One ff the most commonly asked questions from people that are just starting out with using essential oils is if they are a product that is safe to use on children, or even around children if you are planning on using an oil diffuser in your home. This is a great question, and if you have any children that are prone to skin sensitivities or allergies, then you should always plan to consult with a physician before you use any kind of new product on one of your children. Organic essential oils have a wide variety of beneficial effects for both adults and children when used correctly. Fact, studies show that using essential oils with children, either with an oil diffuser or by applying a diluted version to their skin, can actually benefit children even more than adults. There are however several essential oils that should never be used on young children either topically or applied with a diffuser. The reason for this is simple, Children, especially very young children, have immune systems that have not fully finished growing and developing. These young immune systems can be more easily compromised then the immune systems in adults. They are also less able to overcome and handle any potential side effects that come with any type of treatment whether it is holistic or medicinal. For example there are some essential oils such as peppermint and eucalyptus that have higher amounts of methanol presents in the oil. Methanol has been shown to cause slowed breathing in some children. While this is not occurring in 100% of cases, it is still recommended not to use essential oils that contain high amounts of menthol in any child age 6 or younger. If you aren’t sure if an essential oil that you’re about to use has methanol in it, you can always reach out and speak to the experts at www.planttherapy.com to confirm that what you are using is safe to be used around children.
In addition to essential oils that contain methanol, You should also be careful of how any type of essential oil is administered to a child. It is recommended not to apply essential oils in any type of dilution directly to the skin of the child. Instead you should use an aromatherapy diffuser to allow a diluted version of the oils to gently be introduced into the atmosphere around them. Many parents off to use essential oils to help treat children with respiratory congestion, sleeplessness, restlessness and to be a calming influence. Examples of essential oils that are typically safe to use around children are: lavender, Geranium, German chamomile, sandalwood, tea tree, and cedarwood. Some of these can even be applied topically to their skin but do do remember that you should always dilute essential oils before applying them to a skin surface, And they should never be used on children under the age of six. Essential oils that you should not use on or around children include eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary, cassia, fennel, and lemongrass.