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With the launch of my new book, The Thinking Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies, I thought it was high-time to publish this post on safe essential oils for kids and babies, which is one of the references I am asked for MOST often. If you haven't seen The Thinking Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies, it's an indispensable reference guide, recipe book, and so, SO much more – and you can buy your copy right here.

 

As essential oil popularity has risen in the last few years, essential oil safety has not kept pace.

This has been ESPECIALLY true for using essential oils on or around kids and babies.

Now, don't get me wrong – using herbs, essential oils, and other natural remedies is absolutely WONDERFUL and definitely effective on children, but we need to at least know that not all oils can be used safely on babies and children – and that not all oils are created equal.

I've created a more general printable chart for essential oil safety that summarizes everything from breastfeeding to pregnancy to pets – as well as children and babies – which you can download at the article, How to Use Essential Oils Safely printable cheatsheet, but I get enough questions about specific oils in reference to children that I thought it would be prudent to compile a reference right here that you can bookmark and visit every time you're wondering, “Can I use myrtle on my 3-year-old???”

My goal in providing this essential oil list is two-fold: to help you feel confident in using herbs and essential oils in your day-to-day life and to provide you with the knowledge you need to use essential oils safely – no matter what brand you use.

(By the way, we also have a popular guide on how to evaluate the oils you use, aptly named How to Choose the Best Essential Oil Brand.)

 

But first: Hydrosols

Before we get to our big reference list of essential oils that are safe for kids and babies, we need to talk briefly about hydrosols.

If you've already downloaded our How to Use Essential Oils Safely printable cheatsheet, you'll remember that we – like many others – make the statement, “Hydrosols are preferable to essential oils for children under two.”

(And honestly, I rather agree with the “Aromahead Approach,” which recommends easing into essential oils extremely slowly with children and just using hydrosols – which are PLENTY beneficial in their own right – all the way until age five.)

So, what are hydrosols and why the big deal?

Essential oils are named essential oils because they are distilled in order to contain only the essence of the plant – no fibres, no water, no extra plant mass – and therefore they are extremely concentrated and quite potent. (This is why we talk so often about essential oil safety as well.)

Because babies and young children have sensitive, immature respiratory and circulatory systems that are still developing and growing, often essential oils are simply too potent to use. But thankfully, there's a lovely by-product of the essential oil distillation process – and that is the water that the plant releases in addition to the oil. These are often referred to as floral waters, or more accurately, aromatic waters since they derive from more plants than just florals, and these are hydrosols.

So, hydrosols contain many of the same healing constituents as the essential oils from the same plant – and a few additional ones, since some compounds are only soluble in water – but they are considerably less potent, and thus are ideal to use on babies and young children. You can even use them directly on a baby's skin, such as when dealing with diaper rash or eczema.

Hydrosols can often be found in natural health stores, but Plant Therapy is one of the few essential oil companies that also carries an entire line of hydrosols, and at very decent prices. See them here.

 

Best Practices for Using Essential Oils Safely with Children & Babies

So, what are some best practices when it comes to using essential oils safely with children and babies? Here are my top six… 
 

Best Practice #1: Know Your Latin

Perhaps you didn't study Latin in school (or perhaps you did), but in this case, it makes all the difference. Through history as plants have been grown and given names in English (and French and Swahili), like any other word in a language, they tend to go through changes and take on nicknames. For example, lemon balm – a commonly used herb – is also commonly called “bee balm,” “sweet balm,” or just plain “balm.”

Another example is chamomile. There are two common types of chamomile, Anthemis nobilis and Matricaria recutita, but they each have 3-4 English names, such as “Roman chamomile,” “Hungarian chamomile,” “German chamomile,” “English chamomile,” “blue chamomile,” “true chamomile,” “false chamomile,” “sweet chamomile,”…. and on and on. To keep them straight in English can be confusing, but if you look at each plant's Latin name, you immediately know which plant you're talking about.

The Latin name for a plant is the same in every language down to the chromosome. So when you look at the Latin – or scientific – name, you know exactly what plant you're talking about and exactly what its characteristics are. And thus you can make a more informed, thoughtful decision about whether it's an oil that's safe to use in your home – or whether you might want to use it on one child but not on another.

Now, the converse of this is also true: sometimes two different essential oils are made from the same plant, just different parts of the plant, which create oils with different constituents and characteristics. For example, cinnamon bark oil and cinnamon leaf oil are both derived from the Cinnamomum verum plant, but the cinnamon leaf oil is much milder in characteristic than the cinnamon bark oil, as the cinnamon bark oil contains approximately 70% (E)-Cinnamaldehyde (the constituent that makes your tongue tingle and burn if you put a drop on it), whereas cinnamon leaf oil contains less than 1% of (E)-Cinnamaldehyde. For this reason, you would never want to use cinnamon bark oil in a topical preparation, such as a vapor rub or homemade toothpaste, but a small amount of cinnamon leaf oil might be just fine.

Take away lesson: Read your labels – both the English AND the Latin.
 

Best Practice #2: Dilute ALL essential oils every time

No matter what brand you use, no matter which essential oil it is, or how much you are using, essential oils are simply too potent to use without adding them to a carrier oil first (or blending them with salts or glycerin if using in a bath), ESPECIALLY with children.

Here's a handy chart to figure out your dilution amounts:

Standard dilution chart for essential oils - this is particularly ESSENTIAL for knowing how to use essential oils safely for kids and babies!

This dilution chart is part of our How to Use Essential Oils Safely cheatsheet. To download it, VISIT THIS POST and download the Essential Oil Safety chart.
 

Best Practice #3: Introduce essential oils one at a time (and NOT in a blend)

Just like when you introduce new foods to babies, you want to introduce oils in such a way that if there's an allergic reaction, you can easily trace it and know the cause.

So a good practice is to only introduce one oil per day and to allow sufficient time for a reaction to appear. (This obviously means putting that ONE essential oil in a carrier oil in proper dilution if you're applying it topically… when I refer to a “blend,” that's a blend of essential oils, not a blend of carrier oils.)

A reaction will likely show signs of a reaction in the first 15-30 minutes after inhalation or topical application, but occasionally a reaction won't appear until hours later, such as a change in stool or prolonged, unexplained irritability. 

This also means that if you MUST use a blend (such as the kid-friendly ones listed below), if your child exhibits a reaction, immediately stop use of the blend and it is your due diligence to try each of the oils in the blend individually to determine the source of reaction before using the blend again.

I ABSOLUTELY understand that individual oils are expensive – sometimes prohibitively so – but remember that essential oils are potent medicine. You wouldn't allow your child to continue to take an over-the-counter liquid or pill medication if you didn't know what they were reacting to – the same is true for essential oils.
 

Best Practice #4: Keep essential oils away from the face when using on children

Even when dealing with something like congestion, which is right in the nose, it is both effective and recommended to simply massage the diluted essential oils into the soles of the feet – or diffuse on the opposite end of the room – rather than rub the oils directly on the face, chest, or back of children, especially those under six.
 

Best Practice #5: Follow the guidelines carefully, but trust your own judgment (I can't understate this one)

First of all, it is important to note that while all the information here is based on trusted scientific literature, one of the best tools available to you is your own intuition.

Essential oils come from living plants and like any natural or synthetic medicine, are comprised of the constituents inherent in that plant, which can vary from batch to batch and brand to brand. Likewise, our bodies are living, changing vessels. We each have different pH levels, different microbiomes, different stores of toxins, and different biochemical makeups. Thus, while there are definite generalities we can make according to age and other factors – which is the entirety of this article – at the end of the day, how well or how poorly YOU (or in this case, your child) will react and respond to any particular essential oil will depend on the interaction of the essential oil with the specific person.

So, if I've listed something here as “safe” for 2+ years, but you feel hesitant diffusing it around your four-year-old, absolutely trust your own judgment.

And remember: It is not advised to use essential oils AT ALL on babies less than six months of age because their skin is much more permeable and sensitive to essential oils, and then extremely cautiously until age two and onward. Also, unlike adults, newborns' systems are all still forming and maturing and thus are not as capable of dealing with adverse reactions to essential oils, so they can do much more harm. Please remember that in these cases, hydrosols are a much preferred option.
 

Best Practice #6: ALWAYS leave an out

When using essential oils – and especially when diffusing – always have a way for the child to get away from the essential oil if they themselves feel uncomfortable.

This means:

  • no diffusing in a room without ventilation or at a time when they're not allowed to leave the room. It's also a good practice to have the diffuser running at the opposite end of the room from where the children are.
  • If you have applied an essential oil topically, have oil removal options available to rub off whatever you can if the smell or sensation is overwhelming to your child, such as a carrier oil, orange oil, or plenty of soap and water.
  • intermittent diffusing only (which is a good practice anyway). Don't simply let your diffuser run without stopping for hours on end. A good rule of thumb is to set your diffuser on “intermittent” or let it run for 10 minutes on, 20 minutes off.

 

Which essential oils are safe to use on kids and babies? And what about the lovely new blend you just got from your favorite essential oil company? Is it safe to use? Find out in this post, as well as discover best practices for using essential oils safely around babies and kids.

 
 

Safe Essential Oils for Babies and Children

Okay, okay – enough fine print! Let's get to the good stuff….

Here's how this works…

1. Essential oils are listed in alphabetical order according to their most common English name (but you can click any of the arrows to rearrange the oils in whichever way you'd like).

And please note that some English names appear in multiple listings due to the fact that different species of the same plant are sometimes appropriate for different ages, so please note the Latin names, as well. For example, different types of eucalyptus are recommended for different ages.

2. Thus, make generous use of the search function! I have purposely created this resource in a searchable table so you can use keywords to find what you're looking for! For example, different types of helichrysum, sage, myrtle, and others exist in different parts of the list. Also, I may have listed an oil under a different name than you expect, such as “Peru Balsam” instead of “Balsam of Peru” or “Helichrysum gymnocephalum” instead of “Rambiazana,” in order to match the most common usage. A search will very easily find all instances so you can make sure you're looking at the right essential oil.

3. For your research and buying convenience, I am working to provide links to various companies I trust for many of the oils here. As you hopefully know from our How to Choose the Best Essential Oil Brand article, it's important to evaluate each brand and research your sources, and thus, I have “spread the love” in these recommendations to link to multiple companies *I* trust throughout the list. It's taking me a while to sort through all the options and choose the BEST option for each oil, so please be patient with me while I add in those links.

(And yes, many of these are affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase, I will receive a small percentage of the sale as commission at no additional cost to you.)

4. Don't see an oil you're looking for? See a glaring error? Please leave a comment below!

 

The Most Important Thing to Remember When Using This Guide…

I have purposely written this guide for parents rather than aromatherapists and other medical practitioners who use essential oils in their practices, with the ease and clarity of use in the forefront of my mind.

What this means is that I have purposely placed oils in the simplest, safest categories I can – not necessarily their most precise.

As you know, oils can be used in many ways: they can be applied topically on the skin, they can be diffused in the air, they can be directly inhaled, etc. Each of these methods is called a “route” and when considering at which age a particular oil may be safely used, often different routes can be applied safely at different ages. For example, according to Tisserand and Young, the contraindication for clove bud oil is “avoid topical use on children under two.” Thus, that means under two years of age other routes, such as diffusing, are likely okay, and while that may be important in a clinical setting, for the sake of THIS article I had two other priorities:

  1. Simplicity. There's a reason most aromatherapy texts and references are several hundred pages thick: the amount of detail is astounding. Here, I wanted accurate, summarized, at-a-glance information available that would be easy to reference over and over and over.
  2. Safety. Aromatherapists and clinical professionals have lots of experience making decisions regarding which routes are best to use for any particular person. Most parents don't have that kind of training or experience, so I purposely listed each oil with a minimum age where it presented the overall SAFEST option for its use for someone who is just starting with essential oils or who feels overwhelmed. I have emphasized caution above precision.

 

Safe Essential Oil BLENDS for Children

If you want to make your own essential oil blends, there are DOZENS of recipes in my book, The Thinking Parent's Guide to Natural Remedies, including diffuser recipes, child-safe vapor rub recipes, sore muscle rubs, and headache oils – as well as hundreds more recipes for natural remedies using herbs, clays, and other natural sources.

If you'd prefer to purchase blends that are proven to be kid-safe, I recommend the kid-friendly lines at both Rocky Mountain Oils and Plant Therapy.

I love Rocky Mountain Oils for the extra-lovely aromas of their oils, their third-party testing processes, and the ease of their roll-ons.

I love Plant Therapy because they focus on sustainability, safety, and their deep attention to how their oils are created – they are true innovators in the world of essential oils. Also, Plant Therapy has gone so far as to clearly label EVERY oil in their collection that is “Kid-Safe®,” which makes choosing oils to use in our family simple and hassle-free because there's no guessing. 🙂

See the Kids Line collection at Rocky Mountain Oils.

See the Kid-Safe collection at Plant Therapy.

Find empty roller bottles for your DIY essential oil blends.

 

At A Glance: Safe Essential Oils for Babies & Children – listed by age

If you find the table below not easy enough to use (or it's not working for you on your particular device), here's an at-a-glance list of all the essential oils listed above according to age.

Essential oil best practices for topical use/diffusion on babies 6+ months

REMEMBER!  We DO NOT recommend using essential oils on children until age 2 – we recommend hydrosols instead. If you DO choose to use essential oils topically on infants, they MUST MUST MUST be properly diluted, which – unless otherwise noted – is a 0.25% maximum (that's about 1 drop of essential oil per 4 teaspoons of carrier oil). For diffusion, diffuse intermittently (approx. 10 minutes on, 20 minutes off) and place the diffuser across the room rather than directly on or next to the child.
 
For greater information and notes on each oil, consult the table below.

6+ Months

  • Ajowan Seed Trachyspermum ammi
  • Amyris (West Indian Sandalwood) Amyris balsamifera
  • Basil, Sweet (a.k.a. Basil linalool) Ocimum basilicum
  • Bergamot Citrus bergamia
  • Carrot Seed Daucus carota
  • Catnip Nepeta cataria
  • Cedarwood, Atlas Cedrus atlantica
  • Cedarwood, Himalayan Cedrus deodara
  • Cedarwood, Texan Junipera mexicana
  • Cedarwood, Virginian Juniperus virginiana
  • Chamomile, German Matricaria recutita
  • Chamomile, Roman Anthemis nobilis
  • Cinnamon Leaf Cinnamomum verum
  • Citronella Cymbopogon nardus
  • Clary Sage Salvia sclarea
  • Coriander Leaf Coriandrum sativum
  • Cucumber Seed Cucumis sativus
  • Cypress Cupressus sempervirens
  • Cypress, Blue Callitris intratropica
  • Dill Seed Anthum graveolens
  • Fir Needle Abies sibirica
  • Geranium Pelargonium graveolens
  • Grapefruit Citrus paradisi
  • Helichrysum Helichrysum splendidum
  • Helichrysum (a.k.a. Immortelle) Helichrysum italicum, Helichrysum angustifolium
  • Jasmine Jasminum grandiflorum
  • Lavandin Lavandula x intermedia
  • Lavender Lavendula angustifolia
  • Lemon Citrus limon
  • Mandarin Citrus reticulata
  • Neroli Citrus aurantium
  • Orange, Blood Citrus x sinensis
  • Orange, Sweet Citrus sinensis
  • Palmarosa Cymbopogon martinii
  • Petitgrain Citrus aurantium
  • Pine, Scotch Pinus sylvestris
  • Pine, White Pinus strobus
  • Ravensara Leaf Ravensara aromatica
  • Rosalina Melaleuca ericifolia
  • Rose Otto Rosa damascena
  • Rosewood Aniba rosaeodora
  • Sandalwood, Australian Santalum spicatum
  • Sandalwood, Indian Santalum album
  • Spearmint Mentha cardiaca, Mentha spicata
  • Spikenard Mardostachys grandiflora, Nardostachys jatamansi
  • Spruce, Black Picea mariana
  • Spruce, Hemlock Tsuga canadensis
  • Tangerine Citrus reticulata
  • Tansy, Blue Tanacetum annuum
  • Tea Leaf / Black Tea Camellia sinensis, Thea sinensis
  • Tea Tree Melaleuca alternifolia
  • Tea Tree, Lemon Leptospermum petersonii, Leptospermum citratum
  • Thyme (linalool) Thymus vulgaris
  • Treemoss Pseudevernia furfuracea
  • Vanilla Vanilla planifolia
  • Yuzu Citrus x junos

 

2+ years

  • Allspice Pimenta officinalis
  • Basil, Lemon Ociumum x citriodorum
  • Benzoin Styrax benzoin, Styrax tonkinensis
  • Black Pepper Piper nigrum
  • Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum verum
  • Cinnamon, Cassia Cinnamomum cassia
  • Clove Bud Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromatica, Eugenia caryophyllata
  • Copaiba Balsam Copaifera officinalis
  • Davana Artemisia pallens
  • Eucalyptus, Lemon Eucalyptus citriodora, Corymbia citriodora (please note: this is the ONLY type of eucalyptus considered safe at this age – most varieties are contraindicated until age 6+ years)
  • Finger Root Boesenbergia rotunda
  • Fragonia Agonis fragrans
  • Frankincense Boswellia carterii, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia frereana
  • Garlic Allium sativum
  • Ginger Zingiber officinale
  • Ginger Lily Hedychium coronarium
  • Juniper Berry Juniperus communis
  • Lemon Leaf, Lemon Petitgrain Citrus x limon, Citrus limonum
  • Lemongrass Andropogon citratus, Andropogon flexuosus, Cymbopogon citratus, Cymbopogon flexuosus
  • Lime Citrus x aurantifolia
  • Manuka Leptospermum scoparium
  • Marjoram, Sweet Marjorana hortensis
  • May Chang Litsea cubeba
  • Melissa (a.k.a. Lemon Balm) Melissa officinalis
  • Myrrh Commiphora myrrha
  • Myrtle, Green Myrtus communis (note that RED Myrtle is safe at 6+ years, NOT 2+ years)
  • Myrtle, Honey Melaleuca teretifolia
  • Myrtle, Lemon (a.k.a. Sweet Verbena) Backhousia citriodora
  • Oakmoss Evernia prunastri
  • Opopanax Commiphora guidottii
  • Oregano Origanum vulgare, Origanum onites, Origanum smyrnaeum
  • Oregano, Mexican Lippia graveolens
  • Patchouli Pogostemon cablin
  • Peru Balsam Myroxylon balsamum
  • Pine, Jack Pinus banksiana, Pinus divaricata
  • Sage, Wild Mountain Hemizygia petiolata
  • Savory Satureia hortensis, Satureia montana
  • Thyme (thymol) Thymus vulgaris
  • Tuberose Polianthes tuberosa
  • Turmeric Leaf Curcuma longa
  • Turmeric Rhizome Curcuma longa
  • Valerian (European type) Valeriana officinalis
  • Verbena, Lemon Aloysia triphylla, Aloysia citriodora, Lippa citriodora, Lippa triphylla
  • Verbena, Sweet (a.k.a. Lemon Myrtle) Backhousia citriodora
  • Vetiver Vetiveria zizanoides
  • Yarrow, Blue Achillea millefolium
  • Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata

 

6+ Years

  • Anise / Aniseed Pimpinella anisum
  • Anise, Star Illicium verum
  • Basil, Holy Ocimum sanctum
  • Cajeput Melaleuca cajuputi, Melaleuca leucadendron
  • Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum
  • Cornmint Mentha arvensis, Mentha canadensis
  • Fennel Seed, Bitter Foeniculum vulgare
  • Fennel Seed, Sweet Foeniculum vulgare
  • Galangal Rhizome Alpinia officinarum, Alpinia galanga
  • Helichrysum gymnocephalum (a.k.a. Rambiazana) Helichrysum gymnocephalum
  • Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis
  • Laurel Leaf / Bay Laurel Laurus nobilis
  • Marjoram, Spanish Thymus mastichina
  • Myrtle, Aniseed Backhousia anisata
  • Myrtle, Red Myrtus communis
  • Niaouli Melaleuca quinquinervia
  • Nutmeg Myristica fragrans
  • Peppermint Mentha x piperita
  • Ravintsara (a.k.a. Ho Leaf) Cinnamomum camphora
  • Sage, Dalmation Salvia officinalis
  • Sage, Greek Salvia fruiticosa, Salvia triloba
  • Sage, White Salvia apiana
  • Sanna Hedychium spicatum
  • Saro Cinnamosma fragrans

 

10+ years

  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus maidenii, Eucalyptus plenissima, Eucalyptus kochii, Eucalyptus polybractea, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus australiana, Eucalyptus phellandra, Eucalyptus smithii
  • Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis

 

13+ years

  • Chaste Tree (a.k.a. Vitex Berry) Vitex agnus castus – Use only AFTER the full onset of puberty and in girls, only after menstruation has begun; avoid use COMPLETELY on pre-pubescent children. Stop use if unpleasant side effects occur, such as tingling or burning sensations occur on the skin. Most effective to offset symptoms of PMS and to rebalance hormones.

 

Essential oils to NEVER use on children of any age

Just as ASA (e.g. Asprin) is contraindicated for children because of its high concentration of synthetic salicylate, which can cause the rare but potentially fatal Reye's syndrome, so are herbs and plants that are high in the natural compound. The essential oils derived from the plants listed below should not be given to any person under the age of 18.

  • Birch, sweet (Betula lenta)
  • Wintergreen (Gualtheria fragrantisima)
  • Wintergreen (Gualtheria procumbens)

 

WHOOPS! We had so many people visit this page right when this guide was released that the database went a little bit on the fritz. I'm fixing things as fast as I can and I apologize if you don't see all the information listed. It will be restored as absolutely as soon as possible! 

 

Searchable: Safe Essential Oils for Babies & Children

How to Use This Table: Search for any term in the search bar OR click on the arrows to sort columns. For example, search for "sleep" if you're looking for oils that promote restful sleep, "2+" if you want to see only oils that are safe from age 2+ years, or "frankincense" if you want to compare the different types of frankincense. To sort the table by age, click the up or down arrows in the "Age Minimum" column to organize the information by age.
NameLatin name(s)Safety NotesGood for...Age MinimumNeed a good source?
NameLatin name(s)Safety NotesGood for...Age MinimumNeed a good source?
Ajowan SeedTrachyspermum ammiSimilar in scent and function to thyme essential oil, this oil should not be used near the face.Being able to release frustration6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
AllspicePimenta officinalis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Amyris (West Indian Sandalwood)Amyris balsamiferaNo known precautions. No maximum for topical use, but always dilute properly before applying to the skin.Calming. Promotes restful sleep. Excellent for smoothing mature skin.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Anise / AniseedPimpinella anisumDo not use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, if you are taking diabetes medication, have endometriosis, bleeding disorders, ulcers, renal or colon disorders, estrogen-dependent cancer, or before or after surgery. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use: 2.4%Masking odors, relieving tension, and quelling nausea (NOT morning sickness, as aniseed should not be used in pregnancy)6+ yearsBuy it here.
Anise, StarIllicium verumDo not use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, if you are taking diabetes medication, have endometriosis, bleeding disorders, ulcers, renal or colon disorders, estrogen-dependent cancer, or before or after surgery. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use: 1.75%For diffusion, excellent at helping women feel balanced during the transition to menopause. Topically, excellent for relieving digestive distress after over-eating.6+ yearsBuy it here.
Basil, Holy (a.k.a. Tulsi)Ocimum sanctum,
Ocimum tenuiflorum
May interfere with certain medications. Do not use if you have bleeding disorders, ulcers, or before or after surgery. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use: 1.0%Excellent as an insect repellant, as a body deodorizer, and to promote restful sleep.6+ yearsBuy it here.
Basil, LemonOciumum x citriodorum2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Basil, Sweet (a.k.a. Basil linalool)Ocimum basilicum6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
BenzoinStyrax benzoin,
Styrax tonkinensis
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
BergamotCitrus bergamiaDo not apply topically before going outside, as bergamot essential oil is phototoxic and can damage skin when exposed to sunlight UNLESS you purchase one that is distilled to be bergapten-free, sometimes also labelled as "foranocoumarin-free" or "FCF."Uplifting mood. Citrusy.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Birch, SweetBetula lentaJust as ASA (e.g. Asprin) is contraindicated for children because of its high concentration of synthetic salicylate, which can cause the rare but potentially fatal Reye's syndrome, so are herbs and plants that are high in the natural compound. The essential oils derived from Sweet Birch should not be given to any person under the age of 18.18+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Black PepperPiper nigrum2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
CajeputMelaleuca cajuputi,
Melaleuca leucadendron
6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
CardamomElettaria cardamomum6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Carrot SeedDaucus carotaAvoid ALL routes while pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive.Excellent for skin rejuvenation. Helps promote a healthy digestive system. May relieve worry and promote restful sleep.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
CatnipNepeta catariaMay be irritating for those with sensitive skin.Calming. Supports restful sleep.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cedarwood, AtlasCedrus atlanticaUse small amounts when applying topically.EXCELLENT for colds and congestion in young children. Calming.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Cedarwood, HimalayanCedrus deodaraUse small amounts when applying topically. Cedrus atlantica is preferable with very young children.Excellent for colds and congestion in young children.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cedarwood, TexanJunipera mexicanaUse small amounts when applying topically.Excellent for colds and congestion in young children6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cedarwood, VirginianJuniperus virginianaUse small amounts when applying topically.Relaxing. Deeply woodsy scent. Excellent for colds and congestion in young children.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Chamomile, GermanMatricaria recutita,
Matricaria chamomilla
Avoid if using any pharmaceuticals, as there may be drug interactionsHelps children focus. Soothes problematic skin and can assist with seasonal pollen issues.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Chamomile, RomanAnthemis nobilis,
Chamaemelum nobile
No known hazards or contraindications.A long-time favorite for promoting restful sleep. Eases tired muscles after strenuous use and aching joints due to aging.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Chaste Tree (a.k.a. Vitex Berry)Vitex agnus castusUse only AFTER the full onset of puberty and in girls, only after menstruation has begun; avoid use COMPLETELY on pre-pubescent children. Stop use if unpleasant side effects occur, such as tingling or burning sensations occur on the skin.Most effective to offset symptoms of PMS and to rebalance hormones13+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cinnamon BarkCinnamomum verumFor diffusion ONLY. Cinnamon bark is too irritating to use topically, even for adults. Avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding.Stimulating. Creates a warm, welcoming atmosphere when diffused.2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cinnamon LeafCinnamomum verumUse extremely sparingly in topical preparations - diffusion is preferable. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use for adults: 0.6% - definitely less for young children.Supports healthy immune function and creates a warm atmosphere.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cinnamon, Cassia (bark)Cinnamomum cassiaCassia cinnamon is warm and spicy and sweeter than its relative, true cinnamon. Do NOT use topically, as it can be very irritating.Supports healthy immune function, healthy digestion, and can encourage healthy self-esteem.2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
CitronellaCymbopogon nardusUse sparingly for topical use.Excellent as an insect repellent.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Clary SageSalvia sclarea6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Clove BudSyzygium aromaticum,
Eugenia aromatica,
Eugenia caryophyllata
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Copaiba BalsamCopaifera officinalis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Coriander LeafCoriandrum sativumNo known hazards or contraindications.Excellent for digestive issues. In children, soothes upset tummies and helps calm emotions.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
CornmintMentha arvensis,
Mentha canadensis
6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cucumber SeedCucumis sativusOld and oxidized oils should be avoided.Hydrating, especially for dry skin and hair. Excellent for nourishing and soothing skin after sun exposure and reducing stretch marks and scars.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
CypressCupressus sempervirensMay be irritating on sensitive skin. Diffusion is preferable. Old & oxidized oils should be avoided.Helps clear congestion and supports healthy respiratory function. Promotes clear thinking during difficult emotional experiences.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Cypress, BlueCallitris intratropicaAvoid during pregnancy & breastfeeding.Helps with reddened, irritated skin. Gently supports healthy respiratory function.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
DavanaArtemisia pallens2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Dill SeedAnthum graveolensAvoid if diabetic. Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.Helpful for digestive issues, especially for little tummies. Supports healthy immune function.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
EucalyptusEucalyptus camaldulensis,
Eucalyptus globulus,
Eucalyptus maidenii,
Eucalyptus plenissima,
Eucalyptus kochii,
Eucalyptus polybractea,
Eucalyptus radiata,
Eucalyptus australiana,
Eucalyptus phellandra,
Eucalyptus smithii
10+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Eucalyptus, LemonEucalyptus citriodora,
Corymbia citriodora
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Fennel Seed, BitterFoeniculum vulgare6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Fennel Seed, SweetFoeniculum vulgare6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Finger RootBoesenbergia rotunda2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Fir NeedleAbies sibirica,
Abies balsamea,
Abies spectabilis,
Abies alba
Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.Supports healthy respiratory function. Smells lovely in homemade cleaning products.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
FragoniaAgonis fragrans2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
FrankincenseBoswellia carterii,
Boswellia serrata
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
FrankincenseBoswellia frereana2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Galangal RhizomeAlpinia officinarum,
Alpinia galanga
6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
GarlicAllium sativum2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
GeraniumPelargonium graveolensMay be irritating to those with sensitive skin.Excellent as an insect repellent, especially ticks. Also is a less expensive alternative to rose absolute in homemade cleaning products.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
GingerZingiber officinale2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Ginger LilyHedychium coronarium2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
GrapefruitCitrus paradisiDo not apply topically before going outside, as bergamot essential oil is phototoxic and can damage skin when exposed to sunlight UNLESS you purchase one that is distilled to be bergapten-free, sometimes also labelled as "foranocoumarin-free" or "FCF." Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.Uplifting and cheery. Citrusy.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Helichrysum splendidumHelichrysum splendidumDo not use if you have blood clotting issues or use blood thinners.Beneficial for healthy, youthful skin, but not as potent as Helichrysum italicum6-9+ monthsUnable to find a suitable source. Please recommend one!
Helichrysum (a.k.a. Immortelle)Helichrysum italicum,
Helichrysum angustifolium
Do not use if you have blood clotting issues or use blood thinners.Known and prized for its beneficial, intensive skin care properties, including scars, irritated skin (such as diaper rash), itchy skin, and blemishes. Called by some "the fountain of youth," excellent for both injured and aging skin.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Helichrysum gymnocephalum (a.k.a. Rambiazana)Helichrysum gymnocephalumDo not apply on or near the face of infants or children. Do not use if you have blood clotting issues or use blood thinners.When diffusing, can help clear the mind, reduce mental fatigue, and promote creativity. Topically, balancing and toning for all skin types.6+ yearsBuy it here.
HyssopHyssopus officinalis6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
JasmineJasminum grandiflorum,
Jasminum sambac
Use sparingly when used topically. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use for adults: 0.7% - definitely less for young children.Gorgeous, exotic, floral scent. Uplifting and creates a cheerful atmosphere and is exquisite in homemade perfumes.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Juniper BerryJuniperus communis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Laurel Leaf / Bay LaurelLaurus nobilis6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
LavandinLavandula x intermediaLavandin should be used in lower concentrations than lavender in topical use, as it can be slightly more irritating to the skin.Calming. Supports healthy respiratory system. Can assist in smoothing damaged skin.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
LavenderLavendula angustifoliaNo known hazards or contraindications.Calming. Excellent gentle oil that promotes restful sleep and calms angry skin irritations, such as bug bites and sunburns. Excellent for soothing aches and sore muscles and dealing with congestion for very young children.6-9+ monthsI'm still trying to decide my favorite source. Coming soon!
LemonCitrus limonFor topical application, Sweet Orane is preferred to lemon, as it's less irritating to the skin. Note that lemon essential oil is phototoxic and should not be applied before going outside.Uplifting. Clean scented. Citrusy.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Lemon Leaf,
Lemon Petitgrain
Citrus x limon,
Citrus limonum
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
LemongrassAndropogon citratus,
Andropogon flexuosus,
Cymbopogon citratus,
Cymbopogon flexuosus
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
LimeCitrus x aurantifolia2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
MandarinCitrus reticulataOil or oxidized oils should be avoided.Calming. Absolutely lovely scent in cleaning and body products.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
ManukaLeptospermum scoparium2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Marjoram, SpanishThymus mastichina6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Marjoram, SweetOriganum majorana, Marjorana hortensis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
May ChangLitsea cubeba2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Melissa (a.k.a. Lemon Balm)Melissa officinalis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
MyrrhCommiphora myrrha2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
MyrtleMyrtus communis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Myrtle, AniseedBackhousia anisata6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Myrtle, GreenMyrtus communis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Myrtle, HoneyMelaleuca teretifolia2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Myrtle, Lemon (a.k.a. Sweet Verbena)Backhousia citriodora2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Myrtle, RedMyrtus communis6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
NeroliCitrus aurantiumNo known hazards or contraindications.Promotes healthy skin and helps ease emotional tension.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
NiaouliMelaleuca quinquinervia6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
NutmegMyristica fragrans6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
OakmossEvernia prunastri2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
OpopanaxCommiphora guidottii2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Orange, BloodCitrus x sinensisOld or oxidized oils should be avoided.Juicy-fresh and citrusy scent - more intense than Sweet Orange. Calming. Uplifting. May alleviate feeling of sadness, moodiness, or nervousness.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Orange, SweetCitrus sinensisOld or oxidized oils should be avoided.Juicy-fresh and citrusy scent. Uplifting. Calming. Cheerful.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
OreganoOriganum vulgare,
Origanum onites,
Origanum smyrnaeum
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Oregano, MexicanLippia graveolens2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
PalmarosaCymbopogon martiniiUse sparingly in topical preparations.Excellent for balancing skin, freshening the air, and supporting digestive and immune systems.6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
PatchouliPogostemon cablin2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
PeppermintMentha x piperita6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Peru BalsamMyroxylon balsamum2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
PetitgrainCitrus aurantiumNo known hazards or contraindications.Sourced from the leaves and branches of the Seville bitter orange tree, so it's woodsy, floral, AND citrusy. Uplifting and energizing. In children, can help soothe upset tummies.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Pine, JackPinus banksiana,
Pinus divaricata
No known hazards or contraindications.Excellent for clearing congestion and encouraging deep breathing, especially for those who suffer from illnesses that are defined by breathing difficulties. Sweeter and fruitier scent than other pines. Calming.2+ yearsBuy it here.
Pine, ScotchPinus sylvestrisOld or oxidized oils should be avoided. Also, note the Pine species you use! While some other species are encouraged for use with breathing difficulties, do NOT use Pinus sylvestris if you or your child has asthma or whooping cough.Excellent for cleaning products and diffusing to support a healthy respiratory system.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Pine, WhitePinus strobusOld or oxidized oils should be avoided.6-9+ monthsUnable to find a suitable source. Please recommend one!
Ravensara LeafRavensara aromaticaUse very sparingly. Old or oxidized oils should be avoided.May be effective for dealing with virally-caused respiratory or skin issues and symptoms. Tisserand & Young specifically mention shingles, herpes, whooping cough, and mononucleosis.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Ravintsara (a.k.a. Ho Leaf)Cinnamomum camphora6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
RosalinaMelaleuca ericifoliaAlso called "lavender tea tree," rosalina is a lovely, gentler, kid-friendly alternative for eucalyptus. No known hazards or contraindications.Good for respiratory issues, such as congestion and seasonal pollen reactions6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Rose OttoRosa damascenaNo known hazards or contraindications, but use very sparingly. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use for adults: 0.6% - definitely less for young children.Strong, floral scent. Excellent for alleviating feelings of sadness and grief. Renewing. Comforting. Romantic.6-9+ monthsFor full-strength Rose Otto, buy it here.
For a pre-diluted oil, buy it here.
RosemaryRosmarinus officinalis10+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
RosewoodAniba rosaeodoraNo known hazards or contraindications.Excellent for encouraging contemplation and self-examination; good for helping children to focus. Calming.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Sage, DalmationSalvia officinalis6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Sage, GreekSalvia fruiticosa,
Salvia triloba
6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Sage, WhiteSalvia apiana6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Sage, Wild MountainHemizygia petiolata2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Sandalwood, AustralianSantalum spicatumMay interfere with some pharmaceuticals. Look for a brand that is produced by steam distillation, rather than extracted via a solvent.Wonderful in calming a wild mind and quieting mental chatter. Effective in balancing skin care, relieving tension, and supporting healthy respiratory function. Calming and relaxing.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Sandalwood, IndianSantalum albumBe careful to source oil from ethically harvested trees, as Sandalwood trees in India are endangered. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use for adults: 2% - definitely less for young children.Quiets the mind, may reduce nervous tension, and can help with lymph function when sore throat is present.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
SannaHedychium spicatum6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
SaroCinnamosma fragrans6+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
SavorySatureia hortensis,
Satureia montana
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
SpearmintMentha cardiaca,
Mentha spicata
6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
SpikenardMardostachys grandiflora,
Nardostachys jatamansi
6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Spruce, BlackPicea mariana6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Spruce, HemlockTsuga canadensis6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
TangerineCitrus reticulataOld and oxidized oils should be avoided. Use at a dilution of no more than 30% for adults - follow the dilution guidelines in the chart above for children.Refreshing, rejuvenating, citrusy scent. Good for quelling digestive issues when applied topically to the abdomen.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Tansy, BlueTanacetum annuumShould not be used via any route if other pharmaceuticals are being taken. Otherwise, no known hazards or contraindications.Long prized for its ability to help deal with pollen season. Soothes skin issues and promotes clear-thinking.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Tea Leaf / Black TeaCamellia sinensis,
Thea sinensis
6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Tea TreeMelaleuca alternifolia6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Tea Tree, LemonLeptospermum petersonii,
Leptospermum citratum
6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Thyme (linalool)Thymus vulgarisNo known hazards or contraindications. Maximum recommended dilution for topical use for adults: 4.5% - definitely less for young children.Gentler than other thyme varieties, this variety can be used on the skin. Supports and bolsters healthy immune function.6-9+ monthsBuy it here.
Thyme (thymol)Thymus vulgaris2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
TreemossPseudevernia furfuracea6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
TuberosePolianthes tuberosa2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Turmeric LeafCurcuma longa2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Turmeric RhizomeCurcuma longa2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Valerian (European type)Valeriana officinalis2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
VanillaVanilla planifolia6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Verbena, LemonAloysia triphylla,
aloysia citriodora,
Lippa citriodora,
Lippa triphylla
2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Verbena, Sweet (a.k.a. Lemon Myrtle)Backhousia citriodora2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
VetiverVetiveria zizanoides2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
WintergreenGualtheria fragrantisima,
Gualtheria procumbens
Just as ASA (e.g. Asprin) is contraindicated for children because of its high concentration of synthetic salicylate, which can cause the rare but potentially fatal Reye's syndrome, so are herbs and plants that are high in the natural compound. The essential oils derived from Wintergreen should not be given to any person under the age of 18.18+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Yarrow, BlueAchillea millefolium2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
Ylang YlangCananga odorata2+ yearsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!
YuzuCitrus x junos6-9+ monthsI'm still sourcing. Coming soon!

 

 
 

Sources

Want to know more and why I assigned each oil as I did? Here are the sources from where I have gathered my notes and research through the years. Please remember that even though I immerse myself in solid scientific study of essential oils, I am neither a certified aromatherapist nor a certified herbalist (yet).

  • Essential Oil Safety, Second Edition by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young
  • The Herbal Academy
  • National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
  • Aromahead Institute
  • Mountain Rose Herbs
  • The Truth About Essential Oil Safety by Lea Harris

 

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