How To Get Children to Fall Asleep

8:34 AM Posted by jo

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It can be challenging to get children to fall asleep, but I've noticed that a relaxing, calm bath can work wonders at bed time. Before bath time, try to give the child a cup of diluted chamomile tea.

Lavender and mandarin are well liked by children and they have historically been used in a hand or foot massage before bedtime. Many children enjoy a hand or foot massage.

A drop or two of an essential oil on a pillow case is another great way to use essential oils when the child has a hard time falling asleep. When my children are congested or suffer from a cough, I put essential oils on a cotton-wool ball and tuck it in inside the pillow case.

Historically, these relaxing oils have also been used for bedtime:
Bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, and marjoram.

Please refer to the dilution chart to make sure what oils are suitable for your child's age.

There are many ways to incorporate essential oils into a child’s life, and they respond verypositively to aromatherapy. Make sure that you read the essential oil safety and the dilution chart first. Certain oils can be contraindicated in certain conditions, or not suitable for young children.

Before you leave:

I recommend that you always perform a skin patch test when you try a new oil.

Check out my safety page to make sure you are aware of any contrindications before you use essential oils. Some oils are not suitable when suffering from certain conditions. AlsoRead this Before You Start Using Essential oils. Some oils should not be applied prior to sun exposure so make sure you check this list before spending time in the sun.

Not sure how to apply the oils? Visit these pages to learn how to apply the oils:
If you're new to essential oils you might want to check out my Getting Started Guide. 

Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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