A quick A-Z of children's common ailments and aromatherapy relief amounts of essential oils listed below are appropriate for children over 5 years old.
Allergies Try calming oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang. Use in massages, baths, compresses or inhalations depending on the type of allergy
Athlete’s Foot A foot bath with Tea Tree oil, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Lavender and / or Myrrh is effective as all the oils are both soothing and anti-fungal. Add to unscented skin lotion for a foot lotion.
Bites (insect) Add 1 drop of neat lavender or tea tree to the bite. If area is swollen, apply a cold lavender compress.
Bumps and Bruises Add 1 drop of neat lavender to the bruise.
Burns and Scalds (minor) Cool the affected area by running under cold water for 10 minutes, or immerse in cold water for the same amount of time. Then apply one drop of lavender essential oil to the burn. For larger burns, treat with cold aromatic compresses.
Chilblains Lemon, Lavender, Chamomile, Cypress Peppermint, are all useful in a massage oil, bath or footbath.
Colds Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree or Rosemary and Peppermint can be used in a bath or steam inhalation to ease discomfort. A bath using Lavender and Marjoram will help reduce any aches and feverishness. Chest Rub - prepare a blend of 10 drops of Eucalyptus and 10 drops of Spike Lavender essential oil in 30ml of carrier oil and rub on to the chest and upper back.
Cold Sores Lavender or Tea Tree are effective. Dab 1 drop of Tea Tree oil directly neat before the blisters come out. Alternate this use with 1 drop of Lavender, to soothe
Coughs Steam inhalation using Tea Tree, Thyme, Eucalyptus, Lavender or Frankincense will help. Sandalwood is particularly good for dry coughs.
Dandruff Rosemary, Cedarwood, Tea Tree or Patchouli oils can be massaged into the scalp, added to unscented shampoos or used in the final rinse
Diahorrhea Chamomile, Lavender, and /or Peppermint are useful when added to the bath, or massaged over the abdomen. Eucalyptus is helpful when the ailment is caused by a virus.
Earache Warm one eggcupful of olive or sweet almond oil and add one drop of lavender essential oil. Using a dropper, put 2 drops of this blend into the ear and put small bal of cotton wool to hold it in place.
Eczema Lavender, Chamomile, Sandalwood, Rose, Melissa or Geranium are good in a bath or massage. You can also add the oils to unscented skin lotion and rub into the skin. A cool compress can also help to soothe irritated patches
Fainting Put a couple of drops of Peppermint, Lavender or Rosemary essential oils on a tissue to inhale or open a bottle of one of these essential oils and place under the person's nose.
Glandular Fever Tea Tree Oil is an anti-viral oil, which also strengthens the immune system. Use either in a bath or as a massage
Grazes Cuts and scrapes are simply a way of life for the little ones! A great blend for minor wounds is an equal mix of Lavender and Tea Tree oil. The lavender is soothing, anti-inflammatory, and has regenerative 'ketones', while the tea tree is a strong antiseptic used for many generations by native Australians.
First cleanse the area by holding affected part under running water or by using 2 drops of lavender and 2 drops of tea tree in a bowl of water and swabbing with cotton wool. Then apply 1 drop of this blend neat to the graze. If using a plaster, apply the drop to the pad on the plaster instead. For larger areas, use aromatic compresses.
Hay Fever Try Chamomile in the bath or in a massage. Steam or dry inhalations of Lavender and / or Eucalyptus for sneezing and a runny nose. Can also be used in a bath
Headaches Neat Lavender rubbed into the temples, forehead or back of the neck is good. Add peppermint if you want to stay alert, or inhale Lavender, Peppermint or Eucalyptus oils
Indigestion Gently massage Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary or Clary Sage over the stomach or apply as a hot compress
Influenza Add Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint or Tea Tree oils to a hot bath at the first sign of illness. Can also be used in a steam inhalation
Insomnia Lavender is the top tip for this common ailment. Also try Chamomile, Sandalwood and / or Ylang Ylang. Use in a warm bath at bedtime, in a massage, or in a vaporiser. Try 2 drops of Lavender on a tissue, tucked under your pillow
Mouth Ulcers First thoroughly mix 1-2 drops of tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of honey. Then dilute with 30ml warm water until the honey is dissolved. Gargle with a small amount and spit out
Nausea & Vomiting Relieve symptoms with Lavender, Chamomile, Peppermint, Rose, or Sandalwood. Apply on a warm compress laid over the stomach, or gently massage over the stomach area. Can also be used in a vaporiser.
Nosebleeds Lie flat and pinch the nostrils at the bridge of the nose. Put 2 drops of lemon and 1 drop of lavender onto a tissue and inhale
Psoriasis Sedative and anti-depressant oils work best for this condition, and can help reduce the stress that exacerbates the condition. Try Lavender or Chamomile and use in a bath, massage or add to unfragranced skin cream
Sore Throats First thoroughly mix 1-2 drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of honey. Then dilute with 30ml warm water until the honey is dissolved. Gargle with a small amount and spit out. For sore throats try : bergamot, lavender, sandalwood or tea tree For laryngitis try : eucalyptus or lavender
Stress Any of the sedative oils can be used to help this all too common condition and help you to relax. Try Lavender, Chamomile, Rose, or Clary Sage in a bath or massage. For shorter periods of stress, try Rosemary, Geranium or Peppermint.
Tonsillitis First thoroughly mix 1-2 drops of lavender, lemon, ginger or tea tree essential oil in a teaspoon of honey. Then dilute with 30ml warm water until the honey is dissolved. Gargle with a small amount and spit out.
Tummy Ache Thoroughly mix 3 drops of peppermint essential oil into 50ml of carrier oil such as sweet almond oil – use a teaspoon of this mixture and using a circular, clockwise motion, massage the tummy area to induce calm, reduce restlessness and ease any stomach-ache
Warts and veruccas Apply 1-2 drops of lemon essential oil onto the pad of a small, round plaster and apply to the wart or verucca. Repeat daily, but leave off at night to let the skin breathe. It will take approx a month for the wart to shrivel and go away.