Aromatherapy can be a great addition to your holistic healing routine for babies. Make sure to check out our baby reflexology socks for additional newborn care.
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The aromatherapy industry has really stepped into the limelight in the last decade. Aromatherapy started as an introduction of the therapeutic usage of essential oils, but has since evolved into the synthetic world of misinformation and adulteration of oils. Basically, essential oils have become the next form of Big Business. They are marketed and sold almost everywhere now from natural health stores to your local drug and home goods store. People are speaking of the wonders of essentials oils left and right and talking about their miracle results, while others are waving red flags attesting to their nightmare reactions to oils on their skin, or emergency room visits.
How do you cut through all that misinformation and make the best decision on using oils for yourself, let alone your precious and fragile baby?
When it comes down to using essential oils on your newborn, the first question to ask is not what oils you should use, where you should apply them and how much you should use, but rather, WHERE do I get my essential oils and where are they sourced from?
The Relievery can guarantee purity at its finest in all of it’s blends, by using an oil producer that knows it’s farmers and where those oils were sourced.
But backing up, let’s become educated on how to actually choose an essential oil that is pure and truly therapeutic grade. That is how you can guarantee the very high unlikelihood of any negative reaction to your precious bundle. Most likely, that pure oil will not come from the store.
GRADES OF ESSENTIAL OILS ON THE MARKET
There are four grades of essential oils sold on the market these days. It is currently estimated that up to 98% of oils on the market right now are adulterated, engineered, or extended with the use of synthetic chemicals.
Therapeutic: Let’s imagine a pyramid. At the very tip of the pyramid, (a very small percentage of the market) are truly therapeutic grade oils. These are the ones that are medicinal, and contain all desired therapeutic compounds that will do what you want them to do!
Natural/Organic: Below that is what might be labeled “natural” or “organic.” These oils might pass oil-standard tests and contain only a few therapeutic compounds, if any. Meaning, they’re not gonna do much more except smell nice. Here’s an eye opening fact: the FDA only requires 5% of an oil bottle to be 100% pure; but can still label it 100% pure.
Altered: Next up, we've got Extended or “Altered” oils. This is the type that starts to cause problems. Making oils this way is the least expensive way to yield the highest quantity of oils, and that’s through the use of solvents. Yep, that’s right. Think paint thinner; it’s in an alcohol base!. The result is an essential oil that may smell that same, but boy can that cause rashes, burns, and skin irritations. Ouch!
Synthetic: Lastly, the majority of oils on the market, at the bottom of the pyramid, are Synthetic oils. These aren’t nature’s pure healing gift whatsoever, because, well, they were created in a laboratory!
So when contacting an essential oil company, these are some questions to ask to figure whether or not they’re truly pure and therefore safe to use on your baby. 1. What grade are they and what studies/certifications do they have to back that up? 2. Do they vary from batch to batch? They should if they’re natural! 3. Does the supplier send out oils for chemical analysis? 4. Do they grow their own organics herbs from which oils are distilled? 5. Do they have their own representatives that travel the globe to personally inspect the field and distilleries where herbs are grown
So proceed with caution when searching out where you source your essential oils from! Once you find a winner, now let’s figure in more safety measures for the newborn population.
Essential oils are fat soluble substances. Thus carrier oils such as sweet almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, or any other organic plant-based fatty oil should always be used when apply essential oils to a baby’s skin. This is not only for dilution purposes, but also so that the valuable therapeutic constituents in the oil don't evaporate into the air before making it onto the skin to be absorbed, and it will reduce possible oversensitivity; especially in newborns.
Always dilute essential oils for babies. When in doubt make a 1:30 blend. This is one part or drop of the essential oil and 30 parts or drops of carrier oil. Avoid using skin care products such as shampoos and lotions which contain petro-chemicals that are counteractive to pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, as pure oils can be a chelator, and can pull the toxins out of those products and amplify their absorption into the bloodstream. Don't want that!
TIPS FOR USAGE
We all know that a treadmill will not help someone lose weight if it is not used daily. The same concept goes for essential oils. You need to use them frequently to help experience the full benefit of their healing powers. Remember, more is not always better with essential oils; they are very powerful by the drop; especially with babies!
When diffusing, make sure to use a cold air diffuser, as cold air does not harm the molecules. Heat changes the chemical structure of the molecules, rendering of additionals and healing properties ineffective. Diffusing in your home can actually prevent illness! Molecules from inhaling essential oils reach the brain within 22 seconds! They completely bypass the cerebral cortex (the thinking part of your brain) and stimulate the emotional powerhouse of your mind, the amygdala, which is why diffusing oils to calm a baby down is so effective!
Sometimes during flu season we grab for those humidifiers. But, as mentioned above with lotions, since essential oils can dissolve petrochemicals like plastics, placing the drops of oil directly into the humidifier may cause it to degrade overtime. Not to mention will Leach the chemicals into the water that are disbursed into the air.
Instead you should fill the humidifier with water and then place a tissue or cloth with a few drops of an oil in front of the vapor.
Stimulating reflexology, or pressure, points on the bottoms of their feet is highly effective. These spots are associated with organ systems and energy meridians in the body. For example rubbing digestive support oils on the stomach pressure point can help an upset tummy. Dilution on children is generally not necessary on the feet, but trust your gut when it comes to your baby!
Think about doing an Infant massage! One of the many benefits to infant massage includes promoting bonding. It’s beneficial in assisting overall growth and development, sound sleep, relaxation and reduced fussiness. It’s such a therapeutic experience for both parent and baby! Think of the baby massage as a gentle stroking of the body. Choose an oil you and baby really like and enjoy the bonding! It is best to wait at least one hour after the babies feeding.
For more information, or to work with Cassandra one on one for in-depth personalized coaching on how to use essential oils to transform your body, environment, and mind, as well as attend her Aroma Yoga classes, visit her website and feel free to send her an email!