Essential Oils Safety Series- Babies and Children

I see a great amount of misinformation floating around the web on oil use and children so I want to lay out some basic safety tips for you.  If you are new to oils I cannot stress enough the importance of research.  To be sure you are getting the most accurate information research should be based on information provided by reputable aromatherapy websites or from licensed aromatherapists and doctors (in other words people who have studied the use of essential oils, NOT someone who sells them and has been using them for a month).

Basic safety rules for using Oils with Children

1. Babies and children should NEVER ingest oils.  
Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND licensed physician with a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine says “Essential oils are the distilled volatile aromatic constituents of the plant that are highly concentrated.  Remember that one drop of essential oil is equivalent to 15-40 cups of medicinal tea, or up to 10 teaspoons of tincture.  Would you ever give a child 40 cups of tea or 10 teaspoons of tincture?  My goodness, I hope not.” (Krumbeck, E. 2014, September 8, When to Not use Essential Oils retrieved from
If your child accidentally ingests some essential oils, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING. Call your general practitioner unless signs of poisoning are present, then you should immediately bring your child and the bottle that was consumed, to the nearest emergency room. (Anthis, C.  2014, August 14. Safe Essential Oils use with Babies and Children retrieved from

2.  Oils used with babies and children should ALWAYS be diluted. 
Using oils Neat (without a carrier) could possibly cause permanent sensitization. Marge Clark says in her book Essential Oils and Aromatics: A Step-by-Step Guide for Use in Massage and Aromatherapy “One of my mentors reminds me ‘sensitization is forever.’ And I know she is right. Years ago I read the books saying that lavender oils could be used neat (undiluted). I very unwisely used undiluted lavender on broken skin, and consequently set up a sensitivity reaction. Today, almost two decades later if I come in contact with lavender in any form I will immediately start a new round of contact dermatitis that can take months to heal” (Clark, M., Essential Oils and Aromatics, Sandy, UT; Silverleaf press, 2008, 32.)

And remember Babies and Children can’t always express when something hurts them so PLEASE, ALWAYS DILUTE OILS with children and babies!  Also don’t forget to do a patch test on babies and children to make sure your dilution ratio doesn’t cause skin irritations and I always like to test the oils on myself before applying on my child, and recommend to others to do the same, just to be safe.  For a dilution chart click the below link: EO Dilution Chart

3. Introduce oils slowly, One at a time. . .
Just like you introduce new foods to babies one at a time to make sure their little bodies can process them without an adverse reaction, you should introduce essential oils one at a time to make sure their little bodies can process them without an adverse reaction.

4. Always keep oils away from eyes and mucus membranes (nose and mouth).
Just don’t do it.  If essential oils get in eyes flush immediately with milk and then water.  (You can also use milk or a carrier oil to flush essential oils off your hands if you end up with excess essential oil on your hands.)

5. Use extreme Caution when using oils on children with asthma
“Most essential oils will inflame a sensitive respiratory tract. I have heard from some of my naturopathic colleagues who have seen frightening cases of children completely unable to breathe because of essential oil-induced asthma attacks,” says Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND (Krumbeck, E. 2014, September 8, When to Not use Essential Oils retrieved from

Below is a list of age recommendations of some essential oils  for babies and children by two different experts.  This is by no means a complete list of oils and in some cases the two experts disagree on which age oil use is appropriate.  This list is a guideline and if you have questions about a specific oil, you should do some research or consult a qualified aromatherapist for more details. When in doubt don’t use an oil on yourself or your child until you find out more.  And ALWAYS DILUTE!

Age Recommendations from Two Different Experts
Expert Expert Essential Oil Name Latin Name
No. 1 No. 2
6-8+ Years 6+ months Bergamot (Citus bergamia)
2+ Years Basil, Lemon (Ociumum x citriodorum)
2+ Years Basil, Sweet  (Ocimum basilicum)
2+ Years Benzoin (Styrax benzoin, Styrax paralleloneurus)
2+ Years Black Pepper (Piper nigrum)
7-12+ months 6+ Years Cardamon (Elettaria cardamomum)
6+ months Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota)
2+ Years Cassia (Cinnamomum cassia)
6+ months Cedarwood, Atlas/Virginia (cedus atlanticia, cedrus deodora, Juniperus virginiana)
6+ months Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum zeylanicum)
6+ months Cinnaman Leaf (Cinnamon zeylanicum)
6+ months Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus)
2+ Years Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea)
2+ Years Clove Bud/Clove Leaf (Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromatica, Eugenia caryophyllata)
2+ Years Copaiba Basalm (Copaifera officinalis)
2-5+ years 6+ months Coriander (coriandrum sativum)
9-11+ Years 6+ months Cypress (cupressus sempervirens)
Newborn and Up 3+ months Dill (anthum graveolens)
9-11+ Years Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
Newborn and Up 10+ Years Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus radiata)
6+ months Fir Needle (Abies sibirica)
9-11+ Years 2+ Years Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
2+ Years Garlic  (Allium sativum)
2-6+ months 6+ months Geranium (Pelagorium graveolens)
Newborn and Up 3+ months German chamomile (Matricaria rectutita)
2-5+ years 2+ Years Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
2-5+ years 6+ months Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi)
2-5+ years 6+ months Helichrysum (helichrysum angustifolium)
6-8+ Years Ho-wood (Cinnamomum camphora, Laurus camphora)
2+ Years Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
2+ Years Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis)
Newborn and Up 3+ months Lavender (Lavandula Agustifolia)
2-5+ years 6+ months Lemon (Citrus limonum)
6-8+ Years Lemon Eucalyptus (eucalyptus citriodora)
2+ Years Lemongrass (Andropogon citratus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Cymbopogon flexuosus
2+ Years Lime (Cirtus x aurantifolia)
Newborn and Up 6+ months Mandarin (Citris reticulata)
Manuka (Leptospermum Scoparium)
6-8+ Years Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
9-11+ Years 2+ Years Melissa (Melissa officinalis)
6-8+ Years 2+ Years Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha)
6-8+ Years Myrtle (Myrtus communis)
2-6+ months 6+ months Neroli (citrus aurantium)
7-12+ months 6+ Years Niaouli (melalecua viridiflora)
2+ Years Oregano (Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum, Origanum vulgare, Origanum compactum,
2+ Years Oregano Origanum hirtum, Thymbra capitata, Thymus capitatus, Coridothymus capitatus, Satureeja capitata)
2-5+ years Ormenis flower
Moroccan Chamomile
(ormenis mixta)
2+ Years Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
7-12+ months 6+ months Palma Rosa (cymbopogon martinii)
7-12+ months 6+ months Petitgrain (Citrius aurantium)
6-8+ Years 6+ months Pine (Pinus sylvestris)
2-5+ years 6+ months Ravensara (Ravensara Aromatica)
Newborn and Up 3+ months Roman Chamomile (Anthemis nobilis)
6+ months Rosalina (Melaleuca ericfolia)
2-6+ months 6+ months Rose otto (Rosa Damascena)
6+ months Sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum)
2+ Years Spearmint (Mentha cardiaca, Mentha spicata)
6-8+ Years Spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi)
6+ months Spruce (Picea abies, Picea Glauca, Picea mariana, Picea rubens)
6-8+ Years 6+ months Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
2+ Years Sweet Marjoram (Marjorana hortensis)
7-12+ months 6+ months Tangerine (Citrus reticulata)
2-6+ months 6+ months Tea tree (Melalecua Alternifolia)
2-5+ years 2+ Years Thyme linalool (Thymus vulgaris, type linalol)
2+ Years Tumeric (Curcuma longa)
2+ Years Valerian (Valeriana officinalis)
2+ Years Verbena (Lemon) (Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citrodora, Lippa triphylla)
2+ Years Vetiver  (Vetiveria zizanioides)
2-5+ years 3+ months Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
9-11+ Years Ylang, ylang (Cananga odorata)

Sources and Recommended Reading:(The above lists are from Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends by Valerie Ann Worwood , from Safe Essential Oil Use with Babies and Children by Christina Anthis and  Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2e by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young  PLEASE NOTE THIS LIST DOES NOT COVER ALL ESSENTIAL OILS IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF IT IS SAFE TO USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL ON YOUR CHILD OR BABY CONSULT A CERTIFIED OR REGISTERED AROMATHERAPIST OR JUST DONT USE IT)

Safe Essential Oil Use with Babies and Children by Christina Anthis

When Not to use Essential Oils by Dr. Erika Krumbeck, ND

Essential Oils and Aromatics: A Step-by-Step Guide for Use in Massage and Aromatherapy by Marge Clark

Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child: More Than 300 Natural, Nontoxic, and Fragrant Essential Oil Blends by Valerie Ann Worwood

Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2e by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

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Drowning is a Very Real Possibility. Do Your Part to Prevent It!

Read the article in the link above.  I cannot stress enough how important it is to watch your children around pools, hot tubs, creeks, streams, rivers, ponds, the Ocean, even bathtubs and buckets.  Drowning can happen, anytime, anywhere there is water.

Drowning is the process of experiencing respiratory impairment from submersion/immersion in liquid; outcomes are classified as death, morbidity and no morbidity.

Key facts

  • Drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide, accounting for 7% of all injury-related deaths.
  • There are an estimated 372 000 annual drowning deaths worldwide.
  • Global estimates may significantly underestimate the actual public health problem related to drowning.
  • Children, males and individuals with increased access to water are most at risk of drowning.
    (taken from

Prevent Drowning.

  • Teach your children about water safety.
  • Enroll your children in swim lessons and expose them to water in a safe environment.
  • Always have eyes on your children around bodies of water.  If you are at a family gathering assign one family member as a water guardian to be responsible for each child.  If that person needs to move to a different area where they will no longer be able to see the child near the water verbally/physically pass on assignment of a new water guardian for the child. Touch the person, look the new person in the eyes and say “I have to go to the bathroom, you are responsible for watching Sam until I come back and relieve you.”  Often at family gatherings people relax and assume someone has eyes on the children, when this is often not the case.
  • Decrease access to water by installing barriers.  Install fencing around pools and hot tubs and install alarms on any doors or windows that have pool access.
  • Make sure you are up to date on your CPR/First Aid training. (I myself am signing up for a refresher after I finish typing this article)
  • Make sure to use Life Jackets when appropriate.
  • Use the buddy system when swimming, don’t swim alone.

Please be safe this summer (and year round).

Cheers and Blessings!

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Hello June!

As the hot days will soon be approaching this is a friendly Public Service Reminder to take care and be safe this summer!  Below are a few tips to help you keep safe this summer!

Always keep a bottled water in your car, you never know when you might need it!

Never leave an animal or child in a car when it’s warm outside.  The temperature rises so fast it will only result in something bad!

Never leave small children unattended by pools, lakes, rivers, streams, ponds, creaks, buckets, bathtubs, etc. Drowning is a very real thing that occurs far more often than we would like to admit.

Don’t forget sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and other protective clothing

Don’t forget the insect repellent (learn how to make your own here:)

Double Check your First Aid Kit

Stay Hydrated!

And Have a Most Awesome Summer!