Essential Oils for Infants and Children

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Our children are extremely precious and as parents we are the first responders when it come to their health and well being. The correct use of essential oils with babies and young children can’t be stressed enough.

Essential Oils —-Are they safe?

I am talking about Young Living 100% therapeutic grade essential oils and a company that has excellent quality control.

They are pure plant extract and very potent. One must respect the oils. As parents we must use our heads and be cognisant.

Our young ones bodies are building rapidly, all their systems are developing and changing.

These oils are ADAPTAGENS, that is, they adapt to each person. Children tend to respond more rapidly than adults to the oils.

Here are some guidelines when using the oils on children.

  • Here me on this please!: DILUTE, DILUTE, DILUTE!!!!! This does not reduce the potency of essdential oils but renders them not as intense on these young skins. Use the old adage, Less is more! Always err on the side of caution

    Dilute, dilute,dilute. Ndever use neat oils on children under 6 years.

    Dilute, dilute,dilute. Never use neat oils on children under 6 years.

  • Use carrier oils.

These are fatty vegetable oils such as Young Living V6, coconut, jojoba, almond and olive.

There are things to consider here.

  • Has your child got a nut allergy? If so do not use carrier oils that contain nuts like coconut, almond and avocado.

         Has your child got any allergies at all?

         I would not use oil blends on young children because they contain      

fractionated coconut oil.

  • Sensitivity.

Some children have very sensitive skins, especially around the eyes. They can be sensitive to oil itself or the aroma.

Always check that your child is well hidrated.

  • System Support.

Which system are you trying to support, immune, digestive, respiratory?

Discover which oils are best for each system.

  • Pub. Med have much research on Essential Oils. If you are not sure always seek advice.

  • Mode of Application.

With young children I would not recommend oral use.

Diffusing is a great way to use the essential oils especially in the bedroom.

The oils can be used as a gentle massage on the stomach and the soles of the feet are a great places to apply oils.

Avoid putting them direct on the face and never into the ears.

  • A few Favourite Essential Oils to use with children.

  • Lavender.

Very calming and aids restful sleep.

Diffuse or place on the underside of their pillow.

  • Frankincense.

This is very spicy. Always dilute.

It helps with the immune system, soft tissue and respiration

  • Owie.

Aids structural support.

  • Tummy Gize

Good for digestive issues.

  • Peace and calming 1 or 2.

Children who are very right brained and a tendancy to ADHD react well with this oil.

  • Lemon and citrus blends.

Circulation, lymphatic system and immune system.

Don’t use if body is going to be exposed to the sun

  • Emotional.

I personally would not use with children under 5 years.

Use on back of neck and spine. Oils like white angelica,

vetiver, harmony.

Remember children can’t tell you they are stressed!!!!

DO NOT USE:( On children under 5 years.)

Peppermint- 54% plus menthol

Eucalyptus – up to 83%cineole

Rosemary – cineole and camphor.

DO NOT USE on children under 12 years.

Wintergreen or birch. – methyl-salicylate.

CAN USE.

Lemon on the spine. PEPPERMINT

Reduce temperature.

Ginger or Lemon on the stomach. PEPPERMINT

Aids stomach ache.

Lemon, Frankincense, cinnamon, clove, tea tree, thyme, oregano.Use on the feet. PEPPERMINT

Immune support.

Cedarwood,pine, myrtle.Diffuse or use on chest and back.

Congestion and cough PEPPERMINT EUCALYPTUS

Frankincense, balsam fir and copiaba. PEPPERMINT

Helps aches and discomfort.

Rub on gums for teething.

Frankincense and copiaba.