Essential Oils for Babies & Children

dōTERRA essential oils for babies & children are considered safe, even for newborns. When applying to newborns & infants consider diluting the oils because of the sensitive nature of their skin, a good ratio to start with is 1-2 drops of oil with 2 TBLS of fractionated coconut oil. Also chose some of the gentler oils like lavender, frankincense, Melaleuca, ginger, lemon, orange, sandalwood, roman chamomile and one of my favorites, ylang ylang. Digestzen is also an excellent blend to use for tummy upsets. Be careful to keep the oils away from babies hands where they might be able to rub them in their eyes.

But you want to keep a few things in mind. Let’s start with a video by Dr. Hill who will briefly discuss Are Essential Oils Safe for Children.

Possible uses:


COLDS Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon.

CONSTIPATION Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBL of good carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy.

COUGHING Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back.

CRYING Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil.

DIARRHEA Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBL good carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon.

DIAPER RASH Combine 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes.

FEVER Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks.

JAUNDICE Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA treatment.

TEETHING Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBL of quality carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line.

TUMMY ACHE Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Wild Orange with 2 TBL of quality carrier oil. Add 1 Tsp of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes.

Three cute little girls - one, two and three years old

Other essential oils commonly used on infants: Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.


COLDS Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest.

CONSTIPATION Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet.

CUTS & SCRAPES Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly.

EARACHE Apply Melaleuca and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal.

FEVER Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBLS of quality carrier oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back.

FLU Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.

MINOR BURNS Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area.

SUNBURN Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area.

Other oils commonly used for children: Frankincense, Geranium, Sandalwood, Thyme and Ylang Ylang

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano can be applied to the bottoms of the feet without discomfort. Be sure to put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive.

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It is truly magical to be able to sooth a burn or calm a distraught child will these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.

I am not a Physician, just a wife, a mom, and a grandma who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family.

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69 Responses to Essential Oils for Babies & Children

  1. How often do I apply the oils for jaundice in my newborn?

    • You might want to try 2-3 times a day, diluted, bottoms of feet with socks. If you are using some of the very gentle oils like Lavender, you could massage into the tummy, and around the back with a quality carrier oil,. My favorite is the fractionated coconut oil. Also, a little sunlight or even fluorescent lights without clothes is very helpful. Enjoy your new baby!

  2. I recently purchased the doTerra On Guard and the Breathe. Are these safe to use on my 2 month old or do I need to dilute them first? I was planning on putting the On Guard on his feet but wasn’t sure if I needed to dilute it first. On the Breathe bottle it says to dilute with fractionated coconut oil, can I use organic coconut oil or does it need to be fractionated? Thanks

    • I would dilute those oils at least for a start on such a little one. The bottoms of the feet are very insensitive to the way the oils feel. Even Oregano can put put on the bottoms of a baby’s foot without causing any discomfort. Always put socks on following, because it can be transferred by way of little hands to other places it could be uncomfortable. You can use any quality oil and I always recommend organic. The fractionated coconut is nice because it absorbs quickly & it always stays liquid, but really any oil is fine.

  3. Thank you for the quick response, how much coconut oil oil would I use to dilute one drop of the On Guard and the Breathe? Can I put the Breathe on his chest?

    • Just maybe a tsp, it doesn’t have to be precise. Yes you can put the Breathe on his chest with the coconut oil. No more than a drop of Breathe because it does have peppermint and that can actually make him feel cold. Peppermint is excellent for bringing down a fever.

  4. I used the On Guard on my babies feet and he has gotten over his cold a lot quicker than the doctor said he would but now I am sick I’ve been using it on my feet but my cold is still lingering. Can I take On Guard internally while nursing?

  5. Curious about orange ginger sugar scrubs on kids. I purchased a bottle from Bath and Body works and while my 6 year old was in the tub he was asking if he could use some. I did a small application on his feet and lower legs giving him a massage and he loved it. After the fact I see on the container it says for adult use only- I assume its because it will make things so slippery but now wonder If that’s why? Did I do a bad thing?

    • I am not familiar with that particular product, but I am familiar with Bath & Body Works enough to know I will never use any of those kinds of products on myself again. The reason is, since discovering these CPTG essential oils a couple of years ago I now fully understand that what goes on you goes in you. I have personally seen and experienced this. Having that knowledge has completely changed what I use when it comes to personal care products.

      There are many grades of essential oils, the most common are perfume grade oils, which are what you would find in an Orange-Ginger sugar scrub or it could be the lovely citrus smell that comes from the toilet bowl cleaner. That sugar scrub likely had very little if any at all pure orange or ginger oil in it. Plus all of the other fillers in the form of dangerous petroleum based ingredients, which are the most common ingredients in our personal care products, I know now that they will absorb into my body, because what goes on you goes in you.

      It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a nice Orange-Ginger Sugar Scrub ever again. But why not have fun making it yourself with these true Wild Orange & Ginger essential oils mixed with some organic sugar? We make all sorts of our own personal care products now using these essential oils from doTERRA. In fact most of them are safe to eat without worry and have a food label right on them. Instead of potential harm being done we are now doing something good for our bodies every time we use these oils. No more worries about what is in the bottle we are applying to ourselves or children. You will never have to be concerned again as to whether or not you did a bad thing for your son. I am sure your son will be ok, but seriously take a look at what ingredients are in the products you use in the future and you will never worry about that again if you begin to make a change.

      Isn’t that what we all want, healthier options? It is clear by your question, you do.

  6. What oils are good for wipie solution other than tea tree and lavender? Thank you

    • Those are the best 2 that come to my mind. What are you looking to accomplish? You can always do a Google search and get some ideas.

  7. Can I use serenity on my 5 month old and 2 year old? We are flying for the first time and I would like them to be as calm as possible since I am flying without my husband! How would I apply it?

    • I would think that would be fine if you dilute it. I would put it on the bottoms of the feet & you could even swipe a little across their clothes. Lavender would be great, Wild Orange, kids love that. And use a little Serenity for yourself:}

  8. I’m new to this whole oil thing but I figured I might try. My 5 year old started sneezing a ton today and now has a stuffy nose:( what can I do for him so he doesn’t get worse? Or is it too late? If I use the oils will he not get a cold? How do I use it and what do I use..on his feet? I also have a 2 year old..can I use the same remedy on her as a precaution ? Thanks

  9. Can I use lemon, lavender and peppermint in my 7 month old humidifier for allergies?

    • You can use the oils in a humidifier as long as it is cool mist, not steam. Heat will change the oils. I would have no problem using them for a baby.

  10. My baby (5 months) has acid reflux. Are there any oils that would be good to use to help with that?

    • You might want to try adding some DigestZen to a little carrier oil and rub on tummy and chest a few times a day.

  11. will try using lavender for 9 month old grandchild with sleeping problems – any other suggestions?

  12. My 1 month old niece does nothing but scream when she’s with her mom. What oils are safe to use on her? Also what can I dilute it with besides coconut? I am afraid to put any nuts on her just yet.

    • I am thinking possibly Frankincense on both mom & baby. It is a bonding oil and may help the 2 connect. Frankincense is often used right after birth to help make a strong connection. I would also use Lavender. Having mom apply some lavender on her chest so whenever she is holding her little girl she will be able to smell the vapors. Apply it often, it will help mom relax too and that is important because babies can definitely pick up any stress mom is feeling. If mom doesn’t feel comfortable about what she is doing, baby can’t feel comfortable either.

      Are there nut allergies in the family? I don’t know if coco”nut” actually qualifies as a nut. It has been used on newborns since forever. There are lots of different oils though, any good carrier will do fine, coconut is just so quick to absorb into the skin & with no greasy feeling.

  13. How often do you apply the Lavender for fever?Also, my daughter is 2…should I use your recommendation for “babies” or “children”?

    • As needed, even every hour. Peppermint will really help. I would probably do for a child, but a drop or maybe 2 should be enough. Feel free to dilute though, it won’t change it’s strength,

      • Thank you so much! Your reply was so helpful for me this morning! I’m still learning how to use oils…I grew up watching my step – mom constantly using oils, magnets and food through the feet to help people get better the natural way…and I’m finally to the point where the majority of my household items are homemade or completely chemical free!!!! Have a great day!

  14. I have the family physician kit but I’m very new to this. My almost 3 month old has severely dry, peeling skin on his face and scalp. Would you recommend using anything from the kit I have for this? If so, can you advise me how to? Thank you so much in advance! Much love!

    • If you haven’t found , it is an excellent place to look stuff up. Skin issues can happen for so many reasons, but according Dr. Susan Lawton (I was able to spend a couple of days taking classes with her) the biggest culprit is Candida. Even in a new baby, that is what thrush is, many diaper rashes, etc. Work on finding the underlying cause and you will be headed in the right direction. You have to be your own detective of sorts. I would also think about any lotions or other baby care products you are using and move towards organics. If formula is being used, take a look at that too. Hope you are able to figure it out for the both of you, I know it is so hard to watch your baby have problems. Keep us posted if you figure it out:}

  15. I have an eight month old that has suffered from severe colic and acid reflux. She never sleeps. up many many many times during the night and has never really taken naps. I have heard Vetiver is good for sleep, is this safe for her age? I have tried lavender and chamomile

    • I’m so sorry for both of you. I would feel comfortable using doTERRA’s Vetiver on my 8 month old. Also, Digestzen might be helpful diluted with a good carrier oil and rubbed on the tummy and chest for the reflux & colic.

  16. My 10month old baby is starting to show some teeth during the night he was crying at almost up every 30minutes. What oils I can apply? He also has a running nose and phlegm right now.

    • You might try 1-2 drops of Clove in a TBL of carrier oil and apply to the gums. Also, some diluted Lavender and Roman Chamomile will be soothing and they will both help with sleep.

  17. I tried the lavander and it’s like a magic he became calm and fell asleep. I apply it on his neck and jaw lines, is it correct?

  18. My one month old baby has colic and I just bought DoTerra Lavender oil to help. How often can I put it on her tummy? I don’t have coconut oil to use as a carrier oil, can I use baby oil? Can I use it without diluting it?

    • You can apply every few hours and you might want to consider the DigestZen. I would not use baby for this or ever. I know, baby oil has just the most amazing smell, but it really is not something that should go on a baby’s skin. You minght find this post on DETOXING interesting. It will explain what is wrong with just about all of our personal care products.

      If you don’t have a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, you could use any quality oil, olive oil as an example would be fine. Coconut oils is really nice because it won’t stain the clothes and absorbs quickly. Many of the other oils tend to sit on top of the skin longer. You can get a nice organic CO at Trader Joe’s for not to much if you have one clese by.

      If at all possible, use organic. Babies are sure pure and clean. It is only recently that they are really beginning to realize how our personal care products, are loaded with man-made chemicals which accumulate in our bodies from an early age and are having profound effects on our health in the future. For some that future is very early on, showing up as digestive disorders, eczema, irritability, etc.

      I hope you are using CPTG oils on your little one, because what I say here applies only to to these oils. I can speak for any other company’s essential oil products.

  19. I’ve just started with my oils. OMG I’m in love but have so many questions to help my little ones 5yr & 15 month old. My LOs struggle with constipation they don’t seem sensitive to any oils I’ve used yet. Also are there any oils that would help build their immune system? I also do the shakes for myself but my boys love to “share” with mommy is there any reason I shouldn’t share it with them? Thank you Shannon

    • I am sure it is fine to have some of mommy’s shake. I don’t know that I would use it in the way that you might as a meal replacement. But for fun treat or as a snack I am sure it is fine. Good stuff in there. OnGuard on the bottoms of feet will be excellent for the immune system and the A-Z children’s vitamin supplement is a basic building block for healthy little bodies.

      Have you tried DigestZen right on the tummy for the constipation? Dilute with a little fractionated coconut oil. I had a friend who had excellent success with one of her twins. She used Roman Chamomile dilluted on her new baby girl’s tummy. So funny when it happened what can make a mommy proud:} Remember, less is more and you can not just apply the oils once in awhile. You may need to reapply several times a day and once things start moving, get into a little routine of morning and night or after meals which is a natural time for the digestive tract to start moving on it’s own. For the regular daily routine, I would consider the DigestZen.

      I just returned from the West Coast Conference this weekend and at one point they asked people to raise their hands who’s first oil experience was with DigestZen and a huge number of people raised their hands. DZ really is a wonderful blend of oils.

  20. 11months old baby is having 38.8C fever can I use peppermint and lavender oils to cool down? Where do I need to apply? And how often? Thank in you advance

    • I would! A little of the Peppermint will go a long ways, so no more than a drop. Dilute with about a TBL of quality carrier oil and then rub on back and bottoms of feet. Same for the Lavender.

  21. Rachel Wilson

    I felt like my daughter might be getting sick and I thought I had read that you can put a few drops of Onguard into their bath water, so I did. A few hours later and she had woken up with 103° fever. I’m worried this could be from putting it in her bath water. Should I be concerned?

    • I think you might have been correct, she was getting sick. I don’t think it was the OnGuard, however I don’t think I would put it in her bath anymore because it has some hotter oils in it. I would opt for the bottoms of her feet, even Oregano can go on bottoms of feet without discomfort. Put socks on after application to prevent getting it other places.
      Try some diluted Peppermint on her back & bottoms of feet for fever. Lavender will help her rest.

  22. Whitney Shurtliff

    I have a baby boy who is 7, almost 8 weeks old. I was told by the pediatrician to keep our baby away from large crowds and especially kids. My family has nine grand kids and we are all very close. I want my nieces and nephews to be able to bond with our baby, but am worried about him getting sick. Obviously, I am very careful and don’t let any sick kids come around him. I also don’t let the kids touch his face or hands, but I’ve caught my mom letting them kiss his forehead and get really close. I have been thing about using OnGuard. Can I put OnGuard directly onto his feet? Will this help him fight off any sicknesses? Any other oils I should consider using?

    • I would be comfortable using the OnGuard diluted on the bottoms of his feet, expecially when he is going to be around others outside of your immedicate family and when illness makes it inside of your home. As he grows and plays with his feet it’s a good idea to put socks on after so it doesn’t accidentally end up somewhere where his sking is more sensitive.

  23. I have an 11 week old little boy who I feel suffers from allergies.. His little nose is really congested and he keeps coughing when he is sleeping. I have used the saline drops and the “snot sucker” but it doesnt seem to help. What oils will help him with his allergies? can you please tell me the ratio to mix them as well please! Thanks in Advance.

    • I am thinking first off you need to attempt to eliminate the allergans and that may mean putting on your investigator hat and really start going through not just diet, but what products you use on yourself, your little one and in and around your home. Otherwise until you remove that whatever you do may still just be a band-aid. You want to strengthen the gut because that is where our 70% of our immunity happens. doTERRA’s A-Z children’s vitamin would be good, adding a good probiotic and doTERRA has one of those too, but not sure how you could give it to a baby. Never the less there are some good children’s probiotics out there.

      But to bring some relief from the constant cough and stuffy nose you might try the allergy blend which is Lemon, Peppermint & Lavender. You would dilute 1 drop of each in a TBL of quality carrier oil and apply to the chest. Do be careful not to do this if you are going to be in the sun as the Lemon & other citrus oils cause a sensitivty to the sun for a few hours. I would also put these 3 oils in a diffuser and diffuse in his bedroom while sleeping. The alergy blend is GREAT!!

  24. My 6 yr. old has diarrhea and threw up once around 11:00 am. I am a EO virgin if you will. I do have peppermint and tea tree and Eucalyptus on hand. They say therapeutic grade and are by the Now brand. Would you use any of these on him for his upset tummy and is that brand safe. Also how many drops would I use to how much coconut oil. I am terrified I am going to hurt one of my kids not knowing what I am doing. The only experience I have is using the tea tree oil on my boys for a viral wart on their backs, which cleared it right up and I was applying it neat.

    • If it says you can apply it topically, I would apply the Melaleuca to the bottoms of his feet every few hours. The Peppermint you might want to put on a tissue so he/she can smell it, it will help with nausea. I really am not comfortable suggesting anything beyond this with anything other than doTERRA. When you get past this, please give me a call 760-415-0942 and we can talk about essential oils that you will never have to worry about harming your child. They are safe, effective and perfect for kids. Take a look at this short little video

  25. How many drops of Melaleuca should I use on the bottom of his feet and should I dilute with coconut oil. He still feels bad, no throwing up since yesterday but still diarrhea.

    • If it wass dpTERRA which it is not, I would say 1 drop to each foot undiluted or NEAT. For your product, I don’t know:{

  26. Correction he just got sick again.

  27. Uh! I just called CVS ha! The phamacist said to use 15 drops of pepermint oil, and first he said to put it in some juice! I know I have read to only do 1% on the feet, and I know I’m not going to let him drink it! I am so confused right now. They do have a better grade of peppermint oil there than what I have at home so that is an option also.

    • I know, it is so upsetting when you don’t have what you need, when you need it. Call me Monday. You might try diluting the Peppermnint and rubbing some on the tummy too. I would not eat it for sure!

  28. Jacqueline España

    What oil do you all recomend for acne? Thank you much!

    • You might want to try just fractionated coconut oil with some Melaleuca. Both are excellent for the skin and don’t worry about the coconut oil being greasy, it is not, it will absorb very quickly. They both have antibactierial properties, but the Melaleuca is strongly recommended for that. If that goes well, you might try adding a bit of Lavender which will be soothing and Geranium is also great for the skin. Work on cleaning up on the inside too, that is where everything starts. Check out this post from several weeks ago, it is one of my favorites and I will be teaching classes on it soon as I feel is is so important.

  29. Hi there. I have a sample of a doterra oli but im forgwtting the name. It is supposed to be for calming…maybe its called tranquility? Would this be okay to dilute and rub onto my 2 week olds feet at night? She gets belly aches (i know there are other oil options for that as well but this is what i have on hand)

    • Maybe it is Serenity? It is their calming blend. I know many a mom who put it on their newborns feet. Even just a swipe of Serenity across the jammies will help with sleep. Not sure just how much it will do for a tummy ache though.

  30. You are right. It is Serenity=) so is it ok to just put a dab on her feet or should it be diluted a bit?

    • I would feel comfortable doing that, but you really need just a dab, very powerful oils. A whole drop would be more than enough for the bottoms of both feet.

  31. New issue, poison oak. I have applied Tea Tree on it yesterday and it took the itching away. This
    Morning it had spread over the tops of her toes and on the sides of her feet and all over her hands. Since it was covering a larger area I decided to dilute it with a dab over 1/4 tsp of coconut oil. Again it helped, I’m unsure how often I should apply it. As of now, once in the morning and Once at night. Would you continue with that schedule or add a few more doses during the day? Any other suggestions for poison oak? I also have my Duterra physician’s kit arriving today if anything in that would help. Thank you much!!

  32. For newborns and infants. Do I dilute the oil with fractionated coconut oil and mix with a carrier oil?

  33. Cynthia Castillo

    A friend’s little girl (age 5) has had persistent digestive problems, they serve as missionaries in a 3rd world country and believe the problems to be parasite related. What types of EO would help her? Thank you in advance.

    • For children who can not swallow capsules of the oil they might want to consider:

      Oregano, which is the most powerful natural antibiotic. This is a very hot oil, so ONLY put on the bottoms of the feet where it will create no discomfort. Use a drop, probably dilute it with a small amount of coconut oil. If Oregano should come in contact any other areas of the skin, causing discomfort, dilute it with any kind of cooking oil. Coconut, olive or even butter will do, DO NOT USE WATR. After applying to the bottoms of the feet, put on some socks until it is absorbed to prevent transfer to other locations.

      OnGuard, is an excellent blend to consider. Apply a couple of drops to the bottoms of the feet. There is also the little beadlets and my grandchildren like them, even popping them open in their mouths.

      Melaleuca is much more gentle and could be diluted and applied to the stomach.

      Bergamot, Basil and Roman Chamomile may be helpful in expelling parasites/worms. Apply to bottoms of feet and dilute and apply over the tummy. A tea made with the Roman Chamomile (only doTERRA) might be nice and would help with sleep.

      Then there is Lemon which is very gentle yet very helpful in killing parasites. I make what my grandkids call Lemonade by putting a few drops of oil in water with a couple drops of organic stevia. They love it and drink it all day. Be sure to only use glass or stainless steel in water with added essential oils.

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