Soothing Essential Oils
Our sense of smell is very closely linked to our emotions,so adding several drops of essential oil to an aromatherapy diffuser is an effective treatment for calming children.
(Note:Essential oils are very potent and not recommended for internal use with children.Nor do I recommend topical use for newborns).
Essential oils can be used topically with older children by diluting the chosen remedy with almond oil,coconut oil olive oil.Add 5 drops of essential oil of lavander,rose or chamomile(or a combination) per 1 ounce of oil to make a relaxing massage treatment.If time allows,gently give your child a full massage,but even a few minutes of messaging the feet and hands can reduce stress and anxiety.
Tasty Teas: From Calming To Sleep Inducing
We all know that drinking a warm cup of delicious tea is soothing and calming.Regardless of your age.And all the herbs used in the recipes on this page are safe for children as well as adults.Small amounts of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare),spearmint (Mentha spicata),hawthorn (Crataegus spp,) berries or fruits juice help add flavor.Honey (for kids more than 1 year old) or a pinch of stevia sweetens the deal.You can make tea soothing and relaxing or more sedating depending on how much of an herb you use per cup and how long you steep it.A general rule of thumb is to use 1 heaping teaspoon of dry herbs per cup of tea.Steep for 5 to 10 minutes for a relaxing cup of tea; triple the amount of herb and time for a more sedating brew.Keep in mind that some herbs are more sleep enhancing than others.
Sleep pillows are an easy way to comfort you kids.and children love to help make them.To do: Mix 1/4 cup each of lavander,roses,hops and chamomile in a bowl.Stuff the herbs into small cloth bag.preferably one that you and your child make.Tuck it into your child’s pillowcase or let her squeeze it anytime to soothe and relax.
- 2 parts chamomile
- 2 parts skullcap
- 2 parts catnip
- 1 part valerian
- 1 part hawthorn berry
To make one quart use 1/8 cup as your “part” for tea.Put dry herbs in a jar and pour boiling water over them.Cap jar and steep for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Strain,and add honey or stevia to taste.This strong tea will really take the energy level down if sipped; alternatively,add the whole quart to a warm bath and let your child soak.
Happy Feet Tea
Tell your kids their feet can be like straws to slurp up this tea.Put at least 1/4 cup each of chamomile,skullcap,lavander and/or roses in a big pot.Pour 2 quarts of water over the mixture and bring it barely to a boil.Turn off the heat.Let cool to a kid-friendly temperature and then let you child soak his feet in it for at least 10 minutes.This is a good time to read or tell a good story or sing some favorite songs.Don’t forget to have them check the tea in the pot to see how much their feet drank! For a whole body soak,double the recipe,strain and pour into bathwater.