Safest Essential Oils for Toddlers and Children

Updated on March 27, 2020
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I have been an active advocate of alternative health therapies for 10 years, and I am the author of a book on essential oils.

It's important to be cautious when using oils for aromatherapy or skin with children.
It's important to be cautious when using oils for aromatherapy or skin with children. | Source

Essential Oils for Toddlers and Young Children

Aromatherapy gained recognition in the medical field as a safe and equally effective approach to healing various ailments as compared to using synthetic drugs or medications. This is due to the reliance on natural therapeutic properties present in the plant material from which it is extracted. But, did you know that aromatherapy is also used for children? In fact, it is suggested by some doctors and physicians since they believe that the natural components of the essential oils contribute to the care and healing of children without using harmful substances.

There are some important measures that you need to observe, though, when it comes to using essential oils in children. You can learn them by reading further below, as well as the safest choices of essential oils for all types of health problems.

Are Essential Oils Safe for Toddlers and Children?

Adults use essential oils for everything from treating ailments to stress reduction and aromatherapy. Aromatherapy and oil use on children is not well researched, but there is evidence that supports oils can be used on children and toddlers.

An Introduction to Toddler Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Use

Four aromatherapy oils have been deemed safe for children over five years old:

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Ginger

Aromatherapy can curb children's anxiety. In particular, lavender is known to be calming. Orange has mood-boosting effects and is known to lift spirits.

Consult Your Pediatrician

Consult with your baby's physician first before using aromatherapy. This will ensure that they have no existing allergies and prevent any contra-indications.

Is it Safe?

Generally, essential oils are safe for use on various ailments and conditions. It utilizes the natural therapeutic properties of the oil to penetrate the central nervous system and affect the peripheral system to alter the function and improve overall condition. The issue of safety lies in the proper usage and handling of these oils when applying them on an individual, especially on children.

First off, you need to know what the condition of the toddler is since each type of essential oil contains different properties that produce their corresponding effects on the body. Then, you must observe proper application methods to ensure that you offer no harm on the baby. For instance, applying essential oils as a massage require diluting them with a carrier oil.

For more on your choices of safe essential oils that are widely used in aromatherapy for a toddler, read on.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is popular both as a carrier oil and an essential oil used for skin care. Its natural chemical composition is also closely similar to the human sebum. Hence, it is generally safe for your skin, even when directly applied. This is just one reason why jojoba oil is one of the most recommended type of essential oils for babies and children since it does not cause any harm on their sensitive skin.

Jojoba oil is also quite effective in treating various skin conditions on children, particularly diaper rashes which is very common in children. To cure rashes, you can add a few drops of the oil into your palm and rub it directly against the area affected by rashes. Do this often to relieve your child from the rashes without any side effects.

Lavender Oil

If you take the time to examine some of the baby products you use, you will notice that lavender essential oil is among the leading ingredients. Aside from being a delicate and mild kind of oil, lavender essential oil offers a distinctive aroma that helps to calm your baby's nerves. Hence, it is highly suggested for use on toddlers with sleeping disorders. Just a few drops of the oil can help your baby relax and induce them to sleep.

There are several reasons why babies suffer from sleeping disorder, whether it be as they enter the teething stage, growing pains, or colds, lavender oil helps to effectively cure the problem. There are two application techniques to provide better sleep for your baby.

First, you can add a few drops either on the baby's blanket or pillow. Due to the oil's relaxation properties, you will instantly notice an improvement in your child's sleeping habits so you too can have better quality sleep at night. Second, you can add a few drops into the toddlers's pre-bedtime bath along with a few amount of carrier oil.

Chamomile Oil

Chamomile oil is highly recommended by a pediatrician in treating various skin conditions and pain relief in infants due to its natural healing properties. In fact, several baby and children's products have been created with chamomile oil as its main ingredient. Chamomile oil can be applied on the baby's bottom, which helps protect them against dampness that can lead to diaper and skin rashes. That way, you can help protect your child's from other more serious skin conditions like soreness and inflammation. Make sure to apply the oil regularly on your toddler's skin for more effective results.

Almond Oil

Almond oil is another useful kind of oil for toddler's skincare. By using almond oil regularly as a massage oil or in addition to their bath, you can offer optimum protection against possible skin conditions.

Since almond oil is made out of nut ingredients though, there is a danger of being a potential allergen. Hence, you need to perform a few tests before using it on your baby to ensure that they are not allergic to the use of almond oil.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary is a popular cooking herb but is also one of those oils considered as safe for use on children. However, this type of oil can be photosensitive so you need to avoid overexposure to the sun when you apply this type of oil on children, even for adults.

When used properly, rosemary oil is very effective in treating various skin conditions and preventing skin pigmentation and other skin conditions. Internally, it also boosts the digestive and circulatory system functions for overall health improvement.

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Safety Tips When Using Essential Oils on Toddlers

Here are basic reminders when applying essential oils on babies:

  • Consult with your pediatrician before using aromatherapy. This will ensure that they have no existing allergies and prevent any contra-indications.
  • Take time to read labels when buying bottled essential oils to ensure that it is all-natural instead of produced from synthetic ingredients, which could cause harm on your baby.
  • Do not buy oils that warn about using them for topical treatment. They might be too strong for use on toddlers.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      10 years ago

      This article isn't about making topical scents, it's about using essential oils for therapeutic purposes. When true essential oils are used properly they affect mind, body and emotions. They are nature's medications and can be used instead of (and at times) with pharmaceuticals.

      This was a great article, thank you for creating and posting it. I just wish people in the United States would come to understand that aromatherapy/essential oils don't just smell good. lol

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      10 years ago

      This is really interesting. I only recently got into looking up children's perfumes (but only for older children). I guess I never considered topical smells for babies. But this makes sense! Thanks for sharing the saftey aspect--so important!


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