When it comes to our kids, we are super motivated to do things better and better. We stretch ourselves far and beyond ourselves to do the best we can for them.
But sometimes, that best effort can be misplaced. Like when we want to ensure that our kids don’t fall sick and we protect them a little too much, we end up compromising on their chance to build their own immunity.
Thankfully, for me, essential oils didn’t fall into that category (I found out from my research and experience using them). Rather, they help to support my children’s natural body responses instead of crippling their natural abilities to fight off infections and illnesses.
This is why I want to share some beneficial uses of these natural essential oils with you!
Here are 3 of my all time favorite essential oils for kids:
- Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender has many calming, relaxing and sedative effects. When diffused, it not only smells good it also repels microbes from the environment while cleansing both the air and body of toxins. A lavender oil massage can help to relax a fussy baby and encourage sleep. It can also be used on insect bites and to reduce itchiness.
How to use:
Healing Cuts & Scrapes
Mix 7 drops of Tea Tree essential oil and 6 drops of Lavender essential oil with one ounce of melted coconut oil. Allow the mix to harden. Apply it on cuts and scrapes as needed.
Nighttime Massage Oil
Mix 12 drops of Lavender essential oil in one ounce of sweet almond oil. Massage into skin before bed to promote a restful night’s sleep.
Helps babies feel relaxed and comfortable.
Add 10 drops of Lavender essential oil and 1 cup of Epsom salt to a tub of warm water. Allow your little one to soak/play/sit in it for 15-20 minutes. Doing this at the end of the day helps babies sleep better and their bodies get rid of toxins.
- Lemon Essential Oil
Lemon is best for fighting viruses and bacteria as it is a powerful air disinfectant. I keep a spray bottle (mix a few drops of lemon oil with water) handy for quick cleanups in children’s playroom.
How to use:
Constipation relief for infants and toddlers
For infants, dilute 1-2 drops of lemon oil in 1 tbsp carrier oil (take 1 tsp carrier oil for toddlers). Massage clockwise on abdomen and bottom of feet.
Diffuse 2 drops lemon oil at bedtime or during the day. Or mix 1 drop of oil with 2 tbsp of carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.
While washing your school going children’s lunch box and water bottle, add 10 drops of lemon essential oil to your rinse water for a child-safe, anti-germ clean.
- Peppermint Essential Oil
Peppermint oil is very useful as a digestive aid. It also helps in reducing fever and headache. It has a natural cooling effect to help bring the temperature down.
How to use
Mix peppermint oil with coconut oil and rub it on a child’s neck and on the bottom of their feet to help stabilize a fever instead of aspirin or other drugs.
Use peppermint oil to naturally relieve cold symptoms in children. Mix 1-2 drops of peppermint oil with 1 tsp of carrier oil such as jojoba, olive, or coconut oil and massage on to the chest and under the feet.
Help kids focus well
Diffuse 3 drops peppermint oil for school-aged kids during homework time. It improves concentration.
Please remember to use these oils with care. These are a few must follow guidelines:
- ALL essential oils should be much more diluted for use with babies and children, as compared to use with adults.
- Do not use essential oils in or around the nose in children. It is suggested to massage the feet of young babies rather than the chest and back, for the safest application of essential oils.
- Do not use essential oils on babies less than 3 months of age because their skin is not mature yet and therefore more permeable and sensitive to essential oils.
- DO NOT USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL NEAT (undiluted) on the skin. If a child has very sensitive skin, it is important to test a small area before using a new single oil or blend.
- Keep essential oils away from the eyes.
- Not recommended for internal use.
You can use the following chart to ensure safest dilution ratio for children
|Age of Child||Dilution Rate of Essential Oil to One ounce Carrier Oil|
|6 – 12 months||1 – 4 drops essential oil/ounce|
|1 – 4 years (unless very small)||5 – 8 drops essential oil/ounce|
|5 – 7 years||5 – 10 drops essential oil/ounce|
|8 – 12 years||5 – 12 drops essential oil/ounce|
|12 years to young adult||10 – 15 drops essential oil/ounce|
I have used essential oils on my older one when she was 1 and 1.5yrs and it has worked out beautifully for us! I hope it works out well for your family too 🙂
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