If you’re a mom, grandma, auntie, or an adult who takes care of kids, essential oils can benefit you.
Some oils are safe to use on children – to stop the sniffles, soothe an upset stomach, and keep biting insects away.
Other oils can help you stay calm and function at your best.
And essential oils will improve your environment, whether you use them for freshening the air or cleaning the house.
Let’s begin with which essential oils are safe for children.
How to Use Essential Oils for Children
Some oils are mild enough for delicate skin and developing bodies. I’ll list a few here.
But please keep in mind that you need to properly dilute the essential oils with a carrier oil if you apply them to the skin of a child.
Here’s a quick overview of how to do that.
Proper Dilution of Essential Oils for Children
- For infants, combine no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce of carrier oil (or 6 teaspoons)
- For toddlers, no more than 4 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil
- For kids and pre-teens, 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil
- For teens and adults, 3 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil for massage or whole-body treatments, and 7 drops per teaspoon of carrier oil for spot treatments like pimples
With regards to diffusion, you can use the usual amount of essential oil; you’ll just run the diffuser for only half an hour to an hour at most around kids.
To illustrate, most ultrasonic diffusers that have a water reservoir need 4 or 5 drops of undiluted essential oil. They dilute the oil themselves by diffusing it in the water vapor.
Meanwhile, nebulizing diffusers require 10 to 15 drops. Since they diffuse potent pure oil only, limit their use around infants and small children.(more…)