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What does KidSafe® REALLY mean?

Almost 4 years ago, we launched our KidSafe® line of synergies to help empower families to choose essential oils they could use with confidence for their children. This wasn’t our only goal, however. Let’s take a look at what it really means to be KidSafe®

When Plant Therapy teamed up with Robert Tisserand to formulate a line of essential oils that were safe for the children in our lives, we wanted to ensure that our customers knew that when they choose a KidSafe® oil or synergy, they are truly just that: KID SAFE (when properly diluted). Robert is known internationally for his work in aromatherapy and specifically in regards to safety and safe use. To ensure your family’s well-being, we worked together to accomplish our goals.

Some people are under the impression these are simply diluted blends. This isn’t the case.

KidSafe® synergies are formulated with 100% pure essential oils that are deemed appropriate for use with young children. While we do offer many as pre-diluted roller bottles, those are clearly marked and ready for use when they arrive at your home. However, dilution isn’t the only point to consider. If you haven’t had a chance to read this previous blog post, we encourage you to do so, so that you can understand why some essential oils are not recommended for use with children: Safety with Kids 

All children are different! These are general guidelines and you must find what works for your family.

However, there are certain oils to avoid with children, such as:

  • Birch and Wintergreen because of the concern of developing Reye’s Syndrome. Those who take aspirin or other blood-thinning medications should avoid using Wintergreen. Do not use at all during or shortly after a viral fever. We recommend a maximum dilution of 2.4% for topical applications. Completely avoid Wintergreen oil up to age 12. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Oils high in menthol or 1,8-cineole {like Peppermint or Rosemary} should also be avoided since they can cause breathing concerns with young children. While this is rare – it can occur and should be taken seriously when choosing essential oils. The good news is there are so many oils that cover some of the same therapeutic properties that age-appropriate oils are easy to find!
  • Children under the age of two have the most restrictions on use. Essential oils for use on children ages 2 – 10 can be found here – kid safe chart. Once a child has reached age 10, unless they’ve shown a sensitivity or other reaction, nearly all oils are safe for use.

Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 10.56.41 AMTo make this EVEN easier, we have KidSafe® when diluted stamped on every essential oil we offer that IS safe to use with your children. Buy with confidence knowing that you are doing you’re very best to protect, uplift, and care for the ones you love!

Finally, to clear up any confusion about what meets our strict standards for a KidSafe® essential oil, let’s take a look at some finer points:

  • If there is ANY extra caution with an oil, it simply will not make our KidSafe® list. That doesn’t mean the oil isn’t safe, it simply means it might not be the safest!
  • These are NOT just diluted versions of “adult” synergies. They are specially formulated to contain essential oils that are gentle, yet effective for children. Taking the risk out of choosing.
  • Each KidSafe® single oil OR synergy is 100% pure, free of any additives, adulterants or dilutions. They are of the absolute highest quality and are ideal for use in aromatherapy.
  • Another wonderful benefit is that elderly or infirm individuals can also use these singles and synergies. They are gentle and don’t come with risks or cautions associated with other essential oils.
  • The “safeness” makes these KidSafe® products a fabulous choice for beginners. We provide lots of education right on the website AND the label so you can use with confidence.

As a cautionary note, please consult the following blogs before attempting to use essential oils with pets:

Want to know more or ask a few questions? We have a staff of Certified Aromatherapists standing by to assist you with any questions you might have, so drop us a line at [email protected] and let us know how we can best assist you!

32 thoughts on “What does KidSafe® REALLY mean?”

  1. I am so happy for the kid’s safe oils you have. I can now safely make balms, lotions and roller blends for my 7 grandbabies that are above the age of 2. Thank you Plant Therapy!

  2. I appreciate this list, and information, so much! I have four small kids at home! I started in oils with an mlm company, and I was offered information, tips, etc. from a group that did not use so much caution. Now I am having to backtrack and relearn what I can use around my kids. Thank you, Plant Therapy, for making this so much easier.

  3. I used to get my oils from an mlm company, but when I got pregnant, I needed to know more to make sure what I was doing was safe for baby girl. I found Plant Therapy and I am so glad I did! Now I only buy Kidsafe oils and I am reading up on these blogs constantly! Thank you guys for consistently providing such wonderful information (and pricing!) I am now going to go join that aromatherapy for pets group!

  4. This is helpful, thank you. I used doterras ongaurd for over a year regularly in the diffuser and i have been trying to figure out the difference between that and germ fighter which i also love. Looks like it’s the rosemary. That and you guys seem to be much more cautious about oil use. Which is a good thing. I haven’t had any issues with either but I’m going to look into the germ destroyer now for sure. Thank you

    1. Thank you for sharing with us, Stephanie! We know there are a lot of essential oil companies to choose from, so we appreciate you giving us a try!

  5. The reason why I chose Plant Therapy over MLM brand is because of the Kidsafe range. I’m glad I didn’t use the other brand for long coz the very reason for me to try EOs is for my six year old with ASD to help with his sleep. Hoping to build up my oil collection with more Kidsafe oils and synergies! 🙂

  6. So this may sound like a dumb question but am I correct to assume that any oil labeled kid safe is ok when diffused around children? I see that it states “When properly diluted” but oils are not diluted when put into the diffuser.

  7. I was given DoTerra Breathe last December when we contracted the flu, we have been using it off and on since then but now my 2 year old has croup and I added it to the diffuser and also have a cold air humidifier going and it’s relieved her symptoms greatly. Is the breathe safe to use in the diffuser for her? So far no side effects but your article now has me a bit concerned.

    1. Lauren, I really can’t speak for any other company’s products. I would recommend contacting the company you purchased that oil from for more info

    1. You and 8 others manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Safe Essential Oil Recipes. Although this is a subject we are passionate about, and hope to be able to provide this information in the future, we currently do not have anyone on our staff that is educated in using essential oils on pets. For cats and other small animals, essential oils can be toxic and unfortunately, Certified Aromatherapists are not trained in the use of essential oils with animals. This is considered a specialty and requires additional education. We do know that hydrosols are very safe for most pets, but it is best to check with your veterinarian or someone who is educated in this area. You may find this book helpful, “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” by Kristen Leigh Bell, in gathering more information on using essential oils with animals. We also recommend checking out this group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1595932084001505/

  8. Thank you for explaining kid safe! I have bought from other companies that “claim” all of their oils are kid safe! I decided to go with Ok and Therapy because of their kid safe line and how much they go above and beyond to keep kids safe.

  9. Thanks so much for explaining what KidSafe means! So many folks are under the impression that these are smaller doses, rather than oils that are safe for kids.

    1. We’re so glad you found this article helpful! I love using KidSafe oils in my home, even for myself. I CANNOT live without Sneezy Stop.

  10. While using the Calming the Child roller-how often is it safe to reapply? We’ve great results with using it in the mornings, but occasionally need to reapply during the day when he starts getting anxious-just want to make sure we don’t over do it!

    1. Hi Annette, for questions in regards to how to use essential oils safely with children under the age of 2 we ask that you email our Aromatherapists directly at [email protected] so we can provide you with safe usage guidelines. We look forward to hearing from you!

  11. How often would you apply the same diluted essential oils topically for an acute illness such as a cold or cough? twice a day? every 4 hours?
    Is it recommended to apply the same diluted essential oils topically on a daily basis for immune support or calming/stress relief? Or is there a risk of sensitization or decrease in effectiveness? Is a few times a week better?

    1. I typically apply about every 4 hours if my little ones are not feeling well. Diffusing intermittently is also a fabulous option because your body can take in and process the essential oils all day in very small amounts. There is certainly a risk of sensitization if you’re applying any oils on a daily basis, it really is best to use them as needed. For example, if you’re going somewhere that typically has a lot of germs/illness, I always stiff and apply Immune Boom to help protect me. If you need something to relax on a daily basis I would recommend using a personal inhaler, and switching your blend every few weeks to get maximum efficiency.

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