There is a lot of information circulating the internet about how essential oils shouldn’t be used for children and the main reason for these articles comes down to the purity of the oils on the market. Unfortunately very few essential oils are 100% therapeutic grade and actually 100% the oil that is on the label!
Did you know that companies are only required to have 10% actual pure essential oil in the bottle for them to label the bottle 100% therapeutic grade essential oil?! When I found this out I was so shocked! It then becomes obvious that some companies are filling the rest of their bottles with other fillers and chemicals that can in fact be harmful to adults/children and even pets and there is where the danger stems from.
When you apply an oil topically that oil is absorbed straight through your skin into your bloodstream. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and as your skin absorbs them there is no digestive system to filter out toxins or protect you, so it is very important you know where your oils are coming from, you know they are of the highest quality and they are in fact exactly what the bottle says they are.
For this reason I chose to use Young Living as they are the only essential oil company in the world that own their own farms, which means they monitor and have a say over all farm practices. This includes no herbicides or pesticides being sprayed on any of their plants and all weeding is done by hand. The Seed to Seal guarantee goes much further than just that so if you’d like to learn more about it you can find that information here.
So once you have your Young Living essential oils there is no reason not to use them with children. However given that younger children and babies skin is thinner and more sensitive than adults dilution is recommended. You can find some amazing information on oils for babies/children and dilution rates in the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern.
I wanted to outline a few oils/ products that we use in Austin’s daily routine to hopefully help other parents know where to look when they want to naturally support their children’s health and wellness.
First up in the morning the diffuser is always on with an uplifting blend, if Austin chooses it is most likely citrus based as his favourites are Orange and Lime. This not only gives a pleasant aroma but it also helps to wake us both up and start the day in a positive way. Young Living have a number of gorgeous diffusers that are also humidifiers so this helps support our breathing and is wonderful during those dry winter days also. Austin also has a Kidscents Mightyvite which is a chewable whole food multi-nutrient supplement. Although Austin has a very healthy diet 4 year olds can be picky eaters some days and so these help give me peace of mind. All organic and of course these include essential oils for optimal health and wellness.
Austin will then have a Ningxia Red sachet or around 50ml of Ningxia Red over ice. Ningxia Red is an antioxidant powerhouse drink that tastes like berries and is very concentrated so only a small amount is needed each day (although in our house much more is consumed!) As mothers we all know that foods high in antioxidants are wonderful for our family’s health and ORAC is a measure that grades the antioxidant level of a product/food so that we can quantify this. Blueberries have an ORAC score of 5,000 whereas Ningxia wolfberries have a score of 30,000! Ningxia is also high in magnesium, vitamin C, B and calcium. It contains all essential amino acids and is one of the most protein packed fruits on the planet. It’s also the highest whole food source or potassium and for these reasons and more has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. The more antioxidant foods we eat the lower our chance for infection or disease so this is why my whole family drinks it daily. I also recommend this to Mums who have fussy eaters, Ningxia can be made into ice blocks with some coconut water and maybe a few blueberries and children love them. Having Ningxia each day means I can be a little less worried about what Austin eats throughout the day as I know he’s started the day off really well with a drink that’s packed with things his body needs to thrive.
Before we head out for the day I will usually roll Thieves under Austin’s feet. Austin is now just over 4 and I do not dilute it, however depending on your child’s skin and sensitivity you may want to dilute with some fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil as the Thieves blend does include Clove which is a “hot oil”.
When brushing Austin’s teeth we add a drop of Orange to his Kidscents toothpaste (which does already have essential oils in it). He loves the taste and it helps to whiten his teeth (he has a slightly grey tooth from when he tripped as a toddler and almost knocked it out!)
Throughout the day Austin will choose different oils he wants to put on or diffuse. The most commonly used/asked for:
- Stress Away (rolled on wrists)
- Valor (rolled on back of neck or down spine)
- Lime (sniffed from the bottle)
- Frankincense (rolled down spine)
- Vetiver (diffused)
At nap time we have a very specific routine that incorporates essential oils and helps Austin to register that it’s time to relax, wind down and have a rest. I have a 10ml roller that I made up with oils that promote sleep and rest and this is rolled under Austin’s feet when getting ready for his nap.
- 5 drops Vetiver
- 7 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Frankincense
- 3 drops Cedarwood
- filled to the top with fractionated coconut oil
We have also made a Sleepy Spray which I spray into the air (and on his stuffed toy bunny – Carrots) as he lays down ready for his story. This is simply 6 drops of Lavender, 1 tsp witch hazel and filled with filtered water (the witch hazel helps the oil mix with the water but always give the bottle a shake before spraying). After his book it usually takes about 5-10mins for him to fall asleep – thank goodness for oils!
For Austin’s bath time we use Thieves bar soap and Kidscents Shampoo. I find that even with Austin’s VERY long hair he has very few tangles or knots and we do not have to condition his hair when using this product. It also smells divine so that’s a plus!
In the afternoon Peace & Calming is often in the diffuser while we do more relaxed activities before Sam comes home. And during the night we diffuse different oils depending on Austin’s needs, some of our favourite oils/blends to diffuse at night are listed below:
- Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood & Lavender (restful sleep)
- Thieves (if Austin isn’t feeling his best)
- Raven (during the Winter months)
- RC (for respiratory support)
- Lavender (calming)
- Vetiver & Cedarwood (deep sleep)
Some of the other oils we use regularly or when needed for Austin are;
- Oregano – diluted under feet if he is feeling unwell
- Lemon – diluted on throat if feeling scratchy
- Frankincense – within Epsom salts in his bath
- Lavender & Rosemary – drop of each on his brush after I’ve washed his hair
- Lavender – if Austin falls over it goes straight on the area needed, not only is it great for supporting skin but the scent also calms him after a fall
As I’ve mentioned before I also cook a lot with essential oils so Austin is also consuming them when he eats hummus, pesto or guacamole made by me – and he loves all of them 🙂
When it comes to essential oils it is a mother’s choice whether or not to use them with her family, I of course have seen nothing but benefits for my family and absolutely love that I have an option that helps keep us above the wellness line.