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Benefits of Aromatherapy for Children: Safety Guidelines for Use

Updated on July 20, 2014

Essential oils have brilliant healing properties and help regain and maintain health and wellbeing. Working within a holistic frame work, aromatherapy helps provide everyday healthcare.

Children are vulnerable, and require gentler and sometimes slightly different treatment from adults. Essential oils used for children are considerably more diluted.

Benefits of Using Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Babies and Children

The health benefits of essential oils are numerous. An aromatherapy massage proffers invaluable advantages. Massaging is a wonderful way for child and the parent to connect with one another.

  • Lavender blended with Myrtle is safe and decidedly effective for children.
  • Oils that are used for inhalations battle and prevent cold, cough and sore throat. Use only 3 drops of the essential oil in the inhalation.
  • Chamomile has been nick-named ‘children’s essential oil’. It has a calming and soothing effect and is advocated for irritability, crabbiness, sleeplessness, peevishness, tantrums, teething trouble and gastric derangements.

Safety Guidelines While Using Aromatherapy Essential Oils for Babies and Children

For the purpose of aromatherapy, children are categorized in to infants of one to five years and six to fourteen years. Above fourteen years, the child can be treated as one would treat an adult.

The following guidelines enable one to safely and successfully use aromatherapy for children:

  • For infants who are one year old, use ½ % essential oil, i.e., one drop of the essential oil in 10 ml of base oil (coconut oil, almond oil, wheat germ oil or avocado oil).
  • Safe essential oils for children are: Lavender, Myrtle, Chamomile, Neroli, Rose and Benzoin.
  • Essential oils can be used in the bath or as massage oils. But, always remember to mix the essential oil in the base oil (even for the bath).
  • For children of five to fourteen years, 1 % essential oil can be used, i.e., one drop of the essential in 5 ml of base oil.

Aromatherapy is nurturing and comforting, and promotes a sense of happiness, security and well being in children. It has a role to play in the physical, as well as psychological health of the child. Aromatherapy allays restlessness, fear, impatience, grumpiness and nervousness, along with successfully managing cold, cough, fever, skin ailments and tummy upsets.


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