My children are grown now, but I remember the sleepless nights of their early years all too well. Those first few months, in particular, could be exhausting. I relied on baby massage for helping them to relax and unwind before bedtime, but I wish I knew as much about aromatherapy as I do now.
People have been using aromatherapy to help aid sleep and relaxation for millennia. Some of the best known oils for promoting a feeling of calm are chamomile, sandalwood, myrrh, lavender and rose:
Chamomile is well-known for its calming properties. It’s often used in lotions to ease the itch of chickenpox and insect bites, and we make tea from the flowers to help us relax and unwind.
Sandalwood is often used in meditation, as it has been found to help clear the mind and reduce stress.
Myrrh is a stress reliever and can help to induce a feeling of relaxation and calm. It may also help to treat skin irritations.
Lavender is often used as an aid to sleep, and can help people to unwind after a busy day.
Rose is frequently used in aromatherapy to aid relaxation and lift the mood.
You can use some essential oils in an oil burner or diffuser, or add a couple of drops to the bath. Others work well blended with carrier oils to use for massage. Not all essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, and some aren’t safe to use in pregnancy. So, it’s always best to seek advice from an aromatherapist before you use them. Alternatively, you can choose a ready-made blend. My Baby Massage Oil is a really comforting blend of natural oils. It includes chamomile, sandalwood and myrrh essential oils to help relax and calm your baby. The oil is 100% natural; there are no parabens, preservatives, artificial colours or fragrances. Every ingredient has been included because it has a recognised benefit for the skin or senses.
- Oat oil contains antioxidants and helps to lock moisture into the skin.
- Rice bran oil is rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins. It’s very hydrating and is easily absorbed.
- Grape seed oil is a good source of Vitamin C and is very healing.
- Chamomile, sandalwood and myrrh essential oils help to promote a feeling of calm and relaxation. Their scents work well together, so they give the massage oil a lovely fragrance.
I’ve also added Vitamin E (Tocopherol), which is an antioxidant and helps to promote healthy skin.
Do you have any favourite essential oils for aiding relaxation and helping your baby to sleep? I’d love to hear about them. Just Tweet me @NaryndaSkincare.