Lavender has been hailed as a wonder-herb for centuries. The scented herb has so many benefits that it's impossible to list them all here, but when it comes to babies, parents are usually only interested in it for one thing - its ability to help your child sleep soundlessly. While nothing is foolproof, lavender has relaxing properties that can lead to restful sleep. And, let's face it, we all want that.
According to Green Child Magazine, there are multiple ways that lavender can be incorporated into your bedtime routine to help your baby (and you) get your full eight hours, but it's important to always use holistic medicine safely. For instance, if your child has eczema, then rubbing a lavender-based serum onto their skin will most likely cause a flare-up. If you're worried about any existing health conditions that your little one has, make sure to talk to your doctor first before using the herb.
We recommend consulting a doctor first before using any herbal remedy, just to be safe.
If you're satisfied it's safe and want to give it a whirl, then try placing a couple of drops of good quality oil into a nightly bath. Giving little ones a bath each night before bedtime is helpful in itself, as it can serve as a "circadian cue" to the body, telling your system to start slowing down. What's more, studies have shown that lavender can also help alleviate the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, calming the nervous system as effectively as medication. Applying a couple of drops to the sheets of the crib can also be beneficial, but be sure to use sparingly.
There are ready-made products on the market that contain lavender, but if you can make your own massage lotion by adding one or two drops to a carrier oil such as olive or coconut. After the bath, give your little one a gentle massage with the mixture. The Stay-At-Home-Mom has an easy to follow the recipe that you can find here.
Here's to a peaceful night!