This post is our part 2 on how to use essential oils to help children fight off coughs, and respiratory and sinus colds. Below we list some tips and guidlines on how to apply and use oils for immune support around kids.
Make sure to check out our earlier blog post on what essential oils are best to use for immune support around kids!
Diffusing is best to use if kids are fighting respiratory colds. It's also a great way to boost general immune function and clean the air of viruses or germs.
How to -
You can diffuse oils intermittently throughout the day or during bedtime for kids ages 6 months and up. Most diffusers have an intermittent (30 sec on and 30 sec off) setting or a timer feature. These are ideal to use with young kids since you can control how strong the aroma gets. For children under the age of 5, it's best to diffuse for only 2 to 4 hours at a time.
Start with 6 to 8 drops total of essential oils in your diffuser, keeping in mind how small the room is and if any or all doors are shut. A diffuser going continually in a small room that is closed off may get overpowering for a small child.
Make sure and check which oils are safe to use around younger children before diffusing - check out our FAQ post on which oils are safe to use around kids based on their age;)
How To -
When using oils topically with kids, remember to check our chart under "Are essential oils safe for kids?" in our FAQ section to know which oils are safe for kids based on their age.
It's also a good idea to patch test an essential oil before using it on kids. For a patch test, just add a drop of the essential oil your testing to 2 tsp of carrier oil and rub a small amount onto their wrist or inner forearm and check for any signs of irritation after a few minutes.
Once you've decided on which oils you'd like to use, make sure and dilute them according to the dilution chart we've listed above. For coughs or respiratory colds, rub your diluted oil or blend onto your child's chest.
Another great blend to use for general immune boost that is kid safe is our Cough + Cold blend. We use eucalyptus, thyme, lavender and other oils that are safe for kids in this blend to help relieve stuffy noses, calm coughs, clear congestion and boost immune function! It also comes in a prediluted roller for topical use;)