Aromatherapy for Children

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What is aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy refers to the practice of using natural oils, sourced from parts of plants: flowers, stems, barks, leaves and roots to enhance psychological and physical health status. Classified as alternative medicine, aromatherapy can be incorporated alongside standard therapy.

Application in children

The use of aromatherapy in children has well been documented and deemed very helpful in addressing various childhood related illnesses and conditions.   Quite a significant number of conditions relating to childhood morbidity benefit from aromatherapy.


However aromatherapy in children must be approached with utmost caution. First, it’s important to understand that children’s body systems are not as mature as adults. Depending on their ages, their lungs are still growing, their skin is still immature and is more sensitive.


Again it’s paramount to consider the amount of oils that children can handle. Dilutions will be based upon the child’s age and weight.  The dosages in children need to be adjusted as the adult ranges may be harmful to them.  A good example of this is the use of essential oils in an oil burner, whilst 8-12 drops is the standard amount suggested for adults, small children could actually be over-stimulated same dosage.

What essential oils are suitable to use?

  • Chamomile Roman - Digestive, useful for children with difficult passing bowels/ constipated.
  • Lavender - Antibacterial as well as antiviral.
  • Tea tree - Has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
  • Peppermint oil - Digestive aid, useful in colic and fever too.
  • Eucalyptus oil - Very useful as a decongestant.
  • Frankincense - Anti infectious and also useful in chest tightness.
  • Citrus oils - Have been documented as mood enhancing oil.
  • Sandalwood - Great for sore throats and can be used for sedation purposes.
  • Saint John’s Wort - Useful in treatment of ear infections including otitis media that is quite common in childhood.

What not to use:

This oils should not be applied on children, and if need should only be used with extreme caution.

  • Basil
  • Bay
  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Birch
  • Black pepper
  • Cassia
  • Cedar wood
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clove
  • Costus
  • Cumin
  • Elecampane
  • Eucalyptus globulus ( in some exceptions used on children)
  • Fennel
  • Fir
  • Ginger
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lemon verbena
  • Lemongrass
  • Melissa
  • Nutmeg
  • Oak moss
  • Orange
  • Oregano
  • Parsley seed
  • Pimento berry
  • Pine
  • Tagetes

Conditions manageable by aromatherapy.

Other notable conditions and symptoms that can benefit from aromatherapy include: pimples, asthma, bladder abnormalities, athletes foot, fatigue, headache, autism, dermatitis and so many more.

How to use the essential oils.

They are fairly easy to use. Essential oils require to be diluted in carrier oils in the right combinations. Commonly used carrier oils include, olive oil, sunflower oil, jajoba and sweet almond oils. The combinations depend on what you are using the oils for.


Essential oils should not be taken orally and just like any other meds should be kept far from the reach of innocent children.



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