Essential oils are an effective natural remedy for more traditional, harsher remedies. Still, it's of the utmost importance that you learn how to safely use essential oils for infants with sleep problems. This article details several amazing essential oils for babies sleep problems, including: Comfrey for soothing sore throats, Neroli for balancing anxiety and tranquility, Lemon for rejuvenating irritated sinuses, and Lavender for healing cuts and bruises. In this article we'll also discuss the importance of using these oils in conjunction with breastfeeding, as they are a natural way to create a nurturing bond between mother (or dad!) and child.
Diffusers are essential oils used in conjunction with other aromatic solutions. A diffuser is designed to distribute the oil throughout the room while keeping the smoke or vapor from irritating your baby's respiratory system. The most common diffusers are either hand held or automobile versions that attach to the dashboard or tailgate of your car. Many babies are comfortable having their heads rubbed against a warm diffuser, so be sure to choose one that best suits your baby's room.
Diffusers come in many shapes and sizes, from small handheld units perfect for baby's room or crib, to large, wall mounted versions ideal for your baby's nursery. They are made of many different essential oils, such as jasmine, rose, lemon, ylang-ylang, Patchouli, sweet basil, peppermint, sandalwood, and sweet pea. There are even electric diffusers! Simply plug them in, turn them on, and spray a dime-sized amount of your baby's room essential oils into the tip of the diffuser, which will distribute the oil in the air. Be sure to check your baby's bedding to make sure there aren't any dangerous allergens in the fabric, as these essential oils can be absorbed into bedding if not diluted correctly.
A handheld diffuser typically has a cup to pour the oil into, with a range of different sprays to choose from to suit your baby's needs. Each has its own set of benefits and uses, so consider what you would like to use the oil for and purchase a diffuser with the features that best suit your needs. For example, a hand held diffuser with a cup allows you to quickly apply your essential oils without fear of spilling or leaving a mess. A larger, wall mounted diffuser, on the other hand, dispenses larger amounts of oil more consistently than the one-sized sprays found in most hand held models.
Using essential oils for babies can help them get a good night's sleep by relaxing their nerves and providing a warming sensation to their bodies. While it is true that babies have sensitive skin and can sometimes become agitated by strong scents, using pure essential oils on a baby is not harmful and is perfectly safe. One way to help calm a fussy baby is to dilute the oil you are applying to him or her into a warm bath water, which can then be bathed in or given to them as a bottle of warm water and a toy. If you do not wish to bathe the child in water, try giving them a small amount of oil, covered in a damp cloth, which they can inhale directly or put on their skin.
The next time you are looking for something to freshen up your baby, consider giving them a few drops of carrier oils. These are usually very mild, so you can give your baby the gift of enjoyment without worry. A blend of two to three drops of essential oils is all that it takes to create a lovely smell that will relax you as well as your little one. You can make your own blend by combining one part essential oils to two parts carrier oils, or you can buy a specially packaged blend. Be careful to read the label carefully before buying a specific blend.
When choosing your baby's favorite essential oils, choose wisely. Some essential oils are more appropriate for newborns and infants, while others are safer for older children. It would be best to avoid giving a newborn any type of fragrance oil as they may not be prepared for the strong smells. Make sure to choose a scent that is best suited for your baby's age. A combination of different fragrances may be another way to get your baby used to a particular fragrance.
When using aromatherapy with your baby it is important to know how much essential oil to use. Giving your newborn too much of one particular blend or scent can be dangerous. It is best to limit your blends to no more than a quarter of a teaspoon per ounce of oil. Never give a mixture of different blends to babies or infants.