Ways to use:
- Rub diluted (blend max 3% to carrier oil) on the feet and then wear a pair of socks for extra protection
- Put 2–3 drops on a cloth and wash together with other clothings in washing machine to freshen laundry.
- Put 2-3 drops on a cloth and dump together with clothings in the dryer to freshen laundry.
- Drop 4–5 drops on a tissue and attach to an air vent to freshen any rooms.
- Diffuse for 24–48 hours straight to eliminate household mold.
- Add max 3% to any melt & pour soap or unscented bodywash.
This is obtained from the internet (http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/essential-oil-safety-babies-children/) about essential oil appropriate for babies and small children.
Essential oils should be much more diluted for use with babies as compared to use with adults. With so many different types of one plant, it's important to use the correct species of essential oil. All of the Latin names listed are the type of that essential oil that is deemed safe for use. When purchasing essential oils, be sure to note the Latin name of the essential oil you are purchasing, to make sure you are getting the right one.
Babies and Children should never ingest essential oils Keep all essential oils out of reach of children and babies. Certain essential oils could be toxic if ingested. No essential oils should be given orally to children.
If your child accidentally ingests some essential oils, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Call your general practitioner unless signs of poisoning are present, then you should immediately bring your child and the bottle that was consumed, to the nearest emergency room.
Dilution is very important for ALL essential oils There is no exception in this category. No matter what brand you use, what essential oil it is, or how much you are using, it is not safe to use ANY essential oil neat (without a carrier oil or some other dilution material). ALL essential oils should be diluted for use with babies and children. It is also important to note that when adding essential oils to baths of children, they must first be diluted in a water soluble carrier, such as raw unfiltered honey or vegetable glycerin. Adding essential oils straight to bath water, without a carrier, runs you the risk of causing irritation to the skin. There are many applications for essential oils with babies and children, but they should be kept away from a child’s face. Essential oils should not be used in or around the nose in children. I often suggest massaging the feet with young babies rather than the chest and back, for the safest application of essential oils. Slowly introduce one essential oil at a time Allergies are no fun. When introducing essential oils to babies, you have to remember that you haven't yet discovered the things they are allergic to. It's important to introduce essential oils one at a time and sparingly, to both watch your baby for any sort of reaction and to allow your baby's body to slowly become introduced to that essential oil. Do not introduce more than one essential oil in one day. If your baby is going to have a reaction to an essential oil they will likely show signs of a reaction in the first 15-30 minutes after inhalation or dermal application.
It is not advised to use essential oils on babies less than 3 months of age because their skin is not mature yet and therefore more permeable and sensitive to essential oils. Unlike adults, newborns are also not as capable of dealing with adverse reactions to essential oils. There should be even more caution with premature babies, avoiding all essential oil use until they reach at least 3 months after their due date. This is just a general guideline and great care should be taken to research each essential oil's maximum dermal use individually before use. Hydrosols are a much gentler and safer option for babies, where essential oils can't be used.
Essential oils safe for topical use/diffusion on babies 3+ months
The maximum recommended amount of essential oils used on babies 3+ months topically, should not exceed 0.2% of the recipe, or 1-2 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- Chamomile, Roman and German (Anthemis nobilis, Matricaria rectutita)
- Dill (Anthum graveolens)
- Lavender - (Lavendula angustifolia)
- Yarrow, Blue (Achillea millefolium)
The maximum recommended amount of essential oils used on babies 6+ months topically, should not exceed 0.5% of the recipe, or 3-5 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) bergamot essential oil is a phototoxic oil and can cause photoxic reactions on your skin, if used before going out in the sunshine. diffusion and wash-off products are safe from this though.
- Carrot Seed (Daucus carota)
- Cedarwood, Atlas/Virgina (Cedrus atlantica, Cedrus deodora, Juniperus virginiana) use a smaller amount of this topically as it can cause skin irritation if not properly diluted.
- Cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) this is safe for diffusion ONLY. Cinnamon bark is not safe for use on anyone's skin, as it is too irritating. Use Cinnamon leaf instead, for topical preparations!
- Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
- Cypress (Cupressus sempervires)
- Fir needle (Abies sibirica)
- Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
- Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
- Helichrysum (Helichrysum angustifolium)
- Lemon (Citrus limon) this is safe for diffusion. Though this is safe for topical application, sweet orange is suggested instead, because it's less harsh on the skin. If cold pressed rather than steam distilled, this essential oil is a potential photosensitizer.
- Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
- Neroli (Citrus aurantium)
- Palma Rosa (Cymbopogon martinii)
- Petitgrain (Citrus aurantium)
- Pine (pinus divaricata, pinus resinosa, pinus strobus, pinus sylvestris)
- Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica)
- Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)
- Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum)
- Spruce (picea abies, picea glauca, picea mariana, picea rubens)
- Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
- Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
The maximum recommended amount of essential oils used on children 2+ years topically, should not exceed 2% of the recipe, or 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- Basil, Sweet (Ocimum basilicum)
- Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
- Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia) this is safe ONLY for diffusion. Cinnamon cassia is not safe for use on anyone's skin, as it is too irritating. Use Cinnamon leaf instead, for topical preparations
- Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
- Clove Bud/Clove Leaf (Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromatica, Eugenia caryophyllata)
- Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- Garlic (Allium sativum)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
- Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
- Lemongrass (Andropogon citratus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Cymbopogon flexuosus)
- Lime (Cirtus x aurantifolia)
- Melissa/Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
- Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
- Oregano (Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum, Origanum hirtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureeja capitata)
- Sweet Marjoram (Marjorana hortensis)
- Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
- Spearmint (Mentha cardiaca, Mentha spicata)
- Tea Tree
- Lemon (Leptospermum petersonii, Leptospermum citratum, Leptospermum liversidgei)
- Thyme (Thymus vulgaris, Thymus Zygis)
- Verbena, Lemon (Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citriodora, Lippa triphylla)
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides)
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) this can be diffused for children under 2 years
The maximum recommended amount of essential oils used on children 6+ years topically, should not exceed 3% of the recipe, or 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
- Fennel, sweet and bitter (Foeniculum vulgare)
- Laurel Leaf/Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis)
- Marjoram, Spanish (Thymus mastichina)
- Niaouli (cineole chemotype)
- Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)
- Sage, Greek/White (Salvia officinalis, Salvia fruiticosa, Salvia tribola, Salvia apiana)
Essential oils safe for topical use/diffusion on children 10+ years
By this age, most of the essential oils are safe for topical use or diffusion for children, though you should always be sure to slowly introduce each oil individually, to be sure that there are no adverse reactions or allergies.
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus maidenii, Eucalyptus plenissima, Eucalyptus kochii, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus autraliana, Eucalyptus phellandra, Eucalyptus smithii)
- Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)