Written with the guidance from our in house Aromatherapist Adele, from Honestly Store
It is so important to use the correct essential oils for children. There can be a lot of misinformation out there which can be so confusing for parents.We all want to make sure what we use on or around our kids are safe don’t we?
So I asked Adele for a list of oils which are safe for babies and children.
Firstly there are a couple of commonly thought to be safe oils used quite often for babies and young children. Adele has suggested some safer alternatives that have similar properties for you.
|Commonly used oil||Replace with|
|Eucalyptus||Peppermint Gum (E. dives pipertone|
|Peppermint||Peppermint Gum (E. dives pipertone|
Below is a list of some of the most popular EOs which you can be sure are safe for babies, children and pregnant women:
|Common Name||Latin Name|
|Cedarwood, Atlas||Cedrus atlantica|
|Chamomile, German||Matricaria recutica|
|Chamomille, Roman||Chamaemelum nobile|
|Eucalyptus dives var Pipertone|
|Lavender, True||Lavandula angustifolia|
|Marjoram, sweet||Origanum majorana|
|Neroli||Citrus aurantium var. amara|
|Orange, Sweet||Citrus sinensis|
|Palmarosa||Cymbopogon martinii var.|
|Rose, Damask||Rosa damascena|
|Tea Tree||Melaleuca alternifolia|
|Thyme, Common||Thymus vulgaris (ct Linalool)|
How to use Essential Oils safely
Whenever you use EOs and they come into contact with the skin they need to be diluted in a carrier. Most often vegetable oils or butters are used as a carrier.
Putting EOs into water is not diluting them as the oil will not mix with water, unless they have been previously mixed with a solubiliser.
Some suggestions for carriers
You can use any type of carrier that you prefer, although be aware some have strong smells that might affect how your EO blend smells in the end. You can even use unfragranced shampoo and conditioner.
The best carriers are:
Sweet Almond Oil*
Coconut Oil – refined and fractionated will be liquid and have no smell, unrefined
will be solid at room temp and may have a coconut smell.
*Do not use on anyone with a nut allergy