So... are essential oils safe for kids?
The answer is yes! But not all oils and not all the time... So it's a little more complicated than a straight "yes" but not to worry! We'll talk about some helpful tips, basic guidelines and safe dilution rates to get you going.
Oils can help your kiddos with many different physical or mental ailments the same way they help you. But there are some oils that aren't safe for kids at all while others have to be diluted to a certain rate depending on a child's age to be safe.
What to Remember
Remember that essential oils are highly concentrated substances and a child's body is more sensitive as it develops than an adult's. A basic guideline for using essential oils with kids is to use common sense and care. It's best to use gentler essential oils and a higher dilution rate.
You shouldn't give essential oils orally to children. It's also a good rule of thumb to not use oils around a child's eyes or other sensitive skin areas. If an oil does get in their eye, immediately flush it out with a carrier oil, not water!
Which Oils are "Kid Safe"?
If you've used essential oils at all, you've probably figured out that some oils are gentler than others. For instance, Sweet Orange and Oregano are definitely NOT interchangeable... As a child grows, they're body's ability to handle certain stronger oils expands. Like an essential oil "level up".
Below are oils considered safe for different ages at the proper dilution rate. Don't worry, we'll talk about safe dilution rates in just a sec!
3 days to 3 months:
lavender, mandarin and roman chamomile
3 months to 5 years:
bergamot, cedarwood, frankincense, geranium, ginger, lavender, lemon, mandarin, sweet marjoram, sweet orange, roman chamomile, rose, rosemary (ct verbenone recommended), sandalwood, tea tree, thyme ct linalool, ylang ylang
5 years to 12 years: all oils considered safe for adults
*Eucalyptus smithii and rosemary should not be used on or near the face of children below the age of 10
Safe Ways to Use Oils for Kids
You can use essential oils two different ways for kids - diffusing or topically with a carrier oil. Below is a quick chart for diluting a safe oil based on your child's age:
*Dilutions are only for the recommended oils for that age *Sweet Almond oil is the recommended carrier oil for babies
Diffusing oils around kids is easy. You can use the same amount of oils as you would normally use - just make sure they're kid safe! The thing to remember when diffusing around kids is for how long. For children under the age of 5, it's best to diffuse for only 2 to 4 hours at a time. A diffuser with a timer setting makes this simple!
We get it, life gets busy... so we created some kid-safe blends to make things even easier... Check out our Chill Out, Cough + Cold and TumEase blends! They come in pre-diluted rollers too! All our kid-safe blends have the lighter blue color band for easy reference!