When using essential oils on babies, or young children, special care must be taken.
Essential oils are natural, but not all are meant for use on children.
A general rule for using essential oils with babies, toddlers and children are to avoid all Potentially Toxic and Irritant Oils completely. This will ensure your childs safety.
The following is a general guideline for essential oil use for children's ages.
Age birth to 6 months- Use NO essential oils on babies skin.
Age 6 months to 1 year: Use only Lavender. Use at three times the normal dilution rate as for an adult.
Age 1 to 6 years: Using twice the normal dilution rate, use only non-toxic, non-irritant oils.
Age 6 to 12 years: Use as for adults, in twice the normal dilution rate.
Age 12 years and over: Use as for adults.
The following essential oils are considered Toxic or Hazardous and should not be used by children:
Ajowan, Anise (Star), Aniseed, Arnica, Basil, Bay Laurel, Bay (West Indian), Bitter Almond, Boldo, Broom, Bucho, Calamintha (Cat Mint), Calamus, Camphor (ALL types), Cascarrilla Bark, Cassia, Cedarwood (ALL types), Chervil, Cinnamon (ALL parts), Clove (ALL parts), Costus, Coriander, Deertongue, Elecampane, Eucalyptus, Fennel (Bitter and Sweet), Hops, Horseradish, Hyssop, Jaborandi, Juniper, Melilotus, Mugwort, Mustard, Nutmeg, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Pepper (Black), Pine (Dwarf), Rue, Sage (Common and Spanish), Santolina, Sassafras, Savine, Savory, Tagetes, Tansy, Tarragon, Thuja, Thyme, Tonka, Tuberose, Tumeric, Turpentine, Valerian, Wintergreen, Wormseed and Wormwood.