Essential oils are a great way to help keep kids healthy. This list of essential oils for kids is a great place to start.
With cold and flu season in full swing, consistent use of essential oils is so important to keep the whole family healthy. Especially the little ones. Their immune systems aren’t as strong as ours and they get exposed to more germs than most adults. Especially if your kids are in school; kids are germ filled little buggers and when parents send sick kids to school your child is being exposed to any number of contagious illnesses.
Not only are essential oils great for boosting immunity, but they can help keep our little ones healthy in many different areas.
Some of my favorite essential oils for kids are:
Gentle Baby: This gentle oil is a blend of Geranium, Rosewood, Coriander, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang ylang, Roman chamomile, lemon, Jasmine and Rose oils. This is my favorite oil for helping to calm little ones down when they are emotionally overstimulated. It also helps keep mom’s emotions calm during pregnancy and after baby comes, and is great for soothing delicate baby skin.
Thieves: A blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon bark, Eucalyptus and Rosemary, this is probably my favorite oil out there. Thieves is one of the most amazing immunity boosting essential oils available. I’ve shared my love of this oil before because it has helped keep our family healthy during the winter months. For kids, I put 6 drops of Thieves in a roller bottle and fill the rest with Grapeseed oil, then apply it to the bottoms of their feet and spine daily. It has helped keep Little A’s immune system happy when kids have brought gunk and ickies to school.
Peace & Calming: A blend which includes Tangerine, Orange, Ylang ylang, Patchouli and Blue tansy. This oil is great for emotional support and creates a relaxing environment for kids and adults. I apply it topically to Little A and diffuse it bedroom and throughout the house when we’ve had busy days and need to unwind.
Lavender: One of the most gentle single essential oils out there, lavender can help kids unwind at the end of the day, support healthy skin (I use it on Little A to smooth bumps on her arms) and help them fall asleep at bed time. I diffuse it in her room at bed time and combine it with distilled water for a room spray. It’s just a nice relaxing oil that’s also great for use in the bath (combined with bath salt) to help kids unwind and relieve stress. Other uses include helping cuts and scrapes, bruises, as well as allergy relief when combined with other oils.
Valor: One of my favorite blends, Valor is great for creating a positive start to your child’s day by supporting their emotional health (helps balance emotions). It’s also great for helping kids focus, reducing stress and creating courage in your kiddo. If your little one is prone to nightmares, Valor can provide the emotional support they need to overcome them. You can use it in massage on your little one after strenuous activity like sports (combine with massage oil and massage onto back).
Lemon: Lemon essential oil is great for a number of things. It helps with tummy trouble in little ones, congestion and provides respiratory support. It’s also a great fever reducer. Lemon oil can be applied topically when diluted with a carrier oil, or diffused. *Citrus oils make skin photosensitive. If going out in the sun within 24 hours of application apply sunscreen.
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Melrose: Melrose is a very gentle oil that can help with an array of skin issues. I apply it topically, combined with lavender, on Little A’s arms and legs to support healthy skin. It can also promote healthy ear canals. It can be used on sensitive bum skin of babies (make it into a cream using Rose ointment) as well. Probably my favorite oil to support healthy skin.
How to use essential oils on kids: When using essential oils topically on children, you should always start with a high dilution ratio to test how they respond to the oil. I use coconut or grapeseed oil, but you can also use Jojoba or even olive oil. When in doubt I use a 1:30 ratio; 1 drop essential oil to 30 drops carrier oil. You can reduce the amount of carrier oil you use as your child grows, or as you see they don’t have any sensitivities to the essential oil. Plus diluting the oil a bit helps spread it around, making a little go a long way.
Our whole family loves using essential oils, including Little A. She has her own Thieves roll on, lavender roll on, one for helping her focus and many more. And she asks for her oils daily. I love that I’m starting her on a healthy path from a young age. I’m sure soon enough she’ll be educating other kids on how to use essential oils as well.
If you use essential oils, what are your favorites to use on your kiddos? If not, did you know you could use essential oils on kids?