For thousands of years, essential oils have been used to treat various conditions in different cultures around the world on babies, children, adults and the elderly. Age does not prevent us from using essential oils, however we do need to be careful about any skin sensitivity and allergies.
In the table below, dermal refers to the oils applied to the skin. As you can see, an ideal amount at any one time is between 1 to 2 drops per application. So you can pour a little carrier into a glass, ceramic, wooden or stainless steel bowl and add 1 to 2 drops. You can then use all of that in that application if you wish. For example, if your child has a fever, you may like to massage diluted peppermint essential oil into their back to help them feel more comfortable and cool down.
We also want to dilute when we are making a roller bottle for our children. For example we may want to make one for focus, or for bedtime.
Babies up to 12 months can have 0.5% to 2% dilution.
5ml roller bottle – add 1 to 3 drops and fill with carrier oil
10ml roller bottle – add 1 to 6 drops and fill with carrier oil
For children aged 1 to 5 years:
Children aged 1 to 5 years can have 2% to 5% dilution.
5ml roller bottle – add 3 to 7 drops and fill to the top with carrier oil
10ml roller bottle – add 6 to 15 drops and fill to the top with carrier oil
For children aged 6 to 11 years:
Children aged 6 to 11 years can have 5% to 25% dilution.
5ml roller bottle – a minimum of 7 drops and up to 1:3 dilution (1 drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil)
10ml roller bottle – a minimum of 15 drops and up to 1:3 dilution (1 drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil)
For children aged 12 to 17 years:
Children aged 12 to 17 years can have 10% to 50% dilution.
5ml roller bottle – a minimum of 15 drops and up to 1:3 dilution (1 drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil)
10ml roller bottle – a minimum of 30 drops and up to 1:3 dilution (1 drop of essential oil to 3 drops of carrier oil)
The best place to start is to do a patch test by either massaging or rolling the oil onto the bottoms of your child’s feet. When using essential oils, we often apply them to the bottoms of our feet because the feet are less prone to sensitivity or irritation. The skin is thicker on the bottom and therefore essential oils are absorbed more slowly with less risk of sensitivity.
If you are using essential oils for a specific health condition, you may need to reapply every few hours as the oils evaporate and wear off.
Hi. I'm Linda, and welcome to my blog. I am a mum to two boys. I love being a mum, and I love essential oils! I love working from home and having a home based business. This blog is all about sharing the oils, sharing tips on how to use the oils, and on running a home based business.