THE MAGIC OF ESSENTIAL OILS

Aromatherapy and kids

Aromatherapy and kids

As I’m sitting down with stuffed nose and tears in my eyes of the cold I caught from my girls…. It came to me that there is something I need to share with you.

Let’s go back couple of years ago…

When my firstborn started daycare she was 1.5 years old. For 3 years we couldn’t keep 3 weeks in a row being healthy and well. That being worse I caught almost every bug she had… it was like hell…

The cough was the worst… she would cough for days, no one slept during the night, and she would even throw up from straining. Sometimes the dry part would last for 3 days of literally constant coughing. We tried all sorts of remedies…. But not much help really…

The inhalator did help. It’s a really useful stuff…. But you need to be constant and do it for at least 3 times a day for about 10 min… and you know how kids are. I was lucky if I got her to do it for 3-5min.

A dear friend of mine every once in a while mentioned i needed the oil diffuser, and kept going about essential oils and what good it does. Especially for those bugs.

I didn’t listen…

I thought…. Oh, just another advice that will do no good…

Then, a year and a half ago, when all of us girls had the flu that did pass, but I kept coughing for a month… It was horrible. She saw me one day and said: ˝You’re still coughing!!!?˝ Half an hour later she came to my door with a diffuser and some oils and said: ˝Please, try to use it! ˝ 2 DAYS LATER I WAS HEALTHY AS A HORSE!

I still cannot thank her enough for that enlightenment!

So, from that day diffuser is our best friend ever… we use it to scare off mosquitoes, to freshen up the flat, to calm an upset child… and most important to kill all the germs, bugs, and bacillus.

Mostly I use it in my diffuser, but when they are really sick, I put some almond oil on my hand and a drop or two of essential oils, and rub their chest, spine, and feet. YOU MUST NEVER USE IT LIKE THIS UNDILUTED! Almond oil is the best for kid’s skin…. And also great for our hands and cleavage area (my stretch marks got soooo less obvious since I’m using it).

We are now sick 5x less, and it lasts a lot shorter…. And I mean A LOT! Life is just so much better with those magical drops…. This sounds like some fancy slogan haha

A WORD ABOUT OIL DIFFUSERS:

Choose from these two sorts:

  1. NEBULIZING DIFFUSERS

– They use pressure to diffuse mist of oil. They don’t require water or heat

– Biggest benefit is that they disperse essential oils a lot faster than ultrasonic, and with higher concentration

– They cost more, because you have to put about 30 drops of oils for one session

– Aroma will be stronger then ultrasonic diffuser, but last shorter

– does not produce humidity since it does not contain water

  1. ULTRASONIC DIFFUSER – I use this one

– You fill it with water and essential oils as much as you want. Not needed more than 10-15 drops. Depends on your needs and how strong you want it to be.

– Its budget friendly… it needs less oils and session lasts much longer. Great for nights when kids have a cold

ESSENTIAL OILS:

REMEMBER, ALWAYS USE VERIFIED MANUFACTURERS OF ESSENTIAL OILS. AS IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY BREATHS IN, MAKE SURE TO BUY QUALITY!

There are so many oils you can use… but please. Do some research first on which ones to use based on your kid’s age. Here are some that are from a trustworthy site, but still, do some homework before you start.

i use Pranarom, I just have a lot of confidence in their products

These are the oils suitable for kids, and that I use as well:

ESSENTIAL OIL COMMON NAME

SPECIFIC VARIETY

REPUTED BENEFITS FOR CHILD

Grapefruit Pink Essential Oil (avoid topical application)

Citrus paradisi

Boosts circulation
Encourages a positive mood
Supports digestive function
This oil is photo-toxic; use only the distilled variety.

Lime Essential Oil (avoid topical application)

Citrus aurantifolia

Uplifts mood and energy
Refreshes
Strengthens and supports the nervous system
Promotes better focus
Strengthens sense of emotional security
Helps reduce congestion
This oil is photo-toxic; use only the distilled variety.

Lemon Essential Oil (avoid topical application)

Citrus limon

Uplifts mood and energy
Refreshes
Promotes better focus
Strengthens sense of emotional security
This oil is photo-toxic; use only the distilled variety.

Mandarin Essential Oil

Citrus reticulata

Calms the mind and body
Makes an ideal substitute for Lavender Oil
Uplifts the mood
Is not photo-toxic
Promotes restful sleep

Neroli Essential Oil

Citrus aurantium L.

Balances mood for emotional upliftment
Supports digestive function

Sweet Orange Essential Oil

Citrus sinensis

Has relaxing effect
Promotes restful sleep
Encourages positive mood

Tangerine Essential Oil

Citrus reticulata blanco var tangerine

Supports digestive function
Soothes reduces or prevents spasms
Helps to relax body and ease mind

Chamomile Essential Oil (German or Roman)

Matricaria chamomilla
Chamaemelum nobile

Soothing effect on mind and body
Promotes better sleep for sleepless babies
Eases discomfort of colic
Uplifts mood
Strengthens sense of emotional security

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Salvia sclarea

Soothes reduces or prevents spasms
Uplifts mood
Supports digestive function
Promotes easier breathing

Jasmine Absolute

Jasminum grandiflorum

Uplifts energy and mood
Strengthens sense of emotional security
Enhances alertness
Relaxes the body and calms the mind

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavandula angustifolia

Sedative property helps to relax the body and calm the mind
Encourages sleep
Soothes itchy skin
Eases discomfort of colic

Marjoram (Sweet)

Marjorana hortensis

Supports respiratory and digestive function
Promotes restful sleep
Strengthens immune function
Strengthens sense of emotional security

Rose Absolute/Rose Otto

Rosa damascena

Sedative quality helps to calm the mind and relax the body
Strengthens sense of emotional security and resilience
Uplifts the mood

Yarrow Essential Oil (Blue)

Achillea millefolium

Calms inflammation
Promotes mental clarity to reduce feelings of confusion
Reassuring scent strengthens the sense of emotional security

Basil, Sweet Essential Oil

Ocimum basilicum

Refreshing scent
Helps to eliminate or reduce airborne bacteria
Relaxes the body
Eases discomfort of cold and flu symptoms

Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssopus officinalis

Relaxes body
Soothes cough and other cold and flu symptoms
Promotes easier breathing
Supports digestive function

Marjoram (Sweet)

Marjorana hortensis L.

Supports digestive and respiratory function
Encourages restful sleep
Strengthens immunity

Patchouli Essential Oil

Pogostemon cablin

Uplifts mood
Supports immune function
Calms inflammation
Eases discomfort of dry, irritated skin

Petitgrain Essential Oil

Citrus aurantium L. var amara

Encourages sleep
Strengthens sense of emotional security
Calms inflammation and spasms
Relaxes the body

Tea Tree Lemon Essential Oil (avoid topical application)

Leptospermum petersonii

Helps to reduce or eliminate airborne bacteria
Promotes easier breathing by helping to clear or reduce mucus that causes congestion

Copaiba Basalm Essential Oil

Copaiba spp

Calms inflammation
Reduces the likelihood of developing infections
Strengthens respiratory function

Frankincense Essential Oil

Boswellia carterii

Uplifts mood and promotes positive sentiments
Strengthens immune function
Helps to clear or reduce congestion
Calms the mind and helps to relax the body

Myrrh Essential Oil/Resinoid

Commiphora myrrha

Strengthens sense of emotional security
Uplifts mood
Increases alertness
Eases digestive discomfort

Turmeric Essential Oil

Curcuma longa

Helps to relax the body
Encourages positive feelings and emotional balance
Calms inflammation
Helps to reduce or eliminate airborne bacteria
Clears or reduces congestion

Vetiver Essential Oil

Vetiveria zizanoides

Uplifts energy
Promotes a sense of tranquility
Helps to keep the body cool when experiencing high temperatures
Strengthens sense of emotional security

As I am no expert on essential oils, this chart was taken from another site…..They gave me the honor to share their knowledge. You can find useful information on their site: https://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com/blog/articles/safeforbaby-essential-oils-readytouse-products.html

All I wanted was to share my experience, and how much aromatherapy helped me and my family with kids flu, cough, and how we supported our immune system. I am stunned by the power of essential oils and all the benefits that it has brought to us.

As a mum, I want to help other mums….. Cause together….

WE ARE STRONGER THAN WE ALL THINK!

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: In order for me to support my blogging and social media activities, I may receive monetary compensation for links to products from this post. However, I only recommend products that I personally love and use myself.

 

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