By Jessica Cobb, Certified Aromatherapist
Essential oils aren’t just a trend! It may seem like essential oils are the “trendy new hotness” right now, but actually essential oils have been used by humans for thousands of years to heal, calm and enhance lives.
Before you read anything else: Rest easy knowing that using your essential oils for kids is not inventing the wheel, you’re actually using tried-and-true methods moms have been using throughout history. Plus, we’ve got your back.
Kids are not tiny adults!
One single drop of essential oil is equal to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or up to 10 teaspoons of tincture. Woah, it’s no wonder we love them so much!
But think about it, would you give a child 40 cups of tea or 10 teaspoons of tincture? No way! Which is why you need to treat essential oils a little differently when using them for kids. Plus, some essential oils can only be used on children over a certain age, and some oils that just plain can’t be used for kids at all.
Don’t stress! We’ve got your back with all the info you need to safely use essential oils for kids.
There are so many essential oils that you can diffuse, or apply topically on your child’s skin that is 100% safe, beneficial to their health, and affordable. Here is just a short list:
- Blue Tansy
- Cedarwood Atlas
- Copaiba Oleoresin
- Chamomile German
- Geranium Bourbon
- Helichrysum Italicum
- Sandalwood Australian
- Tea Tree
That’s just a tiny part of the list of child-safe oils! You can also choose KidSafe® oils! Choose from anything in our KidSafe® line and be 100% sure you’re getting essential oils that are safe for your children.
Which essential oils should you AVOID using on and around your kids?
So, it’s true that some essential oils aren’t safe for use with children. Peppermint, for example, has a high amount of menthol, and some chemotypes of Eucalyptus and Rosemary have high amounts of 1,8-Cineole, which are not safe for use around children.
Don’t put your oils away just yet, you can still safely use essential oils for your kids in the home, you just need to make sure your oils and synergies are kid-friendly and make sure you’re educated.
Here’s a long–but not complete–list of which essential oils are NOT safe to use on children:
Oils to avoid using for children at all:
- Birch (Sweet)
- Chaste Tree
Here are just some of the oils to avoid using for children under 10:
- Black Seed
- Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem
- Ginger Lily
- Honey Myrtle
- Lemon Leaf
- Lemon Myrtle
- Massoia Bark
- May Chang
- Sweet Verbena
- Peru Balsam
- Sage (Wild Mountain)
- Verbena (Lemon)
- Ylang Ylang Complete
You’re probably wondering if you can use essential oils that are NOT safe for your children yourself when you’re around your children all the time.
The answer is–you totally can! A personal inhaler lets you use whichever essential oils you need, without worrying about affecting your little ones.
Just make sure to use your personal inhaler away from your baby and leave enough time for the scent to dissipate before bringing your child back into the room.
Remember, essential oils for kids are an amazing way to naturally enhance your child’s life, care for their body and nurture their mind. All it takes is a little education, some quality oils and a loving parent to reap all the benefits essential oils have to offer!