Safe Essential Oils for Children

Below you will find a list of Safe Essential Oils for Children, babies, and infants. Learn how to apply them using the following simple, and common sense, safety guidelines.

Essential Oil Benefits

Truly, essential oils are a beautiful and natural way to care for the health of your babies and children.

There are so many positive benefits in using these oils for your children. Massaging your child with essential oils can create a delightful and pleasurable experience. It can serve to enhance bonding and to strengthen your relationship on a much more intimate level. It is an opportunity to create beautiful memories.

Research has shown that a loving touch and and a comforting experience helps to strengthen the immune system. Combining this with essential oils provides powerful support for your child's physical and emotional health.

List of essential oils considered safe for children and babies

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram
  • Melaleuca
  • Orange
  • Rose Otto
  • Rosemary
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang

Common Sense Guidelines

These oils smell great and even though they are distilled from plants and flowers please remember that they are powerful. Therefore, be sure to use them properly by using the following simple, common-sense, guidelines.

See Essential Oil Safety Guide

Babies and children are much more sensitive to smells than we are. They also have more sensitive skin. It is always best to start out gentle and easy to let their body acclimate to this new therapy.

Massaging oils into the bottom of the feet is the safest place to start

Massaging oils into the feet is highly effective as the feet have large pores and they easily absorb the oils.

Lavender is an excellent oil to start with. It is calming, relaxing, and it smells wonderful.

Dilution of Essential Oils

Always dilute the oils before applying to babies and children.

Diluting Essential Oils for Babies and Children

Dilute 1-2 drops of essential oil with teaspoon of vegetable or carrier oil. You can use olive oil, coconut oil, etc.

Note: Please use an organic oil vegetable or carrier to be safe... otherwise you take a chance of unwanted pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals being absorbed into their sensitive body. There is a large and growing body of research linking the dangerous health effects of man-made chemicals on human health.


If giving a bath with essential oils always add the oils to baking soda, Epsom salts, or a bath gel base first before adding to the bath water. This will safely disperse the oils throughout the water. Oils and water do not mix!

A simple recipe: In a glass mason jar add 5-7 drops of essential oil to 1 cup baking soda or Epsom salts. Shake well and stored covered out of direct sunlight.

Citrus Oils

Do not use citrus oils on skin that will be exposed to direct sunlight. This can cause photo-sensitivity. Wait 12-24 hours before going out in the sun.

These oils include (but not limited to) lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, bergamot, etc.

Read the label on the bottle. Young Living has clear directions on each bottle.

Accidental Swallowing of Essential Oils

If your child should accidentally ingest an oil, immediately have them drink a high fat beverage such as cow's milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. Next call your poison control center for advice.

Skin Sensitivity

Everyone has a unique and different body. It is wise to always observe for skin sensitivity when using oils. If redness or irritation should occur, apply a vegetable or carrier oil onto a tissue or cloth and wipe the sensitive area immediately. Repeat as needed.

You can also wash with soap and water and then rinse but please do not use just water. Water alone will just spread the oil on the skin.

If Essential Oils Accidentally Get into the Eyes

Apply a vegetable or carrier oil onto a tissue or cloth and wipe the eyes immediately. Repeat as needed.

Note: The oils will not damage the eyes but they will burn and sting.

Keep Out of Reach of Children

It is important to be very mindful to keep essential oils out of the reach of children. They are naturally very curious.

Make it a point to tightly cap every bottle after use and to place the oils out of reach.

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