Essential Oils for Kids
Every mother and father wants to take the best care of their children as possible. Children are often sick, since they are just beginning to develop their immunity, and most times children are treated with some kind of child-safe medicine. But, sometimes using natural remedies will benefit your child in the same way, and will have fewer risks than western medicine. If you are looking to take a more natural path with your child, we always suggest speaking to your pediatrician and getting an “okay” from them, and trying it out! Here you will see a bit of information about the benefits of using pure, high-grade essential oils to treat your children, and some do’s and don’ts when doing so.
Benefits of using essential oils:
Many essential oils have been proven to enhance your child’s mental, physical and emotional health. There have been many studies and tests to see what exactly essential oils do for children, and the results have been quite satisfying. Diffusing essential oils like lavender will provide your child with calming, stress-free feelings and will help them relax and let go of the daily grind. Diffusing herbs such as grapefruit or patchouli has a wonderful effect on their immune system; boosting it and making it stronger. Diffusing oils such as ylang-ylang or geranium will enhance your child’s mood, making hard mornings much easier than before. You can also use blends of essential oils to create the perfect atmosphere for your child! Blending essential oils not only creates wonderful smells around your home, but it also combines the oil’s benefits and makes them more useful.
Dos and Don’ts:
Use essential oils with caution: Children are much more sensitive than adults, and there is always a chance that you may cause them discomfort, or that they may have an allergy to something, so always notify your doctor before you use an essential oil just in case. Other than that, just use it in mild doses and not too frequently. The optimal way to use essential oils with your children is to diffuse a few drops of any essential oil or essential oil blend and use it in your home.
Do diffuse them throughout your home: The effects of essential oils are going to benefit the child the most when they are in the atmosphere. It is a very safe and effective way to administer the benefits of the essential oils to your child without running the risk of ingestion or contact with their skin. Getting a diffuser in your home is definitely the way to go. You’ll love it and they’ll love it, guaranteed.
Don’t give it to the orally: Children have a tendency to chew on everything, and there comes an age when everything they see laying around seems to find a way to their mouths. The same goes for essential oils. We must keep them tucked away so that they don’t accidentally open our roller or dropper bottle and ingest a whole bunch of essential oil. Essential oils are sometimes up to 30 times stronger than the actual plant it comes from, so it will be very hard to digest and may lead to complications. On the other hand, don’t administer essential oils to them orally, even if it is diluted, etc. It will cause the same effects.
Do watch your child’s reactions: It is essential that you watch your child’s reaction to the essential oils. It is like when introducing anything new to your child, like a new food for example. They will let you know how they feel about it and how it makes them feel. If the oil irritates their skin, they are very likely to let you now one way or another. Redness and itchiness on the skin is a primary indicator of discomfort, and if this happens simply discontinue the use of the essential oils. But other than that, more severe reactions could be coughing, trouble breathing, nausea, vomiting, headache, drowsiness, seizures, or loss of consciousness. If these symptoms appear at all, stop usage and contact your doctor immediately.
Don’t apply oils directly to their skin: Children’s skin is much thinner and much more porous than adult’s skin. This means than any substance like essential oils will be absorbed much quicker and much more efficiently. If, say, your child comes in contact with a large amount of essential oils and it stays on their skin for a long time, then the child’s skin has most likely absorbed already. Also, if your child has some essential oils on his/her skin and goes out to the sun, there is a chance of very fast sunburn; and some essential oils are phototoxic, which means they actually become harmful when exposed to a lot of sun.
|Oils To Use||
Orange Sandalwood Ylang Ylang
Ginger Cypress Geranium
|Oils To Avoid||
Oregano Peppermint Eucalyptus
Black Pepper Sage Birch
Thyme Rosemary Wintergreen
In summary, you shouldn’t be afraid to use essential oils or natural remedies on your children. It is simply a good idea to really keep an eye on them and on their reactions throughout the process and to make sure to talk to someone professional about it. Using essential oils will benefit your child a lot if you use them correctly, and all you need to do is talk to your pediatrician to make sure what you’re doing, and the essential oils you are using are all okay.