Due to its low toxicity level, lavender is especially suited to the treatment of childhood complaints such as colic, tummy ache, cuts, stings and sores. Lavender is also one of the few essential oils which can be used safely for young children and for a variety of common complaints. Since most children like the smell of lavender, it is also a good choice for bathtime, in a massage oil or as a vaporizer in a child’s room
Babies and infants respond especially well to natural healing methods, but their extra sensitivity must be taken into account. Do not attempt to substitute a home remedy for professional treatment if it is needed. Amounts used should accord with the age of the child.
1 drop of lavender diluted in 1 tsp carrier oil for massage or bathing
2-3 drops of lavender diluted in 1 tsp carrier oil for massage or bathing
5-6 drops for bathing, or diluted in 1 tbs carrier oil for massage use as for adults
Nappy (diaper) rash in babies and infants can be prevented by regular bathing using 1 drop of lavender diluted in 1 tsp carrier oil. If nappy rash does occur, add 1 drop each of lavender and tea tree to a non-greasy baby cream.
Restlessness, hyperactivity and insomnia in babies, infants and older children can be alleviated by the use of lavender in the bath or for massage as directed above. Alternatively use a vaporizer in the bedroom (ensure it is out of reach), or put a drop or two of oil on the pillow or on the child’s pyjamas or nightie.
Tummy ache or colic in babies, infants and older children can be eased by mixing 1-3 drops of lavender in 1 tsp carrier oil and gently massaging the lower back or stomach in a clockwise direction.
Teething pain in babies and infants can be relieved by mixing 1 drop of lavender in 1 tsp of carrier oil and massaging onto the outer cheek.
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Cradle cap is an unsightly scalp condition which affects very young babies, especially the newborn. A thick, yellowish crust develops on the scalp and there is often scaling behind the ears. Mix fresh for each treatment 5 drops of lavender oil with 1 dessertspoon of slightly warmed olive oil and rub this gently into the scalp. Leave for 510 minutes then wash out using lavender shampoo (the scalp may remain slightly oily after treatment). Take care to avoid the eyes while rinsing. Repeat daily initially, then continue using lavender shampoo as part of the baby’s normal routine to prevent a recurrence. (Tea tree oil is also effective for cradle cap when used in the same fashion).
For cuts, spots, insect bites and other skin blemishes for infants over 1 year old, apply 1 drop of neat lavender.
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Chamomile is also a very useful children’s remedy which can be used in the same way as lavender, or in combination with it.
Note: ALL ESSENTIAL OILS, INCLUDING LAVENDER, SHOULD BE KEPT WELL OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.