LV Magazine November 2020 - Denise Grant - Page 17

DO NOT USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL NEAT (undiluted ) on childrenís skin, unless indicated to do so for a specific condition. If your child has very sensitive skin, it is essential to test a small area before using a new single oil or blend. Keep essential oils away from the eyes. When using citrus oils - orange, bergamot, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, and lime - do not use where the skin will be exposed to sunlight for the next 12 hours. These oils are considered 'phototoxic' and can react from the sun's rays. However, the oil can be used in a bath where it will be washed off the skin when the bath is done.

Essential oils are not to be taken orally (by mouth). When your child is taking medications, reduce the amount of essential oil by half the amount recommended for their age group.

Carrier oils for children

Sweet Almond oil is generally regarded as the safest and best overall carrier oil for use with babies and children. Apricot kernel oil is also considered extremely safe with children over 6. Jojoba oil can be added at about 10% concentration for any blend. It has a soothing effect on the skin and is suitable for hair.

Topical Application - Nurturing Touch Massage Recipes

There is nothing better for any child than the loving, nurturing touch of a parent. A gentle hug, a smile, and a kiss on the cheek all reassure the child and help the parent and child bond. These simple forms of connection are instinctual, and children thrive from it.

Research shows that massage can help childrenís growth both physically and emotionally. In hospitals, studies done with premature babyís show that touch is an essential aspect of the childrenís ability to thrive.

Using aromatherapeutic nurturing touch massage can be therapeutic to both the child and the parent. Using a light, conscientious rigid, you can massage your childís feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen, and even legs. The massage should always be done with loving intention, and the work is done in the direction that the blood flows-from ankles to leg, from wrist to shoulder, etc.

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