Try these Ten Essential Oil Remedies at Home for Your Children
Essential oils when used in the purest form can work wonders. I was introduced to the world of essential oils more than a decade ago, and ever since there has been no looking back. Essential oils can be used by and for adults as well as children. When my motherhood instincts became stronger, I started looking for natural ways for my twin boys to avoid any exposure to chemical-laden products.
I started using essential oils for my boys when they were over 4 years old, before that it was limited only to diffusers.
So let me share with you some of my tried and tested DIY recipes and solutions with essential oils that are safe to use for kids.
Essential oils when used the right way and in the right proportions can work in many ways. From inducing a sense of calm, to disinfecting hands and feet, to easing a congestion.
Here are 10 essential oil remedies for kids that you should try. It is safe use essential oils for children above 5 years, if you want to use it topically.
1. Calming Sleep Diffusion
If you do not want to use a bend, use therapeutic grade lavender essential oils to relax and soothe the child.
2. Relaxing Bubbles
Love blowing bubbles? I used to love them when I was a kid. We would compete on who would blow the biggest bubble. Ditch the store ones and make your own bubble mix.
3. Scented Play Dough
Play dough is a craze with children. It can keep them occupied for hours together!
4. Bug Spray
Spray in the room and close the door for at least 30 minutes to ward the bugs away.
5. Foot Massage Oil
My boys still love a relaxing foot massage before they sleep. On the weekend, they'll hand me the oil and ask for a massage. A foot massage should be given at least 30 minutes after a meal. A foot massage helps to relax their feet and promotes better sleep.
6. Homemade Vapor Rub
I have stopped using the store bought vapour-rub because my boys have sensitive skin. I looked up recipes, made a few improvisations to suit their needs and started making this vapour-rub.
7. Bug Bite Balm
Got a bug bite, use this simple DIY balm to sooth all insect and bug bites.
Pour into tubs or tubes and allow to set. Apply on the affected area to soothe the irritation.
8. Bedtime Body Wash
Does your child love to take a warm shower just before they sleep? A lot of children I know, love doing that. Make a calming bedtime body wash for them.
9. Foaming Handwash
What I really love about making my own hand-wash is that I can have a different fragrance every time.
10. Refreshing Body Spray
Children love fragrances, don't they? Let them have their own refreshing body spray/body mist.
Please remember that while essential oils have health benefits, they are in no way a substitute for medical advice. If your child has a pre-existing medical condition, please check with your paediatrician before introducing essential oils.
(Pratibha Pal spent her childhood in idyllic places only fauji kids would have heard of. She grew up reading a variety of books that let her imagination wander and still hopes to come across the Magic Faraway Tree. When she's not rooting for eco-living or whipping up some DIY recipes to share with her readers, Pratibha is creating magic with social media. You can view her blog at www.pratsmusings.com or reach to her on Twitter at @myepica.)
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