Must-Have Essential Oils for Children

No matter how hard you work to keep your children healthy, they’re going to experience sickness or discomfort from time to time.  As parents, we always want what's best for them, and this includes keeping them healthy, grounded and happy. 

So, how can essential oils help your kid?  How do you safely use essential oils around children?  What oils can you use?

The world of essential oils can be complicated and scary.  Not all essential oils are safe to use with children, some are toxic.  We are going to help you break down the best oils for your children.  We are Certified Clinical Aromatologists, and we will direct you safely down the path of "must-have essential oils for children".

There are so many amazing and exotic essential oils available, but let's keep our list to the ones that the most familiar and easily accessible. Maybe you already have some stashed away in your pantry, but if you don't, we can certainly help you obtain them.

Safe Essential Oils for Children

Tea Tree Oil:  Cuts, Scrapes, Burns, Lice, Bug Bites and Bug Repellents

Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial essential oil. If you child comes homes with lice, add some while washing their hair, or even use as a preventative measure.

Lavender Oil:  First Aid, Sunburns and Insomnia

Lavender oil has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and calming/relaxing properties.  Lavender oil is also well known to help with stress and anxiety.  Great for the first day of school or exam day.

Chamomile Oil:  Constipation, Colic, Ear Infections and Calming

Chamomile oil is a great digestive aid.  It is also well known for its calming and relaxing properties. Also helps with acne and skin conditions like eczema.

Peppermint Oil:  Headaches, Colic, Fevers and Cold Relief

Peppermint oil is well known for helping with headaches.  It also has great properties that help with colds and fevers.  You can also apply a few drops (diluted with a carrier oil) on the abdomen to help with cramps or nausea.

Eucalyptus Oil:  Cold Relief, Asthma, Allergies, Bronchitis and Fevers

Eucalyptus oil is most well-known for it’s use as a decongestant for respiratory disorders such as bronchitis and colds.  It also works to cool fevers and has anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.

Pink Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange:  Mood enhancing

Citrus oils, in general are amazing at boosting ones’ moods and feelings.  They smell fresh and light and usually liked by most people.  You can also try tangerine, blood orange and lime, which offer the same mood enhancing benefits.  Citrus oils have also been known to boost immunity.

Frankincense:  Calming and Grounding

Frankincense is a wonderful calming and grounding oil and works great while you’re trying to get your little ones to settle down for the night.  It also works wonders for infections because of it's anti-bacterial properties. 

How to Use Essential Oils

There are a few ways to use essential oils:

  • Add 8-12 drops of the essential oil into your diffuser and let it run until it has been depleted 
  • By inhalation or steam bath (add a few drops to hot water)
  • Apply to the abdomen or soles of the feet with a roller bottle (see below for safe instructions on applying topically)

Essential oils are highly concentrated and therefore, should never be used neat (or undiluted on the skin), and should absolutely never been ingested internally.  This general rule goes for children as well as adults.

How do you dilute essential oils?  With a carrier oil.  

For adults we normally use a 3% dilution ratio: add 15 ml of a carrier oil such as grapeseed or coconut oil to 9 drops of essential oil.  You can also make a mix, as long as the total amount of essential oil drops does not exceed 9 when you are using 15 ml of a carrier oil.

For children you want to use a 1-2.5% dilution ratio.  

Some other popular carrier oils are jojoba, sweet almond, sunflower or avocado oil.  Most carrier oils carry no scent and will therefore not interfere with your selected essential oil scent.

We have included the below dilution chart for your reference.  If you're not sure, always ask a professional certified in Aromatherapy, or a medical doctor.

Mixing Essential Oils & Carrier Oils

Carrier Oil



1 Tsp (5 ml)

1 drop

5 drops

1 Tbsp (15 ml)

3 drops

15 drops

1 fl oz (30 ml)

6 drops

30 drops


Read our blog for more information on safe oils for children and babies here.

Marian Grande is a Certified Clinical Aromatologist with the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, in good standing.

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