I was browsing a delightful book I had forgotten about, and just entered a review of it on our Amazon Book Reviews page.
The full review, and a link to order, is on the link above. Allison England's "Aromatherapy and Massage for Mother and Baby" is a delight!
The book contains suggestions for aromatic selfcare during pregnancy, "aroma help during labor and birth", post partum and post pregnancy care, both emotional and physical, and baby massage and baby care. A wonderful gift to any pregnant woman or baby shower gift.
Among the baby care suggestions are two baby massage formulas:
To 100 ml (five tablespoons full) of Almond Oil or Jojoba (or a blend of both) add EITHER
2 drops of Roman Chamomile
2 drops of Rose Otto
2 drops of Neroli
2 drops of Lavender
OR one drop each Roman Chamomile and Rose Otto. (I would use a true distilled rose oil rather than a solvent extracted absolute in caring for a newborne.)
Ms. England writes "This is a perfect general massage oil when your baby is happy, although it will help calm and relax her when she is not. This formula helps keep skin free from bacteria that cause diaper rash and will leave the skin clean and sweet smelling."
For a baby with colic or other tummy troubles, try the Colic blend:
To 100 ml (five tablespoons full) of Almond Oil or Jojoba (or a blend of both) add2 drops of EITHER Mandarine (either red or green), Tangerine, or Roman Chamomile.
The book goes on to give both tips and detailed instructions for massaging a baby if you are unsure how to proceed. I wish these aromatic gifts had been available (or that I had known about them!) when I was raising my children.
You do know, of course, that Nature's Gift offers a Happy Baby Massage Oil and Happy Baby Liquid Soap, as well as Baby Bottom Balm. If you choose not to make your own we'll be glad to send you some!