essential oils for children

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Whether you are preparing for the new school year, or planning ahead for winter, this is a great time of year to get started with essential oils. Mothers want only the best for their babies, always. So helping them live healthier, and limiting their exposure to harmful chemicals is a key part of that.  Here are some great ways of doing that!

Children’s body wash is super simple to make. Here’s a recipe that we use.

2 tablespoons castile soap

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon glycerin

4-6 drops of your favorite essential oil

water

a bottle or jar to store body wash

Combine all the ingredients, gently shake and its ready to use.

Children’s moisturizer can easily be made by just mixing a few drops of lavender oil into a cup of coconut oil. Coconut oil is so good for their skin, for many reasons, but that’s for another post 🙂

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General health can be maintained with citrus oil. Have your child drink a glass of water each morning with a drop of lemon oil, or drop it right onto their tongue. Mix it up and try some other citrus oils in the same way.

Cuts, scrapes and burns can be treated simply with lavender oil. Directly apply a drop to the effected area a couple of times a day.

Pain such as headaches, bumps and bruises can be soothed with peppermint, copaiba or panaway. Apply directly or with a carrier to painful area and watch the pain fade away.

Help your child get a better nights sleep, with lavender, peace and calming and cedarwood. Apply directly or diffuse next to their bed for a fantastic nights sleep.

Tantrums can be calmed with some peace and calming, rub a drop or too on the back of their neck and watch them return to their happy selves. Magical if you have a toddler. Valor is another oil you can try.

Fevers can be reduced with the aide of peppermint, apply to back of child’s neck, feet and down their spine. You may want to mix it with a carrier oil.

Teething, and gum pain due to things like canker sores can be numbed with thieves, apply directly to the area for hours of relief.

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Eczema can be soothed with coconut oil and a few drops of lavender and melrose. If you think the Eczema is allergy related, try olive oil mixed with a couple of drops each lavender, lemon and peppermint. It works like a charm!

Allergies in general can be treated with lavender, lemon and peppermint. Your child can take 4 drops of each in a capsule once a day. If you prefer or your child’s too young to swallow a capsule, you can diffuse the oils and apply them topically.

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You child’s general illnesses can be reduced in length by applying thieves oil to the bottom of their feet a few times a day.

Respiratory viruses and asthma symptoms can be treated with the rotation of raven and RC. Rub a drop or two on your child’s back and chest, once an hour or until symptoms are reduced.

Stomach upset can be relieved by rubbing peppermint or di gize on to your child’s abdomen. You can also have them ingest a drop or two. Constipation can also be eased by using the same method, but its also recommended that your child use a citrus oil daily in a glass of water.

Ear infections can be treated with lavender and melrose, 2 drops each on a cotton ball placed over your child’s ear and held in place with a band-aid. Leave it there for at least 30 mins and have your child lie on that ear if you can. Also rub copiaba and lemon around the ear for pain relief and thieves under their feet.

Sun screen can be replaced by using carrot seed oil mixed in a little coconut oil. The spf will be around 35.

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ADHD symptoms can be reduced multiple ways, by either diffusing or topically applying valor, grounding, peace and calming, stress away, vetiver or clarity. Pick one to start with and then add in others or switch as necessary. Stress away and valor have really helped my sons concentration during school.

Sore throats can be soothed by having your child gargle thieves and lemon (it is safe to swallow), or by eating a spoon of honey with a drop each.

Toothpaste is known to have fluoride and a number of chemicals that aren’t necessarily safe for adults, that alone children. Young Living has a great, tasty alternative that my children love, its part of their kids scents line and called Silque toothpaste.

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Hand sanitizer is another must have with children around. Young Living has a carcinogen free version, called thieves waterless hand purifier that leaves your children’s hands soft and germ free.

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As for general cleaning of toys and household, a 50/50 mix of white vinegar and water with a couple of drops of thieves in a spray bottle works wonders. No need to rinse, the vinegar smell will fade as the item or area dries.

Hopefully these ideas will help make your family’s home a healthier place.

~Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

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