I don't think I ever did baby massage with the big kids. At that time I didn't have access to certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils and with two kids under two I think it is fair to say I was a little "frazzled". Ten years on and baby Gus is reaping the benefits of a wiser (and considerably older!) Mum.
We have both been loving a bit of baby massage action after his nightly bath. It is such a lovely thing to introduce to the evening routine. The massage itself does not need to fancy pants nor do you need to do a course (although there are some fantastic ones around).
I pop Gus onto his tummy and from the base of his spine, rub up and out to each shoulder and down the length of his arms. I do this about three or four times then go back to base of his spine and massage down his legs and into his feet. I then roll him over and do the same on his front.
I normally do a few circular clockwise movements around the tummy area which helps with any gas or discomfort. Once he is dressed I then pay a little attention to massaging his feet. This is a great video to see some techniques in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrASOAFRf-s
What sort of oil do I use? I make my own using organic Jojoba oil as the base oil. Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax sourced from the jojoba bean. It mimics the natural oils produced by the skin enabling it to penetrate the multiple layers of the skin. Jojoba oil contains vitamins A, D and E which are known skin healing vitamins.
Now onto adding essential oils. I only use doTERRA essential oils due to the thorough third party testing each bottle of oil is put through. There are absolutely no synthetic fillers or in these oils. Not all oils are created equally. The industry is unregulated so do your research before using essential oils topically or internally.
Due to doTERRA's purity and potency - dilution is incredibly important, especially when using topically. My recipe below is a .5% dilution rate, heavily diluted and the oils I have used are renowned for their calming and soothing properties.
To 30 mls of jojoba base oil, I add one drop of Roman Chamomile, one drop of Lavender and one drop of Frankincense.
Lavender - calming and soothing. Known for having antimicrobial and antioxidant properties when used topically. Aromatically, it promotes feelings of relaxation.
Frankincense - every home should have a bottle of Frankincense! Often referred to as the 'king of oils', Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall wellness when used aromatically. It is AMAZING for any type of skin condition and it improves the efficacy of other essential oils.
Roman Chamomile - while the most common use of chamomile is in teas, Roman Chamomile can also be found in skincare products due to the calming effect it has on the skin.
If you would like to know more about how essential oils can benefit your overall emotional and physical wellness, please let me know. I have some great workshops coming up over the next few months however if you would like to grab a group of friends and family together, I am more than happy to come to you. I am incredibly passionate about these oils and firmly believe every household needs them. Please check the ‘essential oil’ and ‘workshop’ page of this website. Alternatively, drop me an email and I will be happy to chat xx
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