Here is some great information from doTERRA Wholesale and doTERRA Mother about how to use doTERRA essential oils to help your children through common illnesses / ailments / disorders.
ADD/ADHD: In Tune, Vetiver, Serenity. Read this blog post for more information. Apply 1-3 drops directly on spine or bottoms of feet.
Allergies, Runny Nose: Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint.
Mix – 1-2 drops of each and put under tongue, in a capsule to swallow,
or rub on the back of neck or throat with a carrier oil. This combination really works. Read also this post here.
Anxiety/fear – Lavender and Serenity are great oils to help calm down
children with. Children often experience anxiety and fear as they
continue to learn about the world around them. To help ease some of
these symptoms which could include screaming, crying, shying away, etc.
you should apply these oils to bottoms of the child’s feet. The feet
have the largest pores in the body and so the oils will get into the
bloodstream the quickest from that point (often within 30 seconds).
Bug Bites, Bee Stings: 1-2 drops of Lavender. It reduces swelling and stops the pain. Area may also be soaked in water with the oil.
Burns: Mix 4-5 drops of lavender. You can dilute with Aloe Vera oil if possible, and apply directly on location.
Colds: Thyme, Lemon, On Guard, Melaleuca. Dilute a couple of drops of oil with 1-2 Tbls of a carrier oil such as Fractionated Coconut oil
and massage a little on neck and chest. Repeat every 2-4 hours. Can
apply topically on feet at reflex points. It is wise during the winter
months to apply a drop of On Guard and Melaleuca on feet a few times
each week as a preventative.
Congestion: Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Breathe
– Diffuse 4 drops (of one) in a diffuser, or apply on upper spine or
lungs. Oils help congestion when inhaled, so diffusion is great. DO
NOT put oils directly on nose or forehead without a carrier oil.
Applying directly on skin can sting and cause irritation to the eyes.
Constipation: DigestZen, Fennel, Rosemary, (ginger
and orange work well also). Apply a couple drops right on stomach and
reflex points on feet.
Cough – to relieve a child of a cough you can rub Eucalyptus (again,
diluted if necessary) up a child's spine and around their lungs (on their
back). You can also use Lemon for this. Rubbing these oils in allows
the mucus to break up. You may notice that your child cough can change
from a dry cough to a phlegmy cough very shortly after applying these
Or, Melaleuca and Breathe (adding a couple drops of the ‘ On Guard’ blend will also help kill
virus’ and bacteria). Apply a couple of drops of Melaleuka right on
chest, wait one minute, then apply a drop or two of Breathe. Use a
carrier oil for sensitive skin. Diffuse Breathe or Eucalyptus in the
air to clear lungs and congestion. For more serious respiratory issues,
diffuse or swallow 1-2 drops of the Melissa oil and/or lemongrass.
Croup: Marjoram and Thyme – Dilute in a carrier oil and massage on neck and chest.
Dry Skin: Sandalwood. Dilute a few drops of Sandalwood in 1-2 Tbls of a carrier oil and apply on locations.
Cuts and bruises – Children are constantly scraping their knees and
bruising their elbows. In order to help the healing along Lavender is a
great oil to apply. Lavender is sort of a one oil fits all type of
deal and it is recommended that you have a bottle of Lavender at all
times. Lavender will help to disinfect cuts and clear up bruises as
well as eliminating that anxiety associated with getting hurt and thus
calming the child.
Ear infections – to fight off an ear infection place 1 drop each of
Lavender and Melaleuca behind and in front of the infected ear. Within
12 hours the infection should be clear. Read also this post about ear infections.
Fever: Dilute 1-2 drops of peppermint and/or lavender and massage on the back of the neck, feet, or behind the ears.
Rashes: Lavender, Sandalwood and Roman Chamomile – Apply on location with a carrier oil
Respiratory distress – If your child is showing signs of
distress you can use Breathe. Breathe is an amazing oil to use as it
opens up airways. If you feel the distress is to great to skip a trip
to the ER or a call to an ambulance then apply Breathe to your child's
chest (diluted) on your way or as
you wait, to help calm some of the problems. When a child is in
distress you might only need 1 drop, but it is quite possible that you
will need more. Don’t be afraid to use 3-5 drops, if required. You can
also use Peppermint and even put a drop of peppermint in your child's
Respiratory Flu: Cypress, Lemon
– Dilute in an unscented bath gel and use while bathing. Put a couple
drops of Melaleuca, On Guard and Breathe on the feet to help kill
the virus’ and open up airways.
Runny nose –Eucalyptus is a very effective oil for fighting runny
noses. Simply by applying the Eucalyptus under and around the nose you
can help to fight one off. It usually lasts a couple of hours
(sometimes more) before needing to be reapplied (if it is a persistent
runny nose). Some children may find that Eucalyptus is difficult to
handle, in such cases you should dilute it with Fractionated Coconut
Sleep: To relax and fall asleep, diffuse Serenity 2-4 drops one hour before bedtime. Diffuse through the night to stay asleep
Sore Throats: On Guard (will numb throat pain instantly) Melalueca and
Oregano. Dilute 1-3 drops with 1 Tbs of a carrier oil and apply to
throat, back of neck and reflex points on feet. On Guard will numb the
pain. You may also swallow or gargle a few drops in a capsule. (When
using Oregano topically, ALWAYS apply with a carrier oil. It can be
very irritating to the skin cause a burning feeling.)
Sunburns: put a drop of two of peppermint in a
spray bottle and spray over sunburnt area to cool the skin. Then apply
lavender and Aloe Vera over area.
Thrush: Melaleuca – dilute and apply on location. Lavender and lemon also helps
Preventative Oils: ”An ounce of prevention is worth
more than a pound of cure! Stop the germs before they turn into
On Guard, Melaleuca and/or Frankincense - Apply a drop or two each night on children’s feet, especially during
cold and flu season.