Should You Try Calming Your Kids With Essential Oils?

Natural remedies can work wonders for parents and kids alike—but are they for everyone?

In short, probably not. Every child is different and has different needs, and of course, natural remedies shouldn't take the place of prescriptions or other medicines prescribed by a physician.

But when kids are feeling anxious or cranky, applying essential oils such as Lavender, Cedarwood, and Vetiver has been said to be very beneficial in soothing them.

According to Brain Balance Achievement Centers, some oils can be especially helpful for children with ADHD:

  • Roman chamomile, which soothes and comforts
  • Lavender, which alms and reduces anxiety
  • Mandarin, which quiets, especially when combined with lavender

However, it's important to note that there is little scientific research on the effectiveness essential oils, so it's best to consult your doctor before implementing any sort of regiment.

In terms of safety, do your research. Unfortunately, it's easy to apply oils incorrectly.

For example, Dawn Lorenz of Raising Natural Kids describes a particularly unsettling thread she came across online:

"Just yesterday I read, in awe, comments in a response to a question that a woman posted on Facebook about her daughter having a febrile seizure. A handful of commenters recommended putting peppermint oil on the child, when in reality, peppermint oil is linked to causing seizures in children."

The well-known aromatherapy textbook Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals by Lea Harris contains a great deal of information on the subject, and is a good place to start.

The two most important takeaways, though, are that essential oils should never be taken by mouth, and they should always be diluted. A two percent dilution is standard for adults, and it should be reduced to one percent for children.

When used properly and safely, essential oils can greatly benefit you and your children. Just please, do your research.