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How to know which essential oil are safe for babies

by on Jun.28, 2010, under Essential Oil

Essential oils must be treated with care at all times and many of them carry contra-indications as to their use, such as not using them during pregnancy or on babies. However, there are some essential oils that are not only safe for baby but are also good for baby.

Essential oils for babies have such uses as helping to alleviate diaper rash and dried skin, such as cradle cap.

Select the safe oils for babies according to the baby’s age.

  • From birth to 2 months: Chamomile (both German and Roman), Lavender, Yarrow and Dill are safe essential oils.
  • From 2 months to 6 months old: Adding to those already listed, you can also include Coriander, Neroli and Mandarin essential oils.
  • From 6 – 12 months old: Gradually add Grapefruit, Aniseed, Tea Tree and Calendula essential oils.

Be aware of how to use the oils safely and in what quantities. Always follow reputable instructions and always have a trusted recipe at hand.

Decide how you wish to use essential oils with your baby. There are some suggestions offered under “Tips” for starters. It is a great idea to do some research during pregnancy for suitable remedies for baby ailments and soothing.

Do not ever use eucalyptus or wintergreen on any child under 2 years of age. They can be lethal.

Warnings

  • It is always prudent to ask your health professional for some advice before using on your baby or toddler.
  • Always read the labels. If in doubt, do not use. The place of purchase should be able to provide you with advice if you ask.
  • Do not ever use “essential oils” that say not to use internally or on the skin. This are not essential oils but petrochemically distilled fragrance oils.

*Articles refer to ” wikiHow”

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Safty Information of Essential Oil

by on Jun.28, 2010, under Essential Oil

Essential oils are highly concentrated liquids that can be harmful if not used carefully. Implementing aromatherapy into your lifestyle shouldn’t cause paranoia or undue worry. By treating essential oils as medicines and following the steps outlined below, you will be well on your way to safely enjoying the many benefits that aromatherapy can offer.

These safety guidelines are not a complete safety reference for the proper use of essential oils. When in doubt, consult your physician and/or a qualified and trained aromatherapy practitioner.

Essential oils should never be used undiluted on the skin. There are instances when experienced aromatherapy users and practitioners make exceptions to this precaution, but only once significant essential oil knowledge is gained should you ever attempt to apply an undiluted oil on the skin. Lavender and tea tree are listed by a large number of aromatherapy sources as being oils that can be used undiluted. Undiluted use of lavender and tea tree, however, should be avoided as severe sensitivity still could occur in some individuals. Again, the safest rule of thumb is to never use any essential oil undiluted.

Some oils can cause sensitization or allergic reactions in some individuals. When using a new oil for the first time, do a skin patch on a small area of skin. Place a small amount of the diluted essential oil (never use essential oils undiluted on the skin) on the inside of your elbow and apply a bandage. Wait 24 hours to see if there is any form of reaction. Even if a particular essential oil is not known to cause irritation, this step should not be ignored. Even if an oil does not irritate you, it still can irritate someone else. It is important that you always keep that in mind.

Some essential oils should be avoided during pregnancy or by those with asthma, epilepsy, or with other health conditions.

Less IS More. When using essential oils, use the smallest amount of essential oils that will get the job done. If one drop will get the job done, for example, don’t use two drops.

Not all essential oils are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Wormood, pennyroyal, onion, camphor, horseradish, wintergreen, rue, bitter almond and sassafras are some of the essential oils that should only be used by qualified aromatherapy practitioners, if ever at all.

Never let children use essential oils without the presence of an adult knowledgeable about their use. Most essential oils smell wonderful and many essential oils such as citrus oils can smell like they are safe to drink. Keep your essential oils away from children. Treat the oils like medicines that are poison in unknowing hands.

Essential oils should not be taken internally. Essential oils should only be taken internally after receiving a detailed consultation and prescription from a trained and qualified aromatherapy practitioner.

Essential oils are flammable. Keep them out of the way of fire hazards.

  • Always read label cautions and warnings.
  • Never ingest essential oils.
  • Do not use oils directly on the skin. (Dilute with vegetable oils).
  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Please keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
  • During pregnancy Please consult an experienced aromatherapist. Most advise using NO essential oils during the first trimester (3 months ).
  • Essential Oils should be stored away from harsh lighting or sun, in a cool dark area away from heat.
  • Do not leave uncapped, as they are highly volatile and evaporate easily.
  • May be refrigerated to extend shelf life.
  • Pregnancy: Take note of those oils that are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
  • Babies & Children: Use with care, in accordance with age Babies (0-12 months): Use 1 drop of lavender, rose, chamomile diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing
  • Infants: (1-5 years) Use 2-3 drops of safe essential oils (non-toxic and non-irritant to the skin, diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing.
  • Children: (6-12) Use as for adults, but in half the stated amounts.
  • Teenagers: Use as directed for adults.
  • *Articles refer to Aromaweb.


  • Always read label cautions and warnings.
  • Never ingest essential oils.
  • Do not use oils directly on the skin. (Dilute with vegetable oils).
  • Keep essential oils away from the eyes and mucous membranes.
  • Please keep all essential oils out of reach of children and pets.
  • During pregnancy Please consult an experienced aromatherapist. Most advise using NO essential oils during the first trimester (3 months ).
  • Essential Oils should be stored away from harsh lighting or sun, in a cool dark area away from heat.
  • Do not leave uncapped, as they are highly volatile and evaporate easily.
  • May be refrigerated to extend shelf life.
  • Disclaimer
  • Essential Oils are not intended for use in treatment for specific medical conditions. For treatment of health ailments, please seek diagnosis and recommendations from a licensed practitioner. Some Essential Oils are contraindicated during pregnancy. Please seek advice from your health care provider.
  • Safety Precautions:
  • Do not take essential oils internally. Avoid contact with eyes.
  • Safety Data: Always check with specific safety data before using a new oil, especially with regard to toxicity levels, phototoxicity, dermal irritation and sensitization.
  • Contra indications: Take note of any contra-indications when using oils.
  • Pregnancy: Take note of those oils that are contra-indicated in pregnancy.
  • Babies & Children: Use with care, in accordance with age Babies (0-12 months): Use 1 drop of lavender, rose, chamomile diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing
  • Infants: (1-5 years) Use 2-3 drops of safe essential oils (non-toxic and non-irritant to the skin, diluted in 10ml base oil for massage or bathing.
  • Children: (6-12) Use as for adults, but in half the stated amounts.
  • Teenagers: Use as directed for adults.

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    Tips for how to use the essential oils

    by on Jun.16, 2010, under Essential Oil

    Skin Care:

    To blend a nourishing face oil, combine 20 drops of your essential oil blend to 2 tablespoons of carrier blend it.

    After washing your face, leave the skin damp. Apply 2 to 3 drops to you fingers and rub them together.

    To apply the oil:

    For oily skin: Lightly tap on your face.

    For normal to dry skin: Use your fingers to spread the oil with upward strokes.

    For dry, chapped skin or after sports.: Follow with a light face cream

    For sunburn: Follow with alove vera gel.

    Massage and bath oil:

    There’s nothing like a warm bath to shift your moods and emotions. Including essential oils further enhances the bath’s power to ease the body and transform the spirit.

    For bath oil, put 1 to 2 tablespoons in a full bath. For massage oil, combine 30 drops of essential oils to 2 tablespoons carrier oil in a 1- ounce amber glass bottle.

    1. For pain, tension, circulation problems or water retention:

    Apply and gently massage the affected area. Do not press. To heighten the effect, use a hot compress. To make a compress, soak a washcloth in hot water, add a few drops of your essential oil blend, and place the washcloth on the affected area. To amplify the effect of the oils, relax and allow the heat to penetrate.

    2 For digestion issues, abdominal distress or menstrual cramps:

    Apply a few drops to your abdomen and massage gently in a clockwise, circular motion.

    Follow by placing a hot washcloth over the affected area. Let your body relax and your mind calm.

    3. For immune support:

    Gently apply massage oil to the soles of your feet. Use your fingertips to feel and apply pressure to areas that need attention.

    4. For respiratory issues or emotional distress:

    Apply your oil blend to the chest, then stand directly under the showerhead or rest with a hot compress on your chest.

    Inhalation blends

    The aromas of essential oils can be helpful to both clear and mind and ease breathing

    1. For sinus congestion, clouded thinking, or to shift your mood and find inspiration.

    Place a drop inside your nostrils or on the center of your chest. Inhale individual oils or a blend from the dropper bottle.

    2. To counter nausea or insomnia , to induce relaxation and deep breathing

    Place 2 to 3 drops on a tissue and inhale from the tissue with slow , deep breaths 10 to 15 times.

    3. For congestion, colds, flu, sore throats, or bronchitis

    Put 2 to 3 drops of essential oil blend in a bowl of steaming hot water. Close your eyes tightly, place a towel over your head and inhale the steam.

    Caution: If you have asthma, do not use this method.

    Diffusing Oil

    Diffusing oils feature 2 oils mixed to fill a room with healing aromas.

    1. For an air freshener, respiratory, immue support, or meditation blend

    Use an electric ceramic diffuser.

    2 For heavier, gummy oils from resins, woods, roots and smome flowers

    To avoid overheating, use a nebuizling diffuser.

    3. To shift your mood or emotions

    Create an air freshener, deodorant , cooling body spray, or light personal scent. Make a hydrosol in a 2 ounce spray bottle, which can be purchased at a pharmacy. Mix 10 drops of combined essential oils. Fill the spray bottle with filtered water. Shake well and spray around a room or around your neck, shoulders and chest.

    Anointing Oil

    Place a 100% essential oil blend in an amber glass dram bottle with an orifice reducer.

    1. For insect bites or blemishes

    Place a drop on your fingertip and apply to the affected area.

    2. To relieve indigestion

    Apply 2 to 3 drops directly on your abdomen.

    3. To shift a mood or emotion.

    Apply the oil on pulse points- the palm side of your wrists, the sides of the neck, the temples, and the crown of your head. OR Place a few drops on a tissue and breathe in deeply or inhale directly from the bottle to enhance the effect.

    4. For chakra balancing

    Place 2 to 3 drops on the area of each chakra:

    First- Soles of your feet

    Second– Below the navel

    Third- Just below the breastbone

    Fourth– center of your chest

    Fifth– Throat area

    Sixth– On your third eye ( center of you forehead)

    Seventh– top of you head.

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    The world of essential oils

    by on Jun.16, 2010, under Essential Oil


    It’s no surprise that the building blocks for our health and happiness exist in nature. From common aspirin to today’s most advanced medical breakthroughs, the natural world- the healing plants in particular- often provides the remedies our bodies need. Like us, plants have their own ways to find nourishment, fight disease, replicate, and heal. Essential oils are potent yet gentle concentrates distilled from the aromatic substances of nature’s most healing plants: what helps these plants flourish can help do the same for us.

    Essential oil particles are tiny and evaporate quickly. As we sense their complex aroma, we can absorb them through our skin or inhale them. They then interact with the brain and the rest of our physiology to heal us from within. We can sue them to help us sleep, relax our muscles, and steady us through hormonal shifts. These subtle essences offer an accessible way to fight illness, lift the spirit, calm the mind, and redirect our energies. With essential oils, we can bring timeless natural principles into accord with our need for health and our impulse toward growth.

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