Chamomile and lavender oils for baby’s cold – How to use and why to use

Parenting is not an easy joke. You have to take some difficult decisions right from the infancy stage. When your baby is too small, you have many decisions to male. One of them is to decide whether to go for natural remedies or to go for allopathic remedies to treat baby’s colds and other minor health issues. Now-a-days most parents are shifting back to natural remedies and grandmother’s cures because of safety and decreased risk of side effects. Essential oils are frequently recommended for the well being of children but not all essential oils are safe for babies. Chamomile and lavender oils are safe for babies and are effective in treating baby’s colds.

Why should you use chamomile and lavender oil?

They have the ability of soothing your baby and promoting sleep. A child with cold feels irritated and finds it difficult to sleep. Both lavender and chamomile help your baby to sleep soundly. Moreover, they have healing properties. This helps in giving relief to the babies from cough and colds. They are recommended for babies. They do not cause any side effects if used correctly.

How to use chamomile and lavender oil?

Lavender oil

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You can add a few drops of lavender oil and two tablespoons of one of the carrier oils to a diffuser. This will purify the air in your child’s room and help with the respiratory problems of your baby.

You can put a drop or two of lavender oil on the child’s mattress, pillow and crib. Just breathing the oil will work wonders in putting your baby to sleep and giving relief from cold symptoms.

You can give the baby a massage with lavender oil after blending it with carrier oil like almond oil or coconut oil or sun flower oil. The safest proportion is adding 1 drop of lavender oil to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Rub the blended oil on the baby’s chest and back before putting your baby to sleep.

Chamomile oil

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You can add a drop of chamomile oil to a tablespoon of carrier oil and give your baby a bedtime massage.

You can add the blended oil to your baby’s bath.

Blend of lavender and chamomile

You can add a drop of chamomile and lavender oil with a tablespoon of carrier oil. Blending lavender and chamomile helps in giving better relief. You can also add other safe essential oils like dill oil and sweet orange oil (less harsh than lemon oil) to it.

Do you feel you will not be able to get the essential oils in the nearby shops in your area? Are you too busy to make your own blends of essential oils? Don’t worry. Go for baby rubs that contain safe essential oils in the right proportion. Apply it on your fussy baby and help it to sleep soundly.

Our Nasobuddy Cough & Cold balm is based on 6 Essential oils, it includes chamomile oil and lavender oil.

What’s inside the balm and baby rubs – An Overview

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It is true that a baby’s medical kit must have a vapor rub or a chest rub but you should know what is inside the chest rub that you are planning to use for your baby.

What are the common ingredients in popular balm and baby rubs

Camphor

Why is it used – It is used because of its cough suppressing and analgesic properties. It is a sleep inducer.

Is it safe to use in baby rubs – It is easily absorbed by the skin. When it penetrated deep into the skin it can be highly toxic. It can cause irritation to your baby’s skin. It can also cause irritation to eyes and mucus membranes.

Menthol

Why is it used – It has analgesic properties. It gives a cooling effect.

Is it safe to use in baby rubs – Experts say that menthol tricks the brain to think that breathing has become easier by triggering cooling sensation. It can be of a little positive physiologic consequence in older children but not in kids. It can actually cause respiratory distress in little babies. 

Petrolatum or paraffin wax

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Why is it used – It is used because of its moisturizing properties and it’s a cheap base.

Is it safe to be used in baby rubs – It is not water soluble. It creates an illusion of moisturizing skin. However, blocks the pores and restricts air flow into the skin. This prevents the skin from breathing.

Eucalyptus

Why is it used – It has anti microbial, decongesting, cough suppressing and pain relieving properties.

Is it safe to be used in baby rubs – It is safe when used in the right quantity. Study the ingredient list and make sure the dosage is minimal, especially, if your baby is below 2 years old. Eucalyptus radiata is a milder and safer variant.

Lavender oil

Why is it used – It has calming and soothing properties. It encourages a fussy baby to sleep.

Is it safe to be used in baby rubs – It does have sedative effects and it does not cause any side effects .

Rosemary oil

Why is it used – It helps in clearing mucus and in decreasing inflammation.

Is it safe to be used in baby rubs – It is safe for children when diluted. When used without diluting it can cause side effects on skin. To be on the safer side check the dosage of rosemary oil on the label.

These are the common ingredients in baby rubs. Some of these ingredients do have potentially harmful side effects. 

Natural  rubs contain essential oils and real moisturizers like sunflower oil or coconut  oil. They contain beeswax or shea butter in place of petrolatum. Organic or natural baby rubs and homemade baby rubs are best for your baby’s health. 

Further reading : 

Are balms/baby rubs safe? Which ones are? 

Do Balms/Baby Rubs Really Work ?

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I am sure everyone remembers how their mom rubbed vapor rubs on their chests when they were a child. However, most of the young parents today are reluctant to do the same to their own kids. They are not sure if it really works or it has some harmful ingredients.

In the year 2010, a study was conducted on a group of 138 children aged 2 to 11 years. All the children who participated in the study had cold symptoms. The children were divided into three groups. Children of the first group were treated with rubs. The second group was treated with petrolatum and the last group was given no treatment.

The children were studied after two days. Factors like ability to sleep, severity and frequency of cough and congestion were studied. The results showed that the symptoms were better for all the children but there were significant differences in the levels of improvement.

Statistical data showed that children who were treated with rubs had the best improvement. They slept better. Their congestion improved and they had less severe and less frequent cough. The least improvement was found in children who were given no treatment.

The essential oils like eucalyptus in the balm have proven health benefits.

The study proves that baby rubs do work in improving the symptoms of cold in the little children.

Nevertheless, you should not forget that you should be careful in choosing the rub. Avoid baby rubs that contain  menthol, camphor, petroleum jelly. They can have adverse effects and worsen the baby’s health.

You should make sure that there are no harmful ingredients in the rub. A natural ,  essential oil based rub will help ease your baby’s nasal congestion and cough.

Further reading : 

Are balms/baby rubs safe? Which ones are? 

What’s inside  the balm and baby rubs – An overview