We're almost finished with our 31 day series about essential oils. We've talked about diffusing & topical use and this week we've been talking about essential oils around the house. And kids & babies are definitely one of those things around the house! Today we're talking about using essential oils with little ones and kids.
Essential Oils & Little Ones
Special care needs to be taken when using essential oils with infants, toddlers, and even children. They are very potent and need to be diluted (even for adults). The basic dilution ratio for little ones:
- 0.5% dilution for babies - 1 drop essential oil to 1 tablespoon carrier oil
- 1% dilution for children - 1 drop essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil
You'll want to focus on highly diluted topical application or aromatic use. I do not recommend internal use for little ones. Even then, there are a few things to consider.
- Be careful to keep oils away from little hands so they don't accidentally get it in their eyes or mouths.
- Also, if applying oils to feet, cover with socks afterward (so accidental ingestion does not occur).
- Stick to lightly aromatic scented oils instead of heavy scents like peppermint or cinnamon.
- Avoid 'hot' oils like oregano and strong oils like peppermint.
- Citrus oils are good but are photosensitive so don't apply to areas of the skin that will be exposed to sunlight.
- Make sure you are using pure, good-quality essential oils.
- Watch for reactions. Even with gentle use, babies have sensitive skin.
Gentle Essential Oils for Babies
The following essential oils are considered gentle enough for babies (with heavy dilution). They are not 'hot' or strongly odored.
- Citrus oils (grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, orange)
- Tea tree
- Roman chamomile
If you want a complete guide for using essential oils with little ones, I highly recommend you purchase the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. It is the go-to resource for moms who want to use essential oils safely with their little ones.