A lot of essential oils that are being used these days have only mild level of toxicity and are considered safe for adults. However, they still may not be safe for your children because their immunity system is still young and not yet fully developed. Therefore, you should make sure that you are using the safe ones. Babies and small young children have a huge possibility of being allergic to different kinds of foods. Some volatile oils are likely to cause unpleasant effects. This is why parents should be extra careful when choosing essential oils in aromatherapy for their children. Some of the safer essential oils are tea tree and lavender, but you will still need some intense care before using them. If you notice that your child feels uncomfortable or irritated with the smell of a certain volatile oil, stop using that oil at once and do not use it again because you baby might be allergic to it. If your child does not like the smell of a certain essential oil, it also has a great potential to be not the right oil for him or her. Therefore, parents should find time to try searching for a safer alternative for that essential oil.
If you are using aromatherapy while your baby is still bread feeding, make sure that you do not apply any amount of essential oil on or near your nipples. If you do, your baby has a huge tendency to ingest it and can cause him harm.
There are certain volatile oil that should not be applied, or to be used even with a diffuser to children who are sick or recently had illness, because some of them are very strong oils and are known to be extremely dangerous for both adults and children. There are certain oils that should never be used in aromatherapy. It is therefore very important to check on the warnings and precautions on the labels before using them. Volatile oil that should never be used anytime by adults and children alike are the essential oils from the following: Acorus calamus, American wormseed and mugwort, Amygdalus communis amara or bitter almond, Anise, Bay laurel, Birch, Basil, Black pepper, Bay, Cedarwood, Clary sage, Clove, Cinnamon, Citronella, Dwarf juniper, Horseradish root, Lovage, Lemon, Marjoram, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Oregano, Peppermint, Rosemary, Ruta graveolens or rue, Sassafras oil, Scented fern, Sweet fennel, Sage, Thyme, Wormwood.