LV Magazine November 2020 - Denise Grant - Page 18

Baby oil blend may be used as a moisturizer OR massage oil. (note: the frequent washing of a baby's skin makes it difficult for them to retain vitamin C; applying a quality skin oil will help them keep adequate supplies of this vital nutrient).

Calming essential oils that may be used are Lavender drops, Mandarin, Roman Chamomile, Ho Wood, Tangerine, Petitgrain, Vanilla, and Neroli. Use these oils singly, create your blend, or use one of the body oil blends above without the carrier oil. A few drops per quart of water in a mister sprayed throughout a room, or added humidifier reservoir will do.

Essential oils can also be used in a candle lamp, or warmer ñ with the oil gently evaporated from the surface of a small bowl of water by the heat of a candle. An electric nebulizing diffuser is generally not recommended for use with children, as the concentration of oils in the air can be too high.

Last but not least, essential oils are excellent antiseptics.

Cuts and scrapes are simply a way of life for the little ones! A great blend for minor wounds is a 1:1 mix of Lavender and Tea Tree oil. The Lavender is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and has regenerative 'ketones,' while the tea tree is a potent antiseptic used for many generations by native Australians. Use this blend in the water used for cleaning wounds, and apply a few drops to the gauze of a bandage and do not apply directly to the skin as it will be unnecessarily irritating. On the application, however, it will be soothing and accelerate the healing process.

Aromatherapy can be an enjoyable and rewarding endeavor for both you and your child. Essential oils have benefited the lives of many the world over, and have a little bit of plant magic available to everyone.