The utilization of essential oils, a prevalent means of promoting health and overall well-being, frequently takes the form of massage or aromatherapy. However, when incorporating essential oils into the care of children, it is crucial to exercise caution and adhere to appropriate guidelines, prioritizing the safety and welfare of these developing individuals. Presented below are the essential points to be mindful of when employing essential oils with children, ensuring a harmonious and secure experience for their growth and vitality.
- Age of the child: Infants and young children should use essential oils with caution as their skin and nervous system are still developing. Some essential oils may cause skin irritation or respiratory issues. It is advisable to consult a medical professional or expert before using essential oils on children.
- Suitable oils for children: Some essential oils are considered safe for children, such as lavender oil and chamomile oil. However, they should be used in low concentrations and properly diluted before using it. Other essential oils may be used for older children but still require the correct dilution and guidance from experts.
- Sensitivities and individual responses: Children with pre-existing conditions or sensitivities may have a higher risk of adverse reactions to essential oils. For example, children with asthma or allergies may be more susceptible to respiratory issues. It is important to assess the individual response of the child when starting to use essential oils.
- Essential oils for specific conditions: Essential oils can help alleviate specific conditions in children. For instance, using lavender oil for relaxation and reducing anxiety or using vetiver oil to promote sleep in children with sleep issues. However, thorough research and consultation with experts are necessary to determine the effectiveness and safety of essential oils for specific conditions in children.
- Choosing and using essential oils: It is crucial to select high-quality essential oils from reputable sources. Also, read and follow the usage instructions and warnings on the product labels to prevent any potential dangers or issues.
As mentioned above, a child’s skin is more sensitive to essential oils than any other age. Therefore, always dilute essential oils before applying to the skin. However, there are some essential oils that are particularly concentrated and should be avoided in children. Sabai Arom has classified criteria according to age, along with a table showing the dilution ratio so you can use essential oils correctly, conveniently, and get the most benefit out of the essential oil. Remark: once diluted, we always recommend putting it on your child’s feet to test first.
|Essential Oils to be Avoided||Age Interval|
|Avoid use under Age 2||Avoid use under Age 5||Avoid use under Age 6||Avoid use under Age 10|
|Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem||x|
|Fennel (bitter), Fennel (sweet)||x|
|Ho Leaf, Ravintsara (cineole chemotype)||x|
|Hyssop (pinocamphone chemotype)||x|
|Laurel Leaf, Bay Laurel||x|
|Lemon Leaf / Petitgrain||x|
|Myrtle (lemon) / Sweet Verbena||x|
|Niaouli (Cineole Chemotype)||x|
|Sage (Wild Mountain)||x|
|Sanna (Ginger lily, Hedychium spicatum)||x|
|Tea Leaf / Black Tea||x|
|Tea Tree (Lemon-scented)||x|