Essential Oil How To Guide

How to Use Essential Oils Safely With Children

November 8, 2017

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One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is “How Do I Use Essential Oils Safely With My Children”. Essential oils and kids are a wonderful combination. Today, we will help you to navigate how to use essential oils with your children as we know for many it can seem like a scary space. 

Certified Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) essential oils, that have been certified pure, are considered safe and effective for babies and children. When applying to children you will need to dilute the oils because of the sensitive nature of their skin. A good ratio to start with is 1-2 drops of oil with 2 TBSP of fractionated coconut oil. Just a few drops of this diluted mixture will be enough.

Children, especially infants and babies, react more strongly to things than adults do, so more caution is needed when using any type of medicine {and remember essential oils are plant medicines}.  

Remember these simple rules:

  • Introduce one essential oil at a time.
  • Watch for allergic reactions.
  • Do not use oils on babies less than 3 months old.
  • Essential oils should not be used internally on children.




Essential Oil Dilution Guide - Ora Leaders

Essential Oil Dilution Guide


Kids’ skin is more sensitive than adult skin. Even though most oils tend to be non-irritating on the skin (especially on the bottom of the feet, where the skin is thickest).

It’s a great idea to dilute your essential oils in a good carrier oil before applying to children. You still get all the same benefits of using the essential oil neat aka without a carrier oil. dōTERRA’s range of Touch products are great because they are already pre-diluted and ready to go.



Using your oils aromatically is a great way for your children to experience the benefits of essential oils safely. Diffusers in the common areas of the house are great for helping the whole family to fight off any bugs or flu and promoting a happy, energized or relaxed space. It is also completely safe to use a diffuser in your children’s room. Lavender, Balance, Serenity and Breathe are common favorites amongst Ora leader families.

dōTERRA Balance and Serenity Essential Oils for Children Ora Leaders


dōTERRA Balance® and dōTERRA Serenity®These two blends are a parent’s lifesaver! When things are feeling a bit crazy and everyone is a bit worked up, put a few drops of these in the diffuser and everything will become a lot calmer instantly!  For extra support in grounding, dilute these oils with some carrier oil and apply to the soles of the feet.



Here are some of the essential oils that are NOT SAFE to use around children according to Essential Oil Safety:

Under 10 years of age

  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary

Under 6 years of age

  • Anise/Aniseed
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel (bitter), Fennel (sweet) 
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Under 2 years of age

  • Anise/Aniseed
  • Cassia 
  • Clove Bud, Clove Leaf, Clove Stem  
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel (bitter), Fennel (sweet) 
  • Lemongrass  
  • Niaouli
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Verbena (Lemon 
  • Wintergreen
  • Ylang-Ylang
dōTERRA Touch, Peace and Cheer - Essential Oils for Children Ora Leaders

dōTERRA Touch, Peace and Cheer

Hot Tip: Take the guesswork out of dilution with dōTERRA Touch
These products are awesome because they come pre-diluted. Young skin is different from adult skin—it’s thinner, more delicate, and generally more sensitive. It’s a great idea to dilute any essential oils before applying them to children, and this kit takes the mess out of dilution.


dōTERRA Citrus Oils, Lemon, Wild Orange, Grapefruit and Lime - Essential Oils for Children- Ora Leaders

dōTERRA Citrus Oils, Lemon, Wild Orange, Grapefruit and Lime


Kids love the smell of citrus oils. There’s something about them where it feels like it’s sunshine in a bottle! Many families diffuse citrus oils regularly because they are so uplifting and energizing. They really help to get the kids out of bed and are also a great support when homework needs to get done. Be careful using citrus oils topically as they are photosensitive i.e. please avoid sun exposure after applying citrus oils topically!


dōTERRA Correct X Children essential oils use safety - Ora Leaders

dōTERRA Correct X


Hot Tip #2: Natural First Aid with Correct-X®  Cuts, burns, insect bites are all taken care of naturally with Correct X.  Not only is it super effective it is gentle and non-irritating, for sensitive young skin.


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*These products have not been approved by the FDA or TGA and are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease. Please seek advice of a trained health care professional where appropriate, especially if pregnant or breastfeeding. The limited information found on this website is for informational purposes only. You should never rely solely on the information found here and if you have any health condition or illness always seek out the advice of a trained professional.



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