It's Halloween - a time for haunted houses, spooky costumes and ghoulish candy. It’s also a time for trick-or-treaters, armed with carved pumpkins, to hit the eerie spider web covered streets. Hyped up on excitement, adrenalin and sugar, your little ones are likely to need some post-Halloween TLC, and organic child-friendly essential oils come to the rescue, sweeping in on an ‘aromatherapy broomstick.’
‘Skeletons jumping out of closets!’
Shock and fear can affect even the bravest of hearts. A surprise scare, a skeleton jumping out of the closet, haunted house sounds and a rubber spider landing on a child’s head can cause legitimate shock and an adrenalin surge of panic.
To calm frightened little ones, spritz or diffuse away their fears with child-friendly essential oils. Organic German Chamomile oil’s calming scent has earned it the nickname, ‘kid calmer,’ and its deep blue colour is enough of a Halloween ‘magic potion’ to allay any fears and settle all nerves. Added to a diffuser or to bathwater, or diluted in a carrier oil and gently massaged onto tummies, it will soon have kids cool, calm and collected.
The comforting warm and herby scent of diffused organic Sweet Marjoram essential oil is child-safe and known to have a positive effect on the nervous system and soothe anxiety and scary thoughts.
‘There’s a monster under my bed!’
The clock has struck twelve and hyped-up kiddies are struggling to fall asleep after their trick-or-treating adventures, or they are waking up with post-Halloween nightmares and bad dreams. Getting little ones to sleep after such excitement requires either a fairy godmother or… the ‘magic wand’ calming and soothing effects of kid-friendly essential oils!
Our favorite ‘lullaby’ essentials oils for children are:
- Organic Lavender essential oil: Its ‘sedative’ properties make it an all-rounder, sprinkling sweet dreams and tranquillity wherever it is diffused. Dilute in a carrier oil and use it as part of your child’s calming massage bedtime routine.
- Organic Vetiver essential oil is excellent for sleep issues. It contains sesquiterpenes - compounds which are known for their calming properties.
- Organic Petitgrain essential oil - just saying it aloud over and over is like chanting a ‘magic spell’ - contains linalool, a botanical terpene naturally found in many flowers and spice plants. It can improve sleep and increase energy the following morning.
- Organic Sweet Orange oil has a relaxing effect and helps to promote restful sleep. Diffuse any of these organic essential oils in your child’s room before bed, or put a drop on their pillow.
‘My tummy is sore!’
We can do nothing about the amount of candy your little trick-or-treaters scoff, but we can help with the post-Halloween candy tummy aches. Nausea and sore tummies are the likely sugar hangover symptoms
Spearmint oil is a wonderful child-friendly essential oil from the same family as peppermint. When diluted in a carrier oil, and applied to the abdomen, it can help relieve a queasy stomach and bloating.
Keeping it sweet:
Sweet Orange oil not only helps in ridding nightmare monsters, it also helps in aiding digestion and alleviating nausea, and Sweet Marjoram essential oil also does double duty; calming anxiety and helping with digestion.
Diffuse any of these oils or dilute in a carrier oil and massage on the tummy in a clockwise direction around the belly button. Then cover with a warm cloth to help drive the oils in.
“The world turned upside down - in a good way - for one black velvet night” -Karen Fortunati
At Sanctus Essence - after the fun of trick-or-treating - we are here to help turn the world back upright for your little ones with our ‘magic potions’ - aka organic essential oils - to banish scary monsters from under the bed, calm frightened nerves, invite sweet dreams and settle sore tummies.
If you would like to find out more about our child-friendly essential oils in helping kids overcome daily challenges, then click here.