Essential oils are an important part of our daily family life and routine. These potent medicines, with their healing scents, truly play a big role in our health. I often reach for an oil or two every day to assist us with something! So, in this blog I want to share with you my top 5 essential oils to use on your kids for their well being.
My boys are now used to seeing little dark bottles, filled with an array of smelling oils, all around our home, car and in my bag. They no longer blink an eye when I whip out a bottle at the sound of a cough or sight of a cut.
For thousands of years, oils have been used as medicine and in my experience, assist healing and support natural family living. Their aromas can calm, soothe, ease anxiety and uplift. Children seem to be particularly responsive to them.
If you are interested in using natural home remedies with your family, read on to learn about how you can introduce essential oils safely and easily.
1. High Altitude Lavender
High altitude lavender oil has a more delicate and sweet aroma than typical lavender, but carries the same amazing healing properties. My children find it less pungent and enjoy the softer smell. They welcome a few drops of this on their pillow at night.
Lavender has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties, so it’s great for using as a first aid balm to sooth and calm as well as for first aid, sunburn, and to boost immunity.
2. Orange oil
Citrus oils are mood-enhancing and they smell wonderful! They are known to calm overstimulated children so they can be particularly helpful to use on your child after a busy activity, a stressful day at school, or during exam time. In our house I keep multiple bottles of orange as this is my boys’ favourite essential oil to use.
As well as orange, you can try other citrus oils such as lemon and lime for a mood-boosting lift during the day.
3. Eucalyptus oil
Eucalyptus oil is most well-known for it’s use as a decongestant for respiratory conditions. I always use this oil on my children when they get coughs and colds. It really eases their symptoms and lets them get a good night sleep. It also works to cool fevers and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. for a more softer version that is safe for child use, you can also try Myrtle oil.
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree is very well known for its powerful antiseptic properties and ability to treat wounds. There have been a vast number of medical studies showing the effectiveness of tea tree and it is used widely now in many pharmaceutical medicines. This essential oil can also be used to treat head lice and scalp irritations, sooth eczema and help with bad breath! So really a brilliant all rounder. The scent is really strong and not one my boys favour, but when it comes to cuts and grazes this is my go to oil.
5. Tuberose Oil
Tuberose is a wonderfully fragrant oil. It has a sweet, flowery smell. Use it to relieve stress and anxiety or when you need a quick uplift. I use this when I want my boys to feel relaxed, so usually it goes in an oil burner in the front room so that the smell fills the air. It’s also one I like to use for me, a few drops in my bath in the evening brings a sweetness to the end of my day.
WAYS TO USE
Essential oils are simple to apply, BUT they are highly concentrated and potent, and so should NEVER be used in undiluted form on your kids’ skin. Here are some home remedies for you to try.
1. In the bath
Add 5 drops of your chosen oil to your children’s bath. I use a blend of orange and high altitude lavender as a way to calm and sooth before bedtime.
2. As a massage oil
A lovely bedtime ritual to introduce is an essential oil massage. I add 3 drops to a carrier oil (usually sweet almond oil) and massage my boys’ back and legs before they get into bed. It only takes a few minutes, they really look forward to it and it’s a special way to nurture our bond.
To treat mild eczema, you can mix one teaspoon of coconut oil with 3 drops each of tea tree and lavender to make a gentle skin treatment to massage on your kids skin.
3. As a decongestant
Add 3-5 drops of eucalyptus oil to a warm bowl of water and have your child hold their head over the bowl for a few minutes. For safety, test that the steam is not too hot for your child and stay with them during the steam. You can place a towel over their head to keep the steam directed toward their nose.
4. To treat cuts and bruises
You can add 3-5 drops of tea tree to a bath to help keep any cuts and grazes clean and stop any infection. On fresh cuts, clean it with water first, then add 1 or 2 drops of tea tree mixed with a small amount of coconut oil to rub gently over the cut. Then cover the cut with a bandage if necessary.
5. To aid travel sickness.
My oldest boy gets travel sickness – having a bottle of high altitude lavender in the car works wonders. He just smells the open bottle (not touching any of the oil) and breathes slowly until the nausea subsides. It’s so effective!
Essential oils are medicine so treat them as such. Never use them on the skin undiluted. Do not ingest them. Do not leave bottles within reach of your children. Exercise caution – start with only 1 or 2 drops when you first introduce an oil to your child.
WHERE TO BUY
It’s so important to buy only pure essential oils from a reputable brand to ensure you are not buying products that have solvents, fillers or other toxins. Where possible, buy organic. My favourite brands are:
Denise Brown Essential Oils – I have been working with this woman for over 7 years and her oils are so pure and effective. https://www.denisebrown.co.uk/
Neal’s Yard Remedies – This is a brand that I trust for purity and safety. https://www.nealsyardremedies.com/
I hope you enjoyed learning about these special oils and are motivated to try them with your family. Let me know in the comments how you get on!