We're so thrilled to see that the use of essential oils for health and healing has gained popularity over the past few years. Essential oils are a great way to keep your family healthy and happy, but as we know too well, they are not universally safe.
As our injury reporting shows, unknowing moms with the best intentions are sometimes advised by equally unknowing and well-intentioned salespeople to use essential oils on their children. One report we received concerned a baby who stopped breathing twice after the mom applied an undiluted blend to the feet--and all because someone said it was pure and therefore safe! But no matter how pure they are, oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint are known to cause a child's throat to swell and close.
This mother wrote in her testimonial to us that it is "very scary holding your child while they are helpless."
We agree, and we believe these instances are totally avoidable if the right information gets out there.
In other instances, equally unknowing and well-intentioned health professionals apply undiluted essential oils to children and sell known irritant oils for moms to apply at home! Read more about that here.
In an effort to spread better information, we recently published an article in the International Journal of Childbirth Education on the safety issues concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood.
So, you want to use aromatherapy with babies?
Please read our article first to learn the best safety practices. Download for free below!
This fact sheet focuses on the safety issues concerning the use of aromatherapy with childbirth and child care, as practiced by various healthcare professionals.