As a mom, you’re in charge of your children’s health. That means feeding them healthy foods, limiting their exposure to toxins, and yes, taking care of them when they are sick. No matter how hard you work to keep your children healthy, they’re going to experience sickness from time to time. How you react and what you do during that time can make all the difference.
Essential Oils can be a great alternative if you’re like me, and you prefer a more natural solution than just running to the Doctor. (Disclaimer: Doctors definitely have their place. In the event of an emergency, be sure to take your child to the Emergency Room.)
Best Essential Oils for Children
In order to help all the concerned mothers out there, I have compiled a list of the most commonly used essential oils for children and the reasons for which they are used. Take a look at them to learn when and which one to use for your child (Make sure your child is older than 3 months as experts advice to avoid using any kind of essential oils on children below 3 months of age).
For Children above 3 Months
- Dill (Anthum Graveolens) – helps in improving digestion and functioning of the immune system.
- Lavender Oil (Lavandula Augustifolia) – useful for skin irritations caused by sunburn and bug bites and provides a soothing effect.
For Children above 6 Months
- Cedarwood Virginian (Juniperus Virginiana) – has a relaxing calming effect; make sure to dilute it properly before use.
- Fir Needle (Abies Sibirica) – useful for maintaining a healthy respiratory system.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – has antibacterial and antifungal properties and can be used to treat and heal cuts, burns, scrapes and bug bites and to repel bugs.
- Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum) – good for treating a sore throat.
It is really helpful to identify essential oils with their Latin names as every oil has many different varieties and subcategories.