Essential oils have become a mainstay in my family. Whether it’s getting gum out of hair or soothing a bug bite, my kids frequently ask for their oils to help. Check out these DIY recipes and tips on how to use essential oils for kids. And don’t forget to check out my companion post, Essential Oils for Baby.
Before we get to my list of how to use essential oils to make your own DIY products and other tips, I wanted to introduce you to one of my favorite books on essential oils. It’s called Gentle Babies book by Debra Raybern.
Gentle Babies is my go-to guide for essential oils for pregnancy, childbirth, infants and young children. It’s chock full of useful tips on how to use essential oils for kids’ health and wellness.
Essential Oils for Kids
Ready to learn how you can make your own DIY products to keep kids naturally clean and healthy? Let’s get started…
1. All-purpose cleaner for toys, sports equipment, bedroom furniture
Use Thieves Household Cleaner or add a few drops of Thieves in a small spray bottle with water and spray areas to disinfect and kill germs.
2. Bedtime massage oil
A nightly bedtime massage is a great way to bond with children. Apply 1 drop of Peace & Calming, Lavender, or Gentle Baby 1:1 with a carrier oil and massage child’s back, tummy, legs, arms and feet.
3. Deodorize a Room
Add 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil to a diffuser to freshen and deodorize a room.
4. Freshen Laundry
Got stinky laundry? Add a few drops to the detergent container of your washing machine to freshen up laundry and eliminate odors. This works great for brightening laundry too.
5. Gunk remover
Gum happens. And when it ends up in your child’s hair, don’t worry. Just use a few drops of Lemon and gently massage gum out of hair. Lemon oil works great for permanent marker stains on walls, stickers on tables, those pesky bandage stickies that stay on even after the bandage is taken off, and even gunk on toys.
6. Instant Lemonade
Who else has kids who make impromptu lemonade stands? Not just mine, right? Well, instead of rushing out to the store to get fresh lemons, make lemonade without the elbow grease of squeezing lemons yourself. Just add 1-2 drops to a tall glass of water with 1 tsp of raw honey. Makes one serving – adjust recipe accordingly to make a pitcher of lemonade.
7. Insect bite relief
Apply 1 drop of Purification to the bite. You can also make your own bug repellant with Purification or apply 1-2 drops on the feet to prevent bug bites.
8. Relief from minor skin irritations
Dilute Gentle Baby 1:30 with a carrier oil. Another option that works for me is to add 2-3 of Lavender to a tbsp of coconut oil. Leave this ointment in a small jar and use as needed to soothe skin irritations from diapers.
9. Restful sleep
Dilute Peace & Calming or Lavender 1:2 with a carrier oil and apply to the bottom of feet before nap or bedtime. You can also diffuse a few drops of Peace & Calming or Lavender in child’s room before bed. I personally do this every night with all three of my kids. I rub a mixture of Lavender and a carrier oil and massage on their feet and backs.
10. Tooshie wipes
I’ve got an easy tutorial to make your own baby wipes – both disposable and reusable – with Lavender oil. These wipes are great for the bathroom, and can be used for cleaning on the go too.
How to Get Started with Essential Oils
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