ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential Oil Safety for Kids

Updated on January 12, 2019
findwholeness profile image

Always looking to nature for remedies, I try to stay educated on the proper uses of herbs.

In light of the FDA’s 2014 crackdown on essential oil companies like Young Living and dōTERRA for their outrageous claims on the health benefits of their products and their dangerous recommendations on ingesting essential oils; I wanted to have a word on the safety of peppermint and eucalyptus, and other essential oils that have similar properties to these.

A discussion on my Facebook page cropped up when I shared links to the warning letters the FDA sent to Young Living and dōTERRA. A friend wanted to know if she should continue using Young Living’s “Breathe Again” roll-on on her four-year-old son. I gave her an emphatic “no,” and here is why:

Robert Tisserand’s latest book, Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals (second edition), states on page 109, “…we recommend that peppermint, cornmint, and any oil with 40% or more 1,8-cineole should not be applied to the face of infants or children, or otherwise inhaled by them.” Menthol and eucalyptus were included in this discussion. Hmm…makes you think twice about wanting to slather Vick’s VapoRub on your kid’s chest, doesn’t it?

In the eucalyptus section of the book, it is mentioned that accidental ingestion of eucalyptus oil has very serious consequences in children and adults. Vomiting, unconsciousness, labored breathing and even death are among these. It is nearly just as dangerous when applied to the inside of the nostrils.

Young Living and dōTERRA – Unethical Company Practices

It concerns me that representatives for these kinds of companies are blindly following the recommendations they are given, without doing their own research on the safety of the practices they recommend. Do you know who is responsible when a customer has a serious health problem and decides to sue? The representative. That’s right, these companies have avoided having to deal with lawsuits like this because they claim they are not responsible for the actions and recommendations that their representatives give to customers. Yet, all the while, the representatives are getting this information FROM the companies they work for.

Oh, and by the way. You know how essential oil companies like Young Living and dōTERRA like to make the claim that they use only “therapeutic grade” essential oils, thus justifying their outrageous prices? Well that’s a bunch of hooey. There are no regulations in place that make this claim possible. Oh, yeah, and people have been doing some private testing on their “therapeutic grade” essential oils, too. Somebody’s not being very honest about the integrity of their products. *finger wag*

Educate Yourself About Essential Oil

It’s okay if you want to use essential oils. They have a lot of therapeutic benefits! But it’s important to know what you’re doing so you don’t hurt yourself or others. Check out the resources below for some really useful essential oil information:

  • Safe Essential Oil Use With Babies & Children
  • Properly Diluting Essential Oils – Very few essential oils should be applied “neat” to the skin. They always need to be diluted in a carrier oil. If you don’t dilute, not only can you develop a skin reaction where you applied it, but you open yourself up to a greater risk of sensitization.
  • Do not, under any circumstances, ingest essential oils. “Given the rapid and almost complete absorption of essential oils ingested orally, this route of administration has the highest potential for toxic effects.” (Source.) Sorry, but even though someone told you it's safe, you're going to have to stop putting that lemon essential oil in your water bottle.

Before going straight for an essential oil, ask yourself what benefits you are looking for. Sometimes infusing an herb in olive oil or making a poultice is just as effective (and safer) for a topical application. Maybe a tea could be brewed from the herb instead, if you are looking to treat an internal symptom. I understand the desire for a more holistic approach to health, but just remember that essential oils aren’t appropriate for everything. For learning more about herbs and how to use them, I highly recommend the Online Introductory Herbal Course from the Herbal Academy of New England.

© 2018 Katie Adams


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)