Have you heard about the documentary « Demain tous les cretins ? » (« Dumb and dumber: are we losing our smarts? » )? It was broadcast on ARTE, the French-German channel in November 2017. If you have not, it is worth watching it, I really recommend it, and here is the link. The film presents the work of French and American researchers showing that endocrine disruptors have negative effects on cognitive abilities and behaviour: lower IQ, more hyperactive children and more learning disabilities…
The biologist and global expert on endocrine disruptors, Barbara Demeneix, one of the eminent researchers who participated in the documentary, explains in her book published on 25th October 2017 (Toxic cocktail, how endocrine disruptors poison our brain, Odile Jacob), how the mixing the chemical substances contained in various products (food, household and hygiene products) creates a toxic cocktail, not to say an explosive cocktail.
On the blog, you will find a series of articles written by Inès (mother of two boys, who also seeks solutions for a more natural way of life. She is about to graduate with a degree in nutrition and become a health coach & nutritionist). Inès will show you the right actions to adopt in order to clean up your direct environment: interior of you house or flat.
As an aspiring holistic health coach, and a mom of two, who’s bodies and immune systems are still developing, I strive for natural solutions for our everyday aches and woes.
Essential oils are distilled oil from the barks, leaves and roots of plants, trees and flowers. They can be used therapeutically for physical pain as well as for emotional support. The benefits are enormous. Most importantly is that they leave no toxins behind in the body, which is something I put value on when it comes to the medicinal care of my children.
How to use oils on toddlers?
For babies up to toddlers, I always recommend to dilute in a carrier oil to prevent any skin irritation. Let’s not forget how potent these oils are! Make sure that oils are of pure therapeutic grade quality. As a Wellness Advocate of Doterra essential oils, I trust their pureness and quality.
Carrier oils can be coconut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil. Dilution ratio should be 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. I usually mix it directly on the palm of my hand before application. Massage gently in circular motions on the concerned area. Repeat a few times a day until you see results.
Safe essential oils for babies and toddlers
Here is a list of gentle essential oils for our little ones:
- Roman Chamomile
*In summer I would recommend to not use any citrus oils as they are photosensitive and came create pigmentation on the skin. However, do diffuse them in your home!
My Top 5 Oils
Lavender is known as the Swiss army knife under the oils. It’s especially effective for skin burns, sunburn, skin rashes, skin irritations of any type, etc. Also use lavender for a restful sleep and deep relaxation. Known as the oil of communication, on an emotional level it helps you express yourself as your true self.
Roman Chamomile is a very gentle and loving oil. Use it on yourself as a mother, when extra patience is required. Add to bath time, before the kids bedtime for a soothing effect. Massage onto the bottom of their feet for a peaceful nights sleep.
Melaleuca is anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-fungal and an overall amazing disinfectant. Use to disinfect the air of the room with a diffuser, to clean the house or for skin rashes, bug bites and diaper rashes. For cough, it’s also recommendable. It’s THE oil I have in my bag when we travel. On an energetic level, use melaleuca to help create healthy boundaries.
Geranium is a beautiful oil known to remove skin imperfections. It’s one of the more gentler oils, perfect for our children’s skin. Not that they require beauty remedies for their already impeccable skin. Use it to diffuse the room with it’s calming aroma for the whole family. Also add it to your bug spray as it’s a natural bug repellent.
Spearmint is a milder option to other mint oils. With toddlers, tummy aches can become an occasional thing. This is when spearmint comes in handy. I love to use spearmint to ease any digestive problems with my toddler. The uplifting smell also invigorates me, giving me some extra motivation for the day. It’s also safe to use on breastfeeding moms.
I love diffusing my oils to uplift my mood or refresh the air in our home. I usually blend my oils intuitively and have so much fun with it too! Here is a blend I recommend for fussy kids to guide them to finding their calm and peace as well as for mom’s to connect to their compassion and tranquil in moments of hectic.
Ingredients: Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Vetiver. Add a 1-3 drops of each oil in the diffuser with about 60 ml water and breathe!
Interested in learning more on essential oils? I’d love to introduce these wonders of nature into your every day life.
She’s a mom of a 3- and 1-year old, both boys, and strives for a natural lifestyle by eating clean&green and using natural solutions. Her toddler believes he’s a dragon. When she’s not playground hopping with her kids, she’s blogging about holistic living on her blog, Mi Vida Verde. Follow her on her instagram account: @mividaverde3 or visit her website www.mi-vida-verde.com
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