Safe Essential Oils for Young Children
Whether you’re an experienced user or a beginner, this information will help you know which oils are best avoided and which are safe essential oils for young children
And as you probably know, essential oils are a wonderful and natural way to keep your children healthy. And they can help with many things such as:
– Cradle Cap
– Diaper Rash
– Dry Skin
But if you aren’t too familiar with how to use essential oils on your kids, knowing how to apply them and knowing which are safe to use, is extremely important.
Applying Essential Oils:
When applying essential oils to infants and children, always dilute with a carrier oil. Coconut oil (what I use) is normally recommended but there are other kinds such as almond oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil.
For infants, dilute 1-2 drops of the essential oil in 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil (and it’s usually best to apply essential oils to an infant’s feet).
For children ages 2-6, use 1-2 drops of the essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
And for children ages 7-11, dilute 1-2 drops of the essential oil in ½ teaspoon of carrier oil.
If you’re diffusing essential oils in a child’s bedroom, add a few less drops to the diffuser than is normally recommended.
Generally Safe Essential Oils for Young Children:
– Ylang Ylang
– Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
Oils to Avoid/Use with Caution:
– Black Pepper
– Eucalyptus (avoid under age 10)
– Douglas Fir
– Peppermint (avoid under age 6)
– Rosemary (avoid under age 10)
Here’s a printable you can save, share, or print for easy access to this information. To print, right click on the image and select “Save Image As”. After you’ve saved it to your computer, you can print it anytime.
Safety Information: ALWAYS keep essential oils out of children’s reach. If you’ve discovered that your child has ingested any type of essential oil have them drink an oil-soluble liquid like milk, half & half, or cream and then call poison control or seek medical attention. While ingesting a few drops of an essential oil wouldn’t be life-threatening, it’s best to take these steps especially if you don’t know how much your child ingested. And if you have questions, I recommend finding a naturopathic physician near you who is experienced with the use of essential oils.
Sources & References:
Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. 7th ed. Pleasant Grove, UT: AromaTools, 2015. Print.