- As with all essential oil use, please follow the general guidelines for safety.
- Keep all essential oils and related products out of reach of children.
- Always take into account the constitution and health of an individual when blending for them, especially with children. A robust, healthy young 5 year old may respond differently to an essential oil than a 5 year old who is normally sensitive to scent or is small for his age.
- Be aware that some essential oils should not be used at all when pregnant or breastfeeding. (We'll be posting a full article on the subject of essential oils during pregnancy or breastfeeding next week, so stay tuned for that.)
- Always dilute essential oils appropriately for use with children.
Essential oils are powerful, potent substances. We recommend avoiding direct skin application for children under two years of age. Babies rarely need something as strong as an essential oil to support their little systems. We recommend using Hydrosols with babies instead of essential oils. They're gentle, effective, safe, and still provide many therapeutic benefits for our little ones.
When you feel that using a baby-safe essential oil is necessary, you can either diffuse it for a short period of time (15 minutes is plenty) or you can apply it, properly diluted, to your own back instead of to the baby's skin. This way they'll still be able to inhale the aroma but it will be indirect and it will not be touching their skin. Diffusion can be especially effective at nighttime - diffusing a tiny bit of Lavender and/or Chamomile before bed can be incredibly soothing and calming for baby and parents!
For healthy children ages 2-5 years, kid-safe oils may be appropriate for use in a diffuser or for short-term first aid use, such as a bit of diluted Lavender to soothe a bug bite. For acute situations, like a bee sting, 1 drop of undiluted, pure organic Lavender essential oil may be applied.
When you do apply essential oils to a child's skin at this age, they should be blended at a 1% dilution. This means 5-6 total drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. Hydrosols also provide therapeutic benefits and are appropriate for use with children in this age group.
For healthy kids in this age group, diffusion, inhalation (aromatherapy inhalers are an option - use 10 drops total in the inhaler), or topical application at a 1-1.5% dilution may be appropriate.
Here is a list of some of our oils that are generally regarded as safe for use around children when used appropriately:
- Basil, linalol
- Bergamot (phototoxic - use appropriately)
- Cedar, Atlas
- Chamomile, German & Roman
- Clary Sage
- Grapefruit (phototoxic - use appropriately)
- Jasmine Absolute
- Juniper Berry
- Lemon (phototoxic - use appropriately)
- Marjoram, Sweet
- Orange, Sweet
- Pine, Wild Scotch
- Tea Tree
- Vanilla Perfume
You are responsible for using essential oils safely and for knowing the safety considerations of each essential oil you use.