Essential Oil Safety For Kids Infographic

June 1, 2020

Aromatherapy provides many benefits to children of all ages. This graphic illustration will direct you to essential oils that are safe for your children and warn against essential oils that are deemed unsafe.

And as an added safety precaution, we’ve transitioned all our essential oils to Child Resistant Caps!

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Essential Oils Safe for Children

Aromatherapy provides many benefits to children of all ages, when used appropriately. From properly diluted topical applications to use in an ultrasonic diffuser, there are many safe ways to use certain essential oils around children.

Here, NOW® has suggested a few of the essential oils that are deemed safe for use on or around children for any reason whether diffusing or diluting for topical use. Please exercise caution when introducing a new essential oil into your child's aromatherapy routine. Just because and oil is deemed appropriate for use at a certain age does not mean that a child might not have an allergic reaction.

A few essential oils that are generally safe for children to use in our diffusers or used topically in the proper dilution:

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  • Morning - Clary Sage

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  • After School - Orange

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  • Night Time - Lavender

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  • Weekend Playtime - Frankincense

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Essential Oils Not Safe for Children

Children can benefit from aromatherapy and essential oils in much the same way as adults. Here, NOW® has provided a list of some essential oils that are deemed unsafe for use on or around children for any reason whether diffusing or diluting. Essential oils are highly concentrated and may cause allergic reactions in certain children/adults even if deemed appropriate for a certain age group.

We recommend practicing caution when introducing essential oils into the daily life of your children.

Never use the following essential oils on or around children in any way.

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Not safe for children two years and under:

  • Spike Lavender

  • Hyssop

  • Peppermint

  • Camphor

  • Star Anise

  • Wintergreen

  • Eucalyptus globulus

  • Eucalyptus radiata

  • Marjoram (Spanish Type)

  • Rosemary

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Not safe for children five years and under:

  • Star Anise
  • Wintergreen
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Marjoram (Spanish Type)
  • Rosemary

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Not safe for children twelve years and under:

  • Wintergreen
  • Eucalyptus globulus
  • Eucalyptus radiata
  • Marjoram (Spanish Type)
  • Rosemary

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Not safe for children sixteen years and under:

  • Wintergreen

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For more information visit: nowfoods.com/kidseosafety

 NOW® essential oils should never be ingested. Please consult an essential oil book or other professional reference source for suggested dilution ratios. When in doubt, approve by a licensed practitioner before use.