Organic Whole Oat Flour
Oatmeal is excellent for soothing dry, itchy skin. It can also be used to provide gentle exfoliation for soothing dry, itchy skin and can also be used to provide gentle exfoliation for baby’s skin.
Try filling a Muslin Bag with Organic Whole Oat Flour, then using it in the bath as a mild scrub. This can help remove flaky skin or cradle cap while soothing baby’s itches.
Remember that Organic Whole Oat Flour does contain a naturally occurring gluten in the form of avenin protein.
This is not the gliadin protein contained in wheat gluten, but in some cases it can still cause sensitivity.
Speak to your doctor before using Organic Whole Oat Flour in your baby’s skin care routine if gluten allergy or sensitivity is a concern.
Essential oils for babies
Essential oils have been used reliably and extensively in medicine for thousands of years.
Aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy, can be defined as the medicinal use of naturally extracted plant aromas to promote physical and emotional well-being.
Aromatic plant extracts can be used for many purposes, treating burns and soothing skin, to alleviating stress and relaxing the mind.
Some essential oils can be used to help encourage sleep, calm anxiety, and even relieve symptoms of colic.
When using essential oils on babies they must be older than 3 months.
It is important to understand proper dilution ratios and application methods before applying any essential oils on babies.
It is also very important to check the labels and know the sources of your essential oils and to make sure you’re using pure, authentic, unadulterated essential oils.
Alcohol should be avoided as it can be irritating so essential oils premixed with alcohol should be avoided.
Synthetic fragrances, which are completely different from essential oils, don’t carry health benefits, and can be irritating to the skin should also be avoided
Chamomile Essential Oil
Lavender and Chamomile oils simply can’t be beaten when it comes to being gentle, soothing and even preventive.
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla or Chamaemelum nobile)
German chamomile and Roman chamomile
are gentle essential oils that can be beneficial for babies who have trouble sleeping.
Chamomile has natural soothing effects and is traditionally used to treat insomnia in babies and adults.
Chamomile, along with lavender, can relieve symptoms of colic.
Chamomile has also been shown to help anxiety and depression, and can uplift a fussy baby’s spirits.
- anti–inflammatory properties
- promotes regeneration of skin,
- can help prevent and alleviate rashes
Dill (Anethum sowa)
Dill oil is:
Can help soothe indigestion.
Blend Dill oil in a ratio of 1 : 100 ml of carrier oil, blend thoroughly, and massage the mixture onto a baby’s skin.
Eucalyptus (Eucalpytus radiata)
Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion making it a favorite during the cold winter months.
Note: Eucalpytus radiata is a different species than the commonly found Eucalyptus globulus.
Children and infants should use Eucalpytus radiata.
Although Eucalyptus globulus is safe for adults, it should not be used on children under the age of 2.
Contact your pediatrician before using eucalyptus to ease respiratory symptoms.
Lavender has many calming and sedative effects. A lavender oil massage can help to relax a fussy baby and encourage sleep.
Lavender can also be used on insect bites and to reduce itchiness. A recent study, Trusted Source shows lavender to be effective in alleviating the symptoms of colic.
- is versatile
- prevents nappy rash and irritation
- is very therapeutic.
Distilled Lemon (Citrus limon)
Helps uplift energy and mood
Great for a post-nap wakeup call.
Distilled lemon is preferable to expressed lemon for babies.
Expressed lemon is a potential photosensitizer, whereas distilled lemon should not cause skin irritation.
Perform a patch test
- Apply a small (no larger than a dime) amount of diluted essential oil to a baby’s leg or arm.
- Wait for 24 hours to see if there is a reaction.
- If a reaction occurs, discontinue use (a reaction would likely cause redness, inflammation, or be painful to the touch).
- If no reaction occurs, it’s likely safe to move forward with applying the essential oil.
- According to the NAHA, “some essential oils should simply be avoided [on babies], e.g. birch or wintergreen, which are both rich in methyl salicylate and peppermint.”