An oil which contains essence of its plant’s fragrance, is known as essential oil. Usually, distillation process using steam is carried out to extract essential oil from plant. Lavender oil is an essential oil as it is extracted from lavender flowers.
Lavender oil was used in ancient times by Romans and Egyptians for bathing, relaxation, cooking and as perfume. Its botanical name is Lavendulan Angustifolis. In texture, it is thin, transparent,pale yellow or green oil. Its aroma is floral and sweet but a little stingy. It is constituted of linalool with antimicrobial and antispasmodic properties and linalyl acetate, with anti fungal, antispasmodic and sedative properties. It also contains 5% to 12% other constituents, which makes it decongestant, antiviral, stimulant and expectorant
Your Baby’s Skin
As a mother, you should know about the skin of your baby. As a rule, the lower the body weight, the more the quantity of skin with respect to surface area. This means that your baby has more skin with respect to size than you do.The superior layer of your baby’s skin is not fully developed. It is sensitive and delicate, and may react to the things applied to it. So, when you use something on your baby’s skin, you should know all the details about it.
So Can I Use Lavender Oil On My Baby ?
Your Baby And Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is one of the safest essential oils which can be used on your baby when your baby is 3 months or older. Since it is potent, dilute it with carrier oil or cream.
The proper dosage of lavender oil for your baby is:
- 3 to 6 months: mix 1 drop of lavender oil in 1 oz. of carrier oil
- 6 to 2 years: mix 1 to 2 drops of it in1 oz. carrier oil. Or 2 to 3 drops of lavender oil with 1 cup of fatty milk.
Uses Of Lavender Oil For Your Baby
- For deep sleep, just before bed or after bath, massage your baby with a solution made by mixing 1 to 2 drops of lavender oil and roman chamomile and 2 tablespoon carrier oil.
- Body massage with it will give soothing and relaxing feelings to your baby.
- Put one to two drops of diluted lavender oil in the ear of your baby to relieve ear ache.
- Rub it on the site of insect bite. Itching will stop.
- It smooths itching from chicken pox.
- Heals wounds and removes scars
- Use lavender oil to disinfect your baby’s clothes.
- Cure little pimples of your baby by drying them out with this oil.
- Colic symptoms are reduced by using it.
- Rub on gums of your baby to soothe teething pain.
Precautions In Using Lavender Oil
- Keep it out of reach from your baby.
- Do not use for premature babies or babies under 3 months.
- Do not go above recommended dosage.
- Always dilute it before using on your baby.
- Never administer by mouth without your doctor’s consent.
- Perform an allergy test by placing a drop of diluted lavender oil on your baby’s arm and wait for a day. If redness or itching develops, do not use the oil
- Do not use on eyes, nose, ear and mouth.