Say what? Oils on your Kids?
You’ve just gotta be super careful about your dilutions.
By now you should have already got the ‘less is more’ mindset about essential oils because they are hyper potent (remember 1 drop of peppermint ids as strong as 28 cups of peppermint tea…).
So, like us adults kids have a number of issues and complaints so I’m not going to be able to get into everything.
But, I will give you the low down on the most common things I get asked to help with.
Number 1: Sleep
Yup, them kids it seems have as many issues as we do getting 40 winks. Luckily, this ones pretty simple and super effective – lavender. For children under 6 pop a couple of drops of lavender (and by couple I really do mean 2) into your hands and then rub into the bottom of your child’s feet. If they’re over 6 then let them do it themselves – but make sure you’re guiding them and be extra vigilant about the number of lavender drops they’re using!
If your child has no difficulties with getting to sleep but tends to wake up super early you can use a combination of lavender and ceadarwood. Lavender helps them go to sleep & ceadarwood will keep them asleep! (Use 1 drops for each foot)
Number 2: Tantrums/Mood Swings
If your kids been through the old terrible twos already then you’re probably thinking that this doesn’t apply to you. It really does. Kids are human too and we all have our bad days. As adults we tend to be better at handling our emotions appropriately so may not throw our toys, hit each other or storm off and slam doors (I say may not because some days I really do feel like doing that).
The following are some great oils for calming and relaxing:
- Wild Orange* (great at fighting anxieties)
- Lavender (calms and sooths)
- Clary Sage & Ylang Ylang (battles hormone swings)
- Lemon* (stress buster & antidepressant)
When you’re fighting moods the best thing to do is to have the diffuser going because no kid (or adult) is going to let you slather them in oils when they’re upset! If they’re old enough to understand and manage their own moods then putting a drop behind each ear and on the back of the neck (depending on the oil you’ll need to layer on a couple of drops of carrier to reduce sensitivities) is a great way to tap into the emotional system and help regulate the negative physical effects.
*both orange and lemon are citrus oils so you’ll need to avoid sunlight for 12 hours as they are photosensitive. If you are using them topically then get them rubbed into the souls of your kids feet before heading out the door in the morning.
Number 3: Fever
Having your child’s temperature climb through the roof is not only worrying for you it can be pretty dangerous for your child. Make sure you are talking to your GP if your child has a fever. Fever’s are the bodies natural defence system against an infection or injury because it helps to enhance the effectiveness of the immune system so what you’ll need to do is think about whether they have picked something up or find out if they have severely injured themselves. Again – keep in touch with your GP.
In the meantime what you can do is help to bring your child’s temperature down and give their immune system an extra boost to help their bodies do what it needs to.
- Peppermint (A, T, I)
- Clove (I)
- Eucalyptus (T)
- Bergamot* (T)
Place 1 -2 drops on the back of your child’s neck (you will need a carrier to be layered on top)
*bergamot is a hyper photosensitive citrus oil so your child will need to avoid the sunlight for up to 72 hours after using this oil.
- Basil (T)
- Fennel (T)
- Melealuca (T)
- Rosemary (T)
Use the same as the cooling oils.
Immune System Boost:
- Oregano (A, I, T)
- Melealuca (T, A)
- Rosemary (A, T)
- Clove (A, T)
- Frankincense (A, T)
- Cypress (A)
- Sandalwood (A, T)
As we’re talking about children I would avoid using oregano internally. It is safe to do so but you will need to dilute it heavily and you’ll need some empty vegetable capsules.
Personally, I would use 1-2 drops of oregano and 1-2 drops of melealuca (with a carrier oil) on the bottom of your child’s feet. Oregano is the strongest antibacterial, antifungal and antiparastitic combination and melealuca is the strongest antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral combination so these together should really do the trick.
If necessary apply any of the following: rosemary, frankincense, cypress, clove and/or sandalwood (but not altogether), throughout the day but only use the oregano/melelauca combination morning and night – it really is that strong! Make sure you’ve given your child a minimum of 2 hours between applications otherwise you will overload their system.
Number 4: Earache
Don’t you just hate it when your ear hurts! It drives me nuts and as an adult I am prone to earache. It usually is a warning sign that I’ve been pushing myself too hard and I’m about to get struck by one of the viruses that are going around. So, I pre-empt this by having 1 drop of melealuca on my toothbrush every morning. Depending on your child’s age this may or may not be appropriate (under 6 it’s best not too).
What you can do though is get your child in the habit of applying 1 drop of melelauca behind their ears every night before bed as a preventative measure. You’ll know which seasons your child is prone to earaches so start at the beginning of the season.
If however you’ve missed the warning signs and your child has an earache you can apply melealuca every couple of hours to the back of the ear or you can place 1-2 drops on a cotton pad/ball and tape in place over the ear (do not stick it in and never put essential oils into the ear canal).
Other oils you can use are:
- Lavender (T)
- Eucalyptus* (T)
*do not ingest eucalyptus it’s poisonous when taken internally
Number 5: Digestive Issues
Something else I always suffered with as a child (and also something many families I know struggle with), was going to the loo for a number 2.
Now, I know your thinking ‘oh my days that’s definitely too much information’.
But hey we all have to do it!
Something I learnt early on was to lean forward and have my legs onto a stool so they’re not dangling over the toilet seat. This helps to put your bowel in a more natural and relaxed position and can really help when you are just backed up. Sorry, but it works!
To help your child get regular again (and remember all our bodies are different so not every child will go every day – it’s regular and/or normal for them) you can use the following oils:
- Rosemary (T)
- Lemon (T)
- Peppermint (T)
- Marjoram (T)
Rub a couple of drops of oil (plus carrier if necessary), onto the tummy area or onto the feet.
Rosemary is my go to oil and it’s always the first one I recommend to help wake up the digestive system and getting your body to do what it needs to.
Thankfully this is not something I have to deal with!
But for an unlucky few it happens…
To quickly settle down the digestive system and help combat diarrhea you’ll need to use oils internally so make sure you’ve got your dilution chart out and have a stash of empty capsules in the house ready.
The oils to use are:
- Peppermint (I)
- Ginger (I)
- Digestive Blend* (I)
Place 1-2 drops into a capsule and fill the remaining space with a carrier oil then swallow.
*this is a specific blend created by the oil company I use and I try to stay away from listing blends but this one is hyper effective and all my families have seen amazing results.
I hope that you’ve found this useful and I’ll catch up with you on Saturday when I delve into how I keep my wrinkles at bay 🙂
Happy oiling –
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