Essential oils are used as a natural home remedy for a number of ailments and there is a growing movement all over the world regarding their use within the home! Keep in mind, though, there are many safety precautions that you need to be aware of when using essential oils. You need to be especially careful when it comes to essential oils use and children.
Diluting essential oils and then diffusing them is the safest way to introduce them to your children for the first time. Make sure you keep essential oils out of reach of those curious, wandering hands and keep an eye out for any reactions. Introducing essential oils to children is just like introducing them to a new food–take it slow and look out for reactions!
Essential Oils for Children Under the Age of Two
Dilution is a huge part of the safety of using essential oils. The dilution ratio to use on children is 1:4, which means one drop of essential oil must be diluted by four teaspoons of your chosen carrier oil.
Here are some oils that are considered appropriate for diffusion and the occasional topical application, as long as they are diluted:
Basil is a relaxing and mood-lifting essential oil. It can also be helpful to soothe sore muscles, fight bacteria, combat infections, reduce inflammation, battle viruses, relieve congestion and stimulate the nervous system.
While fresh basil herbs are also beneficial and a great way to flavor recipes, the essential oil is much more concentrated and potent, so if you plan to cook with it, make sure your oils are safe for ingestion, and use them sparingly!
This essential oil is helpful for soothing achy muscles. When you are not feeling energized or in the mood to do anything, black pepper oil can help you get energised. You can diffuse black pepper oil to help you stay focused, sharp and alert throughout the day. It’s also great to blend with other oils such as lavender and clary sage.
Blue tansy provides relief for many people who suffer during high pollen seasons. It also soothes troubled skin and supports self esteem, confidence and enthusiasm. Doesn’t that sound like just the perfect oil for you and your little one?!
Cinnamon leaf has warming effects when applied to the skin. This can cause irritation if it is too highly concentrated so make sure you dilute it properly! It is also a powerful antiseptic and can be used effectively to stop infections such as coughs, colds and viral infections.
This is a great oil to help promote relaxation and restful sleep. It also has antibacterial properties. Clary sage can help fight bacterial and fungal infections. It is also a powerful antiseptic that treats wounds and can reduce sepsis. This would be great when those little ones start running around and getting cuts and bumps.
Coriander oil can help soothe upset tummy. It releases gases in the stomach and promotes smoother digestion. It has also been shown to lower feelings of anxiety, helping the body back to a calm state.
An uplifting essential oil to help you and the little one get into good spirits for the day ahead. When you add 1-2 drops to your carrier oil and massage onto the abdomen it can also relieve symptoms of digestive trouble.
Just like clary sage, juniper essential oil has a calming effect on the body. It is beneficial for improving the quality of sleep. Its fragrance is therapeutic and helps relax the body and soothe the mind.
It also supports healthy respiratory function and can be an immune booster. Dilute equal parts carrier oil and apply topically to the back of your neck, wrists and soles of the feet to help boost your immunity.
Lavender is a hugely versatile oil and one of the safest oils out there. If you are beginning to use essential oils around your children, I would recommend using this one to begin with. Lavender is well known for its calming effects, sleep promotion, and it also helps soothe bug bites, burns and other skin irritations.
This is another great mood-lifting oil and also promotes healthy respiration function. It helps with digestive issues and it can be used as a pain reliever. And it smells great too!
Tea tree has a wide range of benefits from beauty, household and health. For example, bruises, blisters, burns and sunburn can all be treated with this oil. It’s also good for muscle aches and arthritis, cuts, wounds, scratches, chicken pox, cold sores, warts and so much more!
These are only some of the oils that you can use for children under the age of two. There are many more to discover once you get into the wonderful world of essential oils!
But again, I repeat, when you are introducing your children to essential oils, please watch for their reaction.
If they complain that they don’t like it, please stop using immediately, as this is a sign that they could be suffering from an adverse reaction.
Essential Oils That Are Considered Safe for Children Ages 2-6
Because of it’s wonderful aroma, jasmine essential oil is known to have an uplifting effect. It is also a powerful antiseptic and has antiviral properties. It can be applied to minor wounds or cuts to help prevent infection from taking hold.
Lemongrass essential oil is used as aromatherapy to relieve muscle pain. Externally it’s used to kill bacteria, ward off insects, and reduce body aches. Internally, you may use it to help your digestive system. The compounds that make up lemongrass essential oil are known to have antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ylang-ylang essential oil has been traditionally used to treat depression and soothe fearfulness, while elevating feelings of optimism and courage. It can help with nervous palpitations and irritability and can also combat insomnia due to its moderate sedative effects. It can also help enhance your mood and encourages optimistic and positive feelings.
This is only a part of the essential oils that you can safety use on or around children. There are many articles online to give you a full comprehensive list, but I didn’t want to overwhelm you so this simple, yet detailed, list should definitely get you started on the right track.
Did this make you curious about essential oils? Feel free to leave a message in the comments letting me know what you’d like to learn for next time!
About The Author…
Anne is from Ireland where she is taking time off after school to focus on her mental health. She is also an assistant at Quiet Nonsense and runs her own blog www.foreverthewanderer.ie with topics including travel, mental health and so much more. Anne dreams of/ is working towards becoming a professional blogger.