Aromatherapy is often praised for its ability to create a sense of calm, but less is known about its powerful yet gentle capacity to heal. For babies suffering from minor complaints or disorders, aromatherapy can provide some efficient solutions that can be used time and time again.
However, it is important to take precautions with essential oils, as they tend to be potent in their concentrated form and babies are naturally sensitive to every kind of stimulus. By diluting the oils in a carrier oil, you can ensure the aromatherapy solutions you use will be suitable for the delicate skin and excitable senses of your child.
There are a range of essential oils that can be used to provide relief from common ailments in infants, but today I’m going to be talking about two of my favorites – Lavender and Roman Chamomile. These oils work wonders in treating an array of common ailments in infants but are partially good for promoting sleep.
I learned about the power of these two wonder oils in my aromatherapy training, but what made me fall in love with them was witnessing the profound benefits they had on my own children. Chamomile is naturally calming and is known for its soothing powers; making it an ideal oil to help settle little heads down to rest for the night. But, Chamomile is not only a natural relaxant; it also has the power to soothe away irritability in children, which in turn, aids in better bedtimes and sounder sleep.
Lavender, on the other hand, is an excellent tonic for the nerves, when the oil enters the child’s body (through the child’s skin) it relaxes the nervous system, calms the mind and eases anxiety. This isn’t just good for inducing sleep at the end of a busy day; it’s also perfect for children who suffer from separation anxiety. Lavender has a natural ability to help settle children and put an anxious mind at ease, making bedtimes that little bit more blissful.
Throughout the years of working with families, I have noticed that one question seemed to be on nearly every new mother’s lips and that was if I knew of a safe, gentle sleep remedy to help their child (and themselves) get more rest. Luckily I did and I’m about to share it with you…
Comfort, Settle and Sleep – Roller Blend Remedy.
Rollers to the rescue! I love using roller blends to administer aromatherapy to children; they are so easy to use and very effective. This rollerball remedy will give you the confidence you need to tackle bedtime battles with ease and help you create the peaceful bedtime us parents dream of.
10ml Roller Bottle (readily available on Amazon or eBay)
1 drop of Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Roman Chamomile Essential Oil.
10ml Grapeseed oil.
Place oils in the roller bottle and fill to the top with the carrier oil, before screwing on the top and giving it a good shake.
You can use the blend as part of your child’s night-time routine. All you need to do is roll the blend on your child’s feet or back of their neck (behind the ears) at bedtime to help promote calm sleep. This remedy is also great for taking out night terrors. Plus more, it can be used on stressed-out parents too. I often use this remedy after a busy day juggling work, kids, house, dog, etc. It’s perfect for calming the mind and soothing the soul.
Caution: Always patch test before using a product on your child. Also, beware of shop brought roller balls. A lot of these balls lack the right level of essential oil due to manufacturer costs and do not work effectively. When buying a product always look for the mark of trust. The product should be certified by the aromatherapy trade counsil or the soil association.
I love using holistic therapies on children; it has been my passion for many years. Why not have a look at my infant reflexology video below, perfect to use as part of a bedtime routine, it works especially well with my roller blend recipe!
Much Love and hopefully sleep