Children and Babies Safety with Essential Oils

Birth to Age 3 Months:

Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young Source:

“Great caution is necessary for infants. Since neonatal skin does not mature until three months of age, it is more sensitive and more permeable to essential oils. A newborn is also less equipped to deal with any adverse effects than an adult because of lower metabolic capacity, i.e., enzymes present in lower concentrations. (11) These cautions apply even more to premature babies, and here it would be prudent to avoid all use of essential oils.” (Essential Oil Safety, p. 48-49)

Children Safety with Essential Oils

Advisory Disclaimer – Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994

4 Essential Oils NOT RECOMMENDED for use around children under 12.





Young children’s immune systems have not fully developed and they are overall less able to deal with adverse effects when concentrated substances, such as essential oils, are used in the air around them (via diffusion).

Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and certain chemotypes of Rosemary contain high amounts of menthol or 1,8-cineole which can cause slowed respiration in some children. Because of this, it is recommended that Peppermint not be diffused around or applied to the skin of children under age 6, and Eucalyptus is to be avoided on or around children under age 10. You can read more about menthol-containing essential oils and children here.