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Holiday 2009

Chamomile (Roman) (Chamaemelum nobile)

Remember Peter Rabbit?  In the children's book Peter's mother served him a cup of chamomile tea after his escape from Mr. McGregor's garden.  She did this to calm Peter down.

For centuries, mothers have used chamomile to calm crying children, to combat digestive ailments, and relieve toothaches.  It is also commonly known to relieve restlessness, anxiety, and aid in insomnia.  Chamomile has proven medical properties that act as a relaxant, an antispasmodic, and has anti-inflammatory; plus, it is known to aid in detoxifying the blood and liver.  For these reasons, it has been a favorite of mothers to use when their new babies have had colic. 

This little plant is a gentle healing wonder
!

It has many applications for children:

Apply 1 or 2 drops (depending on child’s weight) diluted with V-6 Mixing Oil (or other vegetable oils, like virgin olive oil, coconut oil, etc) on location
Diffuse or directly inhaled
Taken as a dietary supplement
Make teas and other beverages
Make tinctures or tonics
As an herbal bath
As a body massage
Taken as an enema, or in a suppository form, for children three years or older

 Chamomile is an excellent to companion to use with lavender for intensifying, yet gentle, synergistic effects.  This makes for a very good application to a fresh scrape or wound.

Suggested Uses for Children and babies:

Chamomile tea can be made with fresh herbs, purchased commercially in a tea bag or made with therapeutic grade essential oil.  One pure essential oil drop to an eight-ounce beverage is sufficient.  Nursing mothers, especially those with a baby suffering from colic, should drink 4 to 6 cups of the tea daily so that this can be directly administered to the child through her milk supply.  If a new mother is not nursing, herbal teas and tinctures can be added directly to the bottle.

Chamomile tea sweetened with Stevia can be served throughout the day to calm a stressed or nervous child.  For a depressed child, Lavender (Lavandula angustafolia) can also be added along with chamomile to your chosen beverage.  One drop of Roman Chamomile administered before a meal will aid in digestion.

A massage-oil made with chamomile essential oil can be used for similar calming effects or to soothe sore, achy muscles.  Perhaps a warm chamomile compress administered to the stomach area can aid a baby with colic or a small child with a stomachache.

Chamomile added to baby’s bath makes for a soothing marvelous wash.  It scent of chamomile is reminiscent of apple orchards.  Added to a child’s bath also has advantages because the warm water opens the pores to the skin, the largest organ of elimination and assimilation, and the wonderful herbal nutrients flow in.  Chamomile has a relaxing effect on the nervous system , as it contains a compound that affects the same brain receptors as anti-anxiety drugs, without the harsh synthetic side effects.  Author Rosemary Gladstar has written, “It is like immersing your child in a giant cup of tea.”  If you are using chamomile, or any other essential oil, for therapeutic baths it is a good idea to have a water-dispersing agent, like our Bath Gel Base, to layer the essential throughout the water.

ABOUT STEVIA

If you do not know about Stevia - - - it is a sweet natural herb, sweeter than sugar but MUCH better for you!  Please read the book Stevia by (author) James May.  You will find that Stevia has no calories and does not promote tooth decay.  Stevia is used for pancreatic imbalances and to combat high blood sugar levels.  It is a type of sugar that diabetics can tolerate.  What a wonderful gift to a child’s daily diet!

New clear, liquid Stevia is available in a variety of flavors!  PERFECT for making a large variety of children’s healthy beverages!  Or, even popsicles!  Or for, combining with a variety of herbals or essential oils, as a seductive way to give a child his medications.  

The new Stevia flavors are orange, grape, root beer, vanilla crème, cherry, etc.  - - - -  about a dozen or more flavors have been recently made available.  These “Flavored Stevia” can simply be added to pure water to create a variety of wonderful nurturing, healthy beverages for children of any age!   When selected essential oils or herbs are added it becomes a quick home-remedy for stressed or nervous children, or the ones suffering from cold or flu challenges.  Try this, if the flavored Stevia is added to sparkling water - - - it tastes just like soda pop - - - but healthy!

Please visit www.ThePowerMall.com to find out more information on Stevia or call 1-877-817-9829 to order!  The Power Hour also offers a variety of cookbooks using Stevia in the recipes.

ABOUT  COLIC

Having a new baby with colic is very stressful for new parents and baby.  It is generally caused by painful spasmodic contractions of the infant’s immature digestive tract or by air or gas trapped in the intestines.  The digestive tract of an infant generally takes about 3 months to mature.  This is the time period that most colic clears up.

Mother’s try and make their babies as comfortable as possible and maintain a relaxed environment.  Nursing mothers should try and avoid foods that could irritate the baby’s fragile digestive tract; for example,  high sulfur foods (cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale and collards), spicy foods, chocolates peanuts and perhaps caffeinated drinks. Chamomile is the perfect choice to create a calm environment and this is where a diffuser of therapeutic grade-A essential oils comes in real handy!

Teas of fennel, anise and dill would be something good for nursing mothers to consume.  An essential oil blend called Di-Gize is wonderful!  One or Two drops of  Di-Gize can be placed in 2-4 ounces of water and chugged by the mother 15 minutes before feeding time.

Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils also make an excellent option to try in your daily teas or beverages.

Other useful suggestions have been written about as an aid in helping the family with a colic baby.  The mother may try supplementing her diet with a high quality acidophilus, we offer Royaldophilus (Code3284) and www.ThePowerMall.com also offers a high quality formula.

Rosemary Gladstar goes on to write that a brand name called Natrin (1/4 tsp. 4-5 times a day) is an excellent source of acidophilus for the child, if he is eating solid foods and not lactose-intolerant.  Also available is yogurt, kefir, or buttermilk.  HeavenScent also offer a high quality  KidScents line of products that offer a children’s acidophilus and an exceptional enzyme supplement.

In addition, a wonderful warm water compress can be made and placed on the baby’s abdomen during feeding, or a bath made from Lavender and Roman Chamomile essential oils.

NEWBORN and INFANT 

CRADLE CAP
Once again Roman Chamomile and Lavender essential oil to the rescue!
            You can remove the “cap” and help regulate the activity of the sebaceous glands by gently rubbing a mixture of V-6 Mixing Oil  (about an ounce) and 1 drop of lavender and I drop of chamomile over the scalp area two to three times daily.  [Note: You may wish to store the extra in a dark glass colored bottle.]  Leave on overnight and in the morning the crust can be easily removed by gentle massaging.  Be sure not to pick at the area or be too rough.  Shampoo with a mild baby shampoo only when necessary.  HeavenScent’s KidScents Shampoo is an exceptionally mild, no-tears shampoo, with an ideal pH designed specifically for children.

DIAPER RASH
Most diaper rashes respond readily to natural therapy.  HeavenScent’s KidScent’s Tender Tush is a skin-hydrating cream enhances with Chamolmile and Lavender, plus Sandalwood, Rosewood, Cistus, Blue Tansy and Frankincense specifically made to combat diaper rash. 

One or more of the following irritants generally causes diaper rashes:
On cloth diapers one must be careful of the type of detergent used.  Mild soap likes Ivory soap flakes should be considered.  Never use bleach or harsh ammonia cleaners.
Spicy foods, citrus fruits and high acid foods should be avoided, like pineapple.
Teething, fever and stress can also cause toxins to release and appear in this vulnerable area. 

Leaving diapers off as much as possible is a good way to prevent the diaper rash from forming. There are also some natural baby powders to be use in prevention.

** This information is provided for educational use only. It is not provided in order to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, illness, or injured condition of the body. Responsibility nor liability will be incurred to any person or entity with respect to any loss, damage, or injury caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by the information contained above. Consult your health care professional if necessary.

 

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