AROMATHERAPY FOR CHILDREN
WHICH ESSENTIAL OILS CAN BE USED ON CHILDREN AND HOW?
This question gets asked often. My recommendation depends on the age of the child.
Topically in bath or on skin for INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN - USE .05% OR 1/2% DILUTION RATE:
0 to 6 months, use only diluted Lavender and Roman Chamomille
After 6 months, add diluted Tea Tree & some citrus oils like Mandarin, Lemon, Sweet Orange or Neroli, & Sandalwood (however, use an ethically harvested Sandalwood like Australian Sandalwood )
Please avoid using peppermint, cinnamon or eucalyptus globulus on children. Peppermint can cause children to have breathing difficulties due to its high menthol content. Eucalyptus Radiata or Smithii are better for children. Cinnamon is too harsh and "hot" for children. Even for adults these oils should be used in very small amounts and diluted.
Older children over 5 years of age you can introduce more oils, those that are non-irritating and non sensitizing. At this point you need to diluted oils in a carrier oil at a 1% or less Dilution Rate.
For use in a diffuser, the same essential oils apply, but you do not have to use a diluted oil as long you are only diffusing into the air.