Much like sponges, kids are also physically absorbent, making them more sensitive to materials than adults. Since their skin is thinner and more porous, they are more sensitive to the effects of essential oils on their skin. Because of this, it’s very important to gradually introduce your child to essential oils. This ensures that your child can safely enjoy the therapeutic effects of essential oils without the risk of irritating sensitive skin, allergies, side effects, or simply just not enjoying smell!
To start, you can introduce your child to essential oils by doing a small spot test on a patch of your child’s skin. Dilute one drop of essential oil with one tablespoon of carrier oil, and apply to a small patch of skin. If they do not exhibit any side effects, gradually increase to one drop of essential oil diluted in two teaspoons of carrier oil. From there, you can dilute the oils to use topically for your child, or diffuse them as you would normally!
For more tips on diluting your essential oils with carrier oil, click here.