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Seedlings by Young Living
We know that parents make hundreds of decisions everyday about the health and happiness of their loved ones. Seedlings was created to make it as easy as possible for parents to choose the right products for the littlest, most vulnerable members of their family.
Test for Sensitivity
Massage 2-4 drops of the diluted essential oil into the bottom of the feet. Watch for irritation and redness. If irritation should occur, wipe off with a carrier oil. Do not use water! Water and oil don’t mix, it just spreads the oils. Most children respond extremely well to oils without any problems. If your child has sensitive skin or is prone to respiratory sensitivity, the feet
are the safest place to use oils. In fact, due to their large pores, the feet are an effective place to use oils on any family member. If you have
safely tested an oil on your child’s feet, you can test it next on the inside their arm, just above the
elbow. Once you have tested an oil on your child, without any reaction, you can apply it to other areas of the body, such as the back, behind the ears, neck, etc.
Basically, Essential Oils for Children can be applied to most areas of the body, as long as they are diluted. The exceptions are the eyes, nose, and inside the ear canal.
Essential Oils for premature Babies
Avoid using oils directly on premature babies as their skin is extremely sensitive. You can, however, use the indirect method which does work well…
1. Place 1-2 drops of oil into your hands
2. Rub them together until almost dry
3. Hold your hands a few inches over the area on the baby’s body you want to address
4. Do not get the oils close to the infant’s eyes, nose or mouth.
General consensus on essential oils that are safe to use on infants and children include but are not limited to, bergamont, cedarwood, chamolile roman, cypress, frankinscence, geranium, orange, ginger, lavender, lemon, marjoram, melaleuca tee tree, orange, rose, sandalwood, thyme, & ylang ylang.
Some Suggestions for Infants
Calming: Dilute Lavender, gentle babies, or roman chamomile and apply the the feet and on your chest if you
are holding them to promote relaxation. You can wipe extra on their blanket/clothes.
Fussy Tummy: Bergamot, ginger, orange, marjoram, Roman chamomile, or ylang ylang. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. Almond oil with 1 drop Roman chamomile, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop geranium. Mix and apply to stomach and back.Note: Burping the baby, and keeping the abdomen warm with a warm (not hot) water bottle will often bring relief.
Respiratory Support: Cedarwood, lemon, Melaleuca ericifolia, rose, sandalwood, or thyme. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil with 2 drops melaleuca (Tea Tree), 1 drop lemon, and 1 lavender. Massage a little of the blend on chest and feet.
Cradle Cap: Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. almond oil with 1drop lemon and 1 drop geranium or with 1 drop cedarwood and 1 sandalwood. Mix and apply a small amount on head.
Crying: Cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, gentle baby, or ylang ylang. Dilute for massageor diffuse.
Diaper Area: Lavender (dilute and apply). Blend: Combine drop Roman chamomile and 1 drop lavender with vegetable oil and apply.
Digestive Support: Lemon or orange. Dilute and massage feet and stomach.
Increase of temperature: Lavender. Dilute in vegetable oil and massage baby or child (back of neck, feet, behind ear, etc.). Peppermint (diffuse only).
Skin: Lavender, Roman chamomile, rose, or sandalwood. Dilute and apply.
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