FIRST YEARS OF LIFE
“Aromatherapy can sometimes be a way out of a difficult situation even when medicine must surrender. Its main goal is to restore the balance of body and spirit, as well as support and stimulate the body’s natural defenses”
I do not suggest that parents completely refuse the services of doctors and treat their children’s serious illnesses on their own. This chapter is especially for those mothers and fathers who, like me, believe that conducting multiple courses of treatment with antibiotics and other chemicals cannot be useful for their children and therefore prefer softer and more benign methods. I recognize that antibiotics have certain advantages. But, in my opinion, essential oils are great for dealing with the widest range of diseases, and often they alone are enough to defeat a particular disease.
However, you should have a rule – “never risk unnecessarily”, be sure to contact your doctor if any serious illness does not respond to your methods of treatment, and the child’s life is in danger. Be prudent. If you have panic, and you do not know what to do, it is best not to do anything and immediately seek advice from a doctor.
In India, it is customary to daily massage mother and newborn baby for forty days after birth. Then the child continues to massage every day until he is three years old. In India, you can often see mothers who are sitting on blankets spread out, sometimes right in the middle of the street or in the market, and massaging babies on their lap.
Dry skin in newborns.
Resort to the help of sweet almond oil. The skin of children is very delicate, and I do not recommend the use of essential oils, with the exception, perhaps, of the tiniest amount of lavender oil added to the almond. This cream can be very gently rubbed into those parts of the body that look dry.
Diaper rash in infants
The cause of diaper rash can be wet or soiled diapers (diapers). Tea tree oil is an excellent antiseptic and can be used for regular disinfection of diapers (diapers) in a volume of 8 drops per bucket of water, while hand rinsing add 2 drops of lavender oil to the water or 6 drops to a softening agent if you use a washing machine.
Apply on baby’s ass with soft movements every time you change his diaper, lavender oil in the amount of 6 drops per 60 ml of sweet almond oil. Almond oil can also be used for dry skin of the newborn.
Lullaby – cracking the skin on the baby’s head in the place where the adult hair grows. It is easily treated with geranium essential oil. Add a drop of geranium oil to 15 ml of sweet almond oil and apply to the skin of the baby’s skull, massage gently. The mixture should be used daily until the cracks disappear.
It is quite normal if you wake up several times a night to feed and swaddle your baby, but if he begins to act up from the evening and does not calm down deep into the night, then additional hassle is added. My mother told me that it would be necessary to suffer 3 months of struggle with colic – and this is not a grandmother’s fairy tale at all. If the colic began, you have to wait until the baby becomes older.
This is where aromatherapy comes to the rescue. Choice stop on lavender or geraniums. Add 1 drop of essential oil to a small bottle of cold water and shake well. Pour the resulting liquid into another glass jar and add hot water until the mixture is comfortably warm. Mix thoroughly, soak a handkerchief in the resulting fragrant water and place it on the baby’s tummy. Cover the compress with a small towel on top to keep it warm. After half an hour or earlier, if the baby falls asleep, remove the compress. Try to wrap the baby warmer.
Baby teeth are cut
In this case, a compress with lavender will help. Put a drop of lavender oil in warm water, apply a piece of cloth soaked in it to your cheek opposite the sore spot and wrap your cheek with something warm.
Children who are teething will stop crying and fall asleep quietly if they wet the corner of their pillow with a small amount of lavender oil. However, make sure that undiluted oil does not get on the baby’s skin.
In hot weather, the baby overheats easily. Overheating is a rather dangerous phenomenon. First of all, the baby should be stripped and allowed to cool. If there is an opportunity to bathe it, then a slightly warm bath with the addition of a drop of lavender oil will allow both to cool and calm the baby at the same time.
The most common childhood diseases
- Whooping cough: lavender, rosemary, tea tree.
- Diphtheria: Bergamot.
- Rickets: pine
- Measles: lavender, pine, cedar, bergamot.
- Scarlet fever: geranium, eucalyptus (room disinfection)
One of the main problems with this disease is the problem of itching, and it is very difficult to keep the child from scratching, after which for a long time, if not forever, there are small scratches on the skin – “ospinki”. Therefore, in addition to the treatment recommended by the doctor, I advise you to lubricate the skin with a special lotion.
Japanese mint gives a cooling and soothing effect; prepare the solution by adding 1 drop of mint to a liter bottle of water. Pour half of the contents out of the bottle, add clean water and shake again. It turned out to be an almost homeopathic solution that needs to be lubricated with the lesions several times a day. You will see how your child calms down and stops itching.
With the same success you can apply lavender oil. Most recently, my friend’s daughter fell ill with chickenpox, and she lubricated the affected places with pure lavender oil. From the fight against the disease, they came out with dignity and aesthetics – the daughter did not go painted in green peas, but smelled pleasantly and calmly suffered the disease.
If a child has convulsions, you should immediately call a doctor, but while you are waiting for his arrival, you can do something yourself. Remove all clothes from the child and put him in a lavender bath with lukewarm water. Holding his head with one hand, the other gently rinse the body. Just a few minutes is enough. Then the child should be wrapped in a large bath towel so that it does not freeze. Since the child who has cramps, is a rather frightening sight, I recommend parents to smell the lavender to calm panic.
Smells play a very important role in our lives. Very often they are closely related to certain events. Our body reacts instantly if a smell causes pleasant or unpleasant associations and memories. Moreover, this reaction is usually spontaneous. Even after many years, the smell of the mother, for example, makes us familiar with childhood feelings of warmth and security. This is due to the fact that being kids, we learned the world around us with the help of our senses.
Aromatherapy is a treatment using various odors. These smells, or aromas, in the form of essential oils come to us from the plant world – from flowers, trees, shrubs and herbs.
Essential oils are applied very widely. But it is precisely to our sense of smell, which is closely related to the emotional state, we owe the miraculous healing and harmonizing power of aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is not only to treat an already developed disease. It is also a very real protection against various bacteria and viruses. Aromatherapy strengthens the natural forces of the body, contributes to the solution of many tasks to achieve health and beauty. It allows us, using the healing possibilities of nature, to make our lives more joyful, healthy and happy.
Children are sensitive and impressionable natures, perceiving the effect of aromatherapy without any prejudice, therefore their response to essential oils is always positive. The use of aromatherapy in the children’s room will help to maintain a good mood in children, and also helps to cure colds and sleep disorders. Children love warm, sweetish smells most of all.
The holiday should be fun and bring joy to children. Every mother wants her child’s holiday to be liked and remembered by all the little guests. Besides such traditional things as cheerful decoration of the room, interesting games and food, aromatherapy products will help you to achieve this. However, it is better not to use traditional aroma incentives for this — after all, some of the younger guests may accidentally knock over the lamp and thus cause a fire, or enjoy the contents. It is better to use all the same different terracotta or clay unglazed products. The mixtures listed below are suitable for any children’s holidays and have a positive effect on children’s mood. Remember one thing" the nature of the mixture must correspond to the season. For example, in spring and summer it is better to use essential oils with the scent of freshness (citrus, conifers), and on Christmas or New Year – warmer (floral, spicy).
Children’s holiday mixes
- Lavender – 2 drops, cinnamon – 2 drops, geranium – 3 drops.
- Lemon – 1 drop, grapefruit – 2 drops.
Scientists Research Institute of Physical Therapy and Medical Climatology. IM Sechenov, headed by Professor V. V. Nikolaevsky, used 5 years in kindergartens and schools for aroma prevention. An important task of the medical service in children’s institutions is to maintain a high level of sanitary and hygienic regime. Of the entire complex of sanitary measures, much attention is paid to the rehabilitation of indoor air. Aromatic oils reduce microbial contamination of air by 2-6 times. At the same time, the number of sarcin, staphylococci, streptococci and other microorganisms significantly decreased. The most effective air disinfect the essential oils of mint, lavender, eucalyptus.
Aromatization of the air in bedrooms and playrooms of kindergartens for the prevention of respiratory diseases reduces the microbial contamination of the atmosphere of the rooms by 3-4 times. The effect persists for a day or more. Essential oils inhibit diphtheria and pertussis, hemolytic streptococci and pyogenic staphylococci. But, in addition, the aromas of essential oils ionize and ozonize indoor air, destroying the specific smell of hospitals.
Aromas have a positive effect on the bronchopulmonary, cardiovascular, nervous systems. Respiratory morbidity in children who have taken a course of aroma prevention in kindergartens has declined: in the conditions of Crimea, by 12-14%. in the regions of the Far North – by 25-35%. Along with the pronounced disinfecting effect of air, the aromas have a positive effect on the general condition of the child: vigor, performance, physical activity increase, fatigue and fatigue are removed.
Aroma prevention of viral respiratory diseases in kindergartens.
Procedures are carried out in sports or music halls during relevant classes, and, if necessary, in sleeping rooms during daytime sleep, while the procedure must begin 30 – 35 minutes before the end of sleep. Schemes of preventive procedures should be designed in such a way as not to disturb the usual rhythm of the kindergarten.
Use essential oils of lavender or peppermint or a mixture of them in the ratio of 5: 1. The duration of the procedure is 20-25 minutes. The concentration of volatile substances in the air is 0.5 mg / m3. The course is 12-14 days of daily procedures (excluding weekends). A second course is carried out in 1.5-2 months, and in the areas of the middle belt and to the south – 3 courses per year, from October to April. In the summer, prevention is not advisable. In the northern regions and in places with high industrial pollution of the atmosphere, this method can be used year-round.
Home is the place where a child grows and spends most of the time. For the rest of his life, he should be a symbol of peace and composure for him. Especially the children’s room, where the child is alone with his thoughts, feelings and dreams. If we fill it with a scent that the child loves, then we will make it more relaxing and attractive.
In a homely atmosphere and, above all, in the children’s room, we can, with the help of aromatherapy, eliminate a number of psychological problems that arise in children of school age. We come to the aid of a rich palette of plants with a spectrum of psychotropic action. At home, I advise you to use only flavors that are pleasant to children. Experience shows that the younger the child, the more it stretches to citrus flavors – lemon, grapefruit. At home, essential oils can be used with an aroma lamp, a pocket inhaler or an aroma capsule. We can use the simplest method of inhalation – drip a few drops of essential oil on the edge of the pillow before bedtime.
When a baby can’t sleep
Lavender is widely used as an effective sedative. It can also be very useful for those who have difficulty falling asleep. When the oil is dropped onto the cloth (the corner of the pillow), it evaporates directly into the atmosphere, but in the case of the lavender tube, its vapors are trapped. I take a piece of kitchen towel (from fairly thick paper) and drip 1 or 2 drops of lavender on one of the corners. Then I roll the paper into a tube so that the lavender is in the middle. The child can hold such a tube in his hand, and in this case the oil does not come into direct contact with the skin, and when he falls asleep, the tube drops out of his hands. This is just a great tool!
You can also drop one drop of lavender oil onto the cotton fleece and put it on the bottom of the crib – it will be easier for the child to breathe and sleep.
To improve the sleep of a small child, you can use apo-malampu. It should not be left for the whole night, just light a candle 2 hours before bedtime (watch and periodically, if necessary, pour water into the cup of aroma lamp), covering the vent window loosely. And when you go to bed, open the window, but do not wide open, and turn off the lamp. This will be quite enough to sleep peacefully. Provided, of course, that good effective oils are used. Aroma lamp mixture – 2 drops of lavender, 2 drops of lemon, 2 drops of ylang-ylang.
Add 1 – 2 drops of lavender oil to a small vessel with cold water, wet a handkerchief in it and put it on the nose of the child. First aid is to drop a little lavender on a piece of cotton and carefully insert this tampon into the affected nostril. Or: Apply a drop of lemon essential oil on cotton wool and put it into the bleeding nostril.
Bruises with injuries
The first 12 hours lotion every 3 hours. Dissolve 3 drops of lavender and 2 drops of rosemary in 200g of water. After 12 hours, lubricate the affected area with an oil solution: 1 drop of lavender, 1 drop of rosemary per 1 teaspoon of base oil.
Cold (for children after 6 years)
Eucalyptus 2 drops + tea tree 1 drop + lavender 2 drops dissolved in a teaspoon of vegetable oil. Massage of the back and chest.
Chills (for children after 6 years)
Eucalyptus 2 drops + lavender 2 drops + tea tree 1 drop to dissolve in 1 dessert spoon of vegetable oil. Lubricate the neck, tonsils, elbows and knees and groin 1-2 times a day.
When dry cough (children after 6 years).
Massage of the chest and neck at night – tea tree 1 drop + eucalyptus 2 drops + lavender 2 drops per 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
With a wet cough with sputum (children after 6 years).
Inhalation – tea tree 1 drop + eucalyptus 1 drop per 1 liter of hot, but not boiling water. Inhalation for 10 minutes, with eyes closed, once a day. Breathe through the mouth.
Massage of the chest and neck at night – tea tree 1 drop + eucalyptus 2 drops + lavender 2 drops per 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Furuncle (before applying to the surgeon)
Lavender 1 drop + tea tree 1 drop dissolve in 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, make appliques.
Or, soak the boil 3 times a day with a cotton swab moistened with tea tree oil, after breaking the boil, dilute the tea tree oil with water or alcohol and disinfect the open wound and the area around it with this compound. Then apply a few drops of essential oil on the plaster and cover the broken abscess with it.
When a boil breaks, it is important to disinfect all garments, bedding and handkerchiefs. Tea tree oil is also good for this purpose. When washing in water for the last rinse, add 25 drops of tea tree oil to destroy the microorganisms.
Essential oils: lemon, geranium, eucalyptus, tea tree.
Methods of use: inhalation, lubrication of the glands, external warm compress to the area of the glands, rinsing.
To lubricate the glands, 3-5 drops of one of these essential oils or a mixture of them are applied to a small cotton swab.
Water for rinsing: add 1 drop of lemon or 1 drop of tea tree to a glass of warm water, rinse 3-4 times a day.
Fill a teaspoon with vegetable oil and mix with 3 drops of lavender. Put some of this mixture in your ear and then close it with a cotton swab.
Or: mix geranium oil with a base oil in the ratio of 1: 6. Put a turunda with this mixture overnight.
For timid children suitable bergamot essential oil. The child needs to take a bath before going to bed, to aromatize the children’s room, and a day later – a massage with essential oils.
A warm compress with the addition of lavender essential oil helps. If the pain is accompanied by nausea, mint essential oil is recommended (except for children under 6 years old), which can be used to aromatize indoor air or injected into massage oil.
If a child temperature, A very good effect is the use of 1 drop of lemon oil per 200 g of water.
If the child has vomiting at high temperature, it is necessary to apply lemon oil and Japanese mint oil.
In chronic bronchitis we use eucalyptus oil 2 times a day, lavender oil and lemon oil 1 drop.
Perfume for a little princess
Our little ladies often pull into her mother’s handbag to get a bottle of perfume from there and anoint them to smell delicious. It has long been no secret that synthetic odors have a negative effect on the human body, and on children more. Therefore, I advise you to prepare perfumes that are absolutely harmless to the younger body, and also useful.
1 drop of geranium, 1 drop of lavender, 15ml sweet almond oil.
These “spirits” soothe and create a feeling of harmony.
SCHOOLBOYS AND SCHOOLBOYS
“Aromatherapy is a holistic art that helps to find harmony of body, emotions and spirit.”
That bell rang to school. For many, this is an annual ritual, for first-graders it is a big premiere. Children spend a lot of time not only at school, but also in clubs, sports clubs, and music schools. All this is imprinted in the memory of the child not only by the pleasant interiors and attention of teachers, but also by its unique flavor. The lesson will bring a double effect if this fragrance with its properties stimulates the necessary activity: at school, interest in learning, in children’s clubs will contribute to relaxation and rest, while learning languages, music and drawing will increase concentration and concentration.
When performing school tasks, and even during school, children are often scattered and difficult to concentrate. In this case, suitable stimulating and tonic essential oils that improve memory and increase attention, for example: grapefruit, rosemary, lemon.
Children often argue and play noisy outdoor games. And then we can not calm them down before bed. In such cases, call for help lavender, ylang-ylang. These essential oils also help with various sleep disorders – when the child cannot fall asleep for a long time, often wakes up, restlessly asleep or talking in a dream. Anxiety can remove the essential oils of bergamot, lavender, mint.
Some first-graders, and older children after the summer holidays are difficult to adapt to the school regime. Relief of this process and prevent possible neurosis can aromas of geranium, lavender, ylang-ylang. It is enough to drop a couple of drops of one of the listed oils on the aromacolon or on the child’s clothes before going to school. In the evening, a soothing aromatic bath or aromatic massage will be appropriate.
A mixture of essential oils (pine, mint, lavender, etc.) kills the entire mold and staphylococci when spraying, and of the 210 microbial colonies, which are determined initially, only 4 remain.
If in a suburban forest there are 5 microbes in a cubic meter of air, there are already 20,000 of them in a city apartment, and 9,000,000 in a car. The same number of microbes in school classes, shops, and even more in public transport and hospitals. Therefore, the spraying of essential oils in the premises, public transport, allows you to almost completely destroy the pathogenic microflora, which is achieved therapeutic and prophylactic effect.
Considering the fact that children spend many hours at school, it is logical that the school-class microclimate significantly affects their health. Work that requires maximum concentration, lack of movement and the presence of carriers of pathogenic microflora are negative factors that reduce the resistance of the child’s body and create suitable conditions for the spread of airborne infections.
It is known that the evaporation of essential oils reduces the concentration of pathogenic microorganisms, increases the concentration of light negative ions and helps the sedimentation of dust. When inhaled, essential oils are anti-viral, have the ability to destroy or stop the growth and reproduction of bacteria and some types of fungal germs.
In January – February 1999. During epidemics of viral infections, scientists from Donetsk State Medical University conducted an experiment in one of the schools. For 4 weeks, the school classes have been flavored with eucalyptus oil. Evaporation was performed using a special device twice a day for 40 minutes. Before starting the study and 3 times a day, air microflora samples were taken in the classes and a smear from the larynx of schoolchildren. Studies have shown that both children and teachers in such conditions pleasantly worked. Most schoolchildren noted the tonic effect of the oil and its positive effect on the overall tone and mood. Thanks to this experiment, the number of schoolchildren who were previously worried about prolonged rhinitis and inflammation of the nasopharynx was significantly reduced. The result in this school is encouraging: the incidence during the influenza epidemic was practically absent in the school tested. Similar results were achieved during the flavoring of school classes with peppermint oil.
Aroma prophylaxis of viral respiratory diseases in schools
Group inhalations of volatile fractions of essential oils are carried out in classrooms during class. Conducting procedures in sports halls is hardly advisable because of the large volume, moreover, at the same time, no more than one class is involved, as a rule, and the consumption of essential oils will be unreasonably large.
Use the composition of essential oils of lavender, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus in the ratio 5: 1: 1: 2 or lavender, mint, eucalyptus in the ratio 5: 1: 2 or lavender, mint, lemon- 5: 1: 1, Duration of procedures 25 -30 minutes, a course of 14-16 procedures with an interval of 2-2.5 months.
If you need to get together before the exam, negotiations, making an important step – you should take a bath with rosemary and lemon oil (1: 3). However, if you are overtired, it is most effective to use non-stimulants (because "driven horse" how not to drive her will not run faster), but take an aroma bath or put on a fragrance with soothing and adaptogenic oils of lavender and geranium and sleep well.
Nerve tension, diffuse attention:
Mental fatigue, exhaustion, weakening of memory: