The following calculations may be used as a guideline when mixing essential oils with 25 ml carrier oils for children and adolescents
The following tables may serve as a guideline. Note: The table ‘Drops per Age’ is a separate table to ‘Drops per Weight’ and they are not intended to correspond with each other, i.e. a child age 2 does not necessarily weight 10 kg (22 lbs) and a child age 3 does not necessarily weight 15 kg (33 lbs) – use these tables independent of each other and refer to either age or weight.
Children benefit therapeutically from essential oils used in their baths, but it is necessary to exercise caution when using essential oils. It is important not to exceed the recommended drops and to dilute skin irritant oils in 5 ml carrier oil (or bath gel) before adding to the bath. Non-irritant oils need to be well dispersed before children immerse. The following table is a guideline:
Important Points to Remember
Do not treat ill children without them having consulted a qualified medical practitioner, homeopath, chiropractor or any other registered professional.
Do not apply essential oils around baby / toddler’s face/nose. It is best to apply to bottoms of feet. There is always a possibility that they may rub them in their eyes or get some on their hands and put them in their mouth. Essential oils are powerful but must always be used with caution.
Do not contradict or discontinue treatment prescribed by above mentioned professional. Apply aromatherapy in conjunction with prescribed treatment or medication.
Use oils for minor ailments such as cuts, grazes, minor burns, bruises, insect bites or stings. Do not overlook the importance of medical attention for serious or major conditions.
Never use undiluted essential oils. Exceptions are made with lavender and or minor burns, cuts, stings, etc.
Never administer oils orally.
Never apply oils internally.
Essential oils used in a bath should be diluted in a carrier oil (of bath gel). Never use skin irritant oils undiluted.
Essential oils used in a bath must not exceed the drops allowed as stipulated in the “essential oil Drops per Age’ table.
Essential oils used in a massage must not exceed the drops allowed as stipulated in the “Essential Oils Drops per Age’ table.
Before using an essential oil, check the safety of the oil and the recommended drops.
Steam inhalation treatments for children are shorter than for adults. Start with a few seconds, slowly increasing with each treatment by half a minute until 1-2 minutes have been reached.
Do not leave children unattended with steam inhalations or any other heat treatment.
Do not leave children unattended with diffusors.
Do no leave children in a room with doors closed with essential oils in vaporizer.
Keep undiluted, as well as diluted essential oils out of children’s reach.
Do not use hazardous oils.
Only use “child-friendly’ essential oils.
Do not allow children to pour essential oils into their baths, or any other treatment variation unless closely supervised, as they may exceed the limit of the drops allowed.
References: Aromatherapy for Natural Health and Beauty by Cecilia Salvesen
Essential Oil Uses for Babies and Children
See the Common and Botanical Name Index for the botanical name of each oil listed below.
Colic: Bergamot, ginger, mandarin, marjoram, Roman chamomile, rosemary, or ylang ylang. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. Almond oil with 1 drop Roman chamomile, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop geranium. Mix and apply to stomach and back. Note: Burping the baby, and keeping the abdomen warm with a warm (not hot) water bottle will often bring relief.
Common Cold: Cedarwood, lemon, Melaleuca ericifolia, rosemary, rose, sandalwood, or thyme. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil with 2 drops melaleuca (Tea Tree), 1 drop lemon, and 1 drop rose otto. Massage a little of the blend on neck and chest.
Constipation: Ginger, mandarin, orange, or rosemary. Dilute one of the oils and massage on stomach and feet.
Cradle Cap: Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. almond oil with 1 drop lemon and 1 drop geranium or with 1 drop cedarwood and 1 sandalwood. Mix and apply a small amount on head.
Croup: Marjoram, ravensara, rosewood, sandalwood, or thyme. Dilute for massage or diffuse. Bundle baby or child up and take outside to breathe cold air.
Crying: Cypress, frankincense, geranium, lavender, Roman chamomile, rose otto, or ylang ylang. Dilute for massage or diffuse.
Diaper Rash: Lavender (dilute and apply). Blend: Combine 1 drop Roman chamomile and 1 drop lavender with vegetable oil and apply.
Digestion (sluggish): Lemon or orange. Dilute and massage feet and stomach.
Dry Skin: Rosewood or sandalwood. Dilute and apply.
Earache: Lavender, melaleuca (Tea Tree), Melaleuca ericifolia, Roman chamomile, or thyme (sweet). Put a diluted drop of oil on a cotton ball and place on the surface of the ear; rub a little bit of diluted oil behind the ear. Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil with 2 drops lavender, 1 drop Roman chamomile, and 1 drop melaleuca (Tea Tree). Put a drop on a cotton ball and put on surface of the ear, rub behind the ear and on the ear Vita Flex feet points.
Fever: Lavender. Dilute in vegetable oil and massage baby or child (back of neck, feet, behind ear, etc.). Peppermint (diffuse only).
Flu: Cypress, lemon, Melaleuca ericifolia. Dilute 1 drop of each in 1 Tbsp. bath gel base for a bath or diffuse.
Hiccoughs: Mandarin. Diffuse
Jaundice: Geranium, lemon, lime, mandarin, or rosemary. Dilute and apply on the liver area and on the liver Vita Flex feet points.
Premature: Since premature babies have very thin and sensitive skin, it is best to avoid the use of essential oils.
Rashes: Lavender, Roman chamomile, rose otto, or sandalwood. Dilute and apply.
Teeth Grinding: Lavender (rub on feet).
Tonsillitis: Ginger, lavender, lemon, or melaleuca (Tea Tree), Roman chamomile. Dilute and apply.
Thrush: Geranium, lavender, lemon, Tea Tree, rosewood, or thyme. Dilute and apply. Blend: 2 Tbsp. garlic oil, 8 drops lavender, Tea Tree, 1 ml. Vitamin E oil. Apply to nipples just before nursing, or with a clean finger into baby’s mouth