How to use essential oils on kids

As a mum, I love to bring into my home anything that may improve my children’s wellbeing. Therefore, I couldn’t imagine life without my essential oils. Today alone we have already used over 9 oils and it’s only midday as I am writing this blog.

There are many ways to use oils on kids and the benefits are endless. I have been using this safe natural alternative to improve my children’s health for years now and I couldn’t imagine using anything else.

Using essential oils on kids is very safe as long as you follow the recommended guidelines for essential oil use. It is also important to ensure that you use high-quality pure essential oils. I use DoTERRA as their oils are certified.

Before we get into the different uses for essential oils it’s important that you understand the three main ways essential oils can be used: topically, aromatically, and internally.


Topical use of essential oils refers to applying the oil directly to the skin. Anytime you place essential oils directly onto children’s skin it is extremely important to dilute the oil first. Dilute the essential oil using fractionated coconut oil. As a general rule, I place 1 part oil to 10 parts fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle. See below for other recommended diluting guidelines for a standard roller bottle:

  • Newborn-6 months: 1-2 drops

  • 6 months- 2 years: 1-3 drops

  • 2 -5 years: 2-5 drops

  • 5-12 years: 5-10 drops

  • 13 and up: 15-30 drops

Another way to dilute essential oils is by adding them to lotions or coconut oil to make a balm. For example, I like to add lavender, frankincense, tea tree, and lemongrass to a kid-safe lotion to help get rid of my boy’s eczema.


Another way to use essential oils is aromatically is through a diffuser. A diffuser effectively disperses the oil into the air and is breathed in through the nose where it then travels to the olfactory system and enters the brain, particularly the limbic system which is responsible for emotions. I use essential oils in my kid’s rooms at night time to help them sleep better and during the day to help with their mood.

Children can also use essential oils aromatically by inhaling the oil right out of the bottle. Or you can make a human diffuser by adding a few drops of essential oils into the palm of your hand and cuffing it over your child’s nose. As they inhale, tiny essential oil molecules will enter the body.


The last way to use essential oils is internally, however, I don’t suggest using essential oils internally for children under the age of 13. Personally, I have used essential oils internally on my kids a few times, it is safe but you have to remember that they are extremely pure straight from the bottle. Be sure to use your good judgment and check with your GP before using essential oils internally on your children.

In the few times that I have used essential oils internally on my children, I have ensured to dilute them first. If you don’t want to use a whole drop of oil, you can dip a toothpick into the essential oil you are using and then swirl it into a spoonful of honey or into a glass of water. Other ways to dilute the oil are coconut oil, apple sauce, or rice malt syrup.


When using essential oils topically on children, the best places to apply the oils are on the bottom of their feet, down their spine, back of their neck, or on their chest. Never place essential oils near the eyes or in the ears.

Foot For infants place oil on their clothes close to their chest so they inhale or on the bottoms of their feet as they ‘usually can’t get their feet in their mouths till older. The bottoms of their feet are also less sensitive than other areas. Another benefit to the feet is that every part of the foot corresponds with different zones and systems of the body. When you apply essential oils and pressure to a certain area of the foot, it can support that particular body system. For example, the big toe is responsible for the pituitary, throat, and nose, making it a great place to apply essential oils if dealing with respiratory issues.

Spine The spine has a higher concentration of neurological and arterial activity and has the ability to carry the oil to the nervous system. This area also absorbs the essential oils well, increasing the distribution of the oil throughout the body.

Another positive to applying to the spine is that it is an area they can’t touch. This reduces the risk of children getting essential oils into their eyes and mouths.

Areas of concern You can also apply the oil to the area of concern. For example, if your child has a belly ache rubbing peppermint or Digestzen straight on the belly can help reduce pains. Or if your child has a scratch or grazes their knee you can apply tea tree or Ongaurd straight to the cut or graze.


Essential oils have now become very popular for use around the home and on family members. This rise in popularity has sparked numerous companies to begin distributing their own supplies. Oils can be purchased online, in health stores, cheap stores, supermarkets, etc. However, the problem that still lies is that there is no governing body that regulates the quality of these oils, so basically you have to do your own research. Be sure to find a company you can trust. Investigate how they source their oils, the testing they go through, and the quality. I use DoTERRA as they carry out their own certified pure tested grade chemical testing where each batch of essential oils goes through a battery of physical tests. All of DoTERRA’s oils are tested through a third-party independent lab and they make available all the test results. This process allows you to know that the oils you are using are pure and free from any fillers or harsh chemicals

OILS THAT TO USE WITH CAUTION Whilst I believe if you are using high-quality essential oils that are sourced and tested properly, you can use essential oils on children. That being said it’s important to know that there are what’s called “hot” oils which cause a warming sensation and can irritate sensitive skin if applied straight. Further to “hot”oils some citrus oils can also irritate the skin if applied straight. Both these types of oils should be diluted further when used on children. Below are some of the “hot” and citrus oils that are recommended to be diluted further for children.

  • Cassia

  • Cinnamon Bark

  • Clove

  • Oregano

  • Thyme

  • Orange

  • Lemon

  • Grapefruit

  • Lime

  • Tangerine

  • Bergamot

WHAT ARE THE BEST OILS TO USE ON KIDS So many essential oils can be helpful for kids, however, I have a few favourites that I use with my kids. I use lavender at bedtime for it’s calming and relaxing affect, can help with sleep, and is great for the skin. I use the kids collection before school. The kids like to select their oil to apply themselves for the day. I like to spray lavender and wild orange in their hair as it helps prevent nits. We also add peppermint to our hot chocolates and smoothies which helps settle their tummies. To wake everybody up in the morning we diffuse any of the citrus oils to promote positive emotions. And as my little one suffers from eczema we apply a blend of lavender, frankincense, tea tree, and lemongrass in lotion at night. My youngest also suffers from asthma to during the winter months, I diffuse easy air and eucalyptus to help with his respiratory issues.

So hopefully you have learnt enough now to feel more confident in using essential oils on children. The benefits are endless and you can find comfort in knowing that your are using a natural alternative to your children's wellbeing. If your ready to begin your essential oil journey check out the starter kits available at DoTERRA.

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