The number one question I am asked about essential oils is "are they safe for kids"? YES! They are safer than many of the foods, medications, and cleaning agents we use. The benefits of essential oils for children are amazing and you'll be surprised how much your children enjoy using them! You can make your own blends like I do and let your kids name them which makes it even more fun. My son has his own superhero blend which helps him with anxiety and according to him also makes him run like Flash the superhero or create something a bit more sophisticated like my 6 year old daughter who named her blend after herself and uses it to help her sleep through the night. Then we make Mommy's blend which is the ultimate germ killer (It's Onguard by doTERRA but don't tell them that, they think I am a super mixologist!)
What Essential Oils Can Be Used For Kids?
You must use Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. These have been certified pure and are considered safe and effective. They will be labeled CPTG and ingredients will have only pure oils nothing synthetic or artificial. When applying to children you will want to dilute the oils with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil because their skin is so sensitive. 1-2 drops of essential oil with 2 tbsp of a base oil is a good mixture and you’ll just need a few drops. Like all things it is always best to try one oil at a time to check for an allergic reaction and consult with your medical doctor first. I use doTERRA Essential Oils as they provide the most effective and safe essential oils in the world so that you and your family can feel confident using them at all times.
Some good oils to start with are outlined below. The feet are a good place to start applying oils on children because that’s where skin is the thickest. You can also apply over touch points, such as the back of the neck, and wrists. dōTERRA has two ready-to-use touch kits that contain pre-diluted oils. The original dōTERRA Touch® Kit contains nine of the most popular oils. The oils in this kit include:
Lavender – Reduces skin imperfections (awesome for breakouts) and is super calming, helps reduce tension, anxiety and promotes restful sleep.
Peppermint- Helps reduce fever when applied to the bottoms of feet, bug repellent, kills ticks, keeps yucky lice away, helps an upset stomach.
Frankincense- This is the master essential oil frequently used for meditation but also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin imperfections.
Melaleuca- Also known as Tea Tree is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. It also promotes healthy immune function and protects against environmental and seasonal threats. Want to get rid of weird nail discoloration, use this stuff!
DigestZen®- You guessed it, this is an amazing blend that helps with digestion, upset stomachs, gas and bloating.
Breathe®- Another amazing blend with a refreshing aroma that not only clears congestion for easy breathing but also creates a restful sleep environment too.
On Guard®- Personally I think this should be renamed to Mommy magic! It is a powerful proprietary blend that supports healthy immune function and contains cleaning properties. When diffused it purifies the air and promotes an uplifting atmosphere. It can be used on surfaces throughout the home too as a non-toxic cleaner! When my kids brought home the flu and stomach bug this year I never missed a beat and was healthy all season!
Oregano – Purifying and immune supportive effects with powerful antioxidants, plus you can use it to cook!
Deep Blue® - Perfect for sore muscles and growing pains.
I myself started to use oils for the emotional benefits and then discovered all of the other amazing benefits that came with it! When I noticed my son having anxiety I started to try oils on him. Luckily unlike any other medication I tried to give him, he asks for oils! He won't take a bath without eucalyptus, in fact he is a little obsessed with it (be sure to keep your oils out of kids reach, I found my son inhaling eucalyptus from the bottle with so much enthusiasm it was a little disturbing). He wants to use them because they really help him. Beyond the cleaning and powerful antioxidant and antibacterial properties essential oils posses they can also be used for their emotional benefits for kids too.
Another kit I highly recommend is the doTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy™ Touch Kit, which contains six dōTERRA Emotional Aromatherapy oil blends: doTERRA Motivate®, doTERRA Passion®, doTERRA Forgive®, doTERRA Cheer®, doTERRA Console®, and doTERRA Peace®. Each of these blends provides targeted emotional health benefits.
Emotional health goes hand in hand with physically health. Emotions are complex chemical reactions in our bodies. Did you know the emotion of fear triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses?
There is a lot to learn about natures gifts and all the benefits that essential oils can provide. I urge you to do your research and reach out to me if you have any questions? Don’t be pressured to follow the status quo or dismiss essential oils without doing some research, you will be shocked and surprised! I am happy to send you a sample if your interested, drop me a line or visit my site! Happy Oiling!
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