Safe Essential Oils For Children & Babies

Safe Essential Oils For Children & Babies, 19 Essential That Are Safe for Babies and Children

Safe Essential Oils For Children & Babies

In Shirley Price’s helpful book, Aromatherapy for Babies and Children, she mentions 19 essential oils (EOs) that are known to be safe for children.

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They are as follows:

Safe Essential Oils For Children & Babies, 19 Essential Oils That Are Safe For Babies and Children

*These oils are photosensitive; always dilute. To prevent a rash or pigmentation of the skin, do not use citrus oils when exposed to direct sunlight. **These oils should never be used undiluted on babies and children.

I also recommend for homemakers and mothers The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. This is my go-to book for everything EO. It is easy-to-read with a wealth of age old advice and practical information. Valerie is British, so there are a few words that will broaden your vocabulary {like ‘cot’ below}. This book is not just for children.

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Here is what she writes on ‘Sleeping’ for babies that may save many Mums a bit of grief:

If your baby isn’t sleeping, here is a remedy that can be used on alternative nights until he or she has learned to sleep through the night. There is no need to use the remedy every night, but slowly the baby’s sleeping pattern will change - for the better all around. When you put your baby to bed, place beneath the cot on the floor, not directly the baby’s head, a bowl of boiling water. Add 1 drop of chamomile Roman and 1 drop of geranium oil. Keep the door almost closed to keep the aroma molecules in the baby’s room. A few alternate days of this and your baby will soon learn to conserve his energies during the night and save them for another demanding day.


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Suitable Essential Oils for Babies and Young Children:

Nutrient-rich virgin Coconut Oil is excellent as a carrier oil.

For Babies:

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COLDS ~Tea Tree (melaleuca), Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBSP of carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC ~Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBSP of carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon.

CONSTIPATION ~Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBSP of carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy.

COUGHS ~Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBSP of carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back.

CRYING ~Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil.

DIARRHEA ~Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBSP of carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon.

DIAPER RASH ~Combine 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes.

FEVER ~Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBSP of carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks.

JAUNDICE ~Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBSP of  carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA bili-light treatment.

TEETHING ~Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBSP of carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line.

TUMMY ACHE ~Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Sweet Orange with 2 TBSP of carrier oil. Add 1 tsp. of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes.


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For Young Children:

COLDS ~Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary or Lemon in 2 TBSP of carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest.

CONSTIPATION ~Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Sweet Orange in a TBSP of carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet.

CUTS & SCRAPES ~Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Tea Tree (melaleuca) to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly.

EARACHE ~Apply Tea Tree (melalueca) and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a drop of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal.

FEVER ~Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBSP of carrier oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back.

FLU ~Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.

MINOR BURNS ~Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area.

SUNBURN ~Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp. of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area.

Other oils commonly used for children: Frankincense, Geranium, Sandalwood, Mandarin, Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang.

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The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano, cinnamon, or cloves can be applied to the bottoms of the feet (of older children and adults) without discomfort. Put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive.


When using essential oils on babies and children, it is always best to dilute 1-2 drops of pure essential oils with 1/2-1 tsp. coconut oil or pure virgin olive oil. If the oils are used in a bath, always use an unscented bath gel base as a dispersing agent for the oils.
Ouch!: If not enough carrier oil is used, the baby’s skin may redden and become hot. Add just a touch more carrier oil. Water DOES NOT dilute or reduce the effect but rather may intensify it.
Caution: Do not use synthetic or adulterated oils. Do not use oils with different botanical names until the safety data has been thoroughly reviewed. I get all of my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs and have been very happy with the high quality, the price, and their effectiveness in actual medical situations in our home and elsewhere.


I have successfully used EOs since our firstborn was 4 months old. It is truly a beautiful thing for a mother to be able to calm a distraught child or soothe a hurt with God’s gift of EOs. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.

I love sharing with others the incredible things learned through my research, personal experiences, and the experiences of friends and family.

If you could just have one essential oil, what would it be?

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Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only. The statements made here have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and they are not intended to diagnose, prescribe, treat, or cure or prevent any disease or injury. Don’t take my word for it…you should always engage conventional wisdom and consult with your medical professional to determine potential drug interactions and safety of use.

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23 Responses to Safe Essential Oils For Children & Babies

  1. So timely for me! I am looking for a starter kit right now. Thank you for the primer!

  2. Thankful for God's Grace says:

    Timely for me too as our 7 mo old has been spiking a low grade fever all day (teething?). I’m thankful I ordered from Mountain Rose when you shared about migraines…thank you! Quick silly question: how do you get the cap thing to stay on the EOs so it only does one drop at a time?a

    • Jacqueline says:

      Hmm…Thankful, are you referring to the opaque plastic dropper top? It should be pressed down into the mouth of the bottle and quite hard to gt out. I wish I could see it and help you :) It should only let one drop out at a time…when the cap,is screwed on, it should not leak. I will pray for your little one and that fever to go way fast! Blessings :)

  3. Thankful for God's Grace says:

    Thank you for taking the time to answer my silly question! I got the Classic Essential Oil Sampler and inside the cap there is something called a Poly-Seal…is that supposed to attach to the bottle to only allow one drop at a time or do I need to buy separate bottles? Thanks again! You bless me every time you post!

  4. Addie says:

    In the summer I sometimes get sunburnt. I will try the aloe Vera and lavender! I just started a blog. Please visit! – Addie age 10

  5. Amanda says:

    Thanks for this. I’ve only recently started adding to the Essential Oils in my cupboard and learning how to use them effectively in treating my family. We’ve been so blessed by them and this information has been so helpful. I’m definitely going to refer back to it when I go to make my next order!

  6. JES says:

    We love essential oils in our home! They are our first go-to in the medicine cabinet… Lavender and tea-tree are our favorites since they are so versatile. Chamomile would be my choice for baby :)

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  8. Roxy says:

    Good Morning, Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We are planning a special day with one of our grandsons today. But I wanted to share with you that we made your Elderberry syrup and it is wonderful….
    I am going to make the tincture this week! You are such a blessing to share these tips and solutions for things that God has made a helpful cure to relieve us from discomfort!
    You are a very wise woman. And I enjoy learning and growing in this area!
    Blessings, Roxy

    • Jacqueline says:

      Wonderful, Roxy :) Oh, have a grand day with him and what a blessed young man he is to have a grandmother like you. God is so good. I praise the Lord for His good gifts to men…so many, too many to think of. I’m loving following you on Pinterest :) Have a blessed week, sweet friend <3

  9. Melissa says:

    I was able to use this information almost immediately with my youngest daughter, so I thought I would come back and say thanks for sharing it!

  10. Lora says:

    We love to use essential oils as well. They bring much relief and comfort when we are feeling bad.

    I want to give a word of caution. We didn’t know this until after we had done it several times. If you are treating a person with a seizure disorder do not give them rosemary of any kind (not even to eat). It will have an adverse affect on them. Also make sure you get the lavender that Jacqueline mentions, not the spike lavender as it is also contra-indicated for those with seizures. After making this mistake I am hyper-vigilant to check out my oils for being contra-indicated for seizures. It never occurred to me to check into that, my 20yo daughter is the one who brought it to my attention.

    I can’t wait to make the elderberry syrup. I have my berries, I just need to order the glycerin. Thanks for the great recommendation as to where to get it.


    • Jacqueline says:

      Lora, I didn’t know about rosemary oil regarding seizures. So if someone with a seizure disorder eats rosemary, it could bring on a seizure? I need to do my homework b/c I love to cook dishes with rosemary. Thank you so much.. You have a bright daughter!

      • Lora says:

        That is my understanding. Since it is Sarah and she has several other issues going on we avoid it around her. It was one of our favorite oils to put into steams, along with eucalyptus, peppermint, and sometimes tea tree. Now we leave out the rosemary.

        I also love rosemary in cooking and have a bush that has survived the mild Texas winters for 9 years.

  11. Lora says:

    Just a few minutes after leaving the above comment I heard a crash in the other room. One of my daughters had fallen off of a yoga ball and hit the floor and the coffee table pretty hard. I pulled out my lavender oil, mixed with coconut oil for a carrier and applied it to the hurt places. The great thing is the lavender will help the injury and the scent helps to bring calm after the adrenaline rush from falling. :-) If I hadn’t just read your post, I don’t think the oils would have been foremost in my mind. Thanks for the reminder to use them!!


    • Jacqueline says:

      Oh, dear! You were there just in time…a mother’s soothing and comforting hands no matter their age :) I trust she is OK, but I’m saying a prayer for her anyway. Thank you for sharing and making me feel a part of your family for a moment. Grace and peace to you ALL!

      • Lora says:

        Thank you for your prayers! I think she is doing better. Still a little sore, but not as bad as it could have been. Her chronic Lyme affects her differently than some. Whenever she hurts herself like this it can take days for the swelling to go down, as opposed to hours/minutes that it would take the average person. I also gave her some arnica pellets to help with the inflammation.

        Blessings to you!

        P. S. I’d love to hear how the wedding planning is going. :-)

        • Jacqueline says:

          Lora, are you on FB? I would like to message you. Thank Almighty God Sarah is better. I was worried about here with that hard fall. I wasn’t aware she had Lymes.

          • Lora says:

            I made it confusing in my comments. Sarah didn’t fall (she’s the one I have been writing about with all of the other issues). Actually I have 3 daughters with Lyme, Hannah, Rachel, Caroline and I all have it.
            Yes, I’m on FB. Feel free to send me a friend request or message.


          • Jacqueline says:

            Oh, dear Lora! I didn’t realize you and 3 daughters have Lymes… so many of our friends have it. I am already praying the Lord will help and strengthen you. Grace and peace to you in this trial.
            Have a restful and beautiful weekend, friend…Is the sun shining there? Spring is on its way :)

  12. Katie H says:

    Love what you are sharing here! Love your message. You are after my own heart. I love you! Have that book on Essential Oils. Love the authors for the oils for children book. So glad I found you today :)

  13. Kathi says:

    This is a really helpful post. I’ll be sharing with my daughters with small children, and am pinning it for later reference too. Thank you for sharing this at the HomeAcre Hop; I hope you’ll join us again this Thursday.
    Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead

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