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Essential oils are the oils that are extracted through steam distillation, resin tapping, and cold pressing. They are nature’s purest essence. Basically, they are the life force of the plant they are extracted from.
By replacing our modern-day products with essential oils, we can eliminate many toxins and better our lives.
Lavender essential oil comes straight from the lavender flower. The essential oils have a very fresh scent that is also calming which is why it is so versatile and great for getting kids to relax. Lavender essential oil is also probably one of the most popular oils around because its scent is well-known by many.
The most common way to use lavender essential oil is for skin-related care which is why you see so many skincare products coming out with the lavender scent. I love using lavender essential oil in several different ways in my home and with my family. Essential oils are basically a plants’ lifeforce and have numerous benefits for our bodies.
Even our children can benefit from using essential oils. Here are some of the ways that I love using lavender essential oil with my children.
(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS HOWEVER, I WILL NEVER RECOMMEND ANYTHING THAT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN OR USE MYSELF. YOU CAN READ MORE ABOUT MY DISCLOSURE POLICY HERE) *I am not a medical professional and this blog post is NOT a substitute for professional medical care.
1. Diffuse in the Air
One of the easiest ways to freshen a room is by diffusing some lavender essential oil. A diffuser distributes essential oils through a mist that it releases into the air and spreads through the entire room. By simply adding water to the basin and a few drops of lavender essential oils you can disperse it into the air.
It is also great for helping your kids calm down after a long day. By allowing your family to breathe lavender oil in you are getting the oil into their bodies the fastest.
2. Rub on Bottoms of Feet
Did you ever realize that the bottoms of your feet can absorb things into your body?
I honestly did not until I learned that you can rub essential oils such as lavender on the soles of your feet to help encourage sleep. This is one routine that I try to stick to every single night with my kids.
To make it easier, I bought some 10ml glass roller bottles and filled them with 4/5 of a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil (a carrier oil helps to dilute the essential. This is very important for children since their bodies absorb very quickly). I then add just 1/5 of the bottle with lavender essential oil.
By having the bottle already ready, it makes it so much easier to rub on the kids without getting my hands covered in oil. It also is already prepared for whenever I may need it.
3. Lavender and Epsom Salt Bath
So most of you have probably heard that adding some Epsom salt to your bath is very beneficial to your body. While that is true, adding just a few drops of lavender to your Epsom salt bath is even better. Especially for your kids.
Lavender essential oil is the best oil to use for your skin and sitting in the bathtub with it helps soothe your baby’s skin. I have found that when my toddler has a diaper rash just letting him soak in a lavender bath helps with the redness and also sores that sometimes show up with a diaper rash.
I actually make about a cup of Epsom salt with a few drops of lavender ahead of time and keep it in a small container that I can just flip the top up and sprinkle in the mixture at bathtime.
Another benefit of adding lavender essential oil to the bath is that your kids are likely breathing in the wonderful floral scent which can also calm them before bedtime.
4. Reduce Itching and Swelling from Insect Bites
Okay, I don’t know about you, but I am a huge mosquito magnet. They love me and the feeling is not mutual. I get bitten every time I walk out my back door. And when I get bitten, I have painful swollen bumps that are horribly itchy. In the past, I have used numerous different products to help relieve the itch and the pain but nothing every completely worked.
When my children began to get mosquito bites now and then, I decided to search for something more natural to relieve their itchiness and soothe their skin.
That’s when I discovered that lavender is great for insect bites. It not only soothes the itchiness but also takes some of the red inflammation away. The best part is that it is good for you and your kids.
I use the same roller bottle that I made for rubbing on our feet for this as well. Once again having it in a roller bottle already makes it super easy to apply.
5. Eczema / Dry or Chapped Skin
Do your kids have eczema?
Both of my children have very patchy eczema especially when the seasons change. It is very mild but I know it can be annoying for my kids. That’s why I use a DIY lotion that I found here to rub on and moisten my kids’ skin.
It as a lavender essential oil in the recipe. And it is super easy to make and I keep mine in a glass bottle with a pump on the top.
6. Owies Antibiotic
Lavender essential oil is a great oil to use for those owies and boo-boos kids always get.
7. Reduce Fever
Did you know that you can add 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil to lukewarm bathwater and wash your kids’ body to help reduce a fever?
This can even be used for adults. It is completely amazing how one essential oil can do all of this for our kids.