Essential Oils for Children

lavender oil bottle and sprigHere are some of the safest and most helpful essential oils for children:

  • Tea tree: for first aid, bug bites, bug repellent; anti-fungal, anti-infectious.
  • Lavender: for first aid, burns, sunburn; antiviral and antibacterial, boosts immunity.
  • Peppermint: digestive aid; cools fevers; decongestant.
  • Eucalyptus: decongestant; for respiratory disorders, cools fevers; antiviral and antibacterial.
  • Chamomile: calming, digestive aid; good for ear infections; anti-inflammatory.
  • Sandalwood: for sore throats; sedative.
  • Bergamot: good for viruses, fevers; anti-parasitic, anti-inflammatory (can cause allergic reactions and sensitivity to light in some people).
  • Frankincense: good for infections or respiratory congestion.
  • Thyme: strong antibacterial; good for lung congestion.
  • Citruses (orange, grapefruit, mandarin, tangerine): mood-enhancing; can calm overstimulated children.
  • St. John’s Wort: good for ear infections.
  • Rose: treats hay fever, asthma, and nausea; calming.
  • Sage: a decongestant; treats throat and mouth infections.