Four Essential Oils to Use for Kids

kids & crowsFrom the beginning of their lives, kids seem to have one minor issue or another that pops up. You know the ones, slight fever, extra fussiness, trouble sleeping, cuts and scrapes. All of these minor problems may not always warrant the need for a doctor, but wouldn’t it be great if there was something natural to help ease the problems? Essential oils are a natural way of treating issues from digestive problems to earaches. Kids can highly benefit from using essential oils too, especially when over the counter medication is not working.

  1. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a great and natural oil that is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. However, it can sting, so dilute it if using on bare skin. It can be used on cuts, scraps, and bug bites to help them heal faster. For babies, tea tree oil can help with diaper rashes and yeast infections. Start with a few drops per cup of water to make sure the oil does not sting or irritate the baby. Also, tea tree oil can help with dandruff and other scalp issues. Just put a few drops in your child’s shampoo.
  2. Lavender Oil: All parents can relate to having issues with their kids going to bed. It can be hard for kids to unwind after a long day. Lavender oil naturally calms down children and can help them fall asleep faster. It can also help with sunburns and can boost their immune systems. Try putting a few drops in their bath water.
  3. Chamomile Oil: When your baby or child is affected by teething, ear infections, or just sickness, they can be in a lot of pain and just plain miserable. This can translate into fussiness throughout the day and a hard time sleeping at night. Try rubbing chamomile oil on their wrists or the soles of their feet to help promote calmness.
  4. Peppermint Oil: Peppermint is great for digestion. It can help with stomach aches and colic. Remember to use a high quality grade of peppermint oil that is safe for consumption. Add a few drops into warm water for a relaxing tea. The oil can also be rubbed on the stomach for relief.

Essential oils are a great idea for treating children naturally of every day ailments. Always consult your primary physician before taking any medical or diet advice. Also, it is best to use high quality essential oils and to get recommended dosage and usage from a certified naturopath.

 

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