Orange and lavender are easy essential oils that children love!
There are some oil blends that are better than others for children.
I have asthmatics in my family, so Eucalyptus globulus is one oil that I use a substitute for often. In the beginning of my training as a certified aromatherapist that I discovered that my daughter gets a tight chest from smelling the eucalyptus oil. Any time I am using an oil that has any 1,8-cineole, I have her smell the cap from slight distance to see if it causes her to tighten in the chest.
I learned this method from Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute. The Aromahead approach is not to use oils high in 1,8-cineole on children under 5 and used with caution on children between ages 5-10.
It’s easy to substitute oils for Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus).
For children under 5 years old, with Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) or (Cedrus atlantica).
Oils that are easy to use for children–
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) I currently have this version of cedarwood in my box. It is good for respiratory inhalers for children and asthmatic adults.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) This oil smells like an orange peel! Of course kids love it, it’s uplifting and makes everyone smile. Using sweet orange oil is great because it has no phototoxic issues like other citrus. I covered that in the Fun in the Sun blog-check it out: https://justessentialstoday.com/fun-in-the-sun-with-essential-oils
Orange-Rose skin cream for children
1 oz. (28 grams) unscented body cream
4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) oil
1 drop Rose Absolute (Rose damascene)
Add drop by drop to cream, blending after each addition.
Blend well. At a 1% dilution, this is a great smelling body cream.
Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) is almost everyone’s favorite go-to oil. There are other lavenders and lavandins; Spike lavender (Lavendula latifolia) has 13% camphor—has a more herbal aroma than Lavender. It is an easy inhaler to use for alleviating headaches, promoting sleep and relaxation.
A few other safety tips for children:
Remember to only use 7-8 drops of oil in an inhaler, taking care with all the Eucalyptus oils.
To be safe, substitute cedarwoods instead. For a dermal product, always remember to test the area,
and use a dilution at 1% for children.