Essential Oils NOT safe for Kids

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Essential Oils Philippines - We took a special class in essential oils in our school of aromatherapy and we learned about the safety use of it. We thought, we might share with you the knowledge that we gained as we progress our journey with EOs. One of the major concerns raised by many especially moms are the safety of their children. Are essential oils safe for babies or kids? How about pregnant women? We hope to share our experties with you as this website is all about the proper education and safety use of essential oils.

Essential Oils that are NOT  Kid-friendly for 6 to 12 years old

It is best to take note of these essential oils and avoid using them with children. As a responsible parent, we have to make sure what we put or apply topically to our children are safe even when we are diffusing essential oils.  We have listed the botanical name as well so we are very specific of the "chemotype" of a plant we are referring to. Here are the essential oils you need to avoid:

Basil (Ocimum basillicum)
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Cinnamon Bark (Cinnamomum verum)
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgars)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Geranium (Pelagonium graveolens)
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Marjoram (Organum majorana)
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Rose (Rose damascena)
Rosemary Cineol (Rosmarinus officnalis, CT 1,8 Cineol)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Tarragon (Artemisa dracunculus)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wormwood (Artemisia scoparia or vulgaris)

Essential Oils that are NOT safe for children 1 year old to 6 years old

Basil (Ocimum basillicum)
Bergamot (Citrus Bergamia) *
Camphor (Cinnamomum camphora)
Clary Sage (Salvia sclara)
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica and Juniperus virginiana) *
Cinnamon Bark and Leaf (Cinnamomum verum)
Citronella (Cymbopogon nardus) *
Clove Bud (Syzgium aromaticum)
Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis) *
Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) *
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Fennel (Foeniculum vulgars)
Helychrisum (Helichrysum italicum)
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Geranium (Pelagonium graveolens)
Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)
Lemon (Citrus limon) *
Mandarin (Citrus reticulate) *
Marjoram (Organum majorana)
Nutmeg (Myristica fragrans)
Oregano (Origanum vulgare, CT Carvacrol)
Patchouli (Pogostermon cablin)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Rose (Rose damascena)
Rosemary Cineol (Rosmarinus officnalis, CT 1,8 Cineol)
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Sandalwood (Santalum album)
Spearmint (Mentha spicata, CT Carvone) *
Tarragon (Artemisa dracunculus)
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) *
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris, CT Thymol)
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

*Can be diffused for 15 minutes in a space with good ventilation or can be mixed into a room spray.

For babies 6 months to 12 months old

We suggest only use hydrosols (floral water) like lavender hydrosol or chamomile hydrosol and just add 1 drop of essential oil, say, sweet orange  or lime in a 4 ounces (120 ml) bottle.   Can be used as a baby spray.  Hydrosols are not that potent water byproduct after steam distillation of a plant and may contain a few amounts or none of the essential oils. So, it is definitely safe. 

For babies under 6 months old

Please DO NOT use any essential oils with them. Their skin is very permeable, thin, sensitive and not yet fully developed.


For the general public, do not use these essential oils at any time

Bitter Almond, Boldo, Buchu, Cade, Calamus, Brown Camphor, Costus, Elecampane, Mugwort, Mustard, Pennyroyal, Rue, Sassafras, Thuja, Vanilla and Wormwood

"If you still want to use the oils on or around kids, discuss it with your child’s doctor first, advised Dr. Anna Esparham, M.D., a board-certified pediatrician at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Kan., who has been trained in aromatherapy. " Source:

Essential oils that are SAFE for kids 6 to 12 yrs old

We have come up with our Top 10 common essential oils that parents can use on their children whether for aromatic or therapeutic blends purposes.

Method by Diffusion
Drops: Add 2 to 3 drops in your diffuser

Diffusing time: 15 to 30 minutes only.

Method by Topical Application
Dilute the oils in a carrier oil (.25% to 1%)

Example: for a 30 ml carrier oil, 5 to 6 drops of essential oils

Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica and Juniperus virginiana)
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
Grapefruit (Citrus x paradisi)
Juniper Berry (Juniperus osteosperma or J. scoluporum)
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, CT linalol)
Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
Myrrh (Myrtus communis)
Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

Always do a skin patch test every time you plan to topically apply oils direct to the skin. Never apply neat. As certified essential oil specialists, we oppose to the idea of applying essential oils of any type, undiluted.

With the 10 aforementioned essential oils above, we can create our own blends either aromatic or therapeutic or both. Have fun in experimenting as long as we stick to the dilution rate guidelines for safety.

How to do a skin patch test?

1. Dilute 1 drop of essential oil or blend in 4 drops of carrier oil. Mix it.
2. Take 1 drop of the mixture and put it inside your elbow. Cover it by putting a bandage.
3. Wait for 24 hrs. Observe any skin irritation or allergic reaction.

If no reaction, it means the oils used are safe for you. Proceed with your blend.

Basic Reminder

Always remember that OIL and WATER don't mix together at all.

Essential oils are lipophilic. It means they only dissolve in lipids or fats. Our skin have lipids (natural fats).

Don't apply neat no matter how brands or distributors or online groups (social media) are encouraging you to do so. Always dilute essential oils because they are highly potent (PERIOD).


*This article is written with confidence by a Certified Essential Oil Specialist. An Introductory to Essential Oils course is taken from Aromahead Institute too.


Our Certified Essential Oil Specialist supports the suggestions above are safe given the quantities of the essential oils.  DO NOT EXCEED dosage to what's been recommended above. As unique as we all are, some essential oils or blends might work for you, some may not work for others. Each will have a different experience. So please take note and experiment "safely" on what works for you.

Should you be seeking medical cure or treatment, please contact a doctor immediately and refer to their prescribed medications.

The use of essential oils whether aromatically, topically or internally is NEVER a cure to illnesses or diseases. It should not be intended for use in the mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease.  It is just supplementary or complementary to orthodox medicines. And is dependent to the client's wishes to use the Holistic Approach in healing.

Any products or brands mentioned above have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

If unsure or in doubt about what essential oils to use, always consult or refer to a Certified Essential Oil Specialist here.

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