AROMATHERAPY FOR BABY
Aromatherapy for baby is very essential as babies need touch in order to thrive.Pediatric research has shown that babies born prematurely make much quicker progress when given regular massage. Along with massage, there are other ways in which you can treat your baby to aromatherapy. Just be careful to keep the amount of aromatherapy oil very low, as this is enough for a baby or young child.
As a guide use:
Two drops of aromatherapy oil in 4-6 fl oz (100- 150 ml) of carrier oil, or two- four drops of aromatherapy oil in a baby bath.
The most suitable oils for your baby are the most gentle ones:
The best carrier oil for babies is sweet almond oil, as it has a softening, lubricating effect on the skin and is much kinder than the mineral oil that most commercial baby products are based on.
BABY BATH –
Most babies enjoy being immersed in water (after all, they spent nine months floating in amniotic fluid) and you can add soothing aromatherapy oils to their baths to create a lovely smell, and soothe their sensitive skins.
Chamomile rose or lavender oils are best for this and are much kinder than proprietary baby bubble baths. Aromatherapy for baby has successfully been used since centuries.
THE NURSERY –
Try using any of the following oils in a vaporizer in your baby’s room. They help to purify the air and keep germs at bay as well as being pleasant and soothing.
Aromatherapy for baby is very helpful, if your baby has been having disturbed sleep. Try popping a little ball of cotton wool, to which you have added a couple of drops of chamomile oil, far inside his pillowcase. He will breath in its soothing vapors as he sleeps.
When your baby is teething, chamomile oil helps to calm and soothe inflamed gum.
Dilute two drops in a little warm water and rub over the affected area three times a day.
CRADLE CAP –
This flaky, red, itchy condition often affects small babies. You can ease it with aromatherapy.
Mix up a blend of one drop of chamomile oil and one drop of rose oil in 4 fl oz (100 ml) of sweet almond oil. Gently rub over the cradle cap three times a day.
You can add two drops of chamomile oil to your baby’s shampoo, but be careful to rinse his hair thoroughly after shampooing. All shampoos can irritate a sensitive skin.
COLD and BLOCKED NOSE –
When your baby has a stuffy nose or a cold, use any of the following oils in a vaporizer. They eliminate germs and help to ease breathing.
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