Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Aromatherapy for Babies Colds

Essential oils can protect babies and children from colds as well as relieve symptoms.

* Peppermint and Eucalyptus - blend the appropriate number of drops of either in a base of Almond oil and massage into the chest and back. To benefit from the vapours, add the essences to the bath and use in a vaporizer in your child's bedroom overnight.

* For babies under 6 months: Eucalyptus only. Try adding 3 drops of essence to a small bowl of boiling water and place under baby's cot at night.

* For children over 5: Black Pepper or Rosemary can also be used.

* Steam inhalation helps to relieve congestion in the nose and chest. Add 2 drops of essence to a basin of steaming hot water; cover your child's head with a towel and encourage slow, deep breathing. Always supervise steam inhalations.

* You can to some extent protect babies and children from catching someone else's cold by making a solu­tion using 2 drops Peppermint and 2 drops Eucalyp­tus in 1/2 pint (300 ml) of water. Spray this around the house.
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