We all want the very best for our precious children and creating a healthy and happy environment is an important part of wellbeing. There's so much information available when it comes to what is best for our children, and it can be incredibly overwhelming and difficult to know what to trust. When it comes to essential oils and aromatherapy, we've put together a guide on how to use essential oils safely with your children. Aromatherapy can be really beneficial to your wellbeing, as it helps to enhance the mood of the whole family and creates comfort and relaxation towards the end of a busy day.
How to use essential oils for babies & children
Babies (0 to 24 months)
Essential oils are considered too strong for use on baby’s skin and can be a little overwhelming on their developing systems, however, we can still use aromatherapy in the form of tea and in a diffuser.
To soothe irritated skin and cranky moods, add chamomile or lavender tea to the bath. Brew a strong pot using the dried herb and strain before adding to baby’s bath water.
If your baby is breastfeeding you can try drinking fennel, peppermint or chamomile tea which will end up in your breast milk and from there help ease a windy sore tummy.
A massage using a good quality olive oil is a useful remedy for flaky skin and cradle cap.
A diffuser in the bedroom to gently fragrance the air creates a restful and calming space. Add 5 drops to the diffuser and diffuse for up to 30 minutes around bedtime. Neroli, Chamomile, Lavender or Mandarin are soothing and relaxing choices.
Who doesn’t love a bubble bath? You can make your own by blending 20 drops of essential oil to 100mls of liquid castile soap. Castile soap is made using olive oil and has skin nourishing properties. Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Chamomile, Lavender or Mandarin essential oils are gentle on the skin and help with relaxation and ease upsets.
Many children enjoy a massage before bed. A beautiful space for parents and children to bond, massage can help calm the mind and body and if done regularly can become a signal for your child to sleep. Use a 1% dilution; 2 drops of essential oil to 10mls of carrier oil. Pick a blend from Neroli, Rose, Chamomile, Lavender or Mandarin. Older children enjoy choosing their favourite oils for you to use.
Alissa is a fully qualified Aromatherapist with further qualifications in Remedial Massage & Myotherapy. She qualified as an Aromatherapist in 2005 and has worked in hospitals, day spas and in clinical practice. Alissa contributes her extensive knowledge to ECO. and helps with detailed education to our ECO. community. Alissa is passionate about assisting and teaching others how to restore and maintain their health and wellbeing.
Many studies have shown Tea Tree oil used in traditional herbal medicine as a plausible treatment for “small superficial wounds, insect bites and small boils” as well as acne, nail fungus or athlete’s foot.