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If you want to use essential oils for children, remember aromatherapy blends need to be more diluted 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.
For young children, in Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child, aromatherapist Valerie Ann Worwood recommends adding the following number of drops of essential oil to one ounce (2 tablespoons) carrier oil:
Always spot test a new essential oil or aromatherapy blend on your child before using it extensively.
In Healing With Aromatherapy, aromatherapist Marlene Ericksen recommends:
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Blend all ingredients in either a one-ounce (30-ml) spray bottle or a flip-top bottle. If you use the flip-top bottle, use a piece of cotton to dab some the gel onto the wound. Source: Aromahead
To make a soothing oil to massage your child, (ages 2 to 12), try this blend adapted from The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook for Everyday Wellness:
For under age 2, reduce the essential oils to 6 drops lavender and 3 drops Roman chamomile.
For digestive upsets, Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art suggests this blend for tummy massage:
You can also use essential oils for children to help keep them healthy.
To prevent colds, add 2 drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil (diluted in a tablespoon of carrier oil or milk) to every bath. You can also diffuse eucalyptus during the night.
See suggestions for using essential oils for earaches.
For lymphatic swelling around the neck, including swollen tonsils and mumps, make a warm lavender compress:
For sleep, Aromatherapy for Natural Living suggests diffusing this blend:
For a waterless hand cleanser, blend 10 drops lavender into 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) aloe vera gel in a squeeze or pump bottle.
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