Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children Part 2

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Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children Part 2

Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children: Children’s Guide Is Continued

Welcome back to the discussion we have discussed some things about Aromatherapy for kids in part 1 of “Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children“.

If you have missed the first part then I recommend that you click here, Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children Part 1, to catch up.

With that out of the way, let us continue.

Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children: Things You Should Know

When using essential oils with your child, it is imperative that you find a reputable supplier of therapeutic-grade essential oils, using organic or wild crafted varieties when possible.

Synthetic copies of oils commonly used in perfumery are not appropriate, and may even be harmful to your child’s health.

To maintain efficacy, essential oils should be kept in dark amber or cobalt glass containers, in a dark and cool location, away from the child’s access.

Wooden storage boxes from craft or ‘Pier One’ type stores can make a nice container for the bottles.

Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For ChildrenYour Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children: Methods of Using Essential Oils

 

There are two methods of using essential oils with your child

INHALATION: through a diffuser, nebulizer, or adding to a humidifier reservoir

and

TOPICAL APPLICATION: diluting the essential oil in a carrier oil and applying topically.

Adding essential oils to a bath combines the two methods, though we will cover it under topical application.

For topical application, essential oils are diluted in varying strengths depending on the use and age of your child.

The concentration can vary from one drop of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil, to a couple of drops per teaspoon of carrier added to a drawn bath, to an equal ratio of carrier and essential oil applied directly to your child’s feet (as in the case of gentle Lavender).

In other words, there is a huge variation in dilution levels depending on the circumstances. Mamas, do your research and then trust your instinct. Only you and your child baby know exactly what is right for your situation.

 

Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children: Dilution Guidelines

General dilution rate guidelines of essential oils in one ounce of carrier oil:

Age of Child and amount of Essential Oil per One Ounce Carrier Oil for Topical/Massage Application:

Newborn (Consult primary care physician before use)

1-3 drops essential oil / ounce
2-6 months
1-3 drops essential oil / ounce
6-12 months
1-4 drops essential oil / ounce
1-4 years (unless very small)
5-8 drops essential oil / ounce
6-7 years
5-10 drops essential oil / ounce
9-12 years
5-12 drops essential oil / ounce
12 years to young adult
10-15 drops essential oil / ounce

 

Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For ChildrenYour Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children: Other Things You Must Consider

DO NOT USE AN ESSENTIAL OIL NEAT (undiluted ) on children’s skin, unless indicated to do so for a specific condition. If your child has very sensitive skin, it is important to test a small area before using a new single oil or blend.

Keep essential oils away form the eyes.

When using citrus oils – orange, bergamot, lemon, tangerine, mandarin, and lime – do not use where the skin will be exposed to sunlight for the next 12 hours.

These oils are considered ‘phototoxic’, and can react from the sun’s rays. They may be used in a bath, however, where they will be washed off the skin when the bath is done.

Essential oils are not to be taken orally (by mouth). When your child is taking medications, reduce the amount of essential oil by half the amount recommended for their age group.

 

Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children: Stay Tuned For Part 3

Thank you for taking out time to read this article and be sure to check out part 3 of this series as we will go deeper into the discussion on Aromatherapy in Your Initial Guide To Using Aromatherapy For Children.

Till then take care and have a great day.

 

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