EO's for Baby and Child


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.

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.