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Bit of Background - We have 2 children and both have struggled with poor sleep patterns and dreaming in their early years including night terrors and irritability at nighttime. With my first I was put onto Badger Night Night Balm by a lovely lady in Boots who took pity on my rag tag lack of sleep appearance! I used it until he was about 4 and established himself into a good sleep pattern and have used it on my daughter since she started to suffer with colic which upset her sleep. I have recently started to use it again on her (combined with Bach Night Time) to help her with nightmares that she suffers from at the moment.
The balm comes in a small 21oz lip balm sized tin with a purple lid and the product name written on the top underneath the Badger picture. The base ingredients are olive oil and beeswax with essential oil extracts of lavender (calming/sleep aid); sandalwood (calming/reverance); Chamomile (soothing); mandarin and spearmint (safe and uplifted).
Pop open the lid and you will find a lovely but no too potent smelling balm. The balm itself is of a greasy texture but allows it to be applied easily to little ones, does not irritate sensitive skin (daughter) and is not visible when they wake in the morning. You can definatley smell the lavender but it is not overpowering and is tempered by the chamomile and sandalwood. I think it smells just lovely - warming, soothing and comforting - which I guess is what it is supposed to do!!
I apply it to my childrens temples (often with the help of them too), under the nose and also, if necessary, on their wrists. A little bit on a musslin or soft toy doesnt go amiss either. With just lavender oil I find it can irritate and cause coughing but not with this product, it is so gentle but so effective. The balm allows their little minds to wind down and then promotes a feeling of safety to soothe and calm and assist them to fall asleep gently and naturally, which is what we all want after a busy day. Both my children have definatley benefited from Badger Balm, I use it still on my son (7) if he is worried about school etc and it just works so well. It works equally well on adults as I use it when I have a migraine or too much work stress.
Badger Balm is available in Boots and Superdrug but not always in smaller pharmacies and costs between £2-4. It is also available as Sleep Balm, but I have always found Night Night works better on my children. I am not some herbalist earth mother, just a parent who didnt want to resort to night nurse on a screaming child after weeks of no sleep. Its not a miracle cure, you still need to make sure you have a good bed time routine in place to help your children but with a little work and this little gem of a balm then hey presto, happy children, happy parent - Happy Days!! I recommend it to all my newbie mums and will continue to do so.
I must begin with a quick disclamer: MissD has thankfully always been quite a good sleeper, so I can't say whether or not this has helped her sleep. However, I still think it's a lovely product, and I hope you still find my review useful.
The tin, which is the same size as the small tins of vaseline you get, is an attractive lilac colour with a little badger dozing on the front. It's very cute packaging which looks good on the nursery shelf - you don't need to hide it away after use if you don't want to! The main ingredients are extra virgin olive oil and beeswax, and the balm contains lavender, sandalwood, mandarin, spearmint and chamomile essential oils.
The texture is a little oily (it does contain olive oil after all!), but it rubs in easily and is very pleasant to use. I apply it to the nape of MissD's neck and put a few dabs under and around her nose. You can apply the product anywhere according to the packaging, including wrists, temples and even the lips. The smell, as you would imagine, is very soothing, with lavender being the over-riding fragrance, but I can definitely detect a touch of mint too. It's worth mentioning that most of the smell and any product residue has gone by morning, so you don't wake up to a greasy baby.
Using the balm has now become part of our nighttime routine - MissD asks for her "balm balm" at bedtime and helps to put it on (which can be dangerous if she gets her fingers too deep into the tin!). We were given this product at Christmas and have used it most nights, and the tin is probably just under half-used, so it's certanly great value for money. I really think it would help older children and even adults with sleeping problems as it does smell very relaxing.
If you have a young baby and spot this on your travels, I would definitely recommend picking it up.