Infant Massage using Essential Oils

 

Easy Infant Massage using Essential Oils. Visit www.EssentialOilsObsessed.com to learn how or to order oils.

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A few years ago, a friend of mine told me about  the many benefits of infant massage. She was getting ready to adopt her first child and wanted to do everything in her power to bond with her new baby, to relieve any stress he may be feeling from all the new changes, but most importantly to let him know he was LOVED, to relax now that he’d found his forever family!!

After all, love is what we all want and whether our babies are adopted or not; we want them to feel loved too.

But I have to admit, when I first heard the term, “infant massage” I thought, I can’t do that…. I have no idea how to do that…darn, I wish I knew how to do that!!!! Well let me tell you, it’s not that hard. It just sounds intimidating or at least it did to me. 🙂

Luckily, I learned how to incorporate infant massage into my daughter’s life from the book, “Gentle Babies” by Debra Raybern. This has now become apart of our evening bed time routine. My daughter loves it. And I believe it has something to do with her sleeping through the night. She now knows to place her little hands in front of her mouth and nose and inhale the relaxing oils after I’ve applied them to her….it’s so stinking cute! I use a base of organic coconut oil (about a TBSP) and either 1 drop of Young Living’s Lavender essential oil or 1 drop of their Peace and Calming blend of oils. You can also mix up a batch and store it in an airtight glass if you don’t want to mix it up each time.

Let me just quickly say, PLEASE do not go out to the store and buy any old essential oil and try this. I will only use the Young Living brand because I know their oils are not adulterated, cut with synthetic chemicals or fillers, and only come from the first distillation, these are all important since our skin absorbs everything we place onto it in less than 30 seconds. And our babies are so precious and pure they deserve the best!!! If you wanted to read more about why I only use Young Living, click here.

Here are some excerpts from “Gentle Babies” on the benefits and the how to’s for infant massage using essential oils.

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One of the many benefits to infant massage includes promoting bonding. Over the years, baby massage has also shown beneficial in assisting overall growth and development, sound sleep, relaxation and reduced fussiness. Additional benefits include relief from the discomforts of gas, colic and digestive complaints. Improvements in respiratory, circulatory and immune system function also have been reported. Gentle massage using therapeutic-grade essential oils diluted in high-quality carrier oils, is enjoyable for both baby and mom or dad. Parents find the special quality time with baby develops a special bond and using essential oils to support the baby’s health give parents confidence in their ability to respond to the child’s needs.

Cross-cultural studies show that babies who are held, massaged, carried, rocked and breastfed, grow into adults that are less aggressive and violent, and more compassionate and cooperative. Recent research shows benefits for premature infants and children with asthma and diabetes. Mothers with postpartum depression have shown improvement after starting infant massage.

Think of the baby massage as a gentle stroking of the body, not the vigorous, deep tissue, Swedish variety. Ideally both the parent and baby should be in a calm relaxed state. However, massage also can help calm a baby; a fussy child may respond well to massage with Lavender or Peace & Calming oil. This may be before bath or bedtime. It is best to wait at least one hour after baby’s feeding.

The room should be warm, rather than cool. A temperature of about 78 degrees is good. The baby should lie on his or her back on a padded blanket or towel. The parent can either stand over the baby if using a bed or massage table (we use our changing table) or sit on the floor with the parent’s legs form a diamond shape where the baby can lie with his head cradled in the adults feet. Leave the diaper on, but uncover the baby’s arms, legs and torso. Be sure to remove all jewelry so as not to scratch the baby.

The parent should place 4-5 drops of the massage oil ( I use about a TBSP organic coconut oil and add 1-2 drops of essential oil) place it in your hands and rub together to warm both the oils and your hands. Apply the oil with long gentle strokes on the arms, legs and then the torso. Make the strokes gentle, but not ticklish. The direction of the massage can be in both directions, but end with strokes towards the heart. In the case of digestive concerns (colic, gas, etc), massage in small circles from the right to the left side of the body – the same direction the colon flows. If massaging the scalp, use small circular motion as if shampooing the baby’s hair.

During the massage it is fine to softly talk or pray, hum, sing and or play softy music. To further bond with the baby, maintain eye contact during the baby massage.

The massage may last 10 – 30 minutes, depending on the mood of the child and the desired results of the massage. Keep a warm towel or blanket nearby to cover the massaged area and keep baby from becoming chilled.

Massage may be done near or around the navel area and spine, but do not focus on these areas. Every parent is capable of giving his or her baby a wonderful massage. A great way to learn more about baby massage is to find a massage therapist skilled in baby or infant massage to teach specific techniques depending on a child’s health challenge.

If gas is an issue, hold the legs under the knees, then gently press the knees up towards his or her tummy. This position can help the baby expel gas.

I hope these tips have helped to empower you to add infant massage into your baby’s routine!!!

You may or may not know this, but our feet have points on them that correspond to different parts of our bodies. Take a look at this great chart which outlines these areas for baby.

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Customized Foaming Hand Soap with Essential Oils

Super Simple DIY hand soap using essential oils. Visit www.EssentialOilsObsessed.com for more natural DIY recipes or to order oils.

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I love this recipe! It’s non-toxic, gentle on my hands, and smells great. Like those fancy soaps, but without the fancy price. And it’s so simple to make, you just need 4 things.

1. Distilled Water

2. Pure Castile soap, I like Dr Bronner’s Organic, Unscented Baby Mild. You can find it at Whole Foods or online at Drugstore.com. It’s a little pricey, around $17.00 for a quart, but it’s meant to be diluted and lasts a really long time. The quart size I buy can make 32 bottles of this recipe, that comes to fifty-three cents per bottle. It comes in smaller sizes too, that cost around $4.00, in case you want to start slow 🙂

3. Essential Oil of your choice. I use lemon for my kitchen and it smells divine! I chose lemon for it’s uplifting aroma. But, you can customize this recipe with any oil. I think any of the citrus oils are great; orange, grapefruit, citrus fresh, lemon myrtle. I also like lavender or thieves for the bathroom.

4. A Foaming Dispenser, I bought mine at the Container Store, you can also reuse a foaming dispenser bottle you already have.

My easy DIY foaming hand soap ingredients. Visit www.EssentialOilsObsessed.com for more all natural DIY recipes or to order oils.

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So here’s what you do.

1. Add 2 TBS. of Castile Soap to your foaming soap dispenser.

2. Add 5- 10 drops, Essential Oil of your choice. Then swish it all around in the bottle.

3. Fill your foaming dispenser bottle 3/4 of the way with distilled water.

That’s it you’re done! SO EASY.

P.S., In case you were wondering  why  I use Dr Bronner’s. First of all, it works really well and the ingredients in it are all legit… stuff you can recognize and pronounce 🙂

Ingredients in Dr Bronner’s Unscented Baby Mild Pure-Castile Soap:

Water, Organic Coconut Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Fair Deal Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

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A Mommy’s Must have reference guide to using essential oils

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If you’re new to oils and looking for guidance on how to incorporate these amazing oils into your family’s life this book is for you.  Especially helpful for new Mom’s looking for natural remedies for themselves and their precious babies.You can purchase on Amazon or Abundant Health.

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Make your own Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer

We all know that washing our hands with good old fashion soap and water is the best way to keep germs and sickness away. But, when I’m on the go, in and out of stores, running errands, or out and about with my little one who HAS to touch everything; and then stick her hands right in her mouth we need hand sanitizer!

diy Hand Purifier using thieves essential oil

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Hand sanitizers are everywhere these days! But, have you ever considered what’s really in your hand sanitizer? Chances are they contain alcohol, triclosan, or both! The alcohol in most traditional hand sanitizers simply dry my hands out too much. And triclosan, oh boy! No, thank you. I was shocked when I first learned about the possible side effects of triclosan. Especially, since it’s in so many personal care products. If you haven’t heard of triclosan yet, here’s an interesting read. This revelation was actually what drove me to finding an alternative to the traditional hand sanitizer I had been using.

Here’s the good news!

Making your own hand sanitizer is easy when you have Thieves essential oil and a few other common household ingredients. Thieves essential oil contains Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary. This blend is basically germs worst nightmare!

Now for the Recipe! What you’ll need.  

  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Vitamin E Oil
  • Distilled Water
  • Thieves Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil  *optional
  • Mini funnel *optional
  • Dispenser bottles (you can reuse ones you already have)

How to make your own hand sanitizer using essential oils.

How to make your own Non-Toxic Hand Sanitizer!

The easiest way to do this is to add your ingredients directly to the dispenser you plan on using. I have a mini bottle attached to my purse that I bought from Target. You can reuse an old bottle or make a spray if you’d like, just use more water.

Step 1. Fill your bottle a little more than halfway with Aloe Vera Gel.

Step 2. Use a pin or scissors to poke a hole in one Vitamin E gel cap and add to bottle. Or add 1/4 tsp Vitamin E oil.

Step 3. Add 10-15 drops of Thieves and a few drops of Peppermint essential oil.

Step 4. Place lid on and shake well.

Step 5. Fill the rest of your bottle with water and shake to mix everything together.

Voila… that’s it, you’re done!

See how easy it is to avoid traditional toxic products when you have essential oils! I hope you enjoy making and using this as much as I do 🙂

Happy Oiling,

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