Essential Oil Remedies for Children: What to Use

May 16th, 2011 by Dionna | 4 Comments
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Today is part 2 of a two part series on essential oils that are effective to use with common childhood illnesses and other concerns. Please see “Essential Oil Remedies for Children: The Basics” for safety tips and other information.1

Essential Oils for Common Childhood Illnesses and Concerns

Below are lists of essential oils and/or EO blends that are effective in relieving common childhood illnesses and other concerns. (Click each link to jump to that topic.) For each topic, any one of the EOs listed will be effective – you do not need to make your own blend of every EO listed.

If you are interested in any of the Young Living blends mentioned here, please contact Sage.

Bonding
Bruises, Cuts, Scrapes, and Scarring
Burns and Sunburns
Colds
Colic
Constipation
Cradle Cap Remedy
Croup
Crying
Diaper Rash
Digestion
Dry Skin
Earache
Fever
Flu
Jaundice
Rashes
Teething and Teeth Grinding
Thrush
Tonsillitis

Bonding

Gentle Baby is an EO blend that helps a mother and baby bond.2

Rub one drop gently on baby’s feet and brush a drop or two over mom’s hair and aura (open palms skimming body surface, head to foot).

Gentle Baby is also effective to use on mama’s belly when pregnant, during labor and delivery, and for after birth-bonding.

Bruises, Cuts, Scrapes, and Scarring

Bruises: Geranium, Lavender, Melrose, PanAway, Thieves3

Applying to bruise as soon after bruising as possible will minimize or eliminate bruising.

Cuts: Cypress, elemi (if infected), Lavender, Melrose, Relieve It, Roman Chamomile, Thieves4

Scrapes: Lavender, Ravensara

Scarring: Frankincense (prevents), Gentle Baby, Hyssop (prevents), Lavender (for burns), Melrose, Rosehip (reduces)

To prevent the formation of scarring, use Frankincense, Myrrh, Hyssop, or Helichrysum.

Burns and Sunburns

Burns: The best thing for burns is to put Lavender on the burn immediately. This often keeps the burn from blistering and takes the burning sensation away almost immediately. Melrose may be used to clean a burn and Purification may be used on burns that become infected. LavaDerm Cooling Mist cools and soothes burns.5

Sunburns: Lavender, Melaleuca, Roman Chamomile.

Any of these oils can be sprayed or rubbed on sunburn. LavaDerm Cooling Mist also cools and soothes burns.

Colds

Cedarwood, Lemon, Melaleuca (ericifolia), Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme

Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp V-6 Mixing Oil (or other carrier oil) with 2 drops Melaleuca (Tea Tree), 1 drop lemon. Massage a little of the blend on neck and chest.

Colic

Bergamot, Ginger, Marjoram, Roman chamomile, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Blend: Combine 2 Tbsp Almond oil (or other carrier oil) with 1 drop Roman chamomile, 1 drop lavender, and 1 drop germanium. Mix and apply to stomach and back.

Burping the baby and keeping the abdomen warm with a warm water bottle will often bring relief.

Constipation

Ginger, Orange, Rosemary

Dilute one drop of any of the above oils with V-6 Mixing oil (or other carrier oil) and massage on stomach clockwise and on feet.

Cradle Cap Remedy

Cedarwood, Geranium, Lemon, Sandalwood

Combine 2 Tbsp Almond oil with one drop lemon and one drop geranium or with one drop cedarwood and one drop sandalwood. Mix and apply a small amount on head.

Croup

Marjoram, Ravensara, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Thyme

Diffuse or dilute with V-6 Mixing Oil (or other carrier oil) to massage on chest. Bundle the baby up and take outside to breathe cold air.

Crying

Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Roman chamomile, Ylang Ylang

Diffuse in air or dilute with V-6 Mixing Oil (or other carrier oil) for massage.

Diaper Rash

Lavender, Roman chamomile

Blend: Combine one drop roman chamomile and one drop of lavender with V-6 Mixing Oil (or other carrier oil) or Genesis Hand and Body Lotion and apply.

Digestion

Lemon, Orange

For sluggish digestion, dilute lemon or orange with a carrier oil and massage on feet and stomach.

Dry Skin

Rosewood, Sandalwood

Dilute one drop of Rosewood or Sandalwood with V-6 Mixing Oil or almond oil and apply to skin.

Earache

Lavender, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Roman chamomile, Thyme

Put a dilute drop of oil on a cotton ball and place in the ear; rub a little bit of dilute oil behind the ear.

Blend: Combine two Tbsp of carrier oil with two drops lavender, one drop Roman chamomile, and one drop Melaleuca (Tea Tree). Put a drop on a cotton ball and put in ear, rub behind the ear and on the ear Vita Flex feet points.

WARNING: NEVER put any essential oil directly in the ear.

Fever

Lavender, Peppermint

Lavender: Dilute in carrier oil and massage baby (back of neck, feet, and behind ears).

Peppermint: Diffuse only – do not apply to child’s body.6

Flu

Cypress, Lemon, Melaleuca ericifolia, Thieves

Dilute one drop of each in one Tbsp bath gel base for a bath.7

Diffuse Thieves.

Jaundice

Geranium, Lemon, Rosemary

Dilute with carrier oil and apply on the liver area and on the liver Vita Flex feet points.

Rashes

Lavender, Roman chamomile, Sandalwood

Dilute with carrier oil and apply to area of concern.

Teething and Teeth Grinding

Lavender, Peace and Calming, Ginger, Marjoram, Melaleuca (Tea Tree)8

Teething: Ginger, Lavender, Marjoram, or Melaleuca (Tea Tree)

Dilute in V-6 Mixing Oil or olive oil and apply to sore gums.

Teeth Grinding: Rub Lavender on feet. Rub Peace and Calming on feet or diffuse in the room.

Thrush

Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Roman chamomile, Rosewood, Thyme

Dilute with carrier oil and apply to roof of mouth.

Tonsillitis

Ginger, Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Roman chamomile

Dilute with carrier oil and apply on the outside of throat.

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  1. Please be aware that nothing in this post constitutes expert or medical advice. You need to trust your own instincts, research, and experiences when using any kind of treatment for your family. Consult a physician or other expert if you have questions about the use of any essential oil. From the Young Living website: This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.
    Additionally, please note that Sage, mentioned herein as a representative of Young Living, has an advertising relationship with Dionna of Code Name: Mama.
  2. Gentle Baby is a blend sold by Young Living Essential Oils. It contains: Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora), Geranium (pelargonium graveolens), palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), lemon (Citrus limon), jasmine (Jasminum officinale), bergamot (citrus bergamia), and rose (Rosa damascena).
  3. PanAway is a blend sold by Young Living Essential Oils. It contains: Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum), clove (Syzygium aromaticum) and peppermint (Mentha piperita). Thieves is also a Young Living Essential Oils blend. It contains: clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus radiata, and rosemary.
  4. Relieve It is a Young Living Essential Oils blend. It contains: Spruce (Picea mariana), black pepper (Piper nigrum) fruit oil, hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) and peppermint (Mentha piperita).
  5. Purification contains: Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus), lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), Melaleuca (Melaleuca alternifolia) lavandin (Lavandula x hybrida), and myrtle (Myrtus communis). Lavaderm Cooling Mist contains: Deionized Water, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Concentrate, Lavandula Angustifolia† (Lavender) Oil, and Ionic Trace Minerals.
  6. Aura Cacia makes an easy and affordable room diffuser.
  7. Young Living makes a bath gel base that contains: Deionized Water, Decyl Glucoside, Coco Betaine, Lauryl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Glycerin, Levulinic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Xantham Gum, Inulin, Sodium Phytate.
  8. Peace and Calming is a Young Living blend that contains: Tangerine (Citrus nobilis), orange (Citrus aurantium), ylang ylang (Cananga odorata), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin) and blue tansy (Tanacetum annuum).

4 Responses to:
"Essential Oil Remedies for Children: What to Use"

  1. MummyinProvence   mummyinprovence

    This is fantastic. Thank you so much! Will be sharing!

  2. Melissa @ The New Mommy Files   vibreantwanderer

    This is such a fabulous resource, Dionna! Thank you!

    One thing I use that I didn’t see on the list: clove oil for teething. I put a few drops in an edible carrier oil and rub it on sore gums for its numbing effect. It works wonders! It’s great for me when I have a toothache, too.

  3. teresa   momgrooves

    I missed the first part of this, but have to go back now. It’s great. Thanks so much for posting it.

  4. This post is great! We have been studying and using essential oils for quite sometime now. They are so awesome!!

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