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Essential oils may help your child feel better, reduce stress, and reduce symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, pain, and sleep problems. There are several ways you can use these products to treat your child’s symptoms.
It is important to find a high-quality essential oil. Essential oils are strong chemical mixtures even though they come from natural plant sources. The chemicals in the oil depend on:
Look for these features when shopping for essential oil products:
Avoid using oils that can be toxic. These include sage, wintergreen, camphor, and turmeric.
To ensure safety, the company should provide a safety data sheet on its website. Some companies also provide information about testing by third party labs.
Keep these tips in mind for storing essential oils:
Your child should not drink essential oils or diluted essential oils. Some oils contain substances that are harmful or interact with some medications.
Tell your health care team about essential oil products your child is using. They may interact with your child’s medications.
Read about the oil you will use and understand its risks and benefits.
If you notice any breathing problems, stop using the oil immediately.
Do not use essential oils in children:
Do not use oils near the eyes, nose, or ears.
There are two different ways to use essential oils in aromatherapy: direct inhalation and indirect inhalation.
You can also purchase an aroma stick or essential oil inhalers. Do not share inhalers or let your child re-use an inhaler they used if they had a cold or respiratory infection.
Keep oils and the small parts of the inhaler out of reach for small children who could choke on the parts.
To use as a room freshener, add 1-5 drops of essential oil to a bowl of very hot water. The bowl will release steam that your child can breathe in. Put the bowl where your child cannot reach it or where it could spill.
Keep in mind that steam with the scent can travel all over the room. It could cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, such as those who have asthma or breathing difficulties.
Do not use these methods in public settings such as hospital rooms. This may cause problems for those who have allergies or sensitivities.
Clean and dry to bowl in between uses. Mold and bacteria can grow in the water and cause infection. For this reason, diffusers are not recommended.
Reviewed: March 2022