Children can often challenge us in many ways. Keeping their health in check, their emotions in balance and basically just keeping an eye on them can be an all-consuming task that can test our sanity! Some years ago B.C (before children), my partner and I were invited to stay with some friends for a social get together. While our friends were playing happy families with their one year old daughter, we were discussing how important it is that children not be programmed with fear. In other words when a child trips over and hurts themselves or gets bitten by an ant in the garden, how important it is to stay calm and be proactive in their care and not reactive.

So during the family barbeque with everyone engrossed in conversation the little baby girl suddenly fell from sitting at chair height smack onto the patio pavers landing on her forehead. There was a sickening sound as she hit the hard surface of the pavement and her screams made us all jump to attention. The mother quickly bundled up the infant into her arms and we all gasped though not saying a word. I told her to stay calm and place her hand over the baby’s forehead while I raced upstairs and grabbed my bottle of Roman Chamomile essential oil from my overnight bag. I placed a drop directly onto the baby’s forehead gently massaging it in and held my hand over her forehead for a few minutes staying relaxed and calm. Within a short period of time the baby stopped crying just as one of us realised that the barbeque steaks were starting to burn. Oh well….

On the plus side, the baby made a remarkable recovery without any bruising or swelling. It just goes to prove that children really do bounce…just kidding! So if you are a mother in particular, Chamomile is essential for those little emergencies for its soothing, calming, anti-inflammatory effect and is gentle enough for sensitive skin and other problems such as colic and nappy rash. On a subtle level chamomile helps us to accept the help of others. Both the German and Roman Chamomiles have a myriad of uses for both yourself and your family.

Author's Bio: 

Angela Power has a background spanning 25 years as a health professional profiling a career in medical nursing for over 15 years and as a Natural Therapist since 1988. She has been practicing aromatherapy with oriental medicinal principles for over 18 years and enjoys writing articles on essential oils and their uses and benefits. She is renowned for her ability to provide knowledge through her real life experiences and her Garden Apothecary website on Aromatherapy provides further articles on the therapeutic use of essential oils.