Which essential oils to use for children?

Colds, eczema, motion sickness: some essential oils have properties capable of treating your children's ailments without apprehension. But it is obviously advisable to take particular precautions in order to avoid any risk for the small ones.

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Is your child under 3 years old? Information about him or her can be found on a dedicated page: Essential Oils for Babies (from 3 months of age).

General precautions for the use of essential oils for children

We love our children, we protect them. Certain precautions should not be neglected when it comes to children. Essential oils do not all have the same properties and should not be used in the same way, it is essential to take into account the following considerations:

The restrictions or precautionary rules applicable to adults are equally (if not more) applicable to children :

  • Regarding possible allergies: apply a few drops of the essential oil or mixture of essential oils you wish to use, in the fold of the elbow and then wait 24 hours to notice - or not - a skin reaction (description of the allergy test on our site) ;
  • Never apply pure essential oil directly to the eyes, nose or ears;
  • Do not expose yourself to the sun for 12 hours following the application of an essential oil known as photosensitizing;
  • Please refer to the technical data sheets given with each essential oil to respect the specific advice for use.

It is most often appropriate to dilute essential oils more heavily when they are for children. Again, follow the directions given by your doctor and/or described on our site carefully.

The dermal route and air diffusion are the preferred routes for children, generally speaking, although the oral route may be considered in some cases.

Do not leave bottles within reach of children and, to ensure proper use of the product, do not let them use it on their own.

And above all be well informed according to the condition and age of your child. Some oils are more aggressive or must be used specifically. We particularly draw your attention to this point and strongly advise you to follow the rules established in each recipe to avoid any risk. If you need more information on a synergy and its effects, do not hesitate to ask for medical advice. Our team of experts in aromatherapy is also at your disposal. Let's not take unconscious risks, it's our children!

What essential oils can be used for children aged 3 to 6 years?

Possible without medical advice

These essential oils can be used to relieve children from 3 years old, without specific medical advice :

  • Chamomile Matricaria
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Wild Chamomile
  • Cardamom
  • Cistus
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Combava
  • Cypress of Provence
  • Estragon
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Eucalyptus Radiata
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Fragrant Inula
  • Khella
  • Fine Lavender
  • True Lavender
  • Lavandin Super
  • Green Mandarin
  • Marjoram with Shells
  • Red Myrtle
  • Green Myrtle
  • Niaouli
  • Sweet Orange
  • Small Grain Bigarade
  • Ravintsara
  • Balsam Fir
  • Saro
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme with Linalol
  • Thujanol Thyme
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Ylang Ylang III

Possible with medical advice

  • Sweet Fennel
  • Clove
  • Italian Helichrysum
  • Noble Laurel
  • Lavender Aspic
  • Lavandula Stoechas
  • Greenland Cedar
  • Lovage
  • Lemon balm
  • Lemon Myrtle
  • Green Oregano
  • Palmarosa
  • Rosemary Verbenone
  • Annual Tansy

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