Our children deserve best, especially when it comes to their health. We can treat many common baby and toddler ailments in a safe and natural way with pure essential oils. Therapeutic healing powers of essential oils became known to most in the past few years, although they have been used for centuries.
Fiona O’Keeffe, an Acupuncturist and Essential Oils Educator will tell us more about the use of essential oils for the little ones.
Q: What are essential oils and how they work?
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. If you have ever enjoyed the gift of a rose, a walk by a field of lavender, or the smell of fresh cut mint, you have experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their distinctive smells, essential oils provide plants with protection against predators and disease.
Q: What are the benefits of using essential oils on children?
- Improve immunity and speed illness recovery
- Emotional Mood Management (relieve anxiety/calming) for all the family
- Deal with infections naturally
- Make homemade cleaning or nurturing baby products
- For diffusing and natural air cleansing
- Topically (when diluted)
Q: There is quite a lot of conflicting information on essential oil safety for infants and older children. How important is proper dilution?
Kids’ skin is different from adult skin; it’s thinner and generally more sensitive. It is not advised to use essential oils on babies less than 3 months of age because their skin is not mature yet and therefore more permeable and sensitive to essential oils. Even though most oils tend to be non-irritating on the skin (especially on the bottom of the feet, where the skin is thickest), it’s a great idea to dilute essential oil in a good carrier oil before applying to children. You’ll still get the same benefits of the essential oil – you’re just adding extra moisture and pampering delicate child skin. The dōTERRA Touch products are great for this, by the way.
Q: I found lavender (lavandula angustifolia) very calming when Lily couldn’t sleep and roman chamomile helped her through teething. I diffuse sweet orange when she starts to sneeze and it helps to clear her congestion. What top 3 oils would you recommend for babies?
Peppermint Oil is also a digestive aid and can be used with colic. It can help to cool fevers and act as a decongestant with colds (it’s important that you dilute this as its strong).
Lavender has anti- viral and anti-bacterial properties. Use it to soothe and calm as well as for first aid, sunburn, and to boost immunity.
Geranium can really help with skin rashes and eczema, it’s very soothing. It helps you relax and is supportive to healthy skin!
Q: Can you give us a ‘secret recipe’ to treat cradle cap?
Cradle Cap: Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. almond oil with 1 drop lemon and 1 drop geranium or with 1 drop cedarwood and 1 sandalwood. Mix and apply a small amount on head.
If you’d like to find out more about how essential oils can benefit you and your family join Fiona for the Essential Oils for Vibrant Family Health class in the Harvest Moon Holistic Centre in Dublin on the 26th May at 8pm. It’s €10 per attendee, all coming to the class will get a detailed manual/recipes on safe essential oil usage and a sample vial of Wild Orange Oil.
To secure your seat please email Fiona_okeeffe@hotmail.com or call (086) 3381431