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As a mother, you want the best for your children. You do your best to take care of them with a minimal of medicines and chemicals, but sometimes you need help. Essential oils can be a valuable part of your natural medicine cabinet, however they are not without danger. It only takes a minute to familiarize yourself with what oils are appropriate, and what to look for if there is an adverse reaction.
Essential oils are made from plants and usually used as an aromatic (diffused in the air diffusers such as this ), as a lotion, or infused into a carrier oil. Aromatherapist
A lot of times, the issue isn’t with the oil itself, but with the dosage. Another problem using essential oils is when the child tries to swallow the oil and chokes, which can cause pneumonia. Some parents believe that since the essential oil is natural, that it is safe. They then use it undiluted on the child’s skin, which can cause irritation, burning, or other allergic reactions. Always dilute the oil with a carrier oil like almond or grape seed and never ingest the oil.
While most essential oils are safe to use, it is better to not use them on the very young without doctor’s approval. When using the oils on children for the first time, observe them closely, and stop use if there appears to be any reaction to them. Some signs of reaction is rash, burns, phototoxicity (sensitivity to sunlight), and breathing problems. If in doubt, stop use and consult a trained professional for help.
Some essential oils are just not indicated for young children. Some of the more popular oils you should avoid are:
- Cassia/Cinnamon (Cinnamomum cassia and Cinnamomum aromaticum) Avoid topical use on children under the age of 2
- Clove Bud, Leaf and Stem: Avoid topical use on children under 2
- Eucalyptus: Avoid using at all with children under 10
- Melissa/Lemon Balm: Avoid use on children under 2
- Peppermint: Avoid all use with children under 6
- Rosemary: Avoid all use with children under 10
- Tea Tree: Avoid topical use on children under 2
- Wintergreen: Avoid all use on children under 10
- Ylang-Ylang: Avoid topical use on children under 2
Other not as popular oils are not advised to be used on children. Always do your research to make sure the oil you want to use is advised.
There are numerous oils that are considered safe to use with children. When trying them, test on a small area (if using topically), or diffuse in a large room (if using in a diffuser). Some of the more popular essential oils are:
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- Clary Sage
- Sweet Orange
Essentials oils can be a vital part of your medical bag, and smell a lot better and are a lot less invasive. As with all the other medication, keep all essential oils out of the reach of children, and use them wisely. If in doubt, a little bit of research will go a long way.