Essential Oils and Children

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And this applies to ALL BRANDS of essential oils, even “therapeutic grade” or essential oils that are “GRAS” or “safe for ingestion.” Read: Name Games.

What Essential Oils Can I Use On or Around My Children?

I get asked frequently about the “avoid” list above and what that means as far as what essential oils CAN be used. The short answer is: any of the ones not listed there (or on the “never to buy” list), as long as they are diluted properly.

But to give you some ideas, here are some of the essential oils are are safe to use on and/or around children 2 years or older (if younger, hydrosols and/or herbs are a better idea):

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Blue Tansy
  • Cedarwood
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Frankincense
  • German Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper Berry
  • Helichrysum
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Neroli
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Pines -except Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), or Huon Pine (Dacrydium franklinii)
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sandalwood
  • Siberian Fir Needle
  • Spearmint
  • Spruces
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree
  • Vetiver

Want to learn more about aromatherapy and children? Take the Aromatherapy for Natural Living Course – I did! :)


Lea Harris is a Certified Aromatherapist with Advanced Graduate training from Aromahead Institute in July 2013, but she is not a doctor. Please consult a trained aromatherapist or your doctor before using any of the suggestions on this website, as the user's age and health conditions must be taken into account before using. The information contained in this website is for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.

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