I have collected the supplies for the child’s Halloween costume endeavour. As per my usual ways I have looked at a million pictures, pinned and printed ideas and bought what I think I need. I will probably not follow a single pattern I have printed (except for ears that I already cut out except they weren’t even a pattern but a cutout of a picture. . .) I will end up hand sewing most of it because my sewing machine and I have an on again off again relationship (aka I am scared of the sewing machine) and it will not look anything like I hoped. . . A few times the thoughts have flown through my head “What the eff are you doing?” and I tell those thoughts, “Back off, I am making my child a costume. I can and will do it and he will be adorable, also I’m crafting and crafting makes me happy.”
Wish me luck. . .
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 http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/essential-oil-safety-babies-children/)
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)|
|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
|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)
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals-, 2e by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
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“No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce some bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal.”
When we first moved into our home we went looking for a dog. I had always had dogs growing up but for the past few years during apartment living we decided it was better to wait for a house with a yard before tackling finding a canine companion. I happened to run into a lady at the vet’s office that I had worked with doing animal rescue. While the group I worked with strictly dealt with cats, her group focused on cats and dogs. I inquired whether or not her group had any Australian Shepherds or the like currently in the program. She said they did not, but she had a lady contact her about help placing an Aussie and she would forward me the lady’s information.
I contacted the women and we arranged for a meeting with a dog named Sadie. The lady we met with was a park ranger and had found Sadie abandon in one of her parks. She said Sadie was probably there about a week before the park flooded and she felt guilty and brought Sadie home with her. She lived in an apartment with a German Shephard puppy and even though she said she would love to keep Sadie, she really didn’t think it was fair to have her in an apartment. We took Sadie home with us that afternoon.
After we had Sadie for about a month I could totally understand why someone might have abandoned her somewhere. She was about 9 months old and a super high energy Catahoula mix, which was a world of difference for me having had two low energy Pitties as my last dogs. After a half dozen pair of shoes and a few shirts were eaten we kennel trained, figured out busy toys and discovered dog parks. Later on Sadie was able to start going to work with my husband for a while and all these things helped tremendously in taming down the hyper and mischievous behavior she would display if left to her own devices for too long.
Fast forward a few years and we were blessed with a little boy. A non-sleeping, stubborn, very high energy little boy. I’ve heard more than a few times people use the turn of phrase “God never gives you more than you can handle.” Sometimes I have really questioned that phrase. When my teeny tiny baby would only nap an half an hour at a time making it near impossible to get any task completed and when it would take 2 hours to get him to go to sleep at night I really thought that line was a load of bull. Some days I really struggled. Some days I still struggle. Sometimes I wonder if I really can handle everything that’s been thrown my way. Sometimes I wonder if I have been given more than I can handle. Sometimes the thought of running away cross my mind (I don’t but sometimes the thoughts still flicker.) Why does my child seem so much more difficult than other children?
Then, I read a horror story about something a parent that has done to a child and I think maybe that phrase means something else.* Maybe I was blessed with this bouncy little high energy child because I would never do one of those things that you read about on the news or see in the paper. Maybe that’s really what that phrase means. I was sent this child because I have the temperament to deal with all the crazies. I have learned the tools that are required to deal with a child of this temperament. Maybe I was sent a crazy Catahoula mix dog as a test run and when I passed that test I was then sent a child with a similar personality. Maybe. And even if not, it helps me have a little more patience when I think about things using that mindset. Whatever the answer is I love my dog and my child and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
*In all honesty sometimes I can’t even read the stories I don’t make it past the titles before my eyes start tearing up and I get so incredibly angry.
Good Eating Habits
I am always slightly appalled when I see people feeding small children McDonalds. We really should do better for our children. I have a child that has survived more than two years now, never having tasted a McDonald’s anything. I won’t lie and say my child has never eaten any sort of fast food. There have been several occasions where he has eaten chicken strips or tenders from ChickFila or Sonic, but these events are few and far between. I want my child to grow up liking to eat healthy foods and so I try my hardest to provide him with healthy food and to show him that I eat healthy in hopes that he will follow suit.
One thing about being a parent is that we try to model behaviors that we want our children to have. When you want your children to eat healthy that means you end up eating healthier too! Our children learn about food mostly from us, so we need to take advantage of this and TEACH them about food. Show them that you eat healthy food and they will follow suit!
To aid in teaching our children to eat healthier, we need to teach our children where their food comes from. Food doesn’t just magically appear in stores or in restaurants and children should be aware of this. We need to teach them about where the plants and animals they eat come from. If you have a green thumb or if you’ve always wanted to try. . . planting an edible garden, an herb garden or just a few tomato plants in a pot is an excellent way to teach them about where their food comes from. If you children pick out and grow their own vegetables they are usually more willing to try new ones as they helped in the creation of them. (Also, buying a bag full of ladybugs and releasing them into your garden is incredible fun.) If you’re not so great at keeping plants alive or you can’t imagine adding one more daily activity to your already hectic schedule try driving your kids to the local farmers market, or to the actual farm once a month. There are lots of farms where you can pick certain fruits and vegetables straight from the source during certain seasons.
After your kids know where their food comes from they need to learn how to prepare their food to eat. We should teach our children to cook and eat whole foods and explain to them the difference between fresh meals and processed ones! If you don’t think you’re a good cook, it’s never too late to learn! I learned how to really cook a few years shy of turning 30 and now I actually enjoy cooking (it’s the cleaning part I figured out I don’t like). Start with simple recipes. I have found that the best meals are always made from simple ingredients and a short list of ingredients at that. There are so many great recipes out there. Just pick a few and get started! Baking is another great way to get kids involved. Baking with kids is always fun. My little’s favorite thing to do in the kitchen is “mix, mix, mix, mix” and it is a great way to get really young kids involved in the kitchen!
If we teach our children about food from a young age and involve them in preparing and cooking their own food we are setting them up for a healthier way of life for the long haul. We all want what’s best for our children, so help set them up for success and give them the food education they deserve. You never know, you may just learn something in the process.