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Baby Massage

Cedarwood Atlas

(Cedrus atlantica)
Traditionally used to support healthy lung function, immune response, minor hair loss, skin and scalp issues.

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Tender Skin Spray

A gentle moisturizing spray that nourishes delicate skin and may be used for baby's diaper area, skin irritations and to soothe stretch marks during pregnancy.

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Massaging your baby is a wonderful way to bond and provide your baby with a pleasurable form of stimulation that will enhance your baby's overall development. Massage has a profound impact the brain's development and therefore paves the way for your child to best achieve his/her potential.

Guidelines for Dilution (from Tisserand's Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, page 47)
Premature - we don't suggest using essential oils until more mature
Newborn - 3 months | 0.1% - 0.2% / 1-2 drops per ounce carrier
3 - 24 months  | .25% - .50% / 2-6 drops per ounce carrier
2 - 6 years | 1% - 2.5% / 8-23 drops per ounce of carrier
6 - 14 years | 1.5% - 3+% / 12-28 drops per ounce of carrier
Hot oils such as Oregano or Cinnamon | 0.07% / 1 drop per 2 ounces carrier

Popular Essential oils for Baby Massage
Cedarwood - may promote deep sleep, good for the skin
Geranium - relaxing and good for the skin
German Chamomile - good for the skin, supports digestion, dark blue and strong aroma
Lavender - good for skin and well known for its ability to help alleviate stress
Mandarin - calming, supports digestion (unlike many citrus oils, it is not phototoxic)
Palmarosa - calming, supports digestion
Roman Chamomile - calming and relaxing, good for skin, has been used for teething
Sleepy Time Moisturizing Spray (12 drops per ounce)
Tender Skin Moisturizing Spray (12 drops per ounce)
Mother's Moisturizing Spray (25 drops per ounce)
Peaceful Moisturizing Spray (25 drops per ounce)

Benefits for Baby
•    Promotes bonding and communication
•    Assists in overall growth and development
•    Promotes sounder and longer sleep
•    Improves function of the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, eliminative, nervous, and immune systems
•    Reduces the symptoms of colic, gas and GI tract distress
•    Gives relief from the discomfort of teething and congestion
•    Improves sensory awareness
•    Helps baby learn to relax, decreases production of stress hormones
•    Reduces fussiness
•    Enhances awareness of being loved, accepted, and responded to
•    Assists in increased vocalizations

Other Benefits
•    Cross cultural studies show that babies who are held, massaged, carried, rocked and breastfed, grow into adults that are less aggressive and violent, and are more compassionate and cooperative
•    Recent research shows benefits for children with asthma, diabetes, and premature infants
•    Mothers with postpartum depression have shown improvement after starting infant massage

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Tisserand, Robert; Young, Rodney, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Elsevier Health Sciences UK 2nd Edition 2014, page 47.

Worwood, Valerie, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, 2000, pages 34-35.