Children with snotty noses and chest congestion feel miserable, and because they tend not to sleep well, their illness affects the whole family.
Here are three bed time tips that can actually be used at any time of the day or night to make everyone more comfortable and for relief for the whole family:
1. Bath with essential oils
Bath time is a great time to take advantage of steam whilst using decongesting and antibacterial essential oils for the vapour to clear the chest and nose. One can also use bath oils that have been pre mixed, but if you use neat oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, clove or lemon, only use two or three drops as they oils are very strong. We recommend adding 5ml of our Kids Sneezes and Wheezes bath oil containing lavender, eucalyptus and tea tree to the bath.
Top tip: After the bath, always make sure you and your children are thoroughly dry with a towel before you leave the warm steamy area of the bathroom.
Massage your little ones chest, feet and back with our Kids Sneezes and Wheezes massage oil. This very diluted blend of oils is effective enough to open the airways and make breathing easier. The massage in itself is soothing and comforting as well as a great action to mobilise phlegm in the chest. Older children and adults can use our regular Sneezes and Wheezes blend, or any massage oil that contains decongesting oils such as benzoin or eucalyptus. It is the delivery via massage that gives the dual benefit of oil absorption and relief. Massage also calms the person giving the massage – this is a great action to add to your evening bedtime routine. (use normal massage oil when your kids aren’t sick)
Top Tip: Massage your kids last thing before bed whilst they are actually in their bed. This calming action will help them to fall asleep faster and easier.
Read more about baby massage here
Lastly, just before lights out, massage a tiny amount of Sinus Soother Roll On at the base of the nose and on sinus areas for the decongesting benefits of the eucalyptus. If your child is over the age of seven, let them inhale Sinusniff, a mini inhaler with decongesting properties for clear breathing. For children under the age of seven a “whiff” of the inhaler will do.
Top tip: Let older kids take the Sinusniff to school to keep in their pockets if they have blocked or snotty noses. They can inhale as often as is required.
We wish you a healthy winter with lots of happy bedtimes!
We have developed a range of ready-to-use aromatherapy products that can be used to treat and prevent colds, flu and sinus. Take a look
Some points to bear in mind:
The whole effect is more than the sum of its parts: these essential oils are effective individually as well as their combined synergistic effect having a beneficial outcome. So a mixture of more than one effective respiratory oil is better than a single oil.
Less is better than more: With aromatherapy and essential oils very little is required to have a therapeutic benefit and because of their localised action, an effect or outcome is instant. Too much essential oil can cause irritation and because the oils are inhaled directly into the nose, mouth and lungs small quantities go a long way.
Only use oils on the skin if they have been properly diluted: Moreover if there is any adverse effect the use should be terminated immediately.
• We make ready to use preparations
• This article is meant to advise for general day to day colds, coughs and flu – further treatment may be required in more serious instances
• Caution with infants, elderly or medically compromised persons