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If you’re new to essential oils you may be wondering about how you can use them safely and effectively with your children. There is so much information out there and everyone has their own opinions about essential oils and their uses, it can feel a little intimidating to begin. I know that feeling all too well!

As a mother and certified doula i spent years doing research, talking to professionals, and studying up on oil safety so that i could serve my clients and their children in the best possible way. In my own life, i wanted to make sure my children’s wellness was our top priority, giving me even more drive to dive into the world of essential oil safety for kids. After years of learning in this area, i now teach these important basics to mothers and oil users to help empower them on their journey.

To start this post off i want to preface it by saying that i while i am passionate and educated in this area, i am not a doctor or certified aromatherapist! I am simply a mother who feels that essential oils are a powerful and natural tool! I always suggest that my clients talk to their health care provider, naturopath, or a licensed aromatherapist for concerns about safety, use, and more.

With that being said,  when using essential oils with children safety is key. It is better to be overly cautious than to over do it with essential oils. Unlike fragrances and perfume oils, essential oils are strong plant medicine and that should be respected always. We need to take great caution and care when exposing our young children to these little bottles and we always need to keep proper usage in mind.

Here are some of the most important basics to know when using essential oils with children//

  • Essential oils should be used with caution and intent. 
  • It is not recommended that essential oils be used (topically, or inhaled) with babies before the age of six months due to their thinner skin and immature immune systems.
  • After the age of six months, you may diffuse child safe essential oils for a specific purpose and short periods of time. For an acute case (like a bee sting or bug bite), you may use essential oils topically, but this should be the exception and not the norm. Children are particularly sensitive to aroma and products applied to the skin.
  • After the age of 2 years you may start topical use with a very low dilution (less than 1%), but keep in mind a child’s immune system takes several years to fully develop, making them less able to deal with the adverse affects which may arise when concentrated products are used improperly on or around them.
  • After the age of 6 years the immune system has likely matured, and adverse reactions from low dilutions of essential oils are not as likely. You’ll still want to use low dilutions (usually 1%), but thicker skin is going to provide more protection from topical applications so i always suggest applying to the bottom of the feet with children.

Oils that are SAFE for kids:

When used appropriately, in the right situations, with the proper dilution and application, the following essential oils (pay attention to chemotype and Latin/botanical name) are NOT known to produce adverse reactions when used with children (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • German Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper Berry
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram (Sweet)
  • Neroli
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Pines -except Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), or Huon Pine (Dacrydium franklinii)
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Siberian Fir Needle
  • Spearmint
  • Spruces
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree
  • Vetiver

*Note:while Vetiver is safe for children i would not recommend it for sleep support because it is known to cause vivid dreams and sometimes nightmares, which could scare your child, so it is best avoided and replaced with cedarwood or lavender instead.

Oils that are UNSAFE for kids:

Some essential oils have several different species or chemotypes – some are safe for children, and some are not.  Please take note of the species or chemotype noted to lessen confusion with other essential oils with the same name.

NOTE: if it says “avoid using (all routes)” that means everything – do not use topically or allow them to inhale.

  • Anise/Aniseed Pimpinella anisum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Anise (Star) Illicium verum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Basil (lemon) Ocimum x citriodorum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin, Styrax paralleloneurus and Styrax tonkinensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Birch (sweet) Betula lenta – avoid using (all routes) with children
  • Black Seed Nigella sativa – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Cajuput Melaleuca cajuputi, Melaleuca leucadendron – avoid using with children under 6
  • Cardamon Elettaria cardamomum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Cassia Cinnamomum cassia, Cinnamomum aromaticum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Chaste Tree Vitex agnus castus – avoid using (all routes) with prepubertal children
  • Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllata, Eugenia aromatica – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Cornmint Mentha arvensis, Mentha canadensis – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus maidenii, Eucalyptus plenissima, Eucalyptus kochii, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus Autraliana,Eucalyptus phellandra, Eucalyptus smithii – avoid using (all routes) with children under 10
  • Fennel (bitter), Fennel (sweet) Foeniculum vulgare – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Galangal (lesser) Alpinia officinarum, Languas officinarum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Garlic Allium sativum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Ginger Lily Hedychium coronarium – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Ho Leaf/Ravintsara Cinnamomum camphora (cineole chemotype) – avoid using with children under 6
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis (pinocamphone chemptype) – avoid using (all routes) with children under 2
  • Laurel Leaf/Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis – avoid topical use on children under 2; avoid all routes for children under age 6
  • Lemon Leaf/Lemon Petitgrain Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Lemongrass Cymbopogon flexuosus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Andropogon citratus – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Marjoram (Spanish) Thymus mastichina – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Massoia Cryptocarya massoy, Cryptocaria massoia, Massoia aromatica – avoid using (all routes) with children under 2
  • May Chang Litsea cubeba, Litsea citrata, Laura cubeba – avoid topical use with children under 2
  • Melissa/Lemon Balm Melissa officinalis – avoid topical use with children under 2
  • Myrtle (red) Myrtus communis – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Myrtle (aniseed) Backhousia anisata – avoid using (all routes) with children under 5
  • Myrtle (honey) Melaleuca teretifolia – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Myrtle (lemon)/Sweet Verbena Backhousia citriodora – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Niaouli (cineole chemotype) Melaleuca quinquinervia – avoid using (all routes) on children under 6
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Opopanax Commiphora guidottii – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Oregano Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum, Origanum hirtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureeja capitata – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Peppermint Mentha x Piperita – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Peru Balsam Myroxylon balsamum, Myroxylon pereiraw, Myroxylon peruiferum, Myrospermum pereirae, Toluifera pereirae – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Rambiazana Helichrysum gymnocephalum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Rosemary (1,8-cineole chemotype) Rosmarinus officinalis – avoid using (all routes) with children under 10
  • Saffron Crocus sativus – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Sage (Greek)Salvia fruiticosa, Salvia triloba Sage (White) – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Sage (White) Salvia apiana – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Sage (Wild Mountain) Hemizygia petiolata – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Sanna Hedychium spicatum – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Saro Cinnamosma fragrans – avoid using (all routes) with children under 6
  • Savory Satureia hortensis, Satureia montana – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Styrax Liquidambar orientalis, Liquidambar styraciflua – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Tea Leaf/Black Tea Camellia sinensis, Thea sinensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Tea Tree (lemon-scented) Leptospermum petersonii, Leptospermum citratum, Leptospermum liversidgei – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Treemoss Pseudevernia furfuracea – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Turpentine Pinus ayacahuite, Pinus caribaea, Pinus contorta, Pinus elliottii, Pinus halepensis, Pinus insularis, Pinus kesiya, Pinus merkusii, Pinus palustris, Pinus pinaster, Pinus radiata, Pinus roxburghii, Pinus tabulaeformis, Pinus teocote, Pinus yunnanensis – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Verbena (Lemon) Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citriodora, Lippa triphylla – avoid topical use on children under 2
  • Wintergreen Gaultheria fragrantissima, Gaultheria procumbens – avoid (all routes) on children due to methyl salicylate content under age 10
  • Ylang-Ylang Cananga odorata – avoid topical use on children under 2

Age appropriate dilution:

On creating routines:

For children 2+ essential oils can be an amazing way to support their sleep, immune systems, and so much more. I strongly believe in the power of routines when it comes to using oils in these areas, making them as a natural part of your every day gives them power. My biggest suggestion to parents who are trying to incorporate oils into their child’s routine is to start small. Instill one routine at a time to support your child’s needs. The easiest place to start is bed time! Most of our children could use help getting a good night’s sleep and oils have been very successful in promoting sound sleep for children and adults alike. Turning the diffuser on while your children get in their pj’s can start a smooth transition to bedtime, creating a calming environment for them to unwind. Oils like Peace & Calming and Cedarwood are great choices for this. You can also create a calming linen spray to mist their bedding and pillows with, an additional way to relax your children and create a bedtime ritual. Once you find the oil combinations and methods that work for you and your children you can start supporting them in other areas like their immune systems or their emotions!

Favorite Oily Tips for Kids:

Have a teething baby? Copaiba is an amazing natural anti-inflammatory and is amazing at relieving those sore baby gums! Make a roller and apply to the jaw line or rub neat onto the sore spot for support. It’s also in the Premium Starter Kit.

Gentle Baby is a wonderful blend for postpartum mothers and babies alike. Its calming and soothing aroma is perfect for diffusing in the nursery or wearing as a daily postpartum perfume.

Young Living has a line of pre-diluted oils designed especially for children that includes blends to promote focus, sleep, relieve ouchies, and more! These oils are a great addition to your Starter Kit if you have children and are great for throwing in your diaper bag or purse.

Want clean, essential oil infused products for your babies and young children? Explore Young Living’s Seedlings line! These gentle products with naturally derived ingredients are the perfect way to kick the harmful chemicals from your children’s personal care products.

More Resources:

Using Essential Oils for Children

Gentle Babies Book

Oily Stations & Why They’re Important!

  

Keeping my oils out where i can see them and easily access them has been the key to making them a part of my everyday life. When they are out on the dresser or next to the diffuser I’m more likely to slow down when I pass by and drop something on my wrist or start the diffuser with my favorite blend. That’s why oily stations have become a huge part of our home and why i suggest them endlessly to people who want to start using oils more consistently.

With essential oils, consistency is key. You want the oils to be a part of you wellness routine. something you do regularly and build routines around. You see, so much of the power in essential oils centers around using them daily, rather than just grabbing one out of the blue to “throw at something”. Think proactive, not reactive.

Creating oily stations around you home makes grabbing your oils so much more convenient and takes the “overwhelming” factor of oils away. You’ll start to feel more comfortable with your oil collection and how you can put them to good use all around your house when you’re using them every single day!

A few tips for creating an oily station of your own:
+ Find a wall, or shelf or nook in your main living area where you can display your oils! Out of sight, out of mind – so best to set your oils up where you do most of your living.

+ Keep a basket, drawer or container with the following right next to your oils: empty rollers, empty spray bottles, witch hazel, carrier oil (v-6 or fractionated coconut oil to name my two favorites). If all of that is right within reach of your oils, you’ll be more inclined to make rollers and sprays and get using and sharing those oils!

+ Keep inventory/a blank sheet of paper nearby. I mark down what I am running low on and wish list items here, for when it comes time to place my monthly order(s)!

+ Think outside of the box using things you might already have! I used a cake stand for my diffuser, a jewelry dish for my empty rollers, a lipstick holder for my favorite go-to rollers – get creative and have fun!

+ Keep a carafe of water handy! Rather than carry my diffusers to the sink several times a day, I fill up a carafe of water to fill all of my diffusers up at the same time.

+ Last tip – don’t forget to make mini stations! So for example:
I have our homeschool time oils near our homeschooling area so we have our focus rollers and favorite oils to diffuse handy!

I have the kid’s bedtime oils in little stations in each bedroom so when we tuck them into bed their diffusers can be easily filled and their sprays and rollers are within reach.

I have vitality oils and some of my favorite go-to blends near the kitchen for easy access.

And lastly, we have oils that I know that we will want & need on the go, already in an oils pouch in my purse.

When you’re at thrift stores keep your eyes out for shadow boxes and typeset drawers, they make great hanging wall storage. Spice organizers make really simple and cute oily storage for the top of dressers or in cabinets. Vintage lipstick holders make really pretty roller bottle holders too! I keep my eye out for affordable storage solutions at our local stores but etsy is also a great place to search for oil storage ideas!

i hope this gives you some great oily station ideas and that it inspires you to pull your oils out and put them where you can see um!

How we “Ditched&Switched”!

So you’re looking into making the change. You’ve done your research on all those products under your sinks and in your cabinets and now you are feeling a little uneasy. I remember that moment where I realized that I couldn’t keep buying the same old same at the expense of my family and their wellness, so huge! Take a moment to give yourself a high- five because you’ve already conquered the hardest part of this journey: making the choice to change. From here on out committing to a healthy, natural lifestyle is as simple as pie! In our family, these little bottles support our sleep, hormones, emotions, immune systems, and more. They have replaced beauty products, chemical cleaners, and air fresheners! Little bottles with a big impact!

YL and our amazing community provide you with everything you need to make your transition to the oily side painless and uncomplicated. We share our favorite tips, tricks, recipes, and more in our online communities and monthly newsletters so that the oils in your kit seamlessly become a part of your every day routine. We teach classes and mentorships every single month so that you’re always getting the most out of your oils and you are always educated on the most safe and effective ways to use oils.

Once you fall in love with your kit you may be ready to say goodbye to some of the other nasty products you have sitting around the house. No worries, Young Living has you covered! YL isn’t just essential oils, they are a full lifestyle brand with products ranging from Makeup and Baby to Supplements and Nutrition. We are a one stop shop for pretty much everything you need except the clothes on your back!

I know it may seem a little intimidating to get rid of all of those toxic products littering your counters and cabinets. Where do you even start, right?! Well that’s where YL is going to help you out big time:

Essential Rewards // Young Living’s Monthly Wellness Box

 

Young Living’s automatic shipment program that delivers your favorite products to your door! Enjoy the convenience of an automatic monthly shipment! THIS takes one more thing off of your to-do list and makes it easy to slowly ditch & switch! YES PLEASE! Just set up your order and kick back while all of your favorite products are sent right to your doorstep, month after month! It’s FREE to join, you can cancel anytime, you get freebie oils, and you get 10% back right away then 20% back on everything just a few months after you join. Free oils? Points you can spend on free products? You heard that right! I don’t know about you but Target doesn’t give me free products every time I shop. One of my favorite parts about ER? You can edit your box every single month and add the products you and your family love and need, how awesome is that?! 

It has seriously never been easier to start your wellness journey!

YOU ARE WORTH IT!

Want to know more about Essential Rewards or how you can join? Contact me and we will get you all set up!