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Safe Essential Oils For Children

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist


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*Updated Post and KidSafe Chart*

We want to mention that if an oil is not on this list it does not mean that it is not safe to use on younger children. These oils were chosen by Plant Therapy’s expert as the oils to start out with when using essential oils on younger children. We tried to pick the most commonly used oils, so that everyone has a good base to start!

We do recommend that you still follow the dilution chart!

Have fun experimenting with what works best for your young children. You must feel completely comfortable knowing that you are doing everything you can to make the oils the work effectively while still making them safe for your children!

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69 thoughts on “Safe Essential Oils For Children”

  1. it does not say it here, but in your email newsletter that i get it says “All of these essential oils are also safe to use while pregnant or nursing. ” I want to know where on earth you get your information because clary sage is not safe in pregnancy, diluted or not! Before making any safety claims I highly recommend you get the advice of a qualified aromatherapist or other such qualified person rather than making such careless assumptions that people are uneducated enough to follow. I think that the power of essential oils is greatly underestimated by assuming that “it’s natural so it’s safe and I can use as much as I want” (this seems to be the attitude of many people using essential oils it seems) and this new fad of using essential oils for everything every day is not the smartest idea. I think that just like “regular” medicine, they should be used when medically indicated, when needed, not just for every little discomfort, prophylactic reasons, etc, and that when they are used, that the person using them should have knowledge from a reputable source as to how much to use, which one’s to use, etc. Thank you.

    1. Thank you for commenting your concerns. All of this information was taken from Essential Oil Safety by Tisserand and Young. Robert Tisserand is one of the most known experts in the safety uses of essential oils. After this information was put together by me, it was then looked over by Plant Therapy’s expert. I believe the information on the safety list is correct as it was looked over by two very well known experts in the essential oil industry.

      If you look over Plant Therapy’s blog, you will see that safety is very important to Plant Therapy. We strive very hard to educate our customers on the safe uses of essential oils and I do tell our customers on a regular basis that they should only use essential oils when needed and not just because they have them and that it is also very important for them to do their own research.

      You are always more than welcome to email me with any questions or concerns you might have. Thank you!

    2. Clary Sage is actually very safe at the end of your pregnancy when you are considered full term. It can do wonders to kick start labor.

  2. What about for children over a year? Would it still be safe for them? I have a 5 1/2 and 14 month old and thinking of diffusing sweet orange and fir needle to help with cold and congestion.

    1. Yes it will be fine to diffuse with a 14 month old. Just make sure you are diffusing in an open area and a good rule of thumb for diffusing is a max of 60 minutes on and a minimum of 30 minutes off throughout the day.

    1. Courtney,

      We generally do not recommend usage on children under 2. However, in cases where you feel it is necessary the feet are certainly one of the best places for application! 🙂

  3. Thanks for the great info, but my husband keeps pointing out the spelling errors. LOL. Under Anxiety, you have lavener and orage sweet. Under Anger, you have frankicense Not wanting to be rude, just wanted you to know so you could correct it. 🙂 I love being educated on safety and my son will be 2 soon, so it’s nice to know what can be used on him. I’ve only used lavender on him so far.

    1. Mandy, I had never heard of this so I contacted Plant Therapy’s expert Robert Tisserand, and this is what he responded to me:

      “Bergamot oil has never caused convulsions – or death – in children or in anyone else, and it’s not remotely toxic. The source of this myth seems to be WebMD, and, which both have this: Children: Do not use bergamot oil in children. There have been serious side effects, including convulsion and death, in children who have taken large amounts of bergamot oil. And Wikipedia quotes WebMD, showing the same thing.

      The UK’s epilepsy society has this about Bergamot:
      Aromatherapy uses pure essential oils: oils that are extracted from plants. Some oils have a relaxing effect on the body and the brain, for example lavender. Some oils have a stimulating effect on the body and brain, for example Bergamot. Which sounds like bergamot might not be good to use in epilepsy. But other sites state that Bergamot oil can be therapeutic in epilepsy.”

      I hope this helps.

    1. We do not recommend the use of essential oils with children under 2 years old. However, we do offer hydrosols, many of which are safe to use with children over age 6 months when diluted appropriately.

        1. Typically, my recommendation is to diffuse while the child is napping or playing in a another room. If you want to diffuse in their room, do so for about 30 minutes prior to bed. Then turn the diffuser off! 🙂

          1. Eek. I’m nervous. I’ve used lavender and Roman chamomile on my son (not too often but when he’s been fussy or sick.). He just turned 7 months. I just used those garlic mullein ear drops for an ‘ear infection’ too. Have I harmed him? I was under the impression these oils were ok under 2 with dilution.

  4. What about teething? I have read in several places that diluted Lavender and Roman Chamomile are safe for children under 2.

    1. Yes, the dilution needs to remain very low, at about 0.25% and used on the EXTERIOR of the jawline. This isn’t something I recommend often, feeling more confident with hydrosols or even herbs (such as chamomile brewed into a “tea) and used as a compress

  5. How do I use the antimicrobial bled, should i diffuse it in my kid’s room? Also, if I need to use the something on the rashes of my kid’s cheek and face , which blend should it be,the antibacterial one or the skin problem related ones?

  6. Is it safe to diffuse kidsafe blends around babies? We have a 7 month old and I ordered some if the kidsafe synergies and was planning to diffuse them in the living room. We are always sick around here and I was looking forward to the germdestroyer and immuneboom

    1. You can diffuse essential oils around babies however, we recommend the diffuser not be running while the baby is in the room. I would recommend diffusing in your living room when the baby is sleeping in another room and then shut it off when the baby is in the living room. This is a great way to still get the benefits of essential oils while not overwhelming the small child.

  7. Can you fix the link for the dilution chart? I am new to oils and trying to pull together some of the basic resources. Thanks for such a great educational blog.

  8. Love your oils! I do diffuse every nite either lavender or peppermint or both or a Breathe Blend for my sled and my 10 year old …we diffuse all nite or for at least 5 hours. I’m reading above that you suggest only 30 min?

  9. I purchased nighty night, calming the child and A+ attention. Can I use the calming the child and A+ attention together? Or separate in the same day? Can I use the nighty night the same day I use the other two oils? I purchased the roller balls (FYI)

    1. I would recommend using them at different times. Using too many oils at too high of a dilution can be hard to process at once. Please be sure to let us know how you like them!

  10. I can not wait to try your EOs! Can I use your KidSafe EO for a 11 month old to diffuse or in a buner in the living room? Is diffusing or buner better to use? Currently I use a burner with EO, water and soy wick tea lights that burn 7+ hours. I only use once in a while and at night mainly so the baby is only in living room for 10 minutes to a few hours .Her room is very close to living room but the door is usually closed or slightly cracked. Ive only used EO on a burner and never on her skin with carriers.

    1. What is the botanical name? That will help me ensure that I’m making recommendations based on that specific oil. Thanks!

  11. You recommend a 1-2% dilution for children 2-10. Why then do some of the Kids safe bottles recommend a higher % dilution?

    1. 1-2% is a general recommendations, depending on the specific oil or oils in a synergy it can decrease or increase. It’s always good to start with a lower dilution and then increase to the maximum if necessary, only for a short period of time to avoid sensitization issues.

  12. Hi- I’ve been researching Tick repellants and lemongrass, eucalyptus and holy basil are supposed to repel as well as DEET in some cases. Was hoping to making a repellant that would be safer than DEET for my two year old but it looks like these aren’t on the child safe list. How bad are they and what would happen? They can’t possibly be worse than using DEET??!! Thanks for your help!

  13. Should have been more specific I’m sorry, it’s the link in the updated post that takes the reader to the kid safe chart. It actually loops back to the older post…& then also, to click the link for the download produces nothing!! Thanks!

  14. As per email received from PT Aromatherapist, it is not safe for kids below 2yrs. However in the chart do mention even for babies. Im looking forward to diffuse or apply topically for my 3mo baby.

  15. Hi , Can you please tell me how to use Germ Destroyer as a hand sanitizer for 16 yr old children?
    Its flu season, so I’m trying to find something to help. Thank you so much ! Meg

  16. Hi, generally,…Can you tell me, …about how many drops I could use of Germ Destroyer blend to put into a Spa vapor diffuser ? ( that I will diffuse intermittently 15 minutes on, about 4 times a day, in the living room.) Children are older than 8. Thanks. Meg

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