Which Essential Oils Are Typically Safe for Babies and Young Children?


Can essential oils be used on babies and children?

Aromatherapists, reference guides, and essential oil users sometimes have differing opinions on if and which essential oils are safe to use on babies and young children (as well as the dilution ratios to use). Some experts recommend using hydrosols, carrier oils, and butters instead of essential oils on children under the age of five. However, there are many other conservative experts who believe that some essential oils can safely be used on babies and young children if diluted appropriately. Please use a reference guide that you trust and consider consulting a professional and/or doctor if you plan to use essential oils on babies and young children.

Which essential oils are safe for babies?

The below information is summarized from “The Quick Reference Guide for Using Essential Oils” (which includes a section on children and infants).

Essential oils that are typically thought to be safe for use on babies and children are: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Orange, Rose Otto, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Thyme, Ylang Ylang, Gentle Baby (a Young Living essential oil blend). Young Living KidScents Oil Collection is typically safe for children ages 2-12. There are many oil users who use other essential oils on their kiddos, but those listed here may offer a good starting point.

Note: Per the FDA, Young Living now only labels their oils with that oil’s primary method of use. Therefore, some of the oils listed above will only give dietary supplement usage instructions on their label. NOT MATTER WHAT THE LABEL SAYS, DO NOT GIVE A CHILD AN ESSENTIAL OIL AS A DIETARY SUPPLEMENT. For these “dietary oils,” you will need to check a reference guide for secondary usage instructions!

Safety tips for essential oil use on babies and children:

It is typically not recommended that babies and young children ingest essential oils (because babies and young children are so small and oils are so potent). If an essential oil is ingested, give the child an oil soluble liquid such as milk, cream, or half and half. For your protection, you may want to consider calling poison control and/or seeking medical attention.

Always heavily dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil when applying to babies and children. When applying essential oils to babies, dilute 1-2 drops of essential oil in at least 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil. For children 2-5 years of age, dilute 1-3 drops of essential oil in at least 1 teaspoon carrier oil. Then, apply a small amount of that mixture to your kiddo.




Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley

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