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mother and son inhaling essential oils

It is safe to use aromatherapy with children two years and older when you follow the safety guidelines for inhalation or topical application.  Storing the essential oils safely is a primary concern with this age group. Many essential oils smell like familiar foods, so children may try to drink the oils. They may also think the oils are a lotion or perfume and try to slather them all over their bodies, potentially getting into their eyes and nose. Always keep oils in a safe place and out of reach.

Below are some of the most helpful uses of aromatherapy with this age group.


If your child is prone to tantrums, lavender, bergamot, and chamomile might help. 

It can be helpful to start the diffuser 20 minutes before a transition time, i.e., getting ready to leave for the day or when returning home in the evening.


Sleep is often challenging with children. Starting a bedtime routine that includes aromatherapy could be helpful, especially if you include the child in creating the routine. A few oils to help with sleep include lavender, ylang ylang, chamomile, and frankincense. 

Try starting your diffuser 30 minutes before bedtime to start your routine. If you have one of these oils diluted in a carrier oil, teach your child to rub some oil on their feet or maybe give them a foot massage while telling a bedtime story.

Growing pains

Children are growing rapidly, which can cause growing pains. Aromatherapy paired with light massage can work wonders for soothing their aching pains. 

Oils such as marjoram, chamomile, and frankincense can help alleviate muscle tension and promote relaxation. We recommend purchasing a pre-blended oil that is already diluted in a carrier oil. Remember, less is more.

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