Last week, I wrote about Why “Going Green” is Essential for Your Family’s Health, Especially Baby & How Oils Can Help.
Currently, I’m in the process of putting together my curriculum for teaching developmental nutrition, and the impact of what occurs with early, harmful, environmental exposures, especially during critical periods in utero, is even more evident. (source, source, source)
In fact, the fetal origins of adult disease (FOAD) hypothesis states that these effects are long-lasting. One study summarizes this in its abstract below:
Dr. David Barker first popularized the concept of fetal origins of adult disease (FOAD). Since its inception, FOAD has received considerable attention. The FOAD hypothesis holds that events during early development have a profound impact on one’s risk for development of future adult disease. Low birth weight, a surrogate marker of poor fetal growth and nutrition, is linked to coronary artery disease, hypertension, obesity, and insulin resistance. Clues originally arose from large 20th century, European birth registries. Today, large, diverse human cohorts and various animal models have extensively replicated these original observations. This review will focus on the pathogenesis related to FOAD and examines Dr. David Barker’s landmark studies, along with additional human and animal model data. Implications of the FOAD extend beyond the low birth weight population and include babies exposed to stress, both nutritional and non-nutritional, during different critical periods of development, which ultimately result in a disease state. By understanding FOAD, health care professionals and policy makers will make this issue a high healthcare priority and implement preventative measures and treatment for those at higher risk for chronic diseases. (source)
This concept is evidence of the power we have to optimize our genetics through the interaction of epigenetics, nutrigenomics, microbiome support, and lifestyle. Beyond some of the common measures of “going green” and reducing exposures that I discussed last week, essential oils are an additional powerful tool to help the body stay strong in a challenging environment. They support removal of toxicants as they also build resiliency and support our psychological, physical, and emotional needs.
This brought my focus back to how to take simple steps to ensure that our children have the best possible outcomes and continue to thrive throughout their lives.
Soon, I will release my full article on how non-toxic, all-natural, essential oil-diffused baby wipes can have a big health impact. Using this “tiny” example, I hope to encourage others to see that purchasing safer products really “pays off” in many ways. For example, these scent-sational travel companions are multi-taskers for busy parents. Beyond their obvious use for baby booties, they can be used as a makeup remover for mom, bathroom wipes for grownups, hand sanitizers during sticky barbecues, and more.
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Below is the first part, available to all readers, on these wonderful wipes and using essential oils with children.
Wait! Are Essential Oils Safe in Infants?
Yes, these products are oils infused, but can you use essential oils with babies. Uh, yay!
All the oils in the calming blend are rated as low evidence of harm on the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s SkinDeep website. (When checking, don’t confuse “fragrance” for essential oils!)
I’ve provided more resources on safety of essential oils in children from my database and some additional studies below for your review.
Check out my resources below:
My EO Database
Children and Oils:
Additional Studies with Oils and Children:
- Effectiveness of the essential oils lavender and ginger in promoting children’s comfort in a perianesthesia setting.
- Lavender bath oil reduces stress and crying and enhances sleep in very young infants.
- EEG asymmetry responses to lavender and rosemary aromas in adults and infants.
- The effectiveness of aromatherapy massage using lavender oil as a treatment for infantile colic.
- The effect of peppermint oil on symptomatic treatment of pruritus in pregnant women
Resource: Aromatherapy for Health Professionals
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*Safety reminder: Please use essential oils and all natural products wisely. For additional safety and medical information, be sure to visit my essential oils database. This includes a full category on how to use essential oils safely and potential drug interactions that can occur. Also, be extra sure to check with your doctor if you have a seizure disorder. The Epilepsy Society of the UK lists certain essential oils implicated for their antiseizure effect as well as those that have stimulating properties.
If you and/or your physician are interested in consulting with me to assist with supporting the integration of essential oils safely into a therapeutic protocol, essential oils consultations are available.
This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.