I have been using oils for a while now and feel very comfortable sharing them and educating on them. I have to say though, when it comes to using them with my family, I was nervous to use them on my daughter because she isn’t even 2 years old yet. I knew the benefits were huge but I wanted to make sure I was using them safely.
I genuinely believe that essential oils can be a huge asset for our tiny tots, if used correctly. The key thing to remember when using oils on young children is that their systems are much more sensitive than ours and their skin is much thinner. Below are some general guidelines for safe usage.
- The quality of your oils matter.
- Young Living essential oils are highly concentrated so when using make sure to always dilute heavily and ingestion is never recommended for infants. There is no exception to this.
- If your infant or toddler has never been exposed to essential oils, start the introduction slowly. This can mean diffusing one drop of lavender once a day. Use the oils topically on yourself so they can get used to the smell.
- Always dilute heavily when applying oils topically. You should always spot test each new oil you introduce to your little. This means dilute heavily and apply to a small area of a leg or arm. If you notice no reaction after several minutes then it is probably okay to use.
- Always read the label, some oils should be avoided when young children are involved.
- The bottoms of their feet are the safest place to apply essential oils.
- Never use essential oils in the ear, eyes or near face/mouth.
While there are no hard and fast rules for dilution, there are recommendations based on age. Again, always spot test as more dilution may be required. Dilution is extremely important because children have much thinner skin than ours meaning that oils can absorb into their system too quickly. The point behind dilution is to allow the oils to absorb at a slower rate into their tiny systems.
0-1 year old: One eighth of labeled concentration
2-6 years old: One quarter of labeled concentration
7-11 years old: One half of labeled concentration
12+ years old: Full label concentration
For oils like Lavender that state no dilution is necessary, this only applies to adults. You should still always dilute for a child.
Essential Oils to Use with Caution:
- Blue Tansy
- Clary Sage
Some of these oils will be found within some blends in the KidScents line. Keep in mind that these have been properly diluted and formulated specifically for children’s safety.
Everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to using essential oils with their babies, toddlers and children. I always dilute more than recommended with my 19-month-old because it makes me more comfortable. We use oils to keep her healthy, to aid in her digestion, to nurse her back to health when she is feeling under the weather, for mood boosting, aiding in her self-esteem and tantrum taming. We use Young Living’s KidScents line oils as well as their kids bath gel, toothpaste, etc. The ingredients are much safer and more natural than what you will find in any store.
The most important thing when using oils is to do your research. Never assume something is safe for your child. Never apply oils to your child neat and never apply them without spot testing. I believe it is always better to be safe than sorry. When used correctly, oils can be a huge benefit to your child’s health and wellness.
I cannot imagine essential oils not being in our toolkit when it comes to our daughter. They have been life changing for all of us and I love every night when we pull out our wellness roller and Teagan pulls up her little foot to have us apply it. Instilling this idea of natural, preventive health in her at such a young age is something I am so deeply proud of.
Integrating oils into your home is made so easy by Young Living and their large selection of products formulated specifically for our tiniest members.
*** Any suggestions made on this blog are only specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please do not stop.