The best way to ensure safety with essential oils and children is to dilute, dilute, dilute! When you dilute an essential oil, it doesn’t reduce the effectiveness in your body, so when in doubt, just DILUTE. My favorite carrier oil to dilute essential oils is almond oil. Coconut oil is good too, but it is a thicker oil like butter, not a liquid in it’s most natural state. A formula that is easy to remember is a drop to a TBSP when using with Infants. You can use the formula 1 drop to a TSP for children 2 and over. The chart below is a great resource for using oils with infants.
Essential oils are great to use with kids, they can soothe them at night, boost immunity, make their body stronger for fighting illness, provide emotional support, and help with sleep. Here are three great ones to consider:
- Lavender is one of the safest essential oils to use for anyone, especially children. It is calming emotionally, and can provide health support with upper respiratory issues, skin concerns, or immunity support. You can use it on their skin or run lavender in the diffuser.
- Frankincense is a whole body healing oil. It is great for skin tags, warts, cuts, bruises, or anything where you want to try and boost healing. It is also great diffused for anti-depressant support.
- Tea Tree is another great one for kids. It can be used in a diffuser or on their skin. It is great for baths to fight off sickness. You can add it to coconut oil to moisturize the skin. It is also great for teens with oily hair and skin to provide extra cleansing support.
There are some great options for using oils with kids. Make sure the essential oils you choose are good, high quality oils. Know where they come from, how they are being distilled, and what the companies’ testing process is. If you can’t readily find these answers, STAY AWAY.