aromatherapy will generally fall into one of three main categories:

1. Assisting in healing from minor illnesses and accidents

2. Supporting your childís overall sense of well-being

3. Helping your child in getting quality rest

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