The benefits of using essential oils are countless, which might explain why everyone in your family loves using them. But what oils can you use on the kids?
Although you have to use particular care when using essential oils on children, there are several oils that are beneficial in aiding common complaints such as minor toothaches, ear discomfort and high temperatures.
On top of all its other amazing properties, Lavender helps dull pain associated with mild toothaches, earaches and minor fever. Simply add a drop to coconut oil and rub into the desired area. Another method is to apply a drop of oil to a warm, wet cloth and apply to the area (this method is beneficial for helping to relieve minor fevers).
Peppermint helps minimize tooth pain as it contains menthol, an extremely soothing chemical. It also helps fight other bacteria that may be living in the mouth. You can add a drop to a bottle of water and use as a cleansing mouthwash—just be sure not to swallow! To help reduce a minor fever and congestion, combine a few drops with a carrier oil (I recommend Olive or Coconut) and gently massage into the bottom of feet, back of the neck and chest.
One of Tea Tree’s greatest properties is that it is an amazing antibacterial, helping to fight harmful particles that can cause infection. As it is also a powerful antimicrobial, Tea Tree is beneficial in reducing mild fevers. To help relieve chest pain associated with sickness, you can combine a drop with water and spray over a pillow before nighttime. As with Lavender and Peppermint, you can also combine it with a carrier oil and gently massage into the desired area to help relieve mild discomfort of the teeth or ears (for external application only).
Essential oils should be used with caution on children, as they are highly concentrated liquids, and small children have less body mass than adults. When using essential oils on children, be sure to use a 1% dilution, which equals up to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier.
It is also very important to look at the properties and precautions of oils, as many oils should be avoided on children of certain ages, particularly infants. It is recommended that you consult with your pediatrician or a licensed Aromatherapist prior to use.