How to Use Essential Oils for Kids

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First off, I’m so excited you’re using oils with your kids!

Healthy kids, happy parents, that’s what we all want! YAY!

The first and most important thing for you to think about is the proper use of essential oils with kids.

Essential Oil Quality

This could be an entire article in itself! I did a lot of research on essential oils before I started with doTERRA. And I dabbled with a few other brands when I first started. At this point, I don’t use any other brand of essential oil–only doTERRA.

Just make sure you do your research and make sure you have a good quality oil before you start using oils with your kids.

Here’s info explaining some of the reasons I only use doTERRA.

Proper Use of Essential Oils with Kids

Never use essential oils in your child’s eyes, ear canal, or on mucous membranes.

Dilution Starting Points

Here are the recommended dilution starting points for essential oils we talked about in class:

  • Adults: 1-4 drop of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil
  • Children: 1 drop of essential oil to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil
  • Pregnant Women: 1 drop of essential oil to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil
  • Seniors Citizens: 1 drop of essential oil to 2 teaspoons of carrier oil

If your child experiences discomfort with an oil, immediately apply more carrier oil.

Hot Oils

Always dilute heavily and only use small amounts of hot oils.

Hot oils include:

  • Cassia
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Oregano
  • Thyme

Hot oils might feel hot on the skin, or even cause discomfort or blistering if used undiluted.

Some children have very sensitive skin and may experience discomfort with:

  • Citrus oils
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Wintergreen

If your child experiences any discomfort with any essential oil, immediately apply more carrier oil.

Ingesting Oils

Many doTERRA essential oils are safe to ingest. If so, there will be a nutrition fact clearly stated on the label. doTERRA is the only brand I would use internally.

That being said, never ingest any essential that does not clearly display the oil is safe for consumption. Not all oils are created equally, and lower quality oils contain contaminants and will make your child very sick!

Never ingest or let your child ingest:

  • Arborvitae
  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress
  • Eucalyptus
  • White Fir
  • Wintergreen

Emergency Protocols:

  • If the wrong essential oils are accidentally ingested or too much of any essential oil is ingested, contact Poison Control for advice at (800) 222-1222.
  • If oil gets into your child’s eyes, flush with milk or other fatty liquid.
  • If an oil feels uncomfortable, apply more carrier oil, NOT water.

Smart Practices When Using Essential Oils

Start with small amounts first. Use the starting amounts shown above.

Keep your oils out of reach of children. When trying a new oil on your kids for the first time, use a very small amount and watch their reaction.

Keep your essential oils away from a heat source. Some essential oils are flammable!

Citrus oils can increase your child’s sensitivity to the sun. Keep citrus oil use skin areas protected from the sun for at least 12 hours.

Don’t use essential oils in plastic bottles for drinking or storage.

Be careful when using oils internally! Do your research or get help from an experienced practitioner. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have liver or immune challenges, talk with your health care provider.

Heavy use of essential oils could possibly interact with certain medications.

Using an undiluted oil repeatedly on the same area of the body can lead to sensitization.

Cats are sensitive to essential oils. Diffusing doTERRA essential oils is fine if your cat can leave the room. Don’t use essential oils topically or internally for your cat without talking to your veterinarian first.

Dr. Hill’s Video on Essential Oils for Pregnant Women

Below is the video from Dr. Hill on using essential oils during pregnancy.

The Three Ways to Use Essential Oils for Kids

There are three ways to use essential oils:


When you apply your oils to areas of the body that need support, they reach the bloodstream within 20 seconds and are then distributed throughout the body within 20 minutes. It’s best to dilute the oils in fractionated coconut oil to avoid skin sensitivity and ALWAYS dilute for children.

The bottoms of the feet are a great place to apply the oils as it’s the most porous section of the skin allowing for quick absorption. You can also apply on the back of the neck or along the spine.


Put a drop in the palm of your hands, cup your hands to your nose and inhale – WOW!!!!

Diffusing is also a great way to get benefits from the oils. They can support respiratory functions and enhance moods.


dōTERRA® is the ONLY brand of oil I would trust to use internally. Please do not assume it is okay to use any brand of oil internally as purity varies greatly.

If safe for consumption, the bottle will clearly be labeled if it is approved for internal use. Once you are assured of quality, you can add one drop to your water or tea. I like any of the citrus oils because they help me drink my daily recommendation of water.

Class Recipes

Here are the recipes we covered in class:

Energize Your Morning Blend

  • Citrus Bliss
  • Elevation
  • Balance
  • Peppermint
  • Wild Orange
  • OnGuard

Mix 2 drops of each in a 10ml roller bottle and apply to your kids’ feet to wake them up and get them going!

Get Out of Bed Blend

  • Peppermint
  • Wild Orange

Put 3 drops each in your diffusers in the morning.

Place 15 drops of each in a roller bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to any or all of the following: wrists, neck, chest, and feet.

Essential Oils for Kids to Focus

All of the following oils help kids focus:

  • InTune
  • Rosemary
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Clary Sage
  • Vetiver
  • Lemon

Diffuse or apply topically on pulse points, bottoms of the feet, or the back of the neck.

To diffuse, choose 1-3 of the above blends your child likes.

Then, diffuse a total of 6-8 drops (total drops all together) of the favorites.

To apply topically, make a 10ml roller bottle by adding a 30 drops total of a mix-and-match of your child’s favorite oils from the list and top with fractionated coconut oil.

Essential Oils for Kids to Calm Down

  • Serenity
  • Lavender
  • Vetiver
  • Marjoram

Diffuse or apply topically on pulse points, bottoms of the feet, or the back of the neck.

To diffuse, choose 1-3 of the above blends your child likes.

Then, diffuse a total of 6-8 drops (total drops all together) of the favorites.

To apply topically, make a 10ml roller bottle by adding a 30 drops total of a mix-and-match of your child’s favorite oils from the list and top with fractionated coconut oil.

OnGuard Products

Healthy bodies create healthy minds! That’s why it’s so important for you to get rid of the products filled with toxins and either create your own cleaning and beauty products or even consider the entire dōTERRA® OnGuard line.

We have everything from toothpaste to facial cleaner to hand soaps just to name a few everyday products.

See doTERRA OnGuard Line

Boo-Boo Bowls Bumps and Bruise Remedy

This protocol is perfect for bumps and bruises:

You need

  • 1-2 drops Geranium
  • 3-4 drops Rosemary
  • 1-2 drops Lavender
  • 2 washcloths
  • 2 non-reactive bowls


  • Fill one bowl with hot water and the other should be cold water
  • Add the above essential oils to each bowl and then soak a washcloth in each
  • Start with the cold washcloth on the injury for a few minutes
  • Then switch to the hot washcloth, placing the cold one back in the bowl.
  • Keep alternating until the boo-boo feels better

Sweaty Kid Smell Remover

This one is perfect for after sports practice or games!

Simply diffuse:

  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 drop Melaleuca
  • 1 drop Cilantro
  • 1 drop Lime

Immune Boosting Sniffle Stopper Diffuser Blend

This blend is perfect for seasonal challenges involving sniffles, stuffy noses, etc.

Simply diffuse:

  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 2 drops Peppermint

Homemade Hand Sanitizer

  • 20 drops dōTERRA OnGuard essential oil
  • 4-ounce spray bottle, glass
  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel
  • Distilled water

Add the OnGuard essential oil and aloe vera gel to the spray bottle, top with distilled water. Shake and use!

Vibrant Teacher Blend

This is the perfect gift for your children to give their teachers!

  • 2 drops of Wild Orange
  • 2 drops of Grapefruit
  • 2 drops of Bergamot
  • 2 drops of Clary Sage
  • 2 drops of Frankincense

Place in a 10ml roller bottle and top with fractionated coconut oil.

Natural Homemade Stain Remover

Quick and easy to make and also toxin-free!

You need:

  • ½ cup white vinegar and
  • 20 drops of Lemon
  • 8-ounce glass spray bottle

Combine 1/2 cup white vinegar and 20 drops lemon essential oil in an 8-ounce glass spray bottle. Spray directly on stains. It works like magic!

Super-Kids Immune Boosting Blend

  • 2 drops of Thyme
  • 2 drops of Orange
  • 2 drops of Clove
  • 2 drops of Cinnamon

Place essential oils in a 10ml roller bottle. Top with fractionated coconut oil.

Nutritional Supplements for Kids

One of the best ways to get and keep your kids healthy is to get them healthy from the inside out!

That’s where doTERRA supplements jump into action.

a2z Chewable

doTERRA a2z Chewable is a proprietary formula of ingredients developed with children and adults who have difficulty swallowing capsules in mind. Combining a blend of B vitamins with a blend of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as botanical extracts, doTERRA a2z Chewable supports healthy cell development and longevity when taken daily.* doTERRA a2z Chewable is formulated to be used with doTERRA Wild Orange-flavored IQ Mega™ Omega-3 fish oil as a comprehensive dietary supplement that supports healthy immunity and cognitive function as well as antioxidant protection.*

Primary Benefits:

  • Safe for children 4 years of age and older and adults who prefer a chewable to capsules
  • Cognitive Blend: Choline, Phosphatidylserine, Inositol
  • Great watermelon flavor
  • No high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, sweeteners, or flavors
  • Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness
  • Formulated with doTERRA’s proprietary Alpha CRS®+ Blend
  • A balanced blend of essential vitamins including the antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E, and a cellular energy complex of B vitamins*
  • Includes a blend of bioavailable minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese
  • Specially formulated to be used daily with IQ Mega® as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness*.

Learn More About doTERRA a2z Chewables

IQ Mega 

doTERRA IQ Mega takes the fishy taste out of fish oil and puts the fresh orange flavor of doTERRA Wild Orange CPTG® essential oil in this great tasting and easy-to-swallow omega-3 supplement providing 1,300 mg of concentrated, omega-3 fatty acids per serving. IQ Mega contains the essential nutrients DHA and EPA to support healthy brain, cardiovascular, immune, and joint function.* IQ Mega is formulated to be used daily by children and adults with doTERRA a2z Chewable™ tablets.

Primary Benefits

  • Promotes cardiovascular health*
  • Supports healthy joint function and comfort*
  • Provides important modulating nutrients for healthy immune function*
  • Protects against lipid oxidation and supports healthy function of the brain*
  • Promotes healthy skin*
  • Supports healthy function of the eyes and nervous system* 
  • Delivers 1,300 mg of pure, concentrated, molecularly-filtered, and completely deodorized marine lipids with 900 mg of DHA and 400 mg of EPA per daily serving
  • Formulated with doTERRA CPTG® Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Wild Orange essential oil
  • Specifically formulated to use daily with doTERRA a2z Chewable™ as a comprehensive dietary supplement foundation for a lifetime of vitality and wellness*

Learn More About IQ Mega

PB Assist Jr.

PB Assist Jr is a powdered probiotic supplement designed for children or adults who have trouble swallowing pills. It includes 5 billion live cells of a unique blend of six different probiotic strains, specifically selected for their benefits among children. These probiotics have been blended into a delicious powder that can be poured directly into the mouth for a fun and tasty way to integrate probiotics into anyone’s daily routine.*

Primary Benefits

  • Provides 5 billion live cells of 6 strains of friendly flora selected for both their unique stability at room temperature as well as their remarkable ability to survive the harsh extremes of acidity, alkalinity, and digestive enzymes in the digestive system
  • Includes prebiotic FOS to help sustain a healthy balance of beneficial friendly flora*
  • Maintains healthy intestinal microflora balance*
  • Supports healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems*
  • Supports the health of the GI tract, particularly the intestines and colon*
  • Helps support optimal metabolism and absorption of nutrients*
  • Probiotic administration during childhood offers a means of promoting healthy microflora balance and favorably supporting immune and gastrointestinal system function*
  • Probiotic consumption during childhood has established health benefits and may support long-term well-being*
  • Maintaining a healthy GI tract is also important for healthy brain and nervous system function*
  • Promotes healthy lung and respiratory tract function*
  • Contributes to an internal balance and support for the health of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary tract, as well as the female reproductive system*

Learn More About PB Assist Jr.

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