Top Five Essential Oils for Children

by Joel Rubin May 06, 2015

Some essential oils can be used both safely and effectively with children. One of the best ways to use essential oils with children, in order to create a better atmosphere, is to add them to an aromatherapy diffuser. Always remember that less is more where children are concerned; one or two drops of essential oil is often enough, depending on the type of of aromatherapy diffuser. If in doubt, consult a certified aromatherapist, in addition to a qualified health care professional.


Mandarin Essential Oil for Children
Most of the citrus essential oils are suitable to use with children because of their gently nature. The aroma of citrus essential oils is also well-liked by children. The only caution to remember with citrus essential oils is that many of them are photo-toxic and should not be used in sunlight. However, if you are diffusing them in an aromatherapy diffuser, this is not likely to be a problem.

One of the best suited citrus essential oils for children is mandarin (Citrus reticulata). It has a sweet, citrus-y aroma and is non-sensitizing and non-irritating in nature. To create a better atmosphere, and for a healthy home, diffuse mandarin essential oil for insomnia, coughs, and colds. In addition, mandarin essential oil can be applied in a topical blend (diluted in a carrier oil) for digestive problems.


Lavender Essential Oil for Children
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil is one of the best essential oils to have in your home because of its versatility and its relative gentle nature. Diffuse lavender essential oil in an aromatherapy diffuser for problems such as asthma, flu, nausea, allergies, and insomnia. In a topical blend with a white lotion base, lavender essential oil is useful for eczema, insect bites, sunburn, and cuts and scrapes.


Rose Essential Oil for Children
Although expensive, rose (Rosa x damascena) essential oil is also a gentle essential oil to use with children. Use rose essential oil in a white lotion base for childhood skin problems, eczema, and sensitive skin. Diffuse for a better atmosphere to help clear asthma triggers, and to ease insomnia.


Roman Chamomile Essential Oil for Children
Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil is probably the best type of chamomile essential oil to use for children due to its gentle actions. Diluted in a carrier oil base, Roman chamomile essential oil can be used to help to relieve toothache, teething pain, eczema, insect bites, and cuts and scrapes. Use an aromatherapy diffuser for allergies and insomnia.


Rosalina Essential Oil for Children
Although tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil is an excellent essential oil to have in the home for its anti-bacterial and immuno-stimulant properties, a newer essential oil has appeared on the market which might be more suited to children because of its gentle components: Rosalina (Melaleuca ericifolia). Containing a high percentage of alcohol, rosalina is suited in use to children for colds, flu, and respiratory problems. For best use, diffuse in aromatherapy diffuser.


Cautions for Using Essential Oils with Children

Always dilute essential oils for topical use with children and use at 1% dilution or less. Don't use an essential oil with children unless you are familiar with its chemical components and its perceived actions. Take note of any contra-indications for using essential oils with children before use.


Question: Which essential oils have you used with children and what did you use them for?



  • Falsetto, Sharon, 2014, Authentic Aromatherapy, US: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy (UK)

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