Children are wonderfully entertaining. They amuse us with their innocence and wide-eyed wonder and have a marvelously fresh way of looking at the world. However, at times, they may become very hyper and agitated. This is true if children consume too much sugar, though some children are very hyper active purely by nature. Many of these children are diagnosed as have conditions such as “Attention Deficit Disorder”. However, many parents would like to try some natural remedies before choosing to place their children on prescription medications, but if you do decide that prescription medication is right for your child, there are still many natural alternative methods that you may use to help encourage a sense of calmness and serenity in your children.
Sometimes children may not have an exact “diagnosis” but are just easily excitable and may tend to be more fidgety, jumpy, or nervous. These children will often benefit from natural Aromatherapy methods of relaxation as well. Using Aromatherapy as a way to instill calmness in your child is a wonderful tool, but you still need to take precaution when using herbs with children. For instance, children are smaller than adults so if you are making massage oil, or making an herbal infusion, remember that the dilution of Essential Oil or Herbal to the base will be smaller than if you were making it for an adult. If you are making tea for children, be sure to use your Aromatherapists instructions for dosages if you are new to Aromatherapy. However, there are plenty of Aromatherapy products available for purchase that are safe for children, if you are nervous about making your own edible treatments.
Chamomile is one of the best herbs that promote relaxation and calmness in children. It has been used for thousands of years to help children fall asleep when they are having a troubled night. It may be used in tea form, massage oil, or even in a bath given before bedtime. Again, when using herbs with children, it is important to note if they have any skin sensitivities to the herb. Chamomile is one of the safest and gentlest herbs and has been used with infants as a natural remedy.
Lavender is also very beneficial in the use of promoting calmness in excitable or restless children. If you are going to add Lavender and Chamomile to carrier oil for massage oil, or if you want to add it to your child’s bath, it is recommended that you perform a sensitivity test on your child, at least 14 hours before using it. Simply use about ½ to 1 drop and place behind your child’s neck, at the hairline, and check for any skin reactions. If after fourteen hours your child is fine, it is safe to assume that your child doesn’t have any allergies to either Chamomile or Lavender and you may continue to use the oils as planned.
Remember to always read the labels on all essential oils that you purchase and heed their safety warnings. If you want to use an herb in edible form, it is safest to purchase the herb already packaged then using essential oils for edible purposes with children. When you are new to Aromatherapy, it is better to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to your precious little ones.