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

YLEO THAT ARE TYPICALLY SAFE FOR BABIES AND 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.

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Source:

Quick Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley

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Make Your Own Lotion Bars and Lip Balm with Young Living Essential Oils

Today, I made homemade lotion bars and lip balms with my Young Living essential oils. I made a mix of 2 lotion bars and 3 lip balms. :) Here is how I made them…

HOMEMADE LOTION BAR AND LIP BALM WITH YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS

You will need the following ingredients —>

***you can adjust the recipe and use more or less of these ingredients depending on the size batch you want to make.

Follow these 5 easy steps —>

1. Combine the shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and vitamin E oil in a glass mason jar. Carefully place this jar in a small saucepan of shallow water on the stove.

***you might want to dedicate a specific mason jar for projects like this as mine was difficult to clean after I was finished.

2. Turn the burner on and bring the water to a simmer. Stir ingredients constantly until they are melted and smooth. The beeswax will take some time to fully melt, but keep stirring and be patient.

3. Once all of the ingredients are melted, remove from the heat and stir in your desired Young Living essential oils. For a great scent and to assist in moisturizing, try Young Living’s Lavender and/or Geranium essential oil (add a total of about 15 drops of essential oil).

4. Carefully pour the melted mixture into molds and let harden. I poured the mixture into some silicone molds and lip balm tins that I found online. I love the little lip balm tins that I bought! However, I think I could have saved my money on the silicone molds and poured it into something like ice-cube trays for my lotion bars.

5. Allow your lip balm to cool completely before use. Also allow the lotion bars to cool completely before attempting to pop them out of molds. I store my lotion bars in a covered container.

Ta-da! You will love these! :)

When the lip balm and lotion bar is rubbed on the skin, it will soften and melt. I have been consistently using my lip balm and lotion bars all week and my skin and lips are soooo soft! This will be such a great product to have on hand when the weather begins to get colder!

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What Are Essential Oils?

Understanding Essential Oils

ESSENTIAL OILS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS!

Egyptian hieroglyphics and Chinese manuscripts show that essential oils have been used for thousands of years. There are a total of 188 references to essential oils in the Bible. Frankincense, Myrrh, Rosemary, Hyssop, and Spikenard were used in the Bible for anointing and healing the sick. The Wise Men even presented the Christ child with gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh. As a kid I remember learning that Jesus received gifts of Frankincense and Myrrh, but it wasn’t until I started using essential oils that I finally understood what that meant. Back in the day, these things were regarded as highly as gold was! :)

ESSENTIAL OILS ARE AROMATIC LIQUIDS THAT ARE DISTILLED FROM PLANTS!

A plant contains essential oils as part of its immune system (and it uses its oils to stay healthy). Essential oils are highly concentrated, aromatic liquids that are distilled from plants (common distillation techniques are illustrated below) and can include its seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, fruit, flowers, etc. For example, Frankincense oil comes from the resin, Lemon oil comes from the rind (peel of the fruit), Lavender oil comes from the flowers, Peppermint oil comes from the leaves, stems, and flower buds, Cypress oil comes from the branches, and Cinnamon oil comes from the bark.

Essential Oil Distillation

When plants are carefully grown and harvested, and the oil is carefully distilled from the plant, essential oils can provide powerful therapeutic benefits. The chemistry of an essential oil is very complex. As a result, each essential oil contains SEVERAL health promoting properties (with more uses constantly being discovered). The graphic below illustrates the constituents of Lavender essential oil.

Lavender Chemical Compounds

THE FREQUENCY OF AN ESSENTIAL OIL IS WHAT MAKES IT SO POWERFUL!

Frequency is a measurable rate of electrical energy that is constant between two points. EVERYTHING has an electrical frequency. The higher the frequency of our body, the better we can promote health and wellness. Essential oils possess a high frequency and can be used to increase the frequency of our body, thereby supporting our health.

YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS CAN BE USED AROMATICALLY, TOPICALLY, AND SOME CAN BE TAKEN INTERNALLY!

Inhaling essential oils affects the limbic system of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, essential oils can support the body and the mind. The graphic below illustrates how to use essential oils aromatically.

How to Use Essential Oils Aromatically

The skin is the largest organ of the body. When applied topically, essential oils are quickly absorbed, enter the blood stream, and can support the body and the mind. The graphic below illustrates how to use essential oils topically.

How to Use Essential Oils Topically

Some essential oils make excellent dietary supplements or food flavorings. When taken internally, essential oils can support the body. The label on each bottle of Young Living essential oil will tell you whether it is intended to be used as a dietary supplement. The graphic below illustrates how to use essential oils internally.

How to Use Essential Oils Internally

WHY YOUNG LIVING ESSENTIAL OILS?

The therapeutic value of an essential oil is affected by the soil condition, fertilizer used, geographical region, climate, altitude, harvest season and methods, and the techniques used in the distillation process. Young Living carefully controls all of these things so that their essential oils can be used for therapeutic purposes. Young Living owns several of its own farms, has co-ops and partnerships with farms, and works with vendors. Young Living has very strict standards on these farms, with these vendors, and throughout the distillation and bottling stage of their essential oils. Young Living calls this their Seed to Seal process and as a result, refers to their oils as pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. You can learn more about Young Living’s Seed to Seal process by clicking HERE.

Young Living Seed to Seal

There are many essential oils on the market today. However, not all of them are safe or effective for therapeutic purposes. Low quality oils don’t offer any health benefits to us. In fact, using a low quality oil for therapeutic purposes is never recommended and can actually be toxic. There are no standards for essential oils. A label of “100% pure” or “all natural” does not guarantee a high quality essential oil. Even Young Living’s “pure, therapeutic grade” essential oil label is not regulated. Therefore, if you want to use your oils for therapeutic purposes, you need to ask yourself if you trust the company you purchase your essential oils from. Young Living created the label of “pure, therapeutic grade” as their stamp of approval – to tell you that their essential oils can most definitely be used to support, maintain, and affect overall health and wellness. I trust Young Living’s Seed to Seal process, which is why I choose to use Young Living essential oils! :)

WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS SHOULD YOU START WITH?

There are hundreds of different essential oils, but you don’t need that many essential oils to reap their benefits. An essential oil collection of 10-15 oils is really all you need to assist in supporting, affecting, and maintaining overall health and wellness. The Young Living Premium Starter Kit is the best way to get started in the oiling world! The graphic below illustrates all of the oils in that kit.

April 2016 Young Living Premium Starter Kit Handout

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