- Calm a New Baby
(ARA) - When Kelli Weber recently
gave birth to her first child, she envisioned calm, cuddling
rays of bliss that never ended. She found plenty of these moments,
but she also experienced 3 a.m. fussiness and 5 p.m. wailing
Kelli turned to the calming properties
of natural lavender essential oil to make both her baby and herself
tranquil again. "I use Aura Cacia's lavender essential oil
to calm my sweet baby, and to bring back my sanity," says
Weber. "It helped with the transition to my new motherhood
Massages: Both baby and mom can benefit from a lavender
massage. Ready-to-use lavender massage oils are available, or
a few drops of lavender essential oil can be mixed with sweet
almond oil or unscented lotion.
Baths: A soaking bath with lavender is another way to
relax. A variety of lavender bath products exist (be sure to
use an all-natural product), or simply add a few drops of lavender
essential oil to the bath water. For a baby's bath, use just
two or three drops; for Mom, use five to ten.
Quick touch-up: No time for a bath today? Rub a few
drops of lavender into a baby's hair for a fresh, floral aroma,
or add 2 to 3 drops of lavender to a bowl of warm water to enhance
a quick sponging off.
In baby's room: Sprinkle a few drops onto a simple
terra cotta diffuser, or use an electric diffuser to disperse
the scent of lavender throughout the room during naps and bedtime.
Another option is a lavender mister. And don't just limit these
to baby's room -- a lavender diffuser can help Mom relax during
Laundry: Add a few drops of lavender essential oil to
the baby's laundry (including the crib sheets), not only for
the aromatherapy benefits, but also for the soft, clean aroma.
In the car: Parents are usually excellent multitaskers,
but trying to calm a fussy baby while negotiating traffic is
never easy. To help keep calm in the car, try sprinkling a few
drops of lavender onto the baby's car seat or a handkerchief
or use a special car diffuser (which plugs into the lighter)
to spread the lavender aroma throughout the car.
Diaper cream: Add a drop or two of lavender oil to
diaper cream to help protect and soothe baby's bottom after diaper
Essential oils are extremely
concentrated. Follow usage directions carefully and keep them
tightly closed and out of the reach of children. For more information
on lavender, essential oils and aromatherapy, visit the Aura
Cacia Web site at www.auracacia.com.