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A lot of people are confused when it comes to essential oils and which ones are okay for kids.
I actually spent a considerable amount of time reading stuff online about kids and essential oils. Not to mention I have read several books on essential oils. But, depending on what you read some people give you bad advice when discussing essential oils and kids.
So, here are some reasons you might want to use essential oils for your kids:
- Poor concentration.
- Not sleeping through the night or trouble falling asleep.
- Cuts and bruises.
- Getting sick.
- Insect bites.
Essential Oils For Kids
Because kids obviously aren’t fully developed essential oils can’t be used the same they would be for an adult. As, an example when your kids have a headache you can’t give them regular Asprin. When your kids have trouble sleeping from coughing you can’t just give them Nyquil. Instead, you have to give them children’s Nyquil. Essential oils work the same way.
Thankfully there are three brands of essential oils that I recommend that sell essential oils formulated for children. Below I will talk about the brands Plant Therapy (see review), Edens Garden (see review), and Rocky Mountain Oils (review coming soon).
Plant Therapy Kidsafe Essential Oils Product Line
Plant Therapy does have an essential oil line for kids. It’s called “KidSafe”. Their essential oils that are safe for kids are for children that are 2+ years old.
What is really neat about Plant Therapy’s KidSafe essential oils is you can get single essential oils, blends, and even organic essential oils blends. Plant Therapy sells 90 single essential oils, 30 synergy blends, and 6 organic synergies.
One thing I really like about Plant Therapy is they offer stuff animals (Lil Stinkers). They currently have 3 which are called Coco, Otis, and PJ. These stuffed animals are called Aroma Plush. They come with their own signature blend set. They have refill pads in them which you can put a few drops of essential oil on. Your kids will get the benefits from the essential oils.
These essential oils are a great way to help kids that are having problems with focus, runny noses, and anxiety. Additionally, they do sell sets which do allow you to save money.
Edens Garden Ok For Kids Essential Oils Product Line
Edens Garden does sell essential oils which are called “OK FOR KIDS”. These essential oils were formulated by Dr. Robert Pappas who is a well-respected chemist and Sylla Sheppard-Hanger who is a well-respected aromatherapist.
This “OK FOR KIDS” brand is safe to use with kids that are 2 years and over. Their essential oils are available as synergies and roll-ons. They offer 18 blends in total. For example, here are some blends Edens Garden offers:
- Germ Ease.
- Calm ‘Em Down.
- Aches & Pains.
- Focus, Focus, Focus.
Additionally, Edens Garden does sell kits with 3, 6, 12, and 18 where you do get them for a reduced price.
Rocky Mountain Oils Kids Daily Essential Oil Product Line
Rocky Mountain Oils does have a product line for kids. This means their essential oils are good for children that are 2 years and older.
Instead, the essential oils come in a roll-on bottle. Meaning, that you apply the essential oils topically. It’s already pre-diluted with a carrier oil (see this article on carrier oils). For instance, their roll-ons are:
- Counting Sheep.
- Muscle Soothe.
- Tummy Time.
- Clear Head.
- Bug Away.
Additionally, you can purchase their kid’s line roll-ons in a kit which should help you save some money. Otherwise, you could buy them individually for $14.95 a piece.
Essential Oils For Kids: Cough & Sickness
It’s a fact that kids immune systems are not as strong as adults. Therefore, they are more prone to germs, bacteria, etc. Sure, you can tell them to wash their hands, keep their hands out of their mouth, etc. Truth be told they might not really listen to you, though.
So, aside with providing your children with a healthy diet to boost their immune system; essential oils can help. Here are some essential oils and blends that can help with sickness and coughs for your kids:
Plant Therapy’s Immune Boom. This blend contains lemon, palmarosa, dill weed, petitfain, copialba oleoresin, and frankincense. It can be diffused for 30 minutes 3 times a day and applied topically with a 2-4% ratio. It’s USDA Certified Organic and will help strengthen your children’s immune system.
It’s recommended that you apply this synergy at 1% dilution topically to your chest and sinus area. Additionally, you can put two drops with your kids favorite stuffed animal.
Rocky Mountain Oils Immunity. This roll-on consists of frankincense with a carrier oil. It should be applied to your chest, back of the neck, and the bottle of your feet. It will help boost your kid’s immune system and keep them from getting sick.
Essential Oils For Kids: ADHD
Kids have a hard time concentrating on their homework. ADHD can stunt children’s learning and be difficult for many parents to deal with. Here are some blends that can help with attention problems:
Rocky Mountain Oils Concentrate. This roll-on is 2% diluted with fractionated coconut oil and frankincense, lavender, vetiver, and cedarwood atlas. It’s recommended that you apply it to your child’s back of neck, chest, and wrist throughout the day.
A+ Attention KidSafe. This roll-on is diluted 2% with fractionated coconut oils and petitgrain, bergamot, cedarwood atlantica, grapefruit, lavender, and vetiver. Apply it to your child’s back of neck, chest, and wrist throughout the day.
Edens Garden, Focus, Focus, Focus. This roll-on is 5% diluted with fractionated coconut oils and grapefruit, lavender, pink pepper, lime, cedarwood, sweet orange, sandalwood, geranium, and vanilla CO2. Apply it to your child’s back of neck, chest, and wrist throughout the day.
Essential Oils For Kids: Cuts & Bruises
Let’s face it kids run into everything, get cuts, and bruises all the time. If your kids are in sports there is a chance their legs, muscles, etc. are going to get sore from time to time. The below essential oils for kids blends can help heal their bodies quicker:
Plant Therapy Sore No More. This is a synergy blend was formerly known as “Tame the Pain”. This blend is 2% diluted and contains citronella, Rosalina, palmarosa, black pepper, lavender, fir needle, geranium (bourbon), and geranium (Egyptian).
It’s recommended that you dilute it with 3-5% with a carrier oil. You can apply it to sore muscles and even make a bath with 3-5 drops and 1/2 cup of Epsom salt, and a teaspoon of carrier oil. Soak your child in it for up to 20 minutes.
Rocky Mountain Oil’s Ouchie. This is a roll-on with a nice floral scent to it. This blend is made with 2% dilution of mandarin, lavender, foraha, helichrysum, and geranium. It uses fractionated coconut oil. It’s good to apply to stings, sore muscles, and bruises.
Edens Garden Ouch Ease. This is a synergy blend. It contains lavender, juniper berry, tea tree, German chamomile, ylang ylang, and davanna. It’s recommended that you apply 1% dilution and apply topically. It’s good for healing scrapes, scratches, and bruises quicker.
Essential Oils For Kids: Sleep
I have already written extensively on sleeping and essential oils. But, as you guessed it’s different for kids.
Ask any parent and they will tell you getting their children to sleep can be a chore. Thankfully, there are essential oils synergies that can help. The following synergies can help your children sleep at night:
Plant Therapy’s Nighty Night. This is a USDA Certified Organic synergy that will help your children calm down and get to sleep. It contains lavender, marjoram, mandarin, cedarwood, clary sage, Roman chamomile, and blue tansy. You can make a 2% dilution with a carrier oil and apply it to your child’s chest and back of the neck (30 minutes before bed). Diffuse it for 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off during the night.
Rocky Mountain Oil’s Counting Sheep. This roll-on contains patchouli, lavender, sandalwood, ylang ylang, and fractionated coconut oil. It’s made with 2% dilution. Apply this roll-on to the bottoms of feet, legs, and back. It has a lot of sedating properties in it which will create a relaxing state of mind for your child.
Edens Garden’s Sleepy Head. This is a synergy that contains lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, tangerine, petitgrain, ylang ylang, marjoram, and Roman chamomile. Dilute it with 1% carrier oil or make a lotion and rub it on your children back of neck, chest, and bottle of feet. You can use at 1% dilution with castile soap and have your child take a warm bath 30 minutes prior to going to sleep.
So, there you have it. You can use essential oils on children over 2. However, you need to use them safely. You should play it very safe when applying essential oils to kids, though. If you notice any skin reactions immediately stop using those essential oils on your kids.
I highly recommend you consider getting a starter set for your kids. For instance, my top recommendation for your kids is the “KidSafe Starter Set” from Plant Therapy. It contains 6 awesome synergy blends.
Additionally, Rocky Mountain Oils does sell a 4 pack of roll-ons which is called “Kids Daily Kit”. And Edens Garden does sell an “OK For Kids Set” which contains 6 awesome synergy blends.
Please let me know if you have any questions regarding to kids and essential oils down below.