Are Essential Oils Safe for Kids?

If you love essential oils and use them often you’ve probably thought of using them for your little ones as well. With kids, it’s always best to take a lot of extra precautions. So are essential oils safe to use on children? The answer is YES! Aromatherapy can be a really fun and helpful tool for kids as well. Used correctly and thoughtfully, children can use essential oils to help them sleep, relieve an upset stomach and calm anxiety. The safest oils to begin with are lavender, tea tree and orange. We recommend beginning with lavender and seeing how your child likes the smell. It’s important for children to enjoy the aroma and to use devices they can have fun with, like our adorable kid diffusers, shaped like animals. 

Follow some of the simple safety tips below
and have fun with it!

ALWAYS DILUTE 

Essential oils are highly concentrated and can easily cause skin irritation if applied directly. 

It is very important to dilute essential oils before applying them topically. 

- For children 6 & under, a 0.25% dilution is the normal recommendation. 

- For children 6 & up, a 1% dilution is the normal recommendation. 

Dilute your essential oil using carrier oils, which are commonly vegetable-based. Some popular choices are fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil

Do not use essential oils topically on children under 2 years old.

DO A PATCH TEST

A patch test on the skin gives you the chance to see if an essential oil will cause any irritation.

Simply apply a small amount of diluted essential oil to a patch of skin on the child’s leg and wait 24 hours while closely monitoring.

If any signs of a reaction, such as itchiness, blistering, swelling, or redness occur, stop use and wash the area immediately with warm water and soap. 

Do not use essential oils topically on children under 2 years old.

NEVER APPLY ESSENTIAL OILS, DILUTED OR NOT, TO A CHILD’S FACE

Keep essential oils away from eyes, mouth, and face. If seeking to relieve congestion or something involving the face, diffuse, steam, or use on a separate part of the child’s body. 

TRY ONE OIL AT A TIME

Go slow, and introduce one essential oil at a time. Monitor how your child reacts to it and if they enjoy it. 

DIFFUSE INTERMITTENTLY 

When diffusing, diffuse intermittently. 10 minutes on and 20 minutes off is our recommendation. Place the diffuser across the room and not directly next to the child.

CHOOSE 100% ORGANIC ESSENTIAL OILS

When using essential oils for a child it is best to choose 100% certified organic. Using organic will ensure a clean and pure product without any harmful chemicals that may be used during production. 

DO NOT USE ESSENTIAL OILS ON CHILDREN UNDER 6MONTHS OLD

Essential oils safe for children 6+ Months

(It’s recommended that essential oils are not used topically for any children under the age of 2 years old. The essential oils below are safe to be diffused for children over 6 months old and safe to apply topically on children over 2 years old when properly diluted.)

  • Basil, Sweet 
  • Bergamot 
  • Black Pepper 
  • Catnip
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile, Roman 
  • Cinnamon Leaf 
  • Citronella 
  • Clary Sage 
  • Cypress 
  • Fir Needle
  • Frankincense 
  • Geranium 
  • Ginger 
  • Grapefruit 
  • Helichrysum 
  • Jasmine
  • Juniper Berry 
  • Lavandin 
  • Lavender 
  • Lemon 
  • Lime 
  • Myrrh 
  • Neroli 
  • Palmarosa
  • Palo Santo 
  • Patchouli 
  • Rose
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Spearmint 
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree 
  • Thyme 
  • Vetiver 

2+ years

  • Cinnamon Bark (Topical use of Cinnamon Bark is NOT recommended at ANY age, including adults.)
  • Cinnamon, Cassia 
  • Clove Bud 
  • Garlic 
  • Lemongrass 
  • Litsea cubeba
  • Melissa 
  • Oregano 
  • Ylang Ylang 

6+ Years

  • Anise Seed
  • Cajeput 
  • Camphor, White 
  • Helichrysum 
  • Niaouli 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Peppermint 

10+ years

  • Eucalyptus 
  • Rosemary 
  • Sage, Dalmation 

Essential oils to NEVER use on children of any age

  • Birch, sweet
  • Wintergreen 

     

    ***Skin sensitivity may occur. Essential oils are highly concentrated and should be diluted before applying directly to the skin. Keep essential oils out of reach from children. If pregnant or breastfeeding please ask your doctor before use. If you or your child experience any pain, discomfort, coughing, redness, swelling, irritation, etc. stop use immediately and seek medical attention.