3 Ways Aromatherapy Can Help Babies Care + DIY Recipe
Can aromatherapy help children pay attention? Absolutely!
Of course, it is important to ensure that babies get enough sleep, eat well, and have a chance to run and play (or do some physical activity that allows them to express their abundant energy).
But when it comes time to sit and focus, you can definitely use aromatherapy to help babies pay attention.
Aromatherapy to help babies pay attention: What are oils?
We want essential oils that can calm the nervous system without making babies too sleepy, and bring more energy to their heads without over-stimulating them. We look to strike a delicate balance.
I will make a nebulizer that can help children in three ways:
- Calm them down: Lavender
Lavender essential oil contains two ingredients that have been proven time and time again to relax the nervous system: Linalool And the Linyl acetate.
- Focus their Minds: The Atlas of Cedarwood
Atlas cedarwood oil is very different from North American cedar oil. Its warm and warm woody scent can clean baby’s heads, reduce distractions, and support focus.
- Boost their mood: Sweet orange
It’s packed with a mood boosting ingredient D- LimoneneSweet orange oil can help lift kids’ spirits when they feel frustrated and disoriented. Plus children love the sweet fruity scent!
I incorporate these three oils into my inhaler, which is easy for babies to use on their own. They can even carry it in a pocket and use it whenever they need it.
Since children may not remember using their inhaler, it can also be helpful to teach them to use it regularly – such as before each lesson. Try saying something like, “When you sit down to work, the first thing you do is take out your inhaler and use it for five deep breaths.”
Busy Bee Attention Inhaler
- 3 drops of Atlas cedarwood oil (Cedrus Atlantica)
- 3 drops of sweet orange oil (Citrus sinensis)
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia)
Making an inhaler is fun. . . Children can help!
Inhalers come in a variety of bright colors, so you can let the baby choose the color he or she wants.
Get a glass or ceramic bowl, and start by placing one drop of lavender in it. Ask the child to smell the oil and see if he likes it. If so, add another drop of lavender. If not, you can switch to sweet orange oil.
The idea is to add one or two drops at a time, to allow the child to smell the mixture along the way.
Once you have put all of the drops into the container, soak the oils into the cotton part of the inhaler. (I like using tongs, so essential oils don’t get in my fingers.) Then insert the cotton into the inhaler and snap the bottom into place.
Guided by co-founder Andrea Bottji The process of making a nebulizer in this video. (The recipe in the video is great for helping adults breathe clearly! And to make it for children, just cut the number of drops in half.)
The prescription for the Busy Bee Attention Inhaler is flexible. You can adjust it as needed based on what the child likes. After all, you can tell them it’s their inhaler, so it’s important that they like its scent. (They’d be more likely to use it if they liked the scent, too.)
Do you use aromatherapy to help children pay attention?
I would like to know about your experience in the comments! Share what you used, how well it worked, and whether you plan to create a Busy Bee Attention Inhaler. Your experiences can help guide others.
Note: Rice Atlas (Cedrus Atlantica) Included in the endangered list. It is a good idea to ask your supplier how the oil was obtained and produced. Aromatics International gets you Cedrus Atlantica From a farm that uses sustainable practices, so the wood is not taken from the wild. (Just like sandalwood, there are plantations that grow Cedrus Atlantica With fully sustainable harvesting methods.) It’s exciting to see this kind of conservation and sustainability making a positive impact! We can also suggest a use Juniperus virginiana instead of Cedrus Atlantica.
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