I can hear some of you asking right now, "You mean there are oils unsafe for kids?" Absolutely! Despite the fact that you may have heard that the purity of the oil ensures that the oil is perfectly safe for all ages, but that is simply not true.

No matter the brand, there are some essential oils that should not be used by children younger than certain ages. By the ages of 10, kids can use most essential oils. However, for children younger than two, most essential oils are off limits.

Essential Oil Contraindications

NAME OF OIL

Botanical Name

Uses to Avoid

AGE

Eucalyptus

nearly all - eucalyptus globulus, eucalyptus radiata

all uses

10 & younger

Birch (sweet)

betula lenta

all uses

6 & younger

Cajeput

melaleuca cajuputi, melaleuca laucadendron

all uses

6 & younger

Cardamon

elettaria cardamomum

all uses

6 & younger

Cornmint (Peppermint Japanese)

mentha arvensis, mentha canadensis

all uses

6 & younger

Ho Leaf/Ravintsara

cinnamomum camphora

all uses

6 & younger

Laurel Leaf/Bay Laurel

laurus nobilis

topical

6 & younger

Marjoram (Spanish)

thymus mastichina

all uses

6 & younger

Myrtle (red)

myrtus communis

all uses

6 & younger

Niaouli

melaleuca quinquinervia

all uses

6 & younger

Peppermint

mentha x piperita

all uses

6 & younger

Rosemary

rosmariunus officinalis

all uses

6 & younger

Sage (White)

salvia apiana

all uses

6 & younger

Wintergreen

gaultheria gragrantissima, gaultheria procumbens

all uses

6 & younger

Anise (star)

illicium verum

all uses

5 & younger

Anise/Aniseed

pimpinella anisum

all uses

5 & younger

Fennel (bitter/sweet)

foeniculum vulgare

all uses

5 & younger

Myrtle (aniseed)

backhousia anisata

all uses

5 & younger

Basil (lemon)

ocimum x citriodorum

topical

2 & younger

Benzoin

styrax benzoin, s. paralleloneurus, s. tonkinensis

topical

2 & younger

Black seed

nigella sativa

topical

2 & younger

Cassia

cinnamomum cassia

all uses

2 & younger

Clove bud

syzygium aromaticum

topical

2 & younger

Clove leaf

eugenia caryophyllata

topical

2 & younger

Clove stem

eugenia aromatica

topical

2 & younger

Garlic

allium sativum

all uses

2 & younger

Hyssop

hyssopus officinalis

all uses

2 & younger

Lemon Leaf

citrus x limon

topical

2 & younger

Lemongrass

cymbopogon glexuosus

topical

2 & younger

May Chang

litsea cubeba

all uses

2 & younger

Melissa/Lemon Balm

melissa officinalis

topical

2 & younger

Mountain Savory

satureia hortensis, satureia montana

topical

2 & younger

Myrtle (honey)

melaleuca teretifolia

all uses

2 & younger

Myrtle (lemon)

Backhousia citriodora

topical

2 & younger

Oakmoss

evernia prunastri

topical

2 & younger

Oregano

origanum vulgare L

topical

2 & younger

Peru Balsam

myroxylon balsamum

topical

2 & younger

Petitgrain

citrus limonum

topical

2 & younger

Rambiazana

helichrysum gymnocephalum

topical

2 & younger

Tea Tree (lemon-scented)

leptospermum petersonii, leptospermum citratum

topical

2 & younger

Verbena (lemon)

Aloysia triphylla, aloysia citriodora, lippa citrioora

topical

2 & younger

Ylang-ylang

cananga odorata

topical

2 & younger