Essential Oils are an amazing way to support your child's immunity, help them to soothe anxious feelings or to assist in common mishaps. They are a natural alternative to common household products and are safer to use, when used properly.
While it may seem like essential oils are just the latest and greatest thing, they’ve actually been used by humans for thousands of years. Essential oils contain constituents that will be recognized by our body systems and handled appropriately.
Oils are potent, and you only need a very small amount to achieve efficacy, especially when it comes to children. A little bit goes a very long way. Adjust amounts accordingly. See Recommended Ideal Amounts.
Kids’ skin is thinner and more sensitive than adult skin. Even though most oils tend to be non-irritating on the skin (especially on the bottom of the feet, where the skin is thickest), it’s safer to dilute essential oils in a good carrier oil before applying to children. You’ll still get the same benefits of the essential oil—you’re just adding extra moisture and protecting delicate child skin.
Aromatherapy is an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of essential oils worrying about skin reactions. Inhaled oils have long been studied for their ability to enhance feelings of relaxation, encouragement, excitement, focus, and well-being. Additionally, diffused oils may support a healthier indoor environment. That’s always a bonus when you’ve got a houseful of kids.
doTERRA has mountains of information about safe usage of essential oils on their websites. There’s an entire team of support staff who answer questions about essential oils and products (just email firstname.lastname@example.org). And don’t be afraid to chat about oil usage with your family doctor or pediatrician—medical professionals like having a holistic picture of their patients’ health situation, and they have access to other medical literature that can help guide your decisions.