8 Must-Have Essential Oils for Healthy Kids
As the mom of a 5 year old boy, I know how scary it can be when a little one gets sick. Fevers that last for days, tummy upsets and vomiting that cause weight loss on already small frames, anxious feelings that cause our little ones to clam up and hide, and the sniffling and cough that seems to last for months.
I will never forget the time that I gave my son his first over the counter synthetic drug. I gave him a half dose of a dye-free, over the counter pain relief medicine recommended by my doctor. We put him down for a nap, and when I went to check on him an hour later, his entire bed was drenched in sweat, as if someone had poured a bucket of water all over it.
I called my husband in to help me change the sheets to make our son more comfortable, and when we woke our son, he was laughing, delirious, and unable to stand up on his own. That was one of the most terrifying experiences I have ever had as a mother and I vowed to never give him another over the counter drug.
A few months after this terrifying incident, I was introduced to doTERRA Essential Oils by a friend and fellow natural health practitioner. I was skeptical, but agreed to try them. Within the first two weeks, I found myself reaching for my oils more times than I can remember to deal with the little health crises that came up in our home that summer.
We have now navigated a year of pre-school and the first year of kindergarten with flying colours, escaping several rounds of the stomach flu, multiple head lice outbreaks, and the usual slew of illnesses going around.
doTERRA essential oils have been key to our ability to stay healthy, along with our healthy diet and supplements (supplements are vital in today's modern world). It is my hope that I can help many other parents who are wanting to keep their kids healthy and strong without the use of synthetic drugs.
Here is a list of my top 8 must-have essential oils for healthy kids, and my favourite ways to use them:
1. doTERRA On Guard - Protective Essential Oil Blend
On Guard is our secret weapon when it comes to staying healthy. This powerful blend of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG) oils of wild orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus provide immune support and protection when we need it most.
My favourite way to use On Guard is topically. We mix a few drops with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil and apply to the back of the neck and/or soles of the feet to support a healthy immune system and protect us from whatever seems to be going around.
We use On Guard for cleaning surfaces like counters, doorknobs, and light switches to prevent the spread of germs - just mix a few drops in a spray bottle and top up with water, then spray and wipe. If you came for a visit, you would find doTERRA On Guard Foaming Hand Wash in each bathroom and in the kitchen at our house.
On Guard is a wonderful natural product that provides cleansing and support for environmental threats without creating resistance like commercial antibacterial soaps do.
2. Tea Tree Essential Oil
Tea tree is naturally antiseptic and antimicrobial, making it an excellent oil to have on hand for the whole family. It's another great oil that can be used both for supporting the physical body and for cleaning surfaces.
Tea tree is amazing to support healthy skin, hair, nails, and scalp. I add a few drops of tea tree into a spray bottle with water and spray in my son's hair, hat, hood of his jacket, and on his backpack whenever the pink letter comes home warning us of a certain outbreak that can affect children's hair. (Just thinking about it is making my head itchy!).
doTERRA's Tea Tree essential oil is approved by Health Canada to be used in aromatherapy to help relieve coughs and colds and I like to combine this with On Guard in a diffuser or to apply topically to the chest (diluted in fractionated coconut oil and often combined with other oils listed here) whenever my son has a cough or cold.
3. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is known as the "Swiss Army Knife of Oils." When you don't know which oil to use, chances are, Lavender will work!
Lavender is an awesome go-to calming oil for any situation. It is soothing to the nervous system and calming to the mind, making it excellent for children. We love to use this oil in the diffuser at bedtime, or add it to some carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil) and then add to a nighttime bath to create a peaceful and relaxing bedtime routine.
Lavender can be used topically on the body to soothe occasional digestive discomfort, to relieve headaches, and to support muscle and joint aches and pains. It can also be used in a diffuser or rolled on the chest to help relieve coughs and colds (the claims in the above paragraph have all been approved by Health Canada).
I always keep roller bottles of Lavender and Tea Tree oils (diluted in fractionated coconut oil) close by as we use them, layered one on top of the other, for coughs and colds and skin irritations (great for itching or other skin issues). When my son complains of ear discomfort, I roll a stripe of each oil behind the earlobe and down the first part of the jawbone to provide relief.
4. doTERRA ZenGest (DigestZen) - Digestive Blend
Everyone. Needs. This. Blend. ZenGest is a beautiful combo of anise, peppermint, ginger, caraway, coriander, tarragon, and fennel essential oils. These plants have been recognized for their ability to calm and soothe the digestive system.
ZenGest has been a lifesaver for us many times. I have reached for this oil in the middle of the night when woken by cries of pain coming from my son's room, or when he turned green after a holiday dinner and cried because his tummy hurt.
Whenever his digestive system seems a little off, we just roll on the ZenGest and, within a few minutes, things settle down. I have even sent a roller bottle of ZenGest with him to school and let his Kindergarten Teacher know it was there. All he has to do is ask when he needs it and he can retrieve it from his school backpack and apply it himself. How empowering for a young child to be able to take care of themselves in this way!
5. Frankincense Essential Oil
Known as the "King of Oils," Frankincense is another oil that is great for pretty much everything!
One of the most beneficial effects of Frankincense for children is its ability to promote feelings of grounding, calm, and security.
It's great for the skin and we love to add this to Jojoba oil or moisturizer and apply to dry, chapped cheeks in the winter to soothe the skin and take away the sting.
For a long time, Frankincense was one of my son's favourite oils. It is so powerful to use in a bath or diffuser at bedtime (great when combined with Lavender oil!), or to massage onto tiny feet and backs to create a feeling of connection and well-being.
6. doTERRA Balance - Grounding Blend
This is one of my favourite oils for anxious feelings, both for children and adults.
Let’s be honest for a moment, you are probably going to use this one a lot as a parent, and not just for your littles. Those times when you feel overwhlemed, worried or uncertain about what to do...just add a drop of balance to your palms, rub your hands together, then breathe deeply from cupped palms. You will instantly feel more balanced and centred.
This oil blend is a combo of wood and flower oils that are grounding, soothing, and calming. And, if you are like me and are allergic to trees and grasses, take comfort in knowing that essential oils don't contain the pollen or antigens that cause allergies. I was hesitant to use this oil due to my severe allergies, but haven't had a problem at all!
Balance is a great oil to use on children who struggle with anxious and worried feelings, especially in new situations. We like to apply it topically, diluted in fractionated coconut oil, on the soles of the feet or behind the ears before school, soccer practice, or any new experience that might feel overwhelming.
7. Easy Air (Breathe) - Respiratory Blend
The name of this blend speaks for itself; it eases the flow of air (breath) into the body. This oil is great to diffuse during the change of seasons, when air quality might be compromised, or when the respiratory system could use a bit more support.
Easy Air is a blend of laurel, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, cardamom, ravintsara and ravensara essential oils. Peppermint, tea tree, lemon, and cardamom are all recognized by Health Canada for their ability to help relieve coughs and colds, making this a very useful blend to have around during the fall and winter months!
We like to diffuse this at night when my son catches a cold or has a croupy cough, as it helps to open the airways and ease breathing. This blend has helped us to avoid those midnight trips to the emergency room when we have heard those telltale barking coughs and gasps for breath through his tiny windpipe.
8. Wild Orange
I can’t resist smiling as I write about wild orange oil. This is such an uplifting oil and is the favorite of so many people, particularly children. Not only does wild orange oil smell fantastic and support positive moods, it also helps to relieve digestive discomfort.
Diffusing Wild Orange oil can help to purify the air and create a calm, cheerful environment. This is great for a child’s playroom or bedroom, and especially great to diffuse in the kitchen or main living area where it can benefit the whole family.
Wild Orange and Lavender essential oils are a particular favourite of ours to diffuse in the living room when we are all together.
There you have it, my eight must-have oils for children!
These eight oils will cover 70-80% of the most common health concerns that come up in your home and can be safely dealt with at home, saving you time, money, and unnecessary visits to the doctor.
Learning to use these oils and seeing how your child responds to them will also give you confidence and feelings of empowerment that can sometimes be lacking when we are parenting a child who is not feeling well.
But before you rush out to buy these oils at a grocery, health food, convenience, department, craft, or online store, there is something you should know...
It’s unfortunate, but it’s true: research has shown that at least 80% of the oils on the market today are adulterated in some way. That means that even if an oil is labelled 100% pure, chances are, it’s not.
“Adulterated” can mean that synthetic chemicals (perfumes), lower quality oils, contaminants, or unlabelled carrier oils (added to dilute the actual amount of oil in the bottle) have been added.
This means that you don’t really know what you are getting in the bottle, and whether what you are using is going to help, or even harm your child!
Synthetic perfumes and fragrances–which are, sadly, added to the majority of personal health care products out there–have been linked to cancer in animals, respiratory diseases, and hormone disruption in humans. This is worse in children who are still developing their respiratory tissues and hormonal systems.
After reading the research and seeing independent lab tests done on many brands of oils, the only brand of oil that I will use for myself and my family is doTERRA.
doTERRA’s oils are pure, unadulterated, sustainably grown oils that undergo 54 individual tests for purity and potency on each and every batch. These oils are therapeutic grade oils that aren’t just for pretty smells, but also powerful support systems for empowered, self-directed healthcare.
You can get seven of these eight oils that I talked about in this post, plus a diffuser and a bottle of fractionated coconut oil - everything you need to get started - by purchasing the doTERRA AromaTouch Diffused starter kit at an amazing, discounted price. (Read to the bottom to find out how)
Drop per drop and dollar for dollar, doTERRA’s oils will not only save you time, worry, and unnecessary visits to the doctor resulting in loss of time from work or other activities, they will also save you money!
Your initial investment in your first box of oils will be repaid to you many times over with better health, greater well-being, and an improved sense of confidence in your ability to navigate your child’s common health issues.
Not only that, but when compared to the cost of common over the counter medicines, the cost of using doTERRA oils is significantly cheaper. Don't believe me? Check out my "Make Over Your Medicine Cabinet Webinar" here for the breakdown plus some awesome essential oil tips to support your health, naturally.
If you are ready to find safe, effective, natural solutions for your family’s health, I would love to help you get started.
When you purchase your Starter Kit today, you will receive a free doTERRA wholesale membership (you save $30 USD / $42 CAD). This will give you access to all of doTERRA’s products (I haven’t even told you about their amazing kids supplements yet!) for 25% off for a full year. After that, you can renew your membership for just $30 USD or $42 CAD.
I promise you, this will be one of the best investments you have ever made!
When you order your kit today, you will also get access to our top notch essential oil education and resource library, plus a special welcome gift in the mail from me.
Once your oils arrive (they will be delivered right to your doorstep!), we will set up a time for your Wellness Call, where I will personally make sure you know how to use your oils. We will also talk about your health goals, how to get the most out of your membership, and create a 90 day health plan for success together.
I can’t wait to help you get started on this journey!
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Here's how to purchase your oils now and get started on your journey to empowered, safe, natural, and effective self-directed healthcare for you and your family:
👉 Step 2: Click Join doTERRA at the bottom of the page.
👉 Step 3: Select Wholesale Customer to purchase doTERRA for 25% off for a full year whenever you want to shop. (I recommend you start as a wholesale customer, even if you plan to build the business as a wellness advocate down the road).
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👉 Step 5: Select the AromaTouch Diffused Kit to get seven of the great oils above, plus a diffuser and fractionated coconut oil - everything you need to get started! You can also add any additional items at 25% off to your cart if you wish. I recommend Easy Air (Breathe) to complete the list I have given above.
👉 Step 6: Add your payment info, select shipping options, and complete your order.
Once you have registered for your wholesale account, you will receive a Welcome Email with me with tons of great info and resources including our team eBooks, resource materials, and the opportunity to set up a 1:1 call with me to go over your oils, your health goals, and how to maximize your membership!
Congratulations on saying yes to natural solutions for you and your family! I can't wait to support you on your journey!
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