Best Essential Oils for Babies, Youngsters, and Kids

Last Updated on November 11, 2022 by Brenda

essential oils for babies

All babies of all cultures are precious growing and developing as one human race of beings.

As a lover of essential oils, you want to use them for their healing benefits for your baby and young children. But wait—essential baby oils must be carefully chosen for your little one’s delicate and sensitive skin and internal organs.

Essential oils for babies and youngsters must be diluted and not used right out of the bottle. Never dilute the essential oils with water; use only carrier oils to thin the strong properties of essential oils.

essential oils for kids

Never apply essential oils internally with babies or you either. For adults, I suggest the knowledge and wisdom of an aromatherapist. These wonder plants of nature are concentrated, and one drop is equal to 15- to 40-cups of therapeutic medicinal tea.

In babies and children, seizures can occur, and they can be toxic to the nervous system. When you use essential oils properly, such as a massage oil applied topically or vaporized, you should be safe. If you want to use inhalants, this vaporizer is a good choice and this humidifier/vaporizer is a larger different brand.

The unusual thing about essential oils is that they can be equally calming and stimulating. One person might feel restless while another person might feel soothed using the same essential oil. Adaptogens is the name given to essential oils that adapt to each individual for their needs.

Using Essential Oils in Baby’s Nursery

Using Essential Oils in Baby’s Nursery

You moms want to use products you can trust with your babies. Using essential oils in a non-toxic way gives you self-confidence that your baby is in safe hands—you parents.

Diluting Essential Oils for Baby and Youngsters

Use the best brands of 100% pure essential oils that you have learned to trust. Young Living recommends these dilution rates.

Ages 0-1—8 drops of carrier oil or vegetable oil to 1 drop of essential oil and if there is no bad reaction, you can try 7 drops of carrier oil.

Ages 2-6—3 drops of vegetable oil to 1 drop of essential oil.

Ages 7-11—1 drop of carrier oil to 1 drop of essential oil.

Ages 12+—Full labeled concentration.

Make sure to do a patch test on your child’s leg or arm and if there is no reaction such as a rash or redness, then you can almost certainly able to use it.

Safe Essential Oils for Babies and Youngsters

Consult with an aromatherapist or medical professional before using essential oils on children under two-years of age. Hot essential  oils such as Cinnamon, Clove Bud, and Oregano should be diluted to 0.5%, and you should avoid using these on children under 10-years of age. Essential oil safety is a must.

Safe Essential Oils for Babies and Youngsters

As a mom or dad, your children are going to be sick sometimes and there are things you can do to lessen their miserable feelings.

You feed them nutritious food and take them to the pediatrician for immunizations so that they don’t need to suffer from German measles, for instance, in today’s world.

Many essential oils are safe for sick babies and youngsters. Whether they get a cold, a scratch, or tummy ache, use these essential oils listed below to help your children feel better.

Absolutely make sure to avoid using essential oils on babies less than 3-months old and always do a patch test.

Essential oils should not be used by pregnant or breast-feeding women. Use only with a certified aromatherapist or check with your doctor.

Babies 3+ Months old, Topically and Diffusers

The limit that is recommended for babies 3+ months old on their skin should not be more than 1 to 2 drops of essential oils per ounce of carrier oil.

  • Chamomile, Roman(Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Chamomile, German(Matricaria rectutita)

These two types are good essential oils for babies with colic or constipation. Like lavender oil, Chamomile oils are known for their calming properties. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and is good for ear infections. It’s rather costly, so use it sparingly.

Mix 1 drop in a teaspoon of base and rub the baby’s tummy using clockwise motions to settle him down and sleep.

Rub the mixture on the baby’s temples and add 2 drops of the essential oil to an ultrasonic diffuser that uses H20 to dilute without the carrier oil that will clog it.



Dill(Anthum graveolens)

The Plant Therapy® Tummy-Aid Synergy Blend contains the pure essential oils of Dill Seed and Sweet Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) plus more blends. Mix 1 drop in a teaspoon of base oil and rub baby’s tummy using clockwise motions to settle him down and sleep.

Rub the mixture on baby’s temples and add 2 drops of the essential oils to an ultrasonic diffuser that uses H20 to dilute without the vegetable oil that will clog it.

Lavender(Lavendula angustifolia)

Lavender essential oils are antibacterial and antiviral to soothe and calm and is useful to boost immunity. Hopefully, your baby will not get a sunburn and that is  Lavender oil is great on.

Mix 1 drop in a teaspoon of base oil and rub the baby’s tummy using clockwise motions to settle him down and sleep.

Rub the mixture on baby’s temples and add 2 drops of essential oils to an ultrasonic diffuser that uses H20  to dilute without the carrier oil that will clog it.

Yarrow, Blue(Achillea millefolium)

Blue yarrow is the color of your baby’s eyes or the color of the sky if your baby has brown, green, or hazel eyes. It is a sweet and green herbaceous woody fragrance with a note of camphor that disappears after it’s dry.

It is calming and soothes skin before bedtime and is full of therapeutic properties. A little goes a long way

Mix 1 drop in a teaspoon of base oil and rub the baby’s tummy using clockwise motions to settle him down and sleep.

Rub the mixture on the baby’s temples and add 2 drops of the essential oils to an ultrasonic diffuser that uses water to dilute without the vegetable oil that will clog it.

Babies 6+ Months, Topically and Diffusers

Make sure to research essential oils you want to use with your baby and young children. The limit that is recommended for any baby 6+ months on their skin should not be more than 3 to 5 drops of essential oils per ounce of base oil, and maybe less.

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)

These orange smelling essential oils is used for topical massages with carrier oils for babies. Skin is sensitive to the sun with Bergamot. Use for calming your baby for a calming nap or at bedtime.

Mix 3-5 drops in an ounce of base oil and rub baby’s tummy using clockwise motions to settle him down and sleep.

Rub the mixture on the baby’s temples and add 3-4 drops of the essential oils to an ultrasonic diffuser that uses water to dilute without the vegetable oil that will clog it.

Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)

Only use these essential oils in an ultrasonic diffuser. It causes skin irritation. They should be carefully diluted with a base oil such as Jojoba, Grapeseed, Olive, or Almond Oil before using it. Consult an essential oils book or other professional reference sources for suggested dilution ratios.

Cinnamon Leaf is a better choice for applying to the skin of babies and adults.

Children 2-Years and Older, Skin and Diffusers

Plant Therapy KidSafe Nighty Night Essential Oil

Plant Therapy® makes their Nighty Night blend formulated by Robert Tisserand, the aromatherapy specialist, for children ages 2- to 10-years. Mr. Tisserand’s books offer a plethora of tips for using essential oils. Check out his book, The Art of Aromatherapy.

This blend contains 100% pure, undiluted essential oils of Lavender, Marjoram, Cedarwood Atlas, Patchouli, Clary Sage, Chamomile Roman, and Blue Tansy safe for younglings.

Simply apply to your children’s chest or all over the body with a 2% dilution rate using your favorite carrier oil a half-hour before your children’s bedtime.

For a soothing bath to calm your children, add 3 drops of the blend to 1/2-cup of Epsom salt and 3 tablespoons of base oil to a warm bath. Use your diffuser to run all night long on the 30-seconds on/off mode.

A great ultrasonic diffuser for this that won’t fall off your children’s furniture is the InnoGear cool-mist upgraded 150 mL aromatherapy essential oil diffuser that will run all night and shut off automatically when the water is low. You can read more about the InnoGear here.

Your children will love the 7 different colored LED lights and feel better in the morning.

Note: Do not use nebulizer diffusers with kids. They use no water and only pure essential oils that are too strong and intense!

Rocky Mountain Oils makes a super Kids Line Complete Kit that you and your young ones will fall in love with.

With the convenience of having topical skin safe blends for toddlers 2-years and older, RMO designed this set for issues facing your child each day.

When your child comes home with abrasions from falling off the merry-go-round or swing, or restless sleeping, these oils will come to your rescue.

Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Peppermint is wonderful for easy breathing and any respiratory problems and tummy health for your children 2-years and older. It repels bugs if flies are bothering your youngster.

It will cool a fever and act as a decongestant with colds.  This very strong oil should be because it goes a long way.

Use in a carrier oil such as the ones listed below or put 3-4 drops in an ultrasonic essential oils diffuser that uses H20.

NOW® Foods

Now Foods Variety Moisturizing Oils Sample

NOW® Foods has a 3-pack 4-ounces each of base oils that you can use to see what’s your favorite. I like all 3 of these and many more and they are in plastic bottles.

They are a 100% pure moisturizing oil to blend with your essential oils, are nourishing for your skin and your babies too.

Jojoba is not only good for your child’s skin, it’s good for the hair as well. It penetrates the skin and closely resembles human sebum (oil).

Avocado absorbs quickly and is not greasy. It’s good for dry skin and lips. The high contents of omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 fatty acids can assist with skin problems as well.

Sweet Almond oil is 100% pure, is hexane-free, and safe for all sensitive skin. It is a source of vitamin E and phytosterols for radiant skin. It’s useful in your child’s bath and is relaxing. It’s wonderful to remove mom’s mascara and makeup too.

If you want a greasy oil, that would be olive vegetable oil. I don’t care for the greasiness, but many people do because it soaks in.

Other Essential Oils for Babies and Kids

Essential oils are highly concentrated and should never be used full-strength right from the bottle. Never use it this way for your baby and your skin either. Therefore, make sure to get two things

1. 100% pure essential oil
2. Your favorite carrier oil

Remember that essential oils are volatile meaning they will catch fire if close to open flames. Being unpredictable, they can explode.

Always keep them in a cool dry place or storage box.

Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)

Tea tree oil is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial essential oil. They are safe to use for cuts, scrapes, burns, bug bites, and as a bug repellent. Mix 1 drop with 2 teaspoons of carrier oil for rubbing on your child’s skin.

Use it for healthy hair for your children with its medium-strength fresh and herbaceous aroma.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus is safe and famous as a decongestant for stuffy noses and respiratory problems. It will open airways and clear up breathing issues.

It will bring down fevers, is antibacterial and antifungal with a strong woodsy scent being sweet.

These essential oils are another adaptogen used for bad breath, colds, flu, and other respiratory distress. Put 1 drop into 1 ounce of carrier oil and rub directly on your child’s temples, wrists, feet, and aching muscles and let the cooling, tingling effect calm after your youngster’s stressful day feeling ill.

Rose Otto (Rosa damascena)

The Plant Therapy® brand, and there are few producers of the Damask Rose oil from Bulgaria, is excellent. The 100% pure 10% diluted essential oils are high-quality and are beneficial for treating hay fever, asthma, and other allergies your child might have.

The dilution is with 100% sunflower seed carrier oil due to the strength of this oil and a little goes a long way. Use 1 drop of oil with 2 ounces of base oil.

It takes many rose petals to make a bottle of this oil, so it is more costly but worth it. The heavenly rose fragrance is comforting to the senses of all kids and adults as well. It is gentle on the skin used with a carrier oil.

Ailments and Health

Ailments and Health

Steam will open up clogged sinus passages, help sore throats, and stuffy hard mucus coated nose membranes.

Steam InhalationSteam Inhalation

This is an old school method that was and still is used for sick young ones and it works. Boil a pot of water and add 2 to 3 drops only of 100% pure essential oils after the water is removed from the stove. Sit your child down at a table or in the highchair if younger, cover his head and bowl with a large bath towel and inhale. The towel must cover the face and bowl completely.

Put 10 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil into 1 quart of boiled hot water after removing it from the stove. Get your child inhale the steam deeply for 5- to 10-minutes. Be careful that no one gets burned with the hot water.

You might want to purchase a humidifier to run in your infant or child’s room at night when they are sleeping.

Cuts, Scrapes, Abrasions, Scratches

Cuts, Scrapes, Abrasions, Scratches

Make a salve, balm, lotion, or cream to appease your child with 1 drop of Tea Tree essential oil and 1 drop of Lavender oil to 1/4-cup of liquid Coconut oil. Let it harden and use it as needed for a massage at bedtime. Coconut oil has been known to help in healing wounds.

It will feel soothing and heal the wound too.

Always clean the area with rubbing alcohol, and oh how that stings, but it needs to be done to remove bacteria and dirt.

Bath Time

An invigorating bath for the morning after your baby or child has had breakfast is to put about 5-6 drops of any Citrus essential oil into the baby’s bathtub. Can’t make up your mind? Try the 6 Citrus Sampler Kit.

Mix it up with your hands and bathe your child as you always do use your baby soap and baby shampoo.

Give your child some toys and see them splashing and fun he or she is enjoying

Rinse your baby or youngster with warm water and towel dry.

For do-it-yourself cleaning purposes, bugs out, and more ways to use essential oils without a diffuser, watch this video. You can use any brand, yet the commentator likes Young Living as her choice.

Final Thoughts Using Essential Oils for Kids

I hope you enjoyed this article and drop me a note below in the comments to tell me what you tried.

Did your baby or youngster feel better? What brands of essential oils do you like best and use most often?

Remember, less is more, and never use added drops of oils.

Keep essential oils away from pets and birds, always do a patch test!.

Feel welcome to leave your comments and questions below and I will reply to each one of you. Come back often to our website for more updates and useful information.


Welcome to my blog! I am Brenda Star and I am a true believer that Nature is fascinating and enchanting. The history of herbs and their uses are captivating. I have always wondered how did the ancient people know—how did they come to understand what a plant would do. They did not experiment in a lab because those technologies did not exist. That wisdom will always be a mystery to me. More about me...