What essential oils are safe for children? With so many companies out there now selling essential oils, there are a number of things to take into consideration.
Essential oils can be very strong and you need to be very careful when using them with children. And it is definitely one of those cases where you get what you pay for. If you are purchasing a 20ml bottle of essential oils like lavender from the drug store, and it is $8, yet it is $30 or more from a aromatherapist, you are likely getting a lot of what they call “extenders” in your $8 bottle. What are extenders? They are chemicals added to the essential oil bottles so that the producer doesn’t have to include as much of the natural oil. Also, you may wonder where those oils have been farmed and the process that the oils have been extracted.
So, once you look at the quality of what is actually in the bottle, you also have to look at the type of oils. Many oils that we would think of as “safe” for children, really aren’t. Just because it is natural, doesn’t make it safe. Peppermint is one of these, it is not recommended for young children, and some adults may even have a reaction to it.
Using “Foundations of Aromatherapy” by Leiann King & Brenda Wright, here is their list of safe essential oils for children.
Newborn Children: Lavender & Chamomile ™, Red Mandarin, Rose 10%, Lavender Mailetter, Neroli 10%, Frankincense & Lavender
2 to 6 months of age: all of be the above and add Eucalyptus Radiata, Neoli, Tea Tree, Rose Geranium, Comfort Touch ™, Thyme ct. Linalool
7 to 24 months of age: all of the above, Dill Blend, palmarosa, To be at Peace ™, To be Well ™, To be Happy ™, To be Loved ™, Ravensara, Marjoram
3 to 5 years of age: all of the above, Green Mandarin, niaouli, Ginger, Grapefruit, Coriander, Spearmint, Sweet Orange, Heaven Scent ™ Earth Scent ™, Batchouli, Bergamont
6 to 8 years of age: all of the above, Organ Master ™, Lemon, Myrrh, Relief ™, Sweet Soothe ™, Black Spruce
9 to 11 years: all of the above, Cypress, Ylang Ylang, XY Blend ™, Trauma (TM), Breath of Life ™, Physical Care ™, Rosemary, Juniper Berry, Rir Balsam, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Sandalwood, 1st Defense ™, GI Purify ™.
Now, you should NEVER use an essential oil directly on a child. And they should never ingest them. Instead, you should be diluting them based on the child’s weight. Between 0.5% for a newborn, and 1% dilution for other children.
So, what is a mom to do with all this information? It can seem a little overwhelming. One of the great things that Youngevity has done is create a Children’s Blending Kit. It has 7 of the most common essential oils, all ready diluted, in perfect roller balls ready to head out the door in your mommy (or daddy) bag. Some of the common issues that this kit will help you with are bruises, cuts & scrapes, earaches, growing pains, and sore throats! Want to check it out a bit closer – here was when my kit arrived.