Essential oils have been a trend lately since most of them have a calming and relaxing effect on humans. Some of these oils have health benefits as well (scientifically), such as a boost for our immune system. But how do we know which essential oil is okay for your child? Here is a list of safe essential oils for babies & kids:
For Babies 3+ Months
- Lavender – this essential oil has a soothing aroma that is great for most bug bites for kids. Lavender can help your little one fall asleep properly as it is known to treat insomnia and anxiety very well.
- Chamomile – since this is a gentle herb that is usually made for teas, it can be used for your baby for most stomach upsets, allergies, rashes, sleeping problems and especially colic.
- Yarrow – yarrow has a similar effect with dill (shown below) and is great for those with allergies, cold, fever and stomach upsets like GI and diarrhea.
- Dill – this is a great essential oil that can also act as a bug repellent and can help with sleep problems. It also has some antimicrobial properties and can also be a calming essential oil for those with stomach problems like gas and constipation.
For Babies 6+ Months
- Mandarin – since mandarin is a citrus, it is more recommended for older babies. It can help with your baby’s skin and can also have a soothing effect on your baby while being mild.
- Citronella – we all know that citronella is a common essential oil that is used for taking out mosquitoes and bug bites. Therefore, if you want your child to be protected from most high-flyers around your area, citronella oil is quite safe – as long as you dilute it properly.
- Cedarwood – among the different kinds of cedarwood oil you can use include German, Roman, Virginian, Texan, Himalayan, and Atlas. Like citronella, you should also dilute cedarwood as much as possible to avoid skin irritation for babies.
- Geranium – this essential oil is also good for your baby’s skin and can also help with anxiety and restlessness. It also has some anti-inflammatory benefits for those with skin injuries.
- Tea Tree – tea tree oil is good for most skin problems as well as it is antibacterial and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can even take care of most dandruff, hence it is used in most commercial shampoos today.
- Jasmine – this elegant flower extract can be used for calming down your baby. Jasmine oil is also sometimes used for dandruff problems so it can be great for your baby’s hair – just make sure you dilute it as much as possible.
- Bergamot – this essential oil is okay for both wash-off and diffusion methods. Since it is phototoxic, you should only use it on the skin if you are not going outside, as it can have some phototoxic reactions. Bergamot is among the safe citrus essential oils that you can use for babies.
- Lemon – for lemon, you can diffuse it and you can also steam distill it. Lemon is a great citrus oil that can refresh your baby’s skin and mood. However, instead of lemon, mandarin or sweet orange is more recommended for topical use.
For Kids 2+ Years
- Ginger – because ginger is a lot spicier than most essential oils, it is recommended for toddlers at least 2 years old. Ginger is good for most inflammation and infections, such as a sore throat.
- Lemongrass – lemongrass is good for its smell and can also keep away insects. It can be used for inhaling and topical application, but it should be diluted when you are using it for children.
- Eucalyptus Oil – the only eucalyptus oil you should use for 2-year-old kids should be Eucalyptus citriodora, Corymbia citriodora, since this one is a lot milder than other varieties. Eucalyptus oil has a soothing and calming effect on the skin.
- Oregano – in many cultures and societies, oregano is a herbal cough medicine, and it can be used for young ones to help alleviate their respiratory problems. Consult your doctor before using any oregano essential oil for the best formulation.
- Cinnamon – the essential oil of cinnamon is a good brain-booster, so it is great for helping children learn and train for school.
For Kids 6+ Years
- Anise – this one should be diluted if you are going to apply it to the skin since it can be irritating at large amounts. It is good for driving away insects and digestive upsets.
- Peppermint – like most spicy essential oils, this should is good for relieving aching muscles, gas problems and should also be diluted in smaller amounts to avoid irritation.
- Sage – good sage variants you can use include Greek, White and Salvia officinalis. Sage is known to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits for your skin.
Always remember that with any essential oil used for kids, make sure you dilute them properly! When in doubt, contact your pediatrician to know which essential oil is okay for your baby. Which of these essential oils is your favorite?