Aroma Kit for Kids and Babies
The Aroma Kit mentioned here is not a "kit" in the popular sense of the word, meaning you will not find ALL of the following essential oils in one pre-set package (or not that I am aware of). An aroma kit is-- in this natural gran's opinion-- a list of wonderful pure, organic, therapeutic-grade essential oils that would benefit you to have on hand for the basic care and protection of your little ones.
Some of the oils will be very costly and you will go "Oh my, I don't think I can afford that!" I suggest that you might want to re-think that limitation. Instead of buying your grandchild an arm's length of pretty little t-shirts, why not invest in a good bottle of organic Lavender? A 15 ml bottle of Lavender contains 250+ magical drops of smiles after tears, of warmth after pain, of laughter after wailing cries. That's a lot of calm without storms.
The following oils are not in any particular order of importance. It will depend on what ailments the baby or child is particularly prone to as to which oil(s) you will consider starting out with. And don't settle for less than organic, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.
LAVENDER (Lavandula angustifolia) Next best thing to walking through a lavender field on a warm June afternoon is opening a bottle and taking a long sniff. It's a purple fragrance, I think. Use it neat for cuts, grazes, burns, wounds, psoriasis, eczema, sunburn, windburn, frostbite, insect bites, headache, migraine, difficulty settling into sleep, nervousness, anxiety, and sadness.
TEA TREE(Melaleuca alternifolia)I think tea tree oil might have been the first essential oil that I heard of referred to as that... and the mom I heard about it from was putting it in her sick child's ear. Now I know that actually putting essential oils in an ear is a BIG NO NO. Tea tree oil is great for fungus and yeast infections like nail fungus, ringworm, and thrush. Add a couple of drops to your grandbaby's shampoo to keep away lice. It works against scabies. Tea tree should be in the aroma kit to assist in healing cold sores, sore throats, boils, acne, bronchitis and puzzling rashes.
ROMAN CHAMOMILE (Anthemis nobilis)This vanilla-scented spicy essential oil comes from a little daisy-like flower that one summer took over my garden, so prolific it was. Put it in your aroma kit to relieve pains and bring down fevers. Chamomile Roman helps with a variety of skin problems such as eczema, and with rashes. It is helpful at teething time, for muscle spasms, calming a nervous child on a plane trip, for example, and for helping with both insomnia and constipation.
RAVENSARA (Ravensara aromatica)Isn't this a lovely romantic sounding oil? Well, it has a real down-to-earth-rolled-up -sleeves ability to handle colds, cold sores, flu, bronchial issues, diarrhea, sinusitis, the 'children's diseases' like measles and chicken pox (forget those vaccines!), and swollen lymph glands. If your grandchild is barking with bronchitis, put a bowl of warm water with 2-3 drops of ravensara in the room where she sleeps-- but not right near her nose, of course. A nebulizer or humidifier are both excellent means of getting the ravensara into her system.
EUCALYPTUS RADIATA (Eucalyptus radiata)Be sure that you get the "radiata" and not one of the other eucalyptus types. This is the one for children and youth! It works well to assist the body in fighting bronchial infections, heavy mucous build-up, coughs that come with colds, flu, fever, sinusitis, even asthma and acne!
PETTIGRAIN (Citrus aurantium)Pettigrain makes it into the aroma kit because of its delightful calming and anxiety-reducing effect. The name "pettigrain" derives from the original extraction of the oil from the green unripe cherry-sized bitter oranges. This natural gran loves to get a whiff of pettigrain when I am stuck in traffic. It's a nice scent for a child's hankie (are such things used any more?) if you plan to be stuck in an airport or mall at naptime, something I don't recommend.
GERANIUM (Pelagonium graveolens)
As I am fond of saying (this is my favorite essential oil), Geranium doesn't come from the common gawdy flower that we grow in our planters in Canada.
Geranium is one of those essential oils that lifts the spirits. I have found it to be a lovely "maternal" sort of oil, suggestive of nurturing. The women I work with at the maternity home really like Geranium and wear it on a terra cotta diffuser. It's safe for pregnant women, so you know that it is safe for your grandchildren.
Geranium is great for the skin. You can include it in a gentle 'scrub' for your pre-teens and adolescents. Just mix a 1/4 cup of sugar, a 1/4 cup of cooking oil or nut oil (I use hemp seed oil) or extra virgin coconut oil and a couple of drops of Geranium essential oil. This will be a great part of a skin care routine for your adolescent grandchild... it makes the skin feel fabulous and is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal. It helps to revitalize skin cells while sluffing off impurities.
It makes a nice cheery fragrance for the whole family if added to a diffuser or a bowl of warm water in the family living areas. See if you don't feel more upbeat and relaxed with this fragrance as a backdrop in your home or office.
FOR CALMING BEFORE BEDTIME
Add a couple of drops of Geranium with a couple of drops of Lavender essential oil to a 1/4 C. of Epsom salts and run the bath over it, swirling it around to disperse. This will help your grandchild (or you) to unwind before sleep.
ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis)
French hospitals, until quite recently, used Rosemary as a disinfectant-- how nice that must have smelled!
Hildegard of Bingen (1098 to 1179) the highly-esteemed Benedictine herbalist, listed Rosemary in her list of Medicines.
There is a legend that the grave robbers during the time of the Bubonic Plague did not come down with the illness that was decimating the masses BECAUSE they rubbed their bodies with a combination of ROSEMARY, cloves, cinnamon and lemon essential oils before descending into the tombs to rob their victims. Young Living's THIEVES blend is based on this wisdom.
Rosemary is very "hot" and I would use it in a much diluted (with carrier oil) form for small children. I know of no more effective a sinus clearer than a drop of rosemary essential oil in a bowl of steaming water with a towel over one's head.
I would hesitate to use Rosemary with infants under a year, and only very very dilute quantities with toddlers and young children. Application to the bottoms of the feet would work in these situations.
LEMON: (Citrus limon) has antiseptic-like properties and contains compounds that have been studied for their effects on immune function. It may serve as an insect repellent and may be beneficial for the skin. CAUTION: Citrus oils should NOT be applied to skin that will be
exposed to direct sunlight or ultraviolet light within 72 hours. The following pointers come from the "Essential 7" Kit's 101 Uses by Young Living Essential Oils.
Using 6 drops of Lemon oil and 6 drops of Purification oil in a squirt bottle mixed with distilled water may help in the bathroom as an air freshener.
Using 1-2 drops of Lemon oil may remove gum, oil, grease spots or crayon.
Using 1 drop of Lemon oil may help add flavor to baked goods or beverages.
For homemade lemonade, in a blender mix 2 drops of Lemon oil, 2 tablespoons of honey and two cups of pure water. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to suit your own taste.
Rubbing a drop of Lemon oil on the appearance of a corn, callous or bunion mornings and evenings may be soothing.
To clean and increase the shelf life of fresh fruit, fill a bowl with cool water and 2-3 drops of Lemon oil. Drop your cleaned fruit into the water and stir. Be sure all surfaces of the fruit contact the lemon water.
Adding 2-3 drops of Lemon oil to water and spraying counter tops may help sanitize them.
Soaking your dishcloth overnight in a bowl of water with a drop of Lemon oil may sanitize it.
Add a drop of Lemon oil to your dishwasher before the wash cycle may help in cleaning.
Rub a drop of Lemon oil on your hands after using a public bathroom may help to disinfect.
Use a paper towel soaked with several drops of Lemon oil may help sanitize bathroom fixtures.
Putting a drop of Lemon oil on sore gums may be soothing.
Putting a drop of Lemon oil on oily skin or skin blemishes may help balance (oil glands).
Rubbing several drops of Lemon oil on cellulite may improve circulation and help eliminate waste from the cells.
Rubbing two drops of Lemon oil topically may help to clear athlete's foot.
Rubbing several drops of Lemon oil on legs may improve circulation.
Rub a drop of Lemon oil to clean a butcher's block or other cutting surfaces.
Put 10-15 drops of Lemon oil in each gallon of carpet cleaning solution to help pull out stains and brighten the rug. This also leaves a fresh smell in the room.
I'm a big fan of the Citrus Oils. There are a couple of studies that are very impressive where children are concerned. One involved an elementary school teacher who wiped all the table/desk surfaces off with Lemon essential oil and found that she cut her absentee rate down from fairly high to zero within a year-- amazed all the other teachers in the school. I also hear that in England Lemon essential oil is used in many doctors' clinics and hospitals to disinfect. I personally cannot think of a more uplifting fragrance, can you?
BERGAMOT (Citrus bergamia)is another one of those 'uplifting' citrus-scented essential oils. My friend calls it "that tea scent" and indeed, its most common link is to Earl Grey tea.
I plan to grow bergamot in my garden again this year-- it's an absolute delight, tall and beautifully fragranced and a lovely purple.
Like with the other citrus oils, don't put it on to skin that will be exposed to sunlight when you go out-- it will cause some (temporary, I think) depigmentation.
Bergamot is calming, relieves anxiety, and lifts moods. It also was used for skin 'conditions' for years in Italy and the Middle East. My daughter-in-law uses an oil blend that contains bergamot for my granddaughters and they both have beautiful skin with a real brief spell with any kind of baby skin problems.
And, for grandmas, PURE Bergamot essential oil is an absolutely divine addition to a regular or green tea...just a drop though. It will pale all those other Earl Grey blends you've tried.
ROSE OTTO (Rosa Damascena)is the creme de la creme of all essential oils. This is the one oil that most of us "oily" types save up to purchase because it costs a lot... but we know, from all our reading and listening, that it is THE oil to have around if you are grieving, depressed, or giving birth.
The Rose Otto that I use comes from Bulgaria and Turkey. It is steam-distilled in a two-part process. This Rosa damascena has a different color, aroma and therapeutic action from the more common Morrocan Rosa centifolia, which is high in phenyl ethanol.
Rose has been used on the skin for thousands of years. Historically, rose oil was produced by enfleurage, a process of pressing the petals along with a vegetable oil to extract the essence.
Rose oil is very high in its electrical vibration and encourages an elevation of the immune system and the emotions. It takes over a ton of rose petals to produce a pound of quality rose essential oil (thus the high cost).
...everything you would expect from Shaklee for your precious baby's tender well-being!