One thing that I have had to do a little research (well a lot) on when I began my Essential Oil journey… was to look up what oils were safe for children. I knew that you had to be careful with certain hot oils or sensitive skin… so not to cause any irritation. I also knew that certain oils were not safe to use on infants or toddlers unless diluted. Some they even recommended you don’t use at all on babies under age 2… and on pregnant woman. So it really is a lot to learn… Do you feel overwhelmed yet? Its normal… trust me, gets easier and is worth learning about.
So to start.
Below is a chart with ages and oils safe to use for that particular age.
*Taken from the Rocky Mountain Oil Website – see more info on their oils over on their blog.*
|Child’s Age||Essential Oils|
|Newborn||Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Lavender, Red Mandarin|
|2-6 months||Neroli, Dill Seed, Geranium, Rose (Rose Oil btw is flippin high! – I will prob never own it. A cheaper alternative would be their Blend of Rose) (and all of the ones listed in above age)|
|7–12 months||Palmarosa, Petitgrain bigarade, Tangerine, Helichrysum italicum (a great alternative to Healichrysum would be Gentle Healer, it is what I use instead, its just as good), Myrtle, Cardamom (and all of the ones listed in above ages)|
|2-5 years||Ginger Root, Lemon, Grapefruit, Coriander, Blue Yarrow, Cucumber Seed, Eucalyptus citriodora, and Ravintsara (and all of the ones listed in above ages)|
|6-8 years||Frankincense, Bergamot, Sweet Marjoram, Tea Tree, Melaleuca, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulus, Helichrysum gymnocephalum, Pine, Myrrh, Spikenard, Orange, Carrot Seed, Peppermint (and all of the ones listed in above ages)|
|9-11 years||Cypress, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, Elemi (and all of the ones listed in above ages)|
I do not own ALL of the above btw. Also some of you may have noticed the cypress oil mentioned for ages 9+, I use cypress on Taite almost daily for his bed wetting. Im not even kidding, if he does not use it, he wets the bed! So we have kept that as a normal routine for him. SO far we have had no ill effects. So I think you just have to use discretion and be sure not to use it TO often throughout a period of time. He only applies it “ONCE” a day, at night. Taite will be 8 soon too, so he is very close to that age bracket.
Now a lot of people are always asking. How do you dilute your oils? Well you’re in luck, I did a post on that HERE. I also made a PRINTABLE Chart you can save and use in your home.
What oils are not safe for children?
The only oils I have heard to NOT use on children under age 6 are
Peppermint and the Eucalyptus. According to RMO’s website and Robert Tisserand (apparently he is the like all knowing essential oil man), Peppermint and Eucalyptus globulus and radiata contain Menthol and Cineole as two of their key constituents. These trigger a reflex in young children which slows breathing quite a bit, sometimes dangerously. So it’s best to not apply them topically on children younger than 6. Eucalyptus citriodora is safer and can be used when the child reaches 2 or 3.”
All this being said.
Don’t let all of what I am saying above scare you from oils. The reason you have to be careful with essential oils and younger children, is because children are so much smaller. Using certain oils can irritate their skin. Overuse of any particular essential oil on the skin can cause a skin sensitivity, including allergies. So please just use discretion. You can read more about oil safety and really all the above info and more can be found over on the Rocky Mountain Oil website.
Hopefully that didn’t come across all scary-ish… was not my intention.
I love love love my essential oils. They have been a blessing to our family and I get excited any time I get to use them and see them work. One other thing… do not let your children take Essential Oils internally. Children do not need to be drinking oils at all. Topically is all they need… or you can diffuse them as needed as well.
Not sure if this post helped any..
Hopefully so. Baby Reed btw in these photos was wanting to hold my oil bottle while I got him dressed. He was able to get the cap off and then began to apply it to his own feet! I found it funny that he actually knew to do that at such a young age. This particular oil was a night time oil. Using oils like Lavender or Tranquility are awesome. I love those at night, as do my kids. I do not let Reed apply oils on himself on a normal basis. For picture purposes this was just to cute not to photograph and went along well with the post title.
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Disclaimer: I am not a Doctor… nor do I claim to ever know it all :) – these are my thoughts and each of us as parents needs to use wisdom and discretion when it comes to treating our children. May it be with “regular medicine” that most would use from a pharmacy… or essential oils.