There is some debate as to whether Essential oils should be used on children or not. Some say it’s perfectly safe, others say it should never be done. Both of these points of view should be considered when it comes to the safety and well-being of our children.
The fact is, Essential oils are powerful and have potential to cause skin irritation and other problems. Care and caution should be used when considering using oils on our children. Do some research to find out what oils are best to use and which methods are best suited for your family.
How to Determine If the Essential Oils You Are Using Safe?
Following are some of the major factors that play an important role in determining how safe any essential oils are for your child:
- Their Quality – Taking advantage of the increasing demand for essential oils, many companies have appeared in the market and are selling low-quality and impure essential oils. Since such oils are usually available at a comparatively lower price than the high quality ones, many people end up buying them to save money. However, they could be really dangerous for your children. Since children are highly sensitive, any harmful chemical or impurity can adversely affect them.
- Their Chemical Composition – Some essential oils are rich in phenols and aldehydes and they may cause irritation or reaction on your child’s skin. For safe usage of such oils, experts suggest diluting them.
- Their Method of Use – Essential oils can be used in variety of ways, and some can be harmful. For example, inhalation can be dangerous for children with respiratory diseases or topical application may lead to infections or irritation in children with any skin problems. If given internally without consulting a reliable expert, essential oils can be poisonous and deadly.
DIY Bug Bite Balm
While all moms try to protect their children from all kinds of insects, they do get those bug bites, no matter how protective you are. Rather than buying an over-the-counter bug bite balm that has unknown chemicals, make one at home and apply it safely the next time your little one gets a bug bite.
You Will Need
- 1 Teaspoon Lavender Oil
- 1 Teaspoon Tea Tree Oil
- 2 Teaspoons Cocoa Butter
- 1 Tablespoon + 1 Teaspoon Organic Beeswax
- Airtight glass container (Ready to use)
- Double boiler
Melt cocoa butter and beeswax in a double boiler. Once they get completely melted, add both essential oils and immediately transfer this mixture into the airtight glass container.