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Nighttime Rub Is Great For Infant Massage

Author: Katie A.
Date: 03-24-2015
Views: 1,263
Word Count: 221
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10559-OR
Scientific Studies: 8

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I combined the following ingredients to make my infant daughter's bedtime massage oil:

2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons avocado oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Cedarwood essential oil
10 drops Peace & Calming essential oil blend

This was the start of my interest in essential oils. I started giving my baby massages using this nighttime rub before bed.

It used to take me two hours of her crying to get her to fall asleep at night. Then she would wake up literally every hour. I decided to give this a try and truly believe this has been the key to our sleep success!

On the first night of giving her a massage, she fell asleep within 40 minutes, and she stayed asleep and did not wake up to nurse until 1 AM. She was 7 months old at the time.

Now my daughter is 10 months old, and she continues to get her massages nightly as a part of her routine. She continues to fall asleep within 30 minutes and stays asleep, only waking once or twice to nurse!

All three of the essential oils in this nighttime rub are very relaxing. I recommend Peace & Calming for anyone with kids. Cedarwood triggers the release of melatonin. Lavender is one of the most relaxing oils. My entire family has benefited from the use of these essential oils!

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1."The use of aromatherapy massage using lavender oil was found to be effective in reducing the symptoms of colic."Link
2."Valerian may be an alternative treatment for the symptom management of [restless legs syndrome] RLS with positive health outcomes and improved quality of life, [including improved sleep quality and decreased daytime sleepiness]."Link
3."This double-blind study suggests a significant reduction in snoring reported by bed partners in a group of snoring volunteers using either an essential oil spray or gargle formulation."Link
4."Women [with insomnia] receiving aromatherapy experienced a significant improvement in sleep quality after intervention."Link
5.Valerian improves the sleep of insomniacs after benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal. "Valerian subjects reported significantly better subjective sleep quality than placebo ones...."Link
6."[T]he lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students."Link
7."Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
8."Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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