He who wants a rose must respect the thorn – Persian Proverb
As parents, we want the best for our children, and using effective, naturally-derived aromatic medicines sure is a treat. However, as we are dealing with precious little ones, it is especially important that we use essential oils that are deemed safe – certain molecules in essential oils can cause adverse reactions in children, while other molecules are generally regarded as safe. It is our responsibility as caregivers and guiders of these young souls to always research essential oils before using them, and conduct research from a reputable source, like this blog for example, and not a meme on a social media platform!
Broadly speaking, once a child is past the age of 5 years most essential oils are generally regarded as safe to be used. Yet, there are a handful of essential oils – like some eucalyptuses, birch, chaste tree and wintergreen – which should be avoided all together, or at least avoided until a child is past the age of 10. With this in mind, please note that this recipe salve is suggested for ages 5 and up, only.
I am the mother of two, and for my 7-year-old son I like to create a supporting chest salve to help him through the darker, wintry months when viruses, colds and flu are rampant at his school. I use this on him once a day (5 days on/2 days off) when he is heading out the door to school.
Salves are fairly easy to make, and with a little practice they can become a staple in the family home. I should also mention that you are not just limited to this kind of salve, you can make a healing balm for minor injuries, and a sleep balm to help your little one/s to drift off to sweet dreams at night, as a few examples.
Aromatic Supporting Salve Recipe
For this Recipe You Will Need:
- 2-ounce tin jar, I buy mine here
- Double boiler
- .25 ounces of Candelilla wax (Euphorbia Cerifera). This is a vegan wax alternative, however, if you prefer beeswax you can use this at .5 ounces.
- 1.75 ounces of Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) or 1.5 ounces if using beeswax
- 8 drops of Frankincense (Boswelia carteri)
- 11 drops of Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia)
- 19 drops of Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
- 9 drops of Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
- 13 drops of Black Spruce (Picea mariana)
*This salve is created at a 5% dilution, which is 60 drops of essential oils in a 2-ounce amount.
Other immunity supporting essential oils you can use are – Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Niaouli (Melaleuca quinquenervia), Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), Fragonia (Agonis fragrans), and Ho Wood (Cinnamomum camphora var linalool) – to name just a handful.
How to make:
- Blend all 5 essential oils together in a small glass container and put to the side
- Melt candelilla wax over low heat
- Add jojoba and mix well
- Pour jojoba and candelilla wax into 2-ounce jar
- Add essential oils, and with a spoon stir thoroughly
- Quickly cap jar so the essential oil vapors do not escape
- Let sit until solid
- Label with ingredients, amount in jar, and date created, you can also give it a fun name if you like!
Aromatic Germ Spray
Additionally, this blend of essential oils can be added to a spray bottle, to clear a room of germs, in effect helping to reduce the spread of viruses, colds and flus. Not forgetting it makes the room smell fresh and clean. And I must mention, as I travel a lot with my young family, I always make sure I have a bottle of this when on a plane. As soon as I arrive at my seat, I spray the area as well as spraying down the tray tables, seats etc., to ensure that none of my family members pick up any nasties enroute to our destination. To make a spray like this, you can add the same blend of essential oils in the recipe above to a 2-ounce spray bottle of distilled water, and shake before use.
Essential Oil Profiles
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is a wonderful all-round healer, which does not have any safety concerns, so it is perfect to use with little ones. It is considered an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and an expectorant, and in the case of this salve is helpful to deter coughs and colds.
Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia), aptly nicknamed the “Lavender Tea tree”, is a gentler alternative to the eucalyptuses, due to a lower amount of the molecule of 1,8 cineole, which can cause concerns in younger children. Rosalina can help with respiratory tract infections, and healing/preventing coughs and colds. It has a lot of the same therapeutic properties as the eucalyptuses in general – analgesic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic and being supportive to the immune system.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) – Being an Australian where tea tree grows in abundance, I grew up with it being used for everything. This wondrous essential oil is a beneficial ally in a salve, such as this. As well, when there is any sign of respiratory tract congestion coming from any family member, a few drops are added to a hot shower to capture the medicinal properties – a very easy way to incorporate essential oils into your family’s daily life. Tea tree is considered to be an antibacterial, antifungal, and an antiseptic. It is also an excellent decongestant, and an immunostimulant.
Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) – This essential oil, that hails from a beautiful large flowering evergreen tree, which is indigenous to Madagascar, is a favorable addition to ease symptoms (or to prevent an onset) of influenza, colds, bacterial and viral infections. It carries the therapeutic properties of being an antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral, while also being supportive to the immune system.
Black Spruce (Picea abies) is one of my favorite essential oils to use at the moment and in a salve, such as this, it is called upon for its analgesic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and expectorant properties. It is so useful for sinus infections and bronchial infections, and of course helping to be on guard for any exposure to germs.
Giving thanks to the green nation, happy parenting, and happy blending!