Using Essential Oils in babies and children safely

pregnancy, baby and child safe essential oils

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 oilReplace with
EucalyptusPeppermint Gum (E. dives pipertone
chemotype)
OreganoTea Tree
PeppermintPeppermint Gum (E. dives pipertone
chemotype)

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 NameLatin Name
Cedarwood, AtlasCedrus atlantica
Chamomile, GermanMatricaria recutica
Chamomille, RomanChamaemelum nobile
Eucalyptus, Broad-leaved
peppermint/Peppermint Gum
Eucalyptus dives var Pipertone
FrankincenseBoswellia carteri
GeraniumPelargonium graveolans
Lavender, TrueLavandula angustifolia
LemonCitrus limon
MandarinCitrus reticulata
Marjoram, sweetOriganum majorana
NeroliCitrus aurantium var. amara
NiaouliMelaleuca
viridiflora/quinquenervia
Orange, SweetCitrus sinensis
PalmarosaCymbopogon martinii var.
martinii
PatchouliPogostemon cablin
Rose, DamaskRosa damascena
SandalwoodSantalum album
Tea TreeMelaleuca alternifolia
Thyme, CommonThymus 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:
Sunflower Oil
Sweet Almond Oil*
Olive Oil
Shea Butter
Mango Butter
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

I hope that was helpful for you and you can now feel confident in using oils on or near your little ones or during pregnancy.

Here are some baby and pregnancy safe products you might love xx

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