I started using essential oils when my Mr 2 was just a few months old. As a new anxious mama I was desperate for support for both myself and also for him. I craved something natural that wouldn’t play havoc with his health or development.
It’s often as you become a parent/carer that you start to question the products we plan to put on our babies little bodies and what makes up those products. We can be ignorant when it comes to us but for them it’s like boom a huge slap in the face. I’m talking body wash, shampoo, nappy creme, vaseline, chest rub, baby wipes, body creme, teething gel, wind relief .. the list goes on!
Now despite what you may read on Dr Google our babes don’t need heavy oils and they certainly don’t need much of them at all. All essential oils aren’t created equal and so some will be more harsh on the skin than others.
The general rule of thumb is 1 drop of essential oil in a 10ml rollerball and fill with your favourite carrier oil. Or 1 drop to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil. Only 1 drop you say? Yep that’s all you need!
As they get older and you get more experienced and confident you can start to use your intuition – but the beauty about oils is you want small amounts frequently as the body will process them quickly unlike pharmaceuticals that can last for enourmous amounts of time with huge doses in a single go.
Lavender can be used for anything from belly aches, pain, teething, skin irritations, sleeplessness, discomfort, fevers etc. It’s an all rounder that’s gentle, soothing and calming to the body. It can also be used as a bug repellant and also to soothe bites. Add into any diaper cremes or wipes for soothing antibacterial support.
Roman Chamomile can also be used to support the body through many things including ear aches, fevers, teething, to soothe colic and to help calm crying bubbas. 1 drop is all you need as this oil is very powerful and potent despite it being know as a soft, gentle and calming oil!! You def don’t want to overload the diffuser with 4 drops!!
Tea Tree (or Melaleuca) – from the mother land! I am sure we have all been made to dab tea tree near on a cut or graze. Owies! It’s a gentle oil to support robust immune systems. Perfect to help our bubbas with coughs/colds, ear aches or even those viral lurgies!
If you need help working out how best to start your family living low tox send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free 30 minute consultation. Alternately if you are ready to dive in jump over to my instructions on how to purchase your first oils.