Bath time can be one of the happiest times for kids as they play in water with their favorite toys, enjoy the warmth of the water that surrounds them, and get the days germs washed away.
During the school year, bath time can be very beneficial in a variety of ways. Having a bath time routine can provide structure to your child’s evening and help her to prepare to go to sleep. It can also be a time that you spend paying attention to her and talking about her day.
Additionally, a bath each night can establish good hygiene routines for years to come. And at the same time you can enhance your child’s health by adding essential oils to the experience.
Calming and Relaxation
After a busy day, kids can tend to get a little hyperactive. In fact, the more tired a child is the more he tends to appear to have restless energy. A calming essential oil bath can be just what your child needs to slow down and start to prepare for bedtime.
Adding one or two drops of lavender essential oil to his bath can help him breathe in the calming vapors and prepare his body and mind to relax and go to bed. Lavender oil will promote a better night’s sleep and reduce any feelings of nervousness or anxiety.
Kids come into contact with many toxins throughout any given day. A bath can help to detoxify the body and help your child maintain optimal health. A first step toward detoxification is adding Epsom salt to the bath. Use the package directions to determine how much is appropriate to add to the bath.
Epsom salt can help draw out impurities and balance the body. That’s one reason why it is recommended to soothe sore muscles and reduce swelling in the body. You can also add baking soda to the bath to help neutralize any chlorine used to purify it.
For cleansing, stick to castile soap which is nontoxic and won’t undo the work you’ve done to create this special experience.
When kids suffer from skin problems such as dry skin, eczema, burns or other minor conditions you can create a soothing bath for them. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to the bath water to create a moisturizing bath.
You can also add a few drops of lavender, rose or geranium essential oil which can soothe minor cuts, scrapes, and other skin irritations. After getting out of the bath, massage even more coconut oil into their skin to seal in moisture. You may also want to add a drop of lavender oil to the coconut oil for continued benefits.
Add the Essential Oil Your Child Needs
Kids are all individuals and have different needs. When preparing your child’s bath, consider what she might need that day. For example, if she needs to be calmed you can use chamomile, lavender, or ylang ylang.
If she’s suffering from a cold you might consider eucalyptus or peppermint oil to open up her sinuses. If she has a tummy ache a drop of peppermint oil can be very relieving. Before you add essential oils, do a little homework and make sure they are safe for use by children and in the bath.