The Ultimate Guide to Essential Oils for Kids

May 02, 2016

Why Children Benefit from Essential Oils Just as Much as Adults


Our little ones can benefit just as much from essential oils just as much as we can. For everything from helping them get to sleep faster to soothing sore bellies and providing an additional source of comfort, there are no reasons NOT to us EO’s with our babes.


When you know what works and what doesn’t you can feel confident in your choice to incorporate essential oils in your kids lives. There are a few oils that you should save for the older kids and a few that you’ll always want to have handy in your first-aid kit.



Different Dilutions for Different Ages


Ages 0-2: .1-.5% dilution


Ages 2-6: 1-2% dilution


Ages 6-12: 1.5-3% dilution


1 drop in 1 tsp of carrier oil or water = 1% dilution


1 tsp of oil is equivalent to 100 drops



Learning


Focus isn’t exactly high on most kids priority list. With learning disabilities on the rise, it’s more important than ever to give our children all the resources we can find to help them learn better. Essential oils like lemon, orange and grapefruit can all help improve cognitive function and increase focus.


If you’re kids are in school, a really nice subtle method for using the oils would be a roll-on. It’s not obvious in any way and totally easy for older kids to apply themselves.


You can buy roll on bottles for a good price here. For a 10 ml roller bottle you’ll want to use about 3-6 drops for 2-6 year olds and 5-9 drops for 6-15 year olds.


Relaxing


At the end of the day all any parent wants is to just chill. Unfortunately, our kids seldom want the same! Using essential oils to help children relax is an excellent natural strategy to calm everyone’s nerves.


Lavender oil is a staple in any house, but especially when you have kids. A calming mist can be made with lavender and orange oil so that it’s not too sleep inducing but still gets the job done.


Lavender-Orange Relaxation Mist

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces pure water
  • 10 drops lavender oil
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions


  1. Add all ingredients to a small spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Mist whenever necessary for promoting calm and balance.

Sleep


Essential oils can promote a deep restful sleep in a number of ways. By using antibacterial oils like lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus in a diffuser you can offer kids a clean environment to help strengthen their immune system while they sleep.


Diffusers make it easy to promote a good sleep because they are quiet and can run for a long period of time for those restless sleepers.


The best oils to diffuse to improve sleep in children are lavender and chamomile. Just a few drops for the very little ones will do to improve sleep quality.




Immune Health


We all know children are notoriously good at picking up every bug that comes their way. The more tools you have in your arsenal to protect your little germ factories, the better. The nature of various essential oils like tea tree, grapefruit and lavender is that they are highly protective against germs, fungus, viruses, and other nasty invaders.


The best ways to get these oils into your kid’s systems is to either apply them topically in a carrier oil, use them in a diffuser around the house or make a spray.

 

Cuts and Scrapes


Another all too common occurrence with little ones is incessant knicks and scrapes, cuts and bruises. It’s all part of the learning process but you can help speed healing and reduce the likelihood of infection by using certain oils, diluted of course.


Lavender is exceptionally effective for burns. Tea tree oil is best for fighting off fungus, killing annoying warts, and disinfection small cuts and scrapes. Dilute with either water or oil before applying to small wounds.


Hair Detangler


Tangles be gone with this seemingly magical formula.


Ingredients


  • ¼ C water
  • 1 Tbs aloe gel
  • 1 Tbs coconut oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil


Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well.
  2. Apply liberally to wet hair to strengthen, condition and get rid of tangles.



Belly Aches


Those sensitive little tummies need help once in awhile. The best remedy for belly aches and pains is peppermint. Simply add a few drops to a carrier oil and run your little ones belly in a clockwise direction to get things moving and help eliminate gas. Peppermint should only be used on kids older than 6, but a gentle belly massage is good for any age.


Which Oils to Avoid?


There are some oils that should be avoided. We have to remember that as safe as essential oils are, they’re still medicine and can have negative effects if not used safely.


  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Garlic
  • Hyssop
  • Lemongrass
  • Marjoram
  • Melissa
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint (under 6)
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang-ylang

What About Babies?

 

Newborn infants and babies up to 6 months are so tiny and sensitive. They can still benefit from essential oils in small amounts to help soothe and provide comfort and immune support.


Oils that are safe for newborns include lavender, orange, chamomile and lemon.