Essential Oil for Children

Essential Oil for Children

Babies and children have an especially sensitive sense of smell.  Therapeutic essential oils are very potent and should not be administered around children's face/nose.  It takes only six weeks for babies to recognize their mother's scent and distinguish between their mother's and someone else's undershirt.  Fragrance may be the first secret love bond of life, connecting mother and child in a wonderful way.

Essential Oils for Infants and Toddlers

Essential Oil Drops:  Per age, per 25 ml carrier oil.  The following drops of essential oils may be added to 25 ml carrier oil:

Child's Age Application
Babies 0-3 months: No essential oils - carrier oils only.  Almond and olive oil are most suitable
Babies 3 - 6 months 1 drop
Babies 6-12 months: 1 drop
Toddlers age 1-2 years 1-2 drops

Essential oils Suitable for BABIES

  • 0-3 months - Carrier oils only - Almond or Olive oil

  • 3-6 months:  Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Petitgrain and Tangerine.

  • 6-12 months:  Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Petitgrain, Tangerine, Benzoin, Chamomile Roman, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree and Niaouli.

  • After 12 months:  Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Neroli, Sweet Orange, Petitgrain, Tangerine, Benzoin, Chamomile Roman, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Camphor, Clove, Frankincense, Lemon Verbena, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Sandalwood, vetiver, Ylang ylang

There are many synthetic oils on the market.  Do not use synthetic oils on babies, children or any other person.

Essential Oils UNSUITABLE for Babies

The following essential oils must not be used on babies or children:  German Chamomile, cedarwood, cinnamon, clary sage, aniseed, arnica, basil, black pepper, cajeput, cypress, fennel, geranium, ginger, hyssop, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, melissa, myrrh, nutmeg, peppermint, pine, rose, rosemary, sage, thyme.

The value of aromatherapy essential and carrier oils, combined with massage, is enormous.  If the correct oils are used in their correct dosage, the benefits are endless as there are no side effects, only advantages.  Children respond very well to aromatherapy and enjoy the sweet fragrances as much as adults do.

If children are hyperactive after attending a birthday party and having loaded themselves with sugar, lavender and other balancing oils which have a calming effect can soothe them  Coughs, colds and runny noses can quickly be treated with the essential oils to prevent further spread of respiratory infections.  Eczema, asthma, abdominal cramps and other conditions respond well to the essential oils.

Essential Oil Drops for Young Children and Adolescents

The following calculations may be used as a guideline when mixing essential oils with 25 ml carrier oils for children and adolescents

AGE

  • Half their age per drop but do not exceed their age per drop.

  • Example:  Child 6:  3-6 drops.  Calculate as follows:  3 (half the age) to 6 (not exceeding the age) drops essential oil to 25 ml carrier oil.

WEIGHT

  • Do no exceed 2 drops per 10 kg (22lbs) and 1 drop per 5 kg (11 lbs).  Do not exceed maximum, which is 15 drops.

  • Example 1:  Child age 12 weight 50 kg (110 lbs):  6-12 drops essential oils as per above calculation. For the weight (50kg (110lbs at 2 drops per 10 kg), the ideal number of drops would be 10 drops.

  • Example 2: Youth age 15 weighs 75kg (165lbs) 8-15 drops essential oils as per above calculation.  For the weight (75kg at 2 drops per 10 kg and 1 drop er 5 kg), the ideal number of drops would be 15 as per the age, weight and the maximum drops used.

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.

Essential Oil Drops per AGE
per 25 ml Carrier Oil

Children age 2 years:  
1-2 drops
Children age 3 years
2-3 drops
Children age 4 years
2-4 drops
Children age 5 years:
3-5 drops
Children age 6 years:
3-6 drops
Children age 7 years:
4-7 drops
Children age 8 years:
4-8 drops
Children age 9 years:
5-9 drops
Children age 10 years:
5-10 drops
Children age 11 years
5-11 drops
Children age 12 years
6-12 drops
Children age 13 years
6-13 drops
Children age 14 years
7-14 drops
Children age 15 years
8-15 drops
Children age 16 years
8-15 drops
Children age 17 years
9-15 drops
Children age 18 years
9-15 drops
Do not exceed maximum, which is 15 drops

Essential Oil Drops per WEIGHT
per 25 ml Carrier Oil

10 kg - 22 lbs 2 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
15kg    33 lbs 3 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
20 kg   44 lbs 4 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
25 kg   55 lbs 5 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
30 kg   66 lbs 6 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
35 kg   77 lbs 7 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
40 kg   88 lbs 8 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
45 kg   99 lbs 9 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
50 kg   110 lbs 10 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
55 kg   127 lbs 11 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
60 kg   132 lbs 12 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
65 kg   143 lbs 13 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
70 kg   154 lbs 14 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
75 kg   165 lbs 15 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
80 kg   176 lbs 15 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
85 kg   187 lbs 15 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
90 kg   198 lbs 15 drops essential oils per 25 ml of carrier oil.
Caution:  Do not exceed maximum, which is 15 drops

The same rule which applies to adults applies to children:  Do not use more than double the amount of essential oils per week.

Examples:

Child age 5:  3-5 drops per 25 ml carrier oil
:  per week:  6-10 drops in total

Child age 13:  6-12 drops per 25 ml carrier oil
: per week:  12-24 drops in total

Children's Baths

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:

Drops for a Bath -
Essential Oil drops per age
Formulate in accordance with drops per age
Children age 1-2 years:
1 drop

Children age 3-4 years:
2 drops

Children age 5-6 years:
3 drops

Children age 7-12 years:  4 drops

Children age 13 -16 years:
6 drops

Youth age 17 - 18 years:  6 drops

Youth age 18+ years:
6-8 drops

Refreshing:  Mandarin and Petitgrain

Restless:  Lavender

Soothing:  Lavender and Roman Chamomile or bergamot

Cold / flu:  Eucalyptus and tea tree

Colic:  Roman Chamomile and lemon or grapefruit

Nausea:  Tangerine and Lemon verbena

Headache:  Lavender

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

 

Source: www.antiagingchoices.com

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2 Responses to Essential Oil for Children

  • Isidra Upton says:

    Essential oils are used in a variety of ways, and include aromatherapy massage – where the oil is absorbed through the skin and vaporization where the essential oil molecules enter the bloodstream via the lungs.Essential oils are also used medicinally and taken internally, but this must NOT be undertaken by the layperson, but should only be done under the treatment and direction of a qualified medical practitioner. :.;;

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