How do I use essential oils on children?

Some essential oils can be toxic to children if taken in large doses (like wintergreen) or small doses internally (like melaleuca). Thats why its important to treat essential oils like medication and keep them out of reach of children and to teach them about the proper use of essentials oils. When I use them on my kids, I am sure to:

Dilute I either dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil or in the bath. (Find quality carrier oils here.)

Apply to the bottoms of their feet  Most oils, I apply to the bottoms of their feet. The oils still enter the bloodstream quickly, but the tough skin on the bottoms of their feet is not as prone to irritation like other areas of the body may be.

Let them apply themselves  When possible, I let them put on their oils. I have found roller bottles online that make this super easy. I just dilute the essential oil(s) with a liquid carrier oil in these little bottles and pop on the lid. They can roll the oils across the bottoms of their feet themselves, which they love.

What is a carrier oil?

A carrier oil is an oil that is used as a base to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. Diluting essential oils is ideal when they are being used on children, pregnant women or with particularly strong oils like oregano. My favorite is coconut oil.