Aromatherapy for children – cautions

Children shouldn’t use essential oils unless there is a health condition, and then only use oils that are recommended for children.Keep any blends away from the eyes – but should it accidentally happen, rinse the eye out and seek medical attention. Don’t use oils “neat” onto a child’s skin unless there is a specific reason and you have been instructed to.Do not give oils to children orally. If your child does swallow any oil, give them milk and do not delay, take your child for medical attention and bring the oil with you.If your child has epilepsy, these oils are to be avoided and please speak with your doctor about using oils at all. Avoid – sweet fennel, rosemary, camphor, sage, and hyssop. There are oils which calm and these are safest – neroli, jasmine, rose otto, chamomile, geranium, lavender, and petitgrain. If your child is on medication and you use essential oils, cut the oil recommendation down to half. These oils are to be avoided if going into the sun. Tangerine, lime, orange, bergamot, mandarin, lemon, and grapefruit.

While essential oils can be beneficial to children, it is, of course, recommended that you consult an aromatherapist or physician. A small amount of tangerine placed “neat” on the palm can be way too much oil. The weight, age and health of your child are matters to consider with any essential oil, as it is for any medication.

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