We’re so thrilled that using essential oils for health and healing has gained popularity over the past few years. Essential oils are a great way to keep your family healthy and happy. But as we know all too well, they are not universally safe.
As our injury reporting shows, unknowing moms with the best intentions are sometimes ill-advised by equally unknowing (however well-intentioned) salespeople. We received one report that concerned a baby who stopped breathing twice after the mom applied an undiluted blend to the feet. This was all because someone said it was pure and therefore safe! But no matter how pure they are, oils like Eucalyptus and Peppermint are known to cause a child’s throat to swell and close.
To use this mother’s words, “[It is] very scary holding your child while they are helpless.”
We agree, and we believe instances like this are totally avoidable. We just need to get the right information out there.
In other instances, equally unknowing and well-intentioned health professionals apply undiluted essential oils to children. They also sell known irritant oils to moms to apply at home! Read more about that here.
In an effort to spread better information, we recently published an article in the International Journal of Childbirth Education. This article covers safety issues concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy, childbirth, and early childhood.
So, you want to use aromatherapy with babies?
Please read our article to learn the best safety practices. Download it for free below!
This fact sheet focuses on safety issues concerning the use of aromatherapy with childbirth and child care, as practiced by various healthcare professionals.