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ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN

LOTS OF QUESTIONS, LOTS OF ANSWERS

Questions about which essential oils are suitable for babies and children are oh so common. The answers are not always simple, nor is there a universal one – some oils are not suitable for inhalation, but they are more than welcome after a certain age. Some oils will be quite safe for baby skincare – in diluted form, of course – while some are best to avoid in the first year or two after birth. Although there is no miraculous all-purpose essential oil, we’ll stick to those that will positively affect the health of babies and children, but also the whole family.

FOR STARTERS – A BIT OF A PAUSE

The younger the child, the more careful should the use of essential oils be. It’s unnecessary to expose babies to essential oils right after they are born – give them a break for two to three months. They are sensitive and delicate beings, exposed to many novelties and external influences, and their immune system is just beginning to develop. Encounters with essential oils immediately after birth can overwhelm and irritate them, even do more harm than good. Although they are natural, essential oils are highly concentrated and potent liquids.

CLEAR AND DISINFECT YOUR LIVING SPACE

Direct inhaling of essential oils using diffusers is not recommended during the first year of your infant’s life. Instead, take advantage of the antimicrobial properties of oils such as tea tree, lemon, or rosemary and create a safe space for the whole family. Add true lavender to the blend for a calming effect, especially before bedtime.

Add 2 drops of these oils to your diffuser and leave it on for 30 minutes. While the diffuser and essential oils do their job – disinfect your space and neutralize unwanted microorganisms in the air – spend some time with your baby in another room. Once you’ve turned off the diffuser, briefly air out the space to make sure the concentration of oil compounds in the air is not too much for your child and doesn’t have an irritating effect. After that, return to your new space – disinfected, clean, and safe.

MAKE YOUR OWN BABY SKINCARE OIL BLEND

Less is more when it comes to essential oils, especially if babies and children are in question. To begin with, it’s best to start with a very small concentration of essential oils in a carrier oil. 3 to 4 drops of essential oil in 30 milliliters of carrier oil will be quite enough. We’re sharing with you a very simple recipe for a skincare oil blend suitable for babies and children. You can use it to calm down diaper rash, seborrheic dermatitis on your baby’s scalp, or for nurturing dry skin.

You’ll need the following:

Add the essential oils to your carrier oil of choice, seal tightly and give it a good shake. You can store this in the refrigerator for up to half a year.

In case of diaper rash, seborrheic dermatitis on your baby’s scalp, or dry and scaly skin, apply this blend and offer relief. Firstly, cold-pressed almond or jojoba oil will nourish the skin. True lavender essential oil will soothe irritated skin, but also treat your baby with an overall calming and relaxing effect. and relaxation. Tea tree essential oil will jump in with its antimicrobial properties – drive away unwanted bacteria or fungi.

Words of advice

Before committing to this mixture, do a simple test to make sure no side effects occur. Apply a small amount of the blend on your child’s hand or foot – on an area no larger than a coin. Wait for 24 hours and then check for a potential reaction. If all is well, feel free to use this bend. However, if you notice unusual changes that you don’t normally see, seek out professional help before using the mixture.

DO AS NATURE DOES – GRADUALLY, PATIENTLY, WITHOUT HASTE

KAIAA doesn’t like to act recklessly and rashly. We’re also not a fan of exaggerations. Safety is always our number one priority – we advocate that which is not harmful and is most beneficial. That being said, our caution doesn’t mean that we don’t recognize the health benefits essential oils can have on the health of babies and children. Create a safe space for the whole family with the help of essential oils. Cultivate a healthy environment for your child in a natural way, alleviate the difficulties it’s going through. Gradually, patiently and without haste.

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