If you want to use essential oils for children, remember that the aromatherapy recipes need to be more dilute than those for adults. The general recommendation is to reduce dosages and formulas by one-half or more, depending on the child's age, weight, and general sensitivity.
Wound cleaner: Mix 1 drop tea tree oil and 10 drops water. Use to clean the wound.
Insect bites or stings: Apply 1 drop lavender essential oil directly to the bite.
Insect repellent: In a 4-ounce spray bottle, blend 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) water, 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) aloe vera juice or witch hazel, and 24 drops of tea tree oil. Shake well and spray on skin, avoiding the eyes. For older children, you can double the amount of tea tree oil.
Sunburn: Add 6 drops of lavender essential oil to a basin of cool water. Dip a flannel compress into the water, and then apply the compress to the child's skin until the skin temperature drops. Note: Make sure you use only true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia). Lavandin, which is sometimes sold as lavender or used to cut true lavender, may make burns worse.