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Essential Oil Guidelines for Babies and Children
Essential Oil Guidelines for Babies and Children

General Guidelines

Quality: The quality of the essential oils matters. Choose premium-quality oils for all applications.
Dilute: Essential oils are typically diluted for babies. For a newborn, a good starting point would be 1-2 drops essential oil with 1-ounce of an organic carrier oil, such as Coconut or Olive oil. Less dilution may be acceptable depending on the need. Use less dilution as they mature.
Test: Always test your application on yourself first and then on a very small area on your baby to be sure their skin will tolerate it.
Ouch!: If the dilution rate is not adequate, the baby's skin may redden and become hot. Dilute this effect by adding more carrier oil. Water does not dilute or reduce the effect but rather may intensify it.
Chronic Illness: For chronic issues, when you'll be applying the oils for a length of time for a chronic condition, consider using more dilution. Essential oils are metabolized and eliminated in 1-2 hours, so reapplication for acute needs may be beneficial every couple hours. You can apply a couple drops to the bottom of one foot then rub the bottoms of feet together to avoid getting the oil on your hand. Cover feet with socks.
Infection: Apply diluted oil to the bottoms of the baby's feet.
Respiratory: Apply diluted oil to the baby's chest and/or back.Diffusers

Diffusing
- Diffusing the oils in a baby's room is an effective way for the baby to inhale the healing molecules, providing anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
- There is no need to blast the room. Run the diffuser so that when you walk in, the essence of the aroma is noticeable, but not overpowering.


Quick-glance, printable chart: General Guidelines for Essential Oil Usage on Babies and Young Children

Common Childhood Health Issues

Important Notes:
+ Use diluted essential oils unless otherwise noted.
+ Blends marked with * indicate blends by Heritage Essential Oils.
+ Some topics below are linked to more general information that includes testimonies. Click on the health issue topic (for example the word "bronchitis"), or click on the green "Health Issues" tab at the top of the website to view additional information.

Dilution: The skin and organs of a newborn are very tender, and it seems best to use these potent essential oils with the greatest dilution possible to achieve the desired results. With this as the basis of usage, consider the need and follow what you feel as the Lord leads. The essential oils mentioned can generally be used with less dilution without any harm. Always test your application on yourself first and then a very small area on your baby to be sure their skin will tolerate it.

Thyme ct. linalool: Thyme essential oil is generally not considered suitable for small children, so we use Thyme with the chemotype (ct.) linalool, which is mild and excellent for use on children.

Lavender: Be sure to only use a premium quality Lavendula angustifolia.

Worwood Blends: Valerie Worwood is a well-known aromatherapist and author of the British "school." Some of her beneficial formulas are listed below, but please don't feel restricted by these. Use them as guides. If you only have two of the oils she uses, then adjust the formula to accommodate what you have on hand. Some of the information and formulas are taken from Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Ann Worwood, 2000.


Bronchitis

Bronchitis
Niaouli, Eucalyptus Radiata, Myrtle, Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool,
Respiratory Relief,* Lung Healing*
Bronchitis Blend (by Valerie Worwood):
1 drop Niaouli
1 drop Eu. Radiata
1 drop Thyme ct. linalool
2 drops Myrtle
Dilute in about 1-teaspoon carrier oil and apply to back and chest over the lung area.
Diffuse: Choose one or a combination of the essential oils above to diffuse.
Suppository: Pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and lung congestion respond very quickly to essential oils when delivered by suppositories. The essential oils bypass the liver and are fed directly into the heart-lung circulatory system. Thus, they reach the lower bronchial capillaries in their original lipophilic and volatile state, still capable of eliminating pathogenic microorganisms and dissolving and expectorating mucus. If helpful, a suppository can be used every 1-2 hours as needed. A quick way to use a suppository is to put 1-3 drops of Lung Healing blend, Rosemary ct. verbenone, Myrtle or another mild oil of choice into an empty capsule and fill the rest full with a carrier oil such as Olive or Castor oil. Lubricate the capsule liberally and insert. Lie down or recline for about 30 minutes as the essential oils dissolve the capsule and move into the lungs. Always test your application on yourself before you apply to your child. Adjust the dilution if needed.
Suppository for a Baby:
Put 1 drop essential oil (choose a mild one such as Rosemary ct. verbenone, Mytrle or Lung Healing*) into a capsule and fill with a carrier oil (such as virgin Coconut oil or Olive oil). Lubricate well, and with the baby's knees bent to the chest, gently insert. Try to allow the baby/child to remain at rest about 30 minutes while it dissolves. If noticeably effective, repeat when/if the improvement wanes. Since essential oils are eliminated out of the body tissues in 1-2 hours, a suppository can be inserted every 1-2 hours as needed.1

Bruises
Lavender, Geranium, Helichrysum (Blend*), BruisEase*
(See dilution note above under General Guidelines.)
Gently apply to bruised tissue.

Burns (superficial from heat)
Lavender, German Chamomile, Helichrysum (Blend*), Skin Restore Spray*
Lavender - Be sure to only use a premium-quality Lavendula angustifolia. Immediately cool the skin with cold water (not ice) for about 10 minutes and then apply Lavender neat (undiluted). Keep burns moist to help them to heal more quickly. Skin Restore Spray* allows you to keep the burn moist without disturbing it by touching when applying.

Chicken Pox
Lavender, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Skin Restore Spray*
Baking Soda Bath: Add a few drops of essential oils to 1-cup baking soda and then to bath water.
Oatmeal Bath: Put a handful of raw oatmeal into a cloth and close securely. Drop about 8-10 drops essential oils onto the material, and let the water run over the ball as it fills the tub.
Chicken Pox Spray: Dilute with additional Aloe Vera for very small babies.
¼ cup distilled Witch HazelChicken Pox
¼ cup Aloe Vera - check the ingredients on the label
20 drops Lavender essential oil
7 drops Lemon essential oil
7 drops Bergamot essential oil
3 drops Peppermint essential oil
Use a glass spray bottle and shake well before each use. Test on a small area first to be certain it will be a blessing and not at all irritating. Avoid eyes and mucus membranes.

Colds and Runny Nose
Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Ravensara, Eucalyptus Radiata, Manuka, Niaouli, Myrtle, Lavender, Respiratory Relief,* Lung Healing,* Mom's Remedy (Vicks alterative)*
Apply a diluted combination of essential oils or a single oil to bottoms of feet, back, throat and chest.
(See dilution note above under General Guidelines.)
Diffuse: Choose one or a combination of the essential oils above to diffuse.

Cold Sores / Fever Blisters
Manuka, Tea Tree, Lavender, Melissa, Ravensara, Geranium, Thyme ct. linalool, German Chamomile
Use a fresh cotton swab to apply. All the above except Thyme ct. linalool can usually be applied as described with a cotton swab undiluted on a child over age two.

ColicColic
Cardamom, Peppermint, Digestion Support*
Colic Blend
2 TB Jojoba or another Carrier oil
3 drops Lavender
3 drops Cardamom
3 drops Fennel
3 drops Ginger
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops German Chamomile
Apply diluted to abdomen (see dilution note above).
Something to consider about the possible nature of gas pain: the specific terminology of what is going on internally may not be correct, but moms who have tried this have all reported improvement.
Consider this scenario:
1. Mom nurses baby at 9 o'clock.
2. Baby begins to fuss at about 11 o'clock, so mom thinks she should nurse again, thinking, "He must be hungry." But the reality is that the 9 o'clock feeding is just about digested, and her baby needs to wait another hour until his tummy is empty.
3. Mom nurses baby at 11 o'clock so this puts fresh milk in with almost digested milk. The almost digested milk must now hang around in the tummy until the 11 o'clock nursing is digested, and it begins to sour.
4. The soured milk causes gas, and baby cries because he's so uncomfortable. Mommy thinks baby must be hungry and nurses again.
5. This adds more fresh milk to almost digested milk and soured milk. The soured milk causes all the milk to go "bad" and creates more gas and more crying, and mommy thinks he's hungry and needs to nurse again.
6. This cycle goes on and on until mommy realizes that she must make her miserable baby wait at least 3 hours between feedings, and then baby is relieved and the colic disappears.

Constipation
Peppermint, Fennel, Cardamom, Digestion Support*
Gently massage diluted essential oils over the abdomen as needed (see dilution note above under General Guidelines).

Coughs
Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Niaouli, Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, German Chamomile, Lung Healing,* Respiratory Relief*
Cough Mix (by Valerie Worwood)
10 drops Ravensara
10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
5 drops Niaouli
Age guideline for this blend:
Under 2 years - 4 drops in a TB of carrier oil
2-7 years - 6 drops in a TB of carrier oil
8-11 years - 8 drops in a TB of carrier oil
Use a small amount each time. Apply to chest and back.

Cradle Cap
Lavender, Cedarwood, Geranium, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Orange, Lemon, Baby Skin Spray*
Cradle Cap Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
In a 1-oz glass bottle, mix:
½ oz Avocado oil or suitable carrier oil
½ oz Jojoba oil or suitable carrier oil
1 drop Tea Tree
1 drop Orange
1 drop Lemon
Use a small amount each time and gently smooth over the scalp to help loosen scales. Leave on for a few minutes and then shampoo off with a mild, natural shampoo. (Avoid shampoos and products with ingredients you can't pronounce.) Be careful to avoid the baby's eyes and face.

Croup
Niaouli, Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, Palmarosa, Eucalyptus Radiata, Myrtle, Respiratory Relief,* Lung Healing*
Croup Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
15 drops Niaouli
15 drops Ravensara
10 drops Thyme ct. linalool
10 drops Palmarosa
Dilute 10 drops of this blend with 1-TB of a carrier oil. Using a small amount, massage chest and back.

Cuts and Scrapes
Lavender, Tea Tree, Manuka, Niaouli, Pine, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Helichrysum (Blend*), First Aid Blend*
Helichrysum (Blend*) is known to stop excessive bleeding.Cuts and Scrapes
Add 5 drops each of Lavender and Tea Tree to warm water to wash the wound.
Add 1 drop each of Lavender and Tea Tree to a band-aid or gauze.
Healing Blend
10 drops Helichrysum (Blend*)
8 drops Manuka or Tea Tree
6 drops Lavender
5 drops Myrrh
4 drops Patchouli
1 oz Carrier oil (Virgin Coconut oil is a good choice)

Diaper Rash
Lavender, Tea Tree (esp. for Candida/yeast), Roman and German Chamomile, Geranium, Manuka, Palmarosa, Yarrow, Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, Tender Skin Spray* or Tender Skin Salve*
Diaper Rash Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
3 oz Jojoba oil
1 oz Olive oil
Worwood suggests that you heat these oils and then let them return to room temperature. Once cool, add:
8 drops German Chamomile
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Ravensara
8 drops Tea Tree, especially if you suspect it is caused by yeast/candida
Apply a small amount at each diaper change until the rash heals completely. Try to avoid the penis, testicles or vulva area. Do not use undiluted essential oils on cuts or cracks in the skin. Comfrey/Calendula Salve* would be a better choice for raw areas or cracks in the skin.

Infection: Colloidal silver can be applied with essential oils added.
Candida: Active yogurt (non-flavored) can be applied with essential oils added, 15 drops essential oil to 1-ounce plain, unflavored yogurt.

Diarrhea
Lavender, Basil, Cypress, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Thyme ct. linalool, Tea Tree, Digestion Support*
Apply diluted essential oil to the abdomen (see dilution note above under General Guidelines).

Earaches and Infections
Lavender, Ledum, Roman Chamomile, Niaouli, Juniperberry, Thyme ct. linalool, Marjoram, Tea Tree, Helichrysum (Blend*), Earache Blend,* Ear Infection* blend
Never put essential oils into the ear canal
Dilute about 3 drops essential oil in 1-teaspoon of carrier oil. Gently massage around the back of the affected ear, outside the ear, on the side of the head and down the throat (as encouraging the ear to drain).
Put a drop or two of essential oil on a cotton ball, gently place in ear opening. Replace 3-4 times daily as needed. Do not use this method if your child might pull the cotton ball out and choke on it.

Eczema
Lavender, German Chamomile, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Bergamot, Elemi, Yarrow, Eczema Spray*Eczema
Eczema Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
Mix these essential oils together:
10 drops Lavender
10 drops German Chamomile
6 drops Palmarosa
2 drops Bergamot
Mix the following carrier oils together:
2 oz Almond oil
1 oz Jojoba oil
6 drops Evening Primrose
(Other carrier oils noted for eczema: Avocado, Calendula Infused oil, Carrot Seed, Emu, Tamanu, Sesame)
In a 4-oz glass bottle, combine the essential oil mix with the carrier oils.
Initially apply a small amount to a very small affected area to see how the skin responds. If any irritation occurs, dilute with more carrier oil or discontinue use.

Bedwetting (Enuresis)
Cypress
Dilute and gently massage onto the child over the bladder before bedtime.
Sometimes bedwetting indicates that the brain does not know where the body is in time and space. Here's a tried and true method that countless families have used to eliminate bedwetting in their children (offered by Julie Meekins with March Forth Family):
Arm and Leg Squeezes: You want their brain to wake up to feel things more appropriately. How do you do that? It is about getting specific stimulation to the brain. Note that I said "specific" not random. There is a great deal of random stimulation (overkill) in our world today; all that does is confuse things.
Our recommendation is this: Every day for about five minutes at a time, several times a day, give your child arm and leg squeezes. Deeply massage all four limbs several times a day, and it will give signals to the brain that will enable the child to know where his or her body is in time and space. We did this activity with our children. Our hyperactive child began to settle down and now is no longer hyperactive. Squeeze just below the pain threshold. You don't want it to hurt, but you want them to feel it. Every child is different in how they feel it. So you will have to experiment with your child. Most children LOVE this activity. Some children have to get used to it at first, but then they begin to request their squeezy time and look forward to it.

Epilepsy (Seizures)
Jasmine Absolute, Neroli, Rose, Petitgrain, Roman Chamomile, Geranium
Dilute 5 drops essential oil with 1-oz carrier oil.
Use a small amount and massage the child's back at bedtime. Use upward strokes toward the neck. Do this twice a week and reduce gradually if the child improves. If what you are using seems to have a positive effect in reducing the incidence of seizures, apply to a handkerchief so the child can inhale it as desired.
(The following oils are generally NOT recommended for use by those with seizure tendencies:
Anise, Camphor, Fennel, Hyssop, Lavandin, Nutmeg, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Spike Lavender and Thuja.)
Kurt Schnaubelt PhD writes that "the much-feared potential of Rosemary oil to induce seizures has so far failed to throw all of Britain into a collective state of epilepsy," thereby expressing his feeling that many of the warnings about Rosemary lack validity.

Fever
Peppermint, Lavender, Tea Tree, Lemon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Roman Chamomile, Spearmint
Add a few drops of essential oils to a bowl of water, dip a flannel compress, squeeze out and place on the child's back for about 5 minutes. Make sure the water is not too cold but pleasantly comfortable to the child. Gently dry the skin and massage with 3 drops essential oils diluted with 1-teaspoon carrier oil. (Peppermint is not typically used on children under 5, but this is not a hard-and-fast rule.) Apply infection-fighting oils to bottoms of feet (see dilution note above under General Guidelines).

Flu
Ravensara, Eucalyptus Radiata, Thyme ct. linalool, Niaouli
Newborn to age 3: 2 drops Ravensara + 1 drop Thyme ct. linalool + 1 teaspoon Almond or a suitable carrier oil
Massage back, chest and bottoms of feet.
Children over 3: Put 1 drop Thyme ct. linalool and 1 drop Ravensara into the palm of one hand and rub hands together. Quickly rub your hands over the child's back and then immediately smooth over the same area with ¼-½ tsp carrier oil. Repeat on the child's chest.
Flu Body Massage (by Valerie Worwood)
½ oz Almond oil
5 drops Thyme ct. linalool
5 drops Ravensara
Use 1-teaspoon to massage the arms and legs as well as the neck, back and front. Avoid genital area.

Diffuse: Choose one or a combination of the essential oils above to diffuse.
In addition to the oils above, consider diffusing Oregano, Cinnamon, Clove, Plague Defense,* Warrior*

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
Thyme ct. linalool, Geranium, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Niaouli, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lavender, Helichrysum (Blend*), Cypress, German Chamomile, Frankincense
Mouth Blister Blend (by Valerie Worwood) - use only if the child knows how to spit it out
1oz Aloe VeraHand Foot and Mouth
1oz Water
1 tsp Raw Honey
1 drop Cypress
1 drop Ravensara
Combine and shake well (the essential oils will float to the top).
Add 1-teaspoon to a 6-oz glass of water.
Have the child rinse their mouth and then spit it out. (Encourage them to avoid getting the water/essential oil on their lips.)
Repeat as often as desired.

Testimonies about using Frankincense for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

Hives
Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum (Blend*)
Apply a small amount of the following anti-inflammatory blend over affected area:
Hives Blend (By Valerie Worwood)
½ oz Almond oil
3 drops German Chamomile
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Helichrysum (Blend*)

Impetigo
Ravensara, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Ravensara, Manuka, Lavender, German Chamomile, Niaouli, Impetigo Blend*

Impetigo is a highly infectious skin infection caused by the bacteria staphylococcus aureus. Bacteria grow on nonliving hosts, such as doorknobs and countertops (as opposed to a virus that requires a living host, such as people). It usually starts as a red area, which can be painful and itchy. After a day or so, the infected area may become crusty with a characteristic golden color. If not treated, the infection becomes more widespread.

Impetigo easily spreads not only from person to person, but the infection can be spread from one area of skin to another on the same person. Wash hands thoroughly after treating the lesion and dispose of used dressings. Wash all clothing, sheets, towels, washcloths in hot water. Adding essential oils to the wash may help prevent spreading of the infection.

Treatment with essential oils is very effective because bacteria cannot form a resistance to an essential oil like it can to an antibiotic.

Impetigo Tea Dab* (by Valerie Worwood)
15 drops Ravensara
15 drops Tea Tree
10 drops Thyme ct. linalool
10 drops Manuka or substitute Tea Tree
Add to 2-oz pure water. Dab over area of concern with a cotton cosmetic pad and repeat as necessary. Dispose of the pad and bandages to prevent spreading of the infection.

Insect Bites
Peppermint, Lavender, German Chamomile, Helichrysum (Blend*), Cedarwood, Geranium, Rosemary ct. verbenone, Thyme ct. linalool
These oils can be used undiluted on the bite depending on the age of the baby and number of bites. Peppermint has a cooling effect that may feel overwhelming if used on a large area of a small child. Dabbed on a few single bites, it should be fine and desirable. Avoid areas where the child might rub it in the eyes.
Prevention: No Bites!*

Lice
Manuka, Tea Tree, Clove, Lavender, Thyme ct. linalool, Eucalyptus Radiata, No Lice!*

No Lice!* Formula
20 drops Tea Tree + 15 drops Lavender + 10 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
Add 10 drops of this blend to 1-TB Jojoba oil and apply it to the scalp.
Make sure you don't get this in the baby's eyes or ears. If you do, add Jojoba or a carrier oil to dilute, not water.
Cover the hair and leave for 2+ hours or overnight.
Follow the combing and rinsing directions below.
Comb
Using a fine-toothed comb, gently comb, wiping the comb between each sweep through the hair. You may want to pass the comb through vinegar each time to help clean the comb. For long hair, you may need to use clips to separate the hair as you comb in sections. When you have combed the whole head, wash the hair over a sink or bathtub with shampoo. (If you do this in a shower, you may not be able to rinse the lice and eggs effectively off your body.) Then use the following rinse.
Rinse
2 ounces vinegar + 2 ounces water + 10 drops No Lice!* essential oil blend
- Shampoo the hair while leaning over a sink or bathtub (not in a shower - you want the lice and eggs to go down the drain, not onto your body).
- Shake the rinse blend very well and then pour the rinse through the hair, making sure it doesn't get into the eyes or ears. For long hair, this may be easier to apply using a peri or similar type bottle.
- Repeat this process a week later to remove any that have hatched out from eggs that remained.

~ The rinse is used after each treatment. The rinse by itself is ineffective. ~

Note:  Jojoba oil is said to dissolve sebum, which may help the essential oils penetrate the insect cuticle faster. Other carrier oils could also be tried, as the insect cuticle is generally soluble to lipids and lipid-soluble compounds. Olive oil overnight on lice eggs prevented the majority of the eggs from developing, but it did not work as effectively with adult lice.

Lyme PreventionLyme
Clothing Deterrent Combo (by Valerie Worwood)
30 drops Citronella
30 drops Lemongrass
20 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
10 drops Peppermint
10 drops Niaouli
Put 1-2 drops on socks, bottoms of pants, hems, shirt cuffs, collars and around brim of hats. It is assumed that while hiking, the child will not be wearing expensive clothing as the essential oils may leave a little mark on the material.
Lyme Prevention Body Oil (by Valerie Worwood)
1 TB carrier oil
2 drops Niaouli
3 drops Lavender
Tick Removal: Apply Thyme ct. linalool or Niaouli to ease a tick out or on the bite site. Apply a drop of essential oil to the back of the tick and give it time to soak in. The tick typically backs out in his effort to escape. Many essential oils will help with this; use what you have but avoid hot essential oils that may irritate the child's skin (such as Oregano and Cinnamon).

Lymph Glands, Swollen
Thyme ct. linalool, Tea Tree, Manuka
A drop of essential oil can be applied on the swollen lymph gland for children 6 years and older. For younger children, dilute 50:50.

Measles/Rubeola
German Chamomile, Niaouli, Thyme ct. linalool, Eucalyptus Radiata, Bergamot, Lavender, Ravensara, Cajeput, Tea Tree
Measles is a highly contagious, airborne, viral infection that is spread through coughing and sneezing. After exposure, the incubation period is approximately 10-14 days.

Oat Bath
Put a handful of raw oats or oatmeal in a piece of material and add:
4 drops German Chamomile
4 drops Lavender
4 drops Ravensara
Secure the bundle and hold it under the faucet as the water fills the tub.

Meningitis
Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Cardamom, Ravensara, Palmarosa, Niaouli, Bacteria Top Gun* (if bacterial), Warrior* (if viral)
This is a life-threatening disease; please consult with your heathcare professional. Use essential oils in foot massage, not all over the body. These essential oils may help lessen the symptoms and can be used alongside conventional treatment. A meningitis rash will stay visible if you press a clear glass against it, whereas most rashes will temporarily disappear.

Mumps
Tea Tree, Lemon, Roman Chamomile, Niaouli, Eucalyptus Radiata, Coriander, Lavender, Ravensara, Helichrysum (Blend*)
Caused by an airborne virus that affects the parotid salivary glands.
Mumps Massage Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
Twice daily, use diluted to gently massage back. Apply to neck without massage.
15 drops LavenderMumps
5 drops Roman Chamomile
5 drops German Chamomile
5 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
Dilute this mixture 1 tsp. with a carrier oil as follows (per Worwood):
Up to 5 years - 3 drops
5 to 8 years - 4 drops
8 and up - 5 drops

Nasal Congestion
Myrtle can be diluted and swabbed in the nostrils for babies and used undiluted when a child is older. Follow with an appropriate salve such as Golden Salve* or Comfrey/Calendula Salve* to keep the nostrils moist.
NeilMed Sinus Rinse Pediatric Kit:
First make up the salt mix. Each time you use the NeilMed, you'll make up a fresh batch.
Sea Salt Mix
8 TB very fine Sea Salt
10 drops Rosemary ct. verbonone
6 drops Tea Tree or Manuka or Mytle
Mix well and store in a glass jar.
When needed, mix the following until the salt has dissolved and use in NeilMed to flush sinuses:
1 tsp of the Sea Salt Mix recipe
1 ½ cup warm (body temperature) distilled water

Pinworms
Fresh garlic has worked for many, although it is not suggested for a baby.
Mince or finely chop a garlic clove, mix it with something like a little mashed sweet potato or something to help it go right down. Have a cup of liquid handy so they can take a drink afterwards. Do this twice daily for a few months. It actually becomes a good habit so may want to keep it up. It is recommended that everyone in the family do this, but this may not be practical. Keep the child in his own bed and wash the sheets in hot water and dry them in the sunshine. The garlic should take care of the visible manifestation of the worms crawling out the anus rather quickly - in a few days - at this point you may want to back off the rigid sheet washing and just maintain the garlic. The live worms should be dead, and we keep the garlic going to kill all the ones that are still to hatch out.
Life cycle:
- A person ingest or inhale pinworm eggs.
- They hatch in your intestines.
- They mate there as well, and the males die.
- About two to three months later the females crawl out and lay eggs, up to ten thousand per worm. (I can hardly believe someone counted!) Then the females die.

Pneumonia
Ravensara, Niaouli, Elemi, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Lung Healing,* Warrior,* Bacteria Top Gun*
Pneumonia Mix (by Valerie Worwood)
10 drops Ravensara
10 drops Eucalyptus Citriodora
5 drops Niaouli
5 drops Thyme ct. linalool
Diffuse: This blend can be diffused (add 5 drops Cinnamon Bark).
Body Rub: Mix 10 drops Pneumonia Mix with 1 TB carrier oil - massage over back and chest.
Suppository: Put 3 drops Lung Healing* in a "0" capsule and fill the rest with a carrier oil. The parent should try this on themselves first to be sure they have the dilution correct. Use "as needed" - the child's response should indicate if it helps (the child improves). If the improvement wanes, you may want to repeat. Essential oils are metabolized and eliminated in 1-2 hours, so frequent application may be desirable.

Poison Ivy
Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Helichrysum (Blend*), Eucalyptus Radiata, Itchy Rash Spray* (for older children)
Use a cool compress to help soothe the rash.Poison Ivy
Suggested mix:
4 drops German Chamomile
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Helichrysum (Blend*)
Soak the compress in the water, squeeze out and apply to the rash.
Rash Cream
2 oz Elizabeth's Natural Unscented Cream (or a natural cream of choice)
10 drops Lavender
3 drops Carrot Seed
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Laurel Leaf (Bay Laurel)
3 ml (½ tsp) Castor Oil (optional - helps to also reduce scar tissue, minor burns, insect bites and stings)2

Psoriasis
Roman and German Chamomile, Lavender, Spikenard, Bergamot, Rose, Psoriasis Blend*
Psoriasis Skin Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
1 oz Calendula infused oil
4 drops Bergamot
3 drops Roman Chamomile
Apply to small patches of dry, flaky skin.
Rash Cream
2 oz Elizabeth's Natural Unscented Cream (or a natural cream of choice)
10 drops Lavender
3 drops Carrot Seed
2 drops Geranium
2 drops Laurel Leaf (Bay Laurel)
3 ml (½ tsp) Castor Oil (optional - helps to also reduce scar tissue, minor burns, insect bites and stings)2

Respiratory Congestion
Ravensara, Niaouli, Thyme ct. linalool, Palmarosa, Eucalyptus Radiata, Myrtle, Mom's Remedy* (similar to Vicks), Respiratory Relief,* Lung Healing*
Dilute about 10 drops with 1-TB carrier oil and gently massage chest and back several times daily.

Ringworm
Lavender, Manuka, Tea Tree, Palmarosa, Neem, Geranium, Ringworm B Gone* blend
Ringworm Mix (by Valerie Worwood)
Looks like a bull's-eye, circular or ring-shaped, with an unaffected area in the middle. The outer ring marks the active area of the fungus, and the center heals as the circle gets larger. It is contagious by touching or sharing belongings such as hats, clothes, brushes, combs, towels and so on. It can last up to 6 weeks. Cover to stop the spread.Ringworm
8 drops Neem
5 drops Tea Tree
5 drops Manuka
Apply to the ringworm spot 3 times daily.

Rubella/German Measles
Lavender, Roman and German Chamomile, Geranium, Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, Tea Tree, Bergamot
This is the milder form of the measles and is not harmful unless caught by a pregnant woman during the first four months of pregnancy. This is an airborne viral infection that causes a rash that may start behind the ears and spread to cover most of the body. It lasts 3-15 days. Incubation time is generally 14-21 days, and the child is contagious while they have the rash and up to 7 days after it disappears.
Use a combination of oils such as Lavender, Chamomiles, Bergamot and Geranium in a bath or diluted as a body massage.
Apply properly diluted Ravensara and Thyme ct. linalool to the bottoms of feet.

Sinusitis
Myrtle, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus Radiata, Niaouli, Roman Chamomile, Rosemary
Diluted Myrtle can be swabbed in the nostrils. Older children use it undiluted. Follow with a gentle salve such as Golden Salve* or Comfrey/Calendula Salve.*
Sinusitis Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
6 drops Ravensara
5 drops Niaouli
4 drops Roman Chamomile
2 drops Eucalyptus Radiata
Add 3 drops of this mix to 1-teaspoon carrier oil and apply a tiny amount on a fingertip and apply over the forehead and nose - avoid the eyes! If it seeps into the eyes, dilute the effect by adding a carrier oil, not water.
A drop of the mix can be added to a handkerchief for the baby to inhale.

Myrtle can be diluted and swabbed in the nostrils for babies, and used undiluted when a child is older. Follow with an appropriate salve such as Golden Salve* or Comfrey/Calendula Salve* to keep the nostrils moist.
NeilMed Sinus Rinse Pediatric Kit:
First make up the salt mix. Each time you use the NeilMed, you'll make up a fresh batch.
Sea Salt Mix
8 TB very fine Sea Salt
10 drops Rosemary ct. verbonone
6 drops Tea Tree or Manuka or Mytle
Mix well and store in a glass jar.
When needed, mix the following until the salt has dissolved and use in NeilMed to flush sinuses:
1 tsp of the Sea Salt Mix recipe
1 ½ cup warm (body temperature) distilled water

Sore Throat / Tonsillitis / Strep Throat
Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Helichrysum (Blend*), Ginger, Cajeput, Roman Chamomile, Ravensara, Manuka, Eucalyptus Radiata, Geranium, Lemon, Bacteria Top Gun,* Plague Defense,* Warrior*
Sore Throat Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
5 drops Ravensara
5 drops Manuka
4 drops Tea Tree
4 drops Thyme ct. linalool
2 drops Lemon
Dilute 5 drops of the above mix with 1-teaspoon carrier and apply over the throat area.
Use Thyme ct. linalool or Manuka diluted 50:50 over the swollen glands. (You may not need to dilute for a child over 6 years old.)
Tonsil Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
15 drops Tea TreaSore Throat
10 drops Lavender
5 drops Ginger
5 drops Lemon
Add 5 drops Tonsil Mix to 1-teaspoon carrier oil and apply over chest and back.
Gargle (by Valerie Worwood)
(For children who can spit it out)
1 oz pure Water
3 TB Cider Vinegar
3 drops Lemon
3 drops Ginger
1 TB raw Honey
Stir well and store in a glass bottle.
Put 1-teaspoon of the final mix into a small glass of warm water and use as a gargle twice daily.
Feet
Apply diluted bacteria-fighting blends such as Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, Bacteria Top Gun,* Plague Defense* or Warrior* to the bottoms of feet several times daily if needed, and less often as the child improves.

Splinters
Myrrh, Tea Tree, Thyme ct. linalool, Manuka, Lavender, Frankincense
After removing the splinter, apply one drop of essential oil. For stubborn splinters, put a drop of an essential oil on a band-aid and cover for a day. Many times this helps the body reject the splinter so it's easier to retrieve with tweezers.

Stings (Bees, Wasps, Hornets)
Peppermint, Lavender, German Chamomile, Helichrysum (Blend*), Cedarwood, Geranium, Rosemary ct. verbenone, Thyme ct. linalool
These oils can be used undiluted on the bite, depending on the age of the baby and number of bites. Peppermint has a cooling effect that may feel overwhelming if used on a large area of a small child. Dabbed on a few single bites, it should be fine and desirable. Avoid areas where the child might rub it in the eyes.
Prevention: No Bites!*

Sunburn Protection / Sunburn
Lavender, German Chamomile, Sunburn Protection Spray*
Add 5 drops Lavender to about 1-tsp pure Aloe Vera and apply on the skin often.

Teething
Roman Chamomile, Lavender, Lemon, Helichrysum (Blend*), Myrrh, German Chamomile
Dilute 5 drops (preferably a combination of the above oils) to 1-teaspoon carrier oil and apply to jawline.

Thrush
Lavender, Tea Tree, German Chamomile, Thyme ct. linalool, Patchouli, Manuka, Palmarosa, Geranium, Thrush Relief*
Add about 18 drops of essential oils to 1-TB Virgin Coconut oil or something you feel good about putting in the baby's mouth. Store in a small, glass jar. Apply a small amount on the baby's tongue several times daily. A nursing mother should apply to herself as well to avoid passing it back and forth.

Toothache

Toothache
Roman and German Chamomile, Clove, Lemon, Helichrysum (Blend*), Myrrh
Jaw Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
1 tsp carrier oil
3 drops German Chamomile
1 drop Helichrysum (Blend*)
1 drop Clove
Apply to jawline.

Umbilical Cord
Tea Tree, Lavender, German Chamomile
Lavender can be applied around the stump.
Put a drop of Lavender on a cotton ball, dip in pure, warm water, squeeze out and carefully clean around the stump.

Vomiting
Ginger, Peppermint, Spearmint, Lavender, Patchouli, Digestion Support*
Dilute the oil if necessary and apply a drop or two to the naval and/or abdomen and wrists (if the child will not get the oils into the eyes). A smidgen of Digestion Support* on a finger applied to the tongue may help.
Note: Patchouli contains constituents that are effective in preventing vomiting because of their ability to reduce gastrointestinal muscle contractions.

Whooping Cough/Pertussis
Lemon, Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, Cypress, Lavender, Eucalyptus Radiata, Bacteria Top Gun,* Lung Healing,* Respiratory Relief,* Warrior*
Pertussis is highly contagious. The bacteria spreads from person to person through tiny drops of fluid from an infected person's nose or mouth. These may become airborne when the person sneezes, coughs or laughs. Others then can become infected by inhaling the drops or getting the drops on their hands and then touching their mouths or noses.
Diffuse: (alternatively add oils to steaming hot water and place out of reach in the child's room)
Respiratory Relief*
Lung Healing*
Blend of equal parts Thyme ct. linalool, Ravensara, Eucalyptus Radiata
Chest Rub Blend (by Valerie Worwood)
1 oz carrier oil
20 drops Lavender
15 drops Thyme ct. linalool
15 drops Ravensara

Apply diluted bacteria-fighting blends such as Ravensara, Thyme ct. linalool, Bacteria Top Gun* and/or Warrior* to bottoms of feet several times daily.

Essential Oils Generally Regarded as Safe for Use with Babies and Young Children
(Use appropriately with dilution. This list is not exhaustive.)

Cardamom
Cedarwood
CypressBaby Collage
Eucalyptus Radiata
Frankincense
German Chamomile
Geranium
Ginger
Grapefruit
Jasmine Absolute
Mandarin
Marjoram
Myrtle
Lavender
Lemon
Niaouli
Orange
Palmarosa
Pettigrain
Ravensara
Roman Chamomile
Rosemary ct. verbenone
Rose
Rosewood
Sandalwood
Tangerine
Tea Tree
Thyme ct. linalool
Ylang Ylang

Generally Avoid Until Age 3
Unless the need calls for it, we avoid topical application of the following oils until the child is about 3 years of age. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but a guideline. We do feel that they can be safely diffused or used in room sprays.
Cinnamon
Citronella
Clove
Fennel
Laurel Leaf
Oregano
Peppermint


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