Beginners and Adverse Effects


Some Aromatherapists recommend using one oil at a time for the very young. If you know that your baby has very sensitive skin, this may be a good idea. Those with extremely sensitive skin may want to avoid topical use. The benefit of using one oil at a time is if there is a reaction on the skin, you know the oil that caused it. Use your discretion {Writing all findings in a journal is an excellent idea}.

What To Do?

If your baby/child has a skin reaction that is localized to where you applied the oil, immediately apply a generous amount of carrier oil, then lightly wipe off. Follow up with fragrance-free soap and lukewarm water. You can repeat this process if needed. The skin should clear up relatively quickly.

More Serious?

If the reaction spreads and looks angry, be sure to get them to the doctor A.S.A.P. Be sure to bring the oils that you last used with you. Skin sensitization, although not a common occurrence, is always a possibility when using essential oils. However, it is much less likely to occur when you are properly diluting your essential oils. This is the number one reason to never use neat or undiluted essential oil.

Accidental Ingestion

Since I can remember, and since my daughter is little, my mother taught myself and her granddaughter that essential oils were not for their little hands. I repeated this often. Do not touch my oils unless I am present. Start your child/ren early. If your child tends to do the exact opposite of what you ask, and we parents know that is often the case, keep your oils locked up and out of their reach.

If you should ever find yourself in a situation where you think your baby/child has gotten a hold of a bottle and you can smell it on their breath, be sure to call poison control to get immediate advice. The number of poison control is {800} 222-1222, and they are available 24 hours a day. Do this before you make any other decisions. Don’t Panic. Those on the other end of the line are very well versed to help you.

Last Musings on Safety

Something to always come back to is less is more. For your littlest in the home, hydrosols are going to be your first go to, and slowly move into essential oils when needed. Remember, if you follow proper safety recommendations, the less likely you are to see any adverse effect.

Essential Oils are not a cure-all, nor should they be used every day. What essential oils are is a wonderful compliment to your overall wellness plan. What they are not meant to be is a sole method of care. Essential oils are very powerful, and when respected can be of great benefit to you and your family.