Healing Children With Essential Oils and Nourishing (Aromatherapy)




Essential Oils have powerful therapeutic effects . Most of them are natural antiseptics, and certain


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oils have highly effective, immune-boosting, disease - fighting properties that can kill air borne viruses, bacteria and fungi. They can be used preventively and also to treat colds and infections disease by reducing discomfort, helping to shorten the duration and preventing  secondary infections.

As mom, you'er in-charge of your children's health. That means feeding them healthy foods, limiting their exposure to toxins, and yes, what you do to help them get better when they are sick.
No matter how hard you work to keep your children healthy, they're going to experience sickness from time to time. How you react and what you do during that time can make all the difference.
You don't have to be a doctor, you don't have to be a nurse. All you need to be wiling to learn and do it. To being safe and effective , essential oils are fun and easy to use.


Must Be Chosen High - Quality Oils and Used With great Care

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We must remember that essential oils are powerful compounds and that although they are natural, extracts from various botanical material , they are highly concentrated, and should never be left

where children can get hold of them. Some pure essential oils can be expensive since they are hard to come by. If can take as many 500 to 2,000 pounds of raw plant material, to produce a single pound of pure essential oil. These plants should also be organically grown whenever possible, In addition, the harvesting procedures and extraction processes are critical to quality. It is important to have documentation of the purity and quality of an essential oil so you don't get something that just smells nice, without the therapeutic qualities. Although we believe that essential oils can be beneficial to the general health of adults as well as children, it must be kept in mind that essential oils should never be taken orally , unless so advised by your licensed medical practitioner, and that even small amounts of essential oils that are ingested can cause severe medical problems.
* Always buy essential oils in dark glass bottles. Never buy essential oils in plastic containers or put
them into.

* When buying essential oils make sure that the bottles are secured securely closed and a dropper dispenser is fitted into the neck of the bottle.

* Keep your essential oils in safe place - not only will it keep them out of the reach of small hands,but a cool dark place will also help to retard oxidation of the oils.

* Never use essential oils undiluted on the skin, and when preparing a blend for a child, remember that you would halve the strength where you would normally include a 2% dilution of essential oil to the carrier oil, you would prepare a 1% dilution for use on a child.

* You use a weaker dilution on children because their bodies are smaller and their skins are also more sensitive - in adults you would use 6 drops of essential oil to 20ml carrier oil, while on children you would only use 2-3 drops to 20ml of carrier oil.

*Should you use essential oils in steam inhalation never leave the child alone or unsupervised, and keep the inhalation to 1 minute.

Introduce One Essential Oil At a time

Allergies are no fun , when introducing essential oils to babies. You have to remember that you haven't yet discovered the things they are allergies to. It's important to introduce essential oils one at a time and sparingly to both watch your baby for any sort of reaction and to allow your baby's body to slowly become introduced to that essential oil. Do not introduce more than one essential oil in one day. If your baby is going to have a reaction an essential oil they will likely show signs of a reaction in the first 15-30 minutes after inhalation or dermal application.

Note: Patch testing can be done for children with sensitive skin or allergies. this done by applying a little diluted oil to the inside of the elbow. Leave it unwashed for 20-40 hours and if any redness or itching occurs, that oil should not be used.

What age is safe to use essential oils for children

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It is not advised to use essential oils on babies less than 3 months of age because their skin is not mature yet and therefore more permeable and sensitive to essential oils. unlike adults, newborns are also not as capable of deling with adverse reactions to essential oils. There should be even more caution with premature babies, avoiding all essential oil use until they reach at least 3 months after their due date.

A Lot of the information provided below. Upon the most up to date essential oil safety research that is delaited  in Essential Oil Safety – By Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Essential Oils that are safe and suitable for children

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1. Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca alternifolia) : tea tree oil is an anti - fungal and anti - bacterial essential oil, you can      use
it for cuts, scraps, burns, bug bites, and as a bug repellent.


2. Lavender Oil (Lavendula angustifolia): lavender oil has anti - viral and anti - bacterial
properties, use it to sooth and calm as well as for first aid, sunburn, and to boost immunity.

3. Chamomile oil (Anthemis nobils, Matricaria rectutita): Chamomile oil is a digestive aid and is
good for babies with colic or constipation. It's like lavender, is known for its calming properties, it's also an anti - inflammatory and is good for ear infections. This one can cost a pretty penny though so use it wisely.

4.Peppermint Oil (Mentha x piperita): Peppermint oil also a digestive aid and can be used to help
with colic.It's know to help cool fevers and act as a decongestant with colds. Make sure to dilute this oil well...( it's strong).

5. Eucalyptus Oil (Eucalyptus camaldulensis, globulus): Eucalyptus oil is most well known for it's
use as a decongestant for respiratory disorders. It also works to cool fevers and has anti - viral and anti - bacterial properties.

6. Rose Otto Oil (Rosa damascena): Rose Otto oil is known for it's ability to treat hay fever and
asthma. So if your little one suffers from seasonal allergies, this is great oil to have on hand, but it like chamomile oil, is costly. Have you ever thought about how many roses it takes to make an ounce of oil? A lot!

7. Citrus Oils (orange- Origanum onites, Grapefruit- Citrus paradisi, Mandarin- Citrus reticulata, Tangerin- Citrus reticulata): Citrus oils are mood enhancing oils, and they smell
wonderful! An interesting tid-bit is that they're know to calm overstimulated children so really they're a mood - balancing oil!

8. Frankincense Oil (Boswella carteri): frankincense ..... yes, the same thing that the wise men
brought as a gift to Jesus... is good for infections because of its anti - bacterial properties and is often used with respiratory congestion.

9. Sandalwood Oil (Santalum spicatum): Sandal wood essential oil is a great oil for sore throats
and use as a sedative.

10. St. John's wort -{The entire herb} is primarilly known for it's mood- enhancing and hormone
properties, but when it comes to St. john's wort essential oil, it can be used to treat ear infections which can be common in child.

The above oils are use suitable for children and can be used for-

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* Bathing
* Massage 
*Rome Freshening (Diffuser or Nebuliser)
* Compresses

Bath: Add a total of 10 to 15 drops of essential oil to an already full bath. Agitate the water to thoroughly disperse the oils before getting in (Always dilute essential oils before adding them to the bath of a baby or small child. they can be diluted in a little oil such as recommended for babies under 3 months. A single drop is enough for an older baby or toddler's both and two or three drops can be added to the bath of a child 2 to 5 years in a full- size bathtub. No more than 4 drops for children 2-12 years ).

Foot and Hand baths: Put same age - appropriate amount of drops essential oils as for a bath into a bowl of worm water. Soak for 10 to 15 minutes (Do not use hand baths for children who will be putting their hands in their mouths).

Compress: Add same age - appropriate amount of drops essential oils as for a bath  to 2 cups hot or                                                         cold water and agitate to disperse oils.
Briefly soak cotton, wring and place on skin. repeat every 15 minutes for up to one hour. 

Difusser Or Nebuliser :Theb most effective tool for inhalations, aromatic diffusers create a

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continuous fine mist of essential oils. turn on diffuser for 5 to 15 minutes intervals. Excellent air disinfectant.

Massage and Skin Care: For a 2% dilution, add a total of 10 to 20 drops of essential oil 1 ounce of
vegetable oil (Almond, Sunflower, olive Oil etc)(Cold- pressed Sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins, light and easy to absorb. It is the most suitable oil for baby massage. Babies and young children respond very well to massage. To make a baby massage oil: to 2 and half table spoons of sweet almond oil, add 1 drop of essential oil, or 5 table spoons of sweet almond oil, add 2 drops of essential oil)


 Essential Oils for Common Ailments

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The following are same ways that essential oils have been used for common ailments. this is not to intended as medical advice. Consult a qualified practitioner for advice with specific treatments.

Sleep Disturbance: A warm bath with pre - diluted Roman Chamomile or Lavender oil can be very calming. Both of these oils have soothing, calming, sedative properties that promote gentle, natural sleep.

Digestive upsets: Chamomile oil added to a carrier oil can be gently rubbed on the tummy. for older children, peppermint oil since it can be over - stimulating.

Diaper Rash: Diaper rash can be prevented by regularly adding essential oils to a child's bath. Almost all essential oils will prevent bacteria from developing on the skin. A diaper rash cream can be made by adding 2 drops of German Chamomile oil and 2 drops of Lavender oil  to 2 ounce of an unscented cream, use four drops of tea tree oil instead, if the rash is due to thrush . A few drops of lavender added to pre wash soak can help disinfect a bucket of diapers.

Burns: Apply Lavender oil to a minor burn after plunging it into cold water. Chamomile can be added to a bath to soothe minor sunburn. For more severe sunburn, Lavender can be used.

Teething pain: Can be alleviated by massage with chamomile add Lavender added to carrier oil. Warm oil in hand first and gently massage into cheek, along jawline. Do not use directly on the gums or any where inside the mouth. Do not get near the eyes.

Earaches: Chamomile can be massaged gently around the outside of the ear and down the neck. Hot compresses of Chamomile and or lavender oil in a teaspoon to warmed Almond or Olive oil can be put into the ear cavity using a dropper.

Teen - age Acne: Steaming the skin with peppermint oil can cleanse and decongeste the skin. German Chamomile helps inflammation of acne. Tea tree oil can be added to a skin wash, alternating with Lavender and Bergamot.  a single drop of Tea tree oil can be dabbed on each large, inflamed pimple and may clear it up quickly. Tea tree oil can irritate the skin so use with caution.

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Pregnancy and child birth: Essential oils can be used during pregnancy and child birth with good results, consult an aroma therapist or midwife before using. There are many oils that should be avoided during pregnancy.


This is just a general guideline and great care should be taken to research each essential oils maximum dermal use individually before use.

Hydrosols ( as to known as " flower waters," are produced by distilling fresh leaves, fruits,


flowers, and other plant materials. With similar therapeutic properties to essential oils , these aromatic waters are less concentrated) are a much gentler and softer option for babies, where essential oils can't be used    






Through all of my reading and information, there is still very little known about the use of many essential oils on babies and children
It is best to use your judgment when choosing essential oils for your children.




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