EO's for Baby and Child

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The right essential oils can be very beneficial for a variety of things that ail baby, but cautions do apply.

  • Essential oils are highly concentrated.  Dilute properly for children and spot testing is recommended before using on larger areas of sensitive skin.
  • I do not suggest using essential oils on a baby under 3 months old, unless advised to do so by a certified aromatherapist who is trained in infant techniques and safety.
  • With premature infants, wait until the infant is 3 months past his/her original due date.
  • Essential oils need to be diluted, even more so than when using on an adult, when using on baby.
  • Some essential oils are photosensitive and must be used properly.  Please read warning on photosensitivity at the end of this article.
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If you are not extremely knowledgeable about essential oils, consult with an aromatherapist before using them on your child.

For babies 3+ months, dilute essential oils to .1%, 1 drop of essential oil per punce of carrier oil.  For babies 6+ months, dilute to no more than .3-.5%, 3-5 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce carrier oil.  For children 2+ years, dilute to no more than 2%, 20 drops of essential oil per 1 ounce carrier oil. For children 6+ years, dilute to no more than 3%, 30 drops of essential oil per one ounce carrier oil.

  • Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)
  • Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Blue Cypress  (Callitris intratropica)
  • Blue Tansy  (Tanacetum annuum)
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)
  • Cedarwood, Atlas/Virginia (Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus deodora, Junperus virginiana)
  • Chamomile, Roman and German (Anthemis nobilis, Matricaria rectutita)
  • Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
  • Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea) 
  • Clove Bud/Clove Leaf (Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromatica, Eugenia caryophyllata)
  • Copaiba Basalm (Copaifera officinalis)
  • Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  • Cypress (Cupressus sempervires)
  • Dill weed (Anthum graveolens)
  • Eucalyptus, Lemon (Eucalyptus citriodora)
  • Fir needle (Abies sibirica)
  • Fragonia (Agonis fragrans)
  • Frankincense (Boswellia carterii, Boswellia frereana)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens,Pelargonium x asperum)
  • Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
  • Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium, Helichrysum italicum)
  • Ho Wood  (Cinnamomum camphora)
  • Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum sambac)
  • Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
  • Kunzea  (Kunzea ambigua)
  • Lavender – (Lavendula angustifolia)
  • Lavandin  (Lavandula x intermedia)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)
  • Lime (Citrus x aurantifolia)
  • Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
  • Manuka  (Leptospermum scoparium)
  • Marjoram (Marjorana hortensis)
  • Melissa/Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
  • Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
  • Orange, Blood  (Citrus sinensis)
  • Orange, Sweet  (Citrus sinensis)
  • Oregano (Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum, Origanum hirtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureeja capitata) 
  • Palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
  • Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
  • Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
  • Pine (pinus divaricata, pinus resinosa, pinus strobus, pinus sylvestris)
  • Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
  • Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia)
  • Rose Absolute (Rosa x damascena)
  • Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
  • Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)
  • Spearmint (Mentha cardiaca, Mentha spicata)
  • Spruce (picea abies, picea glauca, picea mariana, picea rubens)
  • Spruce, Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)
  • Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
  • Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
  • Tumeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Verbena, Lemon (Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citriodora, Lippa triphylla)
  • Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
  • Yuzu (Citrus junos)

Photosensitivity Warning
Even properly diluted essential oils can be a problem when using oils that are photosensitive, such as many of the citrus oils.  These oils should not be used topically if you will be exposed to direct sunlight within 8 hours.  Oils that are photosensitive react to UV light and may cause a severe rash.