As a newborn photographer, I meet a lot of new mums and their babies in the first weeks and months after birth. I know what life is like at that time – it’s the most beautiful time, but it can also be the time when as parents we are frazzled, sleep-deprived and uncertain.
So, I wanted to talk about an Essential Oil that might be great to use in those months after birth, both on your baby and also on yourself and the rest of the family.
Lavender is a great oil to begin with as it has calming properties. It is not only good for calming emotions, but can also be used to calm skin irritations. I generally use Lavender (or a doTERRA blend called Lavender Peace) in the diffuser in the studio for newborn sessions. I find the doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil to be a real soft, subtle scent – definitely not the strong lavender smell that might spring to mind if your Nanna used it.
There are a number of ways you can use Lavender on new babies. To use an Essential Oil aromatically, means that you’re experiencing the scent. So you could add a couple of drops of Lavender to your bub’s bedding or pillow, you could add a drop to their favourite comfort toy. You could fill a spray bottle with water and add Lavender Oil and mist the nursery or child’s bedroom.
If property diluted, Essential Oils can also be used topically on newborn babies. Most of the time, we’ll dilute our doTERRA Essential Oils with Fractionated Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil. Generally for newborn babies (up to 6 months) the dilution rate should be at around 1%. So imagine you half a handful of Fractionated Coconut Oil – you then only need to add one drop of Essential Oil. You could then add this mix of oil and Lavender to your baby’s spine or bottoms of feet.
Don’t forget about yourself either – Lavender will help promote feelings of calmness and peace so that you can drop off to sleep a bit easier when bub is asleep. It can also just help to calm frazzled nerves. Did you know that you can add a drop of Lavender to some jojoba oil and make a soothing face serum to work on wrinkles and problem skin.
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