Aromatherapy for children: smell it!

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Aromatherapy for children

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Many adults use essential oils when they have a headache or can’t sleep. But is it also possible for children?

Aromatherapy instead of pills – is it a good idea to relieve minor pain in children? “In any case,” says Susanna Färber, pharmacist and president of the Academy of Fragrances e.V.: “Children love scents and respond very well to them.” Essential fragrances work in different ways. For example, as an ingredient in a cream that is spread on the chest when you have a cold and then inhaled into the body. Or the scent molecules find their way into the organism via the inhaled air with the help of a special scent device, for example a scent stone, a scent lamp or an ultrasonic nebulizer.

An adjusted dose for children is important

However: Oils and salves with essential scents can be dangerous for babies and toddlers under two years of age. Likewise, scented lamps and atomizers.

For older people, three requirements are crucial, says Susanna Färber: “Products that are only approved for adults are not suitable for children. The concentration of essential oils can be too high here. You should also pay attention to organic certification. And : Never use oils directly on the skin, always dilute them with a neutral massage oil – or buy ready-mixed preparations.” For us, the expert has put together a few gentle and effective recipes for classic children’s ailments.

First aid …

… for headaches

“If children complain of headaches, there can be many reasons, such as tension and stress, but also an impending infection,” says Farber. “Nanana mint can help with its active ingredient menthol”: Mix a drop of Moroccan mint with a drop of neutral oil, such as jojoba or almond oil, on a cotton swab. Then dab the temples with it and rub the rest gently on the back of the neck. If it needs to be faster, there are also finished products in the form of roll-ons at the pharmacy or health food store.

… for more concentration

Does your child often seem agitated when playing or doing homework and is easily distracted? “Fragrance devices with the proven mixture of lemon, other citrus scents and some lavender are ideal,” explains Färber. If test anxiety is added, neroli, an oil made from the white flower of the bitter orange, can have a calming effect. It is also available as a ready-to-use roll-on, which the child can then take to school and easily apply to the pulse points, temples and neck as needed.

… for stomach pain

Abdominal pain is often caused by digestive problems. Often, however, the psyche also plays a role. “Sensitive children often respond to arguments or pressure with spasms,” says Farber. This combination has therefore proven itself: Mix 1 tablespoon of neutral massage oil, such as St. John’s wort, with 1 drop of antispasmodic fennel oil and 2 drops of calming lavender oil. Apply gently to the abdomen and the inside of the soles of the feet.

… against problems falling asleep

“Maaaama, I can’t sleep!” In addition to lavender, the oil from the flowers of the bitter orange tree, neroli, is best used on a scented stone or in a scent device. Colours: “For a children’s room of around ten square metres, you should use 2 drops and preferably 3 drops of Tonka. The scent is reminiscent of vanilla and gives a feeling of security. It often makes it easier for children to fall asleep.”

… in case of nausea

Whether it’s from excitement or travelling: nausea is only for K… Here, 1 drop of nana mint mixed with 2 drops of grapefruit oil can scare the urge to vomit. “For on the go, I advise using the drops in special inhalation metal sticks that the child can smell in an emergency,” says Färber. Please do not buy plastic pens: they are more difficult to clean and are attacked by the oils.

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