Lavender essential oil has many uses and is safe for babies. You can use lavender on baby bedding to help baby fall asleep, for instance. It also has antimicrobial properties. Here is a wonderful article detailing more uses for lavender oil for babies.
Lavender: A Mom’s Best Friend
Straight from the Earth, grows lavender. A fragrant evergreen shrub, which holds healing properties, calming effects, and is edible, all in one ancient plant.
Derived from the Latin word ‘lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’, is traditionally what common lavender, or lavandula angustifolia was used for. It can be infused in oil or water to make a fragrant and healing tonic for the skin. As a healing agent, Lavender, in it’s essential oil form, helps to reduce scarring and heal burns.
With so many practical uses, lavender has a place in every prepared mother’s bag of tricks. From calming an upset baby with lavender room spray to dabbing lavender onto a child’s wounds, here are some essential tips to making this herb every mom’s best friend.
· Fill a silk square pocket with dried lavender flowers for a perfect little children’s pillow, or insert under baby’s mattress, for a child who has trouble getting to sleep.
· Lavender oil, extracted from the fresh flowers of the plant, has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Combine 2 drops of lavender essential oil with mild carrier oil, and dab onto minor cuts and scrapes.
· Add up to 2 drops lavender essential oil to your child’s bath to help calm their mood just before bed.
· Combine 3 drops lavender essential oil with distilled water in a clean spray bottle. Spritz your child’s room before bedtime, or even the car, when stuck with a screaming traveler.
· Add a drop or two of lavender essential oil to the humidifier’s water for a room full of soothing and refreshing air.
· Dry a handful of fresh lavender, tie into a bunch, and rest in the bottom of your child’s chest of drawers or in with baby’s bed linens for naturally fragrant clothing. Using lavender this way also deters moths!
· Carry a bottle of organic lavender essential oil in your diaper bag or purse to use in case of emergency. Have some on hand to dab on boo-boo’s and bruises, and to dab on your own temples for those sudden ‘mommy headaches’.
Tip: choose organic lavender plants and organic lavender essential oil, which are free from pesticides. You can easily grow lavender in pots or in your home and garden for a never-ending supply of this useful plant.
Although natural, lavender may still cause a reaction is some with sensitivities or allergies. Essential oils and herbs should be used with caution, particularly where children are concerned. Do a patch test on your child’s skin to eliminate the possibility of an allergy to lavender, prior to preparing the ideas above. Consult a health care provider if you are taking certain medications or suffer from a disease, prior to using Lavender essential oil.
Incorporating lavender into your daily regime will not only help you conquer life’s bumps and bruises naturally, but will offer a tried and true ancient remedy to heal the body and mind. Lavender, a friend for life!
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