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Essential Oil Safety for Babies and Small Children

By Deborah McKinney                                                                                                                                               Certified Aromatherapist                                                                                                                                                 April 15, 2019

Since the dawn of time man has used plants for almost everything.  We eat plants, we use them for decoration, to make a room smell good, to cure infections, and even to kill rodents.  Plants have been the root (no pun intended) of everyday life since the beginning of time.

Then man, in its zeal to make things better, started to replace plants with “junk” food, man-made chemicals, pills, air fresheners, poisons, etc.  Many of these man-made products came with severe side effects.  Many of those side effects include obesity, cancer, other health issues and, in some cases, even death.

In recent years, we have swung back to where we started.  We’ve rediscovered the amazing use of plants in natural health care.  We are again recognizing the wonderful health benefits of a simple plant.  The scent of an orange can brighten a room and a slice of that same orange in your mouth can make your tastebuds dance.  The aroma of a rose and its velvety soft petals can bring you warmth and embrace your heart with the calming feeling of love.  The smell of a fir tree can reach deep into your lungs making you feel happy and alive!

We have once again discovered that caring for our bodies naturally, inside and out, results in a happier, healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle.  Not just by eating healthier, but we have amazingly learned how to bottle all of the wonderful benefits of plants into something called an essential oil.

This small earth that we call home is filled with millions of people.  And millions of people mean using a lot of plants to meet everyone’s needs!  Fortunately, with newer and better technology, we’ve found easier and faster ways to extract essential oils from plants.  As a result, essential oils are available almost everywhere in the world.

Since the reintroduction of taking better care of ourselves naturally, we’ve discovered that we also want the same for our families.  Most importantly, we want our children to grow up happy and healthy and as naturally as possible.

Essential oils have amazing health benefits through inhalation and topical use when used properly.  This is key – when used properly.  What is good for you may not be good for me.  And what is good for you in the essential oil world is often not good for your baby.

As adults, we tend to beat up on our bodies and our skin.  Our skin is exposed to all sorts of personal hygiene products, too much sun, exposures due to our work environment, etc.  But a baby’s skin is delicate and not as mature as an adult’s skin.  A baby’s body is much smaller and baby’s skin is much thinner than an adult.  Because a baby’s skin is thinner, baby absorbs topical products differently than an adult does. Topical products are absorbed deeper and much quicker into baby’s system than they do in an adult’s system.

It is for the above reasons that the use of essential oils on children under the age of 2 years is not recommended. And, at Joy Naturals, we do not use essential oils topically on children under the age of 2 years.  We also highly recommend that essential oils be used very sparingly in blends for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years.

For babies and small children under the age of 5 years we at Joy Naturals love to use hydrosols.  Hydrosols are water based products that are created when making essential oils.  These water based products have many of the same qualities as essential oils but they are far more gentle for baby.

Let me try to explain hydrosols using a pot roast. Try, as hard as it may seem, to think of the roast in the below paragraph as a plant.

You put your roast in a pan, cover the roast, put it in the oven and cook it.   Once the roast is finished cooking, you pull the roast out of the oven.   You pour the juice from the roast into a bowl.  Once the bowl of juice cools there is a layer of waxy fat on top.  Think of the layer of waxy fat as the essential oil of your plant.  You remove the waxy fat and underneath that layer of fat is a water based product that is dark and rich.  So while the bottom layer is water based and doesn’t have all that fat (oil) that you just removed, it still makes a pretty yummy gravy.

Like the above example, during the distillation process of making essential oils, we not only get an oil but we also get a water based product from the plant.  That water based product is called a hydrosol.  the hydrosol may not contain any of the plant’s oils (like the waxy fat above) but it is still an effective but gentler product (kind of like your water based gravy above).  The best thing about hydrosols is that they are generally safe to use on babies, the elderly, pregnant women, and people who are sensitive to essential oils.

At Joy Naturals we love to use organic hydrosols for babies and small children.  We use them in our sheet spray, in baby’s bath, in our diaper rash products and in our skin care for baby.  We use dry carriers like kaolin clay, kudzu root and ground chamomile flowers for baby’s powder.

At Joy Naturals we also use carrier oils and butters for babies and small children instead of essential oils.  A carrier oil is not an essential oil.   Carrier oils, like hydrosols, have their own healing properties – even without adding essential oils!  Nature truly takes care of us!

Examples of carrier oils include argan oil, jojoba wax (oil), coconut oil, avocado oil, and so forth.  We also use butters like shea butter and cocoa butter. Handmade unscented lotion, organically crafted aloe vera gel and white kaolin clay are also favorites.

Carrier oils and butters are products that, like hydrosols, have their own healing properties.  It is a misconception to think that we must always add an essential oil to a carrier product in order for these carriers to help put balance back into our bodies.  This is especially true when working with babies and children.  Carrier products are perfect for underdeveloped bodies (like babies and small children) and adults who are sensitive to essential oils or who should be avoiding essential oils like pregnant women and the elderly.

And please, do not use essential oils on your breasts when breastfeeding.  According to Robert Tisserand, who is world renowned for his knowledge of essential oils, there is no documented proof that essential oils will help you to produce more breastmilk.  Furthermore, you do not want these essential oils absorbed into your system and into your baby’s breastmilk.

It is extremely important to be vigilant when using essential oils with babies and children.  When in doubt, reach out and ask a certified aromatherapist for advice.

Another alternative to topical use for babies and small children is the use of a diffuser.  Diffuser blends for babies can be very successful.  They can create a feeling of relaxation during times of stress and also aid in sleep support.  Diffuser blends can also effectively support better breathing during cold and flu season.  But again, be vigilant.  Certain essential oils should not be diffused around babies (or pets).

When purchasing an all-natural product for yourself or your children, consider buying products that are made organically or are made from wildcrafted ingredients.  There are a lot of products out there that are adulterated.  In short, this means that they are not pure.  And don’t be fooled by marketing terms like “therapeutic grade” – there is not such thing!

Because we make and sell products at Joy Naturals, we want only the best for our clients so we use organic and wildcrafted oils in our blends.  And, while we sell products online, we prefer to customize products specifically for you or for baby.  Why?  Because everyone’s body and needs are different.

Some of the things we look for when purchasing essential oils, carriers, and other ingredients for our products are:

Where does the product come from?                                                                                                                            When was it distilled/made?                                                                                                                                                  What is the shelf life of the product? (If the shelf life is 3 years but it was distilled 2 years ago, it only has one year left!)                                                                                                                                                                        Is the oil responsibly sourced?  (This is a whole other subject in itself)                                                                               We want to see the GC/MS report on every batch of oil!

There are a lot of great resources available if you are interested in learning more:  Hydrosol books by Suzzane Catty can be found on Amazon; Essential oils and carrier oils from aromatics.com; Books on essential oils by Robert Tisserand; Want to learn more or become certified in aromatherapy? visit aromahead.com.  Andrea is an amazing teacher who has a true passion for the gift that essential oils bring to our every day lives.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions regarding this post or our products.  Send an email to: joynaturalsinfo@gmail.com

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Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia?

Pain. Lethargy. Sadness. Restless legs. Sleepless nights. Self isolation. No one can see your pain but what you feel is very real.  During a flareup, your entire life can be tossed upside down.  It's like you were just hit by a car or a huge boulder.  Painful, sore, tender, and even sad and disoriented some days.

Doctors don't necessarily know what triggers fibromyalgia, though, according to FibroCenter.com, accidents, infections, autoimmune disorders, and stress are all possible causes of fibromyalgia.  According to everydayhealth.com, fibromyalgia may occur when the central nervous system doesn't process pain properly.  Sadly, there is no cure for fibromyalgia.  As of this writing, all we can do is treat the symptoms.

 

Treatment

There are several prescription medications available for fibromyalgia sufferers, but many come with side effects.  Some of these side effects include organ damage or thoughts of suicide.

But, before I go any further, please note that I am not telling you to stop taking your prescription medications without speaking to your doctor first.

As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I wanted to find an alternative to the medication I was taking.  First however, I admit, I have attitude when it comes to pills.  Why?  Because today it seems as though there is a pill for everything.  And while some pills are helpful to some, they aren't necessarily helpful to everyone.  And have you ever read all of the side effects many medications can create?  YIKES!  Unfortunately, I experienced negative side effects while taking fibromyalgia medication.  Worse, the medicine wasn't helping me feel better.

 

Alternative Treatments

When I became a Certified Aromatherapist one of my first missions was to create a blend to aid in the relief of my fibromyalgia symptoms.

This is made with a handmade all-natural lotion (one of very few lotions on the market made with no harsh chemicals).  It contains responsibly sourced, organic essential oils.

I rub this blend on my back, shoulders, legs, wherever it hurts.  Here are some the side effects I've experienced while using the Fibromyalgia Blend.  It helps clear my brain fog.  It aids in lifting my spirits.  I  sleep better.  It assists in lessening my pain.  In short, I feel better.   I'm not going to lie, I like these side effects.

Sometimes, I include the use of Neuralgia 5 oil with the Fibromyalgia Blend by layering the two products. I originally created the Neuralgia 5 oil for someone who suffered from trigeminal neuralgia.  But I soon discovered that layering the Neuralgia 5 oil with the Fibromyalgia Blend was helpful for me during one of my flareups.  I roll the Neuralgia 5 oil onto the tender spots, then cover the tender spots and surrounding area with the Fibromyalgia Blend.

Help for fibromyalgia can come in the form of a pill, essential oils, or a combination of both.  Everyone responds to treatment differently.  I personally get regular chiropractic treatments and I use the Fibromyalgia Blend.   Both have helped me tremendously.

As a Certified Aromatherapist, I hold a professional membership in the NAHA (National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy) and the AIA (Alliance of International Aromatherapists).

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Fibromyalgia Blend

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The Basics

You can read a lot about essential oils, carrier oils and hydrosols on the web. The problem is, what articles do you believe? Was the article written by someone with the educational background to give safe advice or someone who simply wants to make some money? You read a blogger’s article and then you click on a link and presto – you are taken to a company that subsidizes the author for your click and your purchase.

First, look for credentials. Often, you will find that the author is simply promoting a specific brand of oils. Some articles are written by a person who has worked with essential oils and thinks he or she is an expert on all things essential oils because he or she has read other articles on the web. After all, reading articles on the web makes us all pros, right?

So, who should you listen to? Articles written by certified or registered aromatherapists are probably your safest bet. Why? For the same reason you take medical advice from your doctor or tax advice from your accountant. Would you take legal advice from your ten-year old nephew about your business because he read an article on the web? I didn’t think so. Certified and registered aromatherapists are educated on essential oils, so that’s who I would trust.

Let’s start with some basic information. “Therapeutic grade.” This is the phrase that irritates me beyond anything I can describe. It seems like everyone uses the term. Whether the essential oils come from some manmade lab or organic oils harvested by conscientious growers, people can legally use the term “therapeutic grade.” How can this be you ask? Because “therapeutic grade” is a marketing term. There is no government standard that grades any essential oil. So anyone, and I mean anyone, can say that their essential oils are therapeutic grade. The problem, however, is that some reputable companies have caved and used this term because that’s the term everyone seems to look for. How sad is that? The term, therapeutic grade, is so widely used, that if a company doesn’t say it, people assume it isn’t good quality oil. Wow…see why I get just a little upset by that?

Next, we have price. It’s easy for Joe Seller to mark up his product so that you think Joe Seller’s product just has to be the best. Some companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to advertise. But all the advertising in the world doesn’t mean quality, purity, or organic. But it does mean that Joe Seller hired a smart advertising agency to promote Joe Seller’s product.

And then there’s the company which will sell you an oil for $50 but if you become one of their consultants, you can get that same oil for only $39. So, what’s the first thing that happens once a newcomer gets sold on their product? The newcomer starts selling the oils so he or she can get discounts. The newcomer, who may have very good intentions, doesn’t necessarily have any educational background in what he is selling and what the contraindications are for certain oils when it comes to medication, children, animals, pregnancies, etc.

I love working with essential oils. So why do I have a problem with certain marketing models? Because using essential oils safely is first and foremost the most important thing. And second, these companies probably aren’t educating or requiring education of their sellers other than the brief little blog they have in their pamphlets.

So, you ask, how do I know where I should purchase my oils and how do I know the oils are truly organic?

That’s where a certified or registered aromatherapist comes in. Ask someone who has gotten a formal education on the subject of oils and what she advises. A good aromatherapist won’t try to sell you a brand, she will help you choose the oil that is in your best interest and she will expect GC/MS reports to be available with each and every batch of oil she (or you) purchases. She will know how to read the report and can advise you accordingly.

And please, never assume that just because one batch of oils provided by a company is good the rest are. Not all oils come from the same country, the same space of land or the same growers. And, like every culture, one year could be spectacular for a particular plant and its oils with the perfect amount of sunshine, rain and overall weather conditions. Another year could be a completely different scenario. Not enough rain, overworked land, different suppliers, growers…you get the idea.

If you are using essential oils, you probably care about the earth, people, and nature, so consider buying oils only from suppliers that purchase through fair trade and responsible growers. In other words, research or reach out to a certified or registered Aromatherapist for advice.

I personally do business from one place when purchasing essential oils. We’ll call this essential oil company that I deal with the “EO Company”. This particular EO Company has been known to sell oils for cleaning supplies instead of use on the skin because of conflicting GC/MS reports. In other words, if one report says it’s pure but a second says it isn’t pure, they won’t sell it as an essential oil for the skin, instead, they reduce the price and sell it for cleaning or other uses. Why? Because they actually care about their product, their name, and their client’s health and wellbeing. They do not put money, advertising and marketing schemes before purity. And because I have the same philosophy, I will only buy my essential oils from EO Company.

Why haven’t I named the EO Company? Because I do not write for them. I write to help educate you, the reader.

Finally, please don’t hesitate to ask for credentials if someone tells you he/she has his/her certification. I’ve actually had people lie to me about their credentials. Yikes!

Here are the three levels of education that The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) recognizes:

  • Level 1: NAHA Certified Level 1 Aromatherapist® (minimum 50 hours)
  • Level 2: NAHA Certified Professional Aromatherapist® (Minimum 200 hours)
  • Level 3: NAHA Certified Clinical Aromatherapist® (Minimum 300 hours)

Here are the three levels of education that the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA) organization recognizes. You will note that they have higher expectations and their list of approved schools is very short.:

  • Level One: Foundation Course in Aromatherapy (Minimum 100 hours)
  • Level Two: Professional Aromatherapy Certification (Minimum 200 hours)
  • Level Three: Advanced Practitioner Level Aromatherapy Training (Minimum 400 hours*)

Both of the above organizations also have a list of approved schools – my certification was obtained at a school approved by both organizations and, in case you are wondering, I am currently a Level Two in both organizations.

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Soap Free Face Wash & Goodnight Moisturizer Set

Organic Argan oil and organic Aloe make this Soap Free Face Wash a luxurious, non-drying must have for your skin care regime. With Frankincense and Neroli, your face will feel loved from the first moment it touches your skin.

Goodnight Moisturizer drenches your skin like a dewy morning. With a touch of organic Carrot Seed Oil, organic Jojoba and organic Argan, this combo will love your skin while you sleep.

This combo is specially priced at $24.99 with free shipping and a free gift bag and tissue paper.

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, that’s why Joy Naturals takes pride in purchasing its essential oils from distributors who provide GC/MS reports, helping to insure that our products are made from 100% organic ingredients.

Joy Naturals never substitutes quality for quantity.