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Your Guide to Using Safe Essential Oils for Kids {VIDEO}

Kid safe essential oils

No sooner do I clean up the bathroom and put the box away then it seems to come back out!

What box? My essential oils, and particularly the bottles that are safe for my kids, tend to be like the proverbial bad penny on my bathroom counter.

It’s not that we’re always sick, although it can feel that way sometimes in mid-winter. At least we’re ready with natural remedies when the sick bugs do come knocking!

I just keep thinking of uses for our KidSafe essential oils, like helping my toddler sleep, easing cough and congestion symptoms, diffusing Germ Fighter to protect other members of the family from colds and stomach viruses, helping people focus, and more. So out they come.

I was honored to host Retha Nesmith from Plant Therapy for a short interview and am even more excited to share it with you – she shares such gems of wisdom that I know it will make you feel very comfortable using essential oils around children and babies. Knowledge is power when it comes to essential oils and if they have side effects.

Here’s the video, and we even included the audio in case you just want to put it on your phone and listen while you’re busy doing something else (and some notes to help you “skim” the video too).

Hope you love it!

Video: The Importance and Use of KidSafe Essential Oils


If you can’t view the video above, click KidSafe Essential Oils to see it directly on YouTube.

Grab the Audio:

Click here to download the mp3 version of the interview (to take with you) or just listen to it now without taking the resources on your device for video.

The Busy Mom Notes on What Essential Oils Are Safe for Kids

kid safe essential oils

I completely understand that life is busy and that you may not have the time at this exact moment to watch the full video (we kept it short- only about 25 minutes!). So if you’ve only got a few minutes, here are the things you’re going to want to check out.

3:00 – Why are certain oils KidSafe while others are not?

3:20 – Why do we call some oils “hot oils” and what does that mean for your child. Retha also touches on an interesting fact about asthma. (Also see 5:05 for more asthma related information.)

4:23 – What are the consequences of using a non-KidSafe oil?  Does it matter if you have used one previously? Does application make a difference? As a mom who has voiced regret over ignorantly using non-KidSafe oils in the past on my very young children, I was SO relieved to hear this answer!!!

5:05 – Retha provides a list of a few essential oils you should have your asthmatic child avoidAnd yes, eucalyptus is one of them. 

5:59 – Why you should not put “hot oils”, such as cinnamon, undiluted on your child’s skin.

Uncertain about how to properly dilute your oils? Check out this post on Oil Diluting, and you’ll see it’s as easy at 1-2-3!

6:22 – Responses that children might have to essential oils and a few cautionary notes.

8:15 – Importance of properly diluting essential oils. Plant Therapy always recommends that you always dilute for topical use.

9:12 – If you have a current blend that you love, but are now worrying about it begin a KidSafe oil, you still have options. Although it is challenging, Plant Therapy has staff to help you figure it out.  You can reach them by e-mail at or print their chart for KidSafe Oils By Need.

KidSafe Essential Oils Guide

kidsafe chart

11:08 – Retha explains why Plant Therapy made blends specifically for kids. What are they trying to accomplish with a synergy blend – it’s super cool to be able to harness the power of multiple oils to solve your problem, partly because oils may be more or less effective depending on the person and also to access different effective points of the oils for the symptoms you’re trying to help. 

13:28 – Eucalyptus use alone may not be KidSafe, but using a blended KidSafe oil may yield positive results that surpass those of the single oil. Why does that happen? Retha explains it here.

KidSafe oils are a trademark from Plant Therapy (and I love it!). Here’s more on why they got started, why some oils that aren’t safe for kids, and the rigorous standards PT holds for their KidSafe line.

Retha totally impressed me with those standards, specifically that the KidSafe labels are applied on each batch based on the GCMS report.


So if an oil surprises the company with a non-KidSafe constituent, that specific batch gets a normal label.

Frankincense is the only one that this has happened to – new constituents showed up in a batch that might not have been safe for children, so that batch wouldn’t have the KidSafe label. Blows my mind!

Do you know how to properly dilute essential oils?
essential oil dilution chart
Katie here, popping in to tell you how important it is to be sure you’re diluting those essential oils properly. Sure, you know not to use EOs straight (neat). But do you know the 1-2-3 math so it’s not too strong or weak? Print this chart to keep with your oils so you never have to do math in the middle of the night when your LO is congested: You can read more about why it’s so important to dilute essential oils here, and I know the little chart will be helpful!

Why be so vigilant? Here’s one example that Retha shared with me after we turned off the video:

Essential oils are changing, as is research on them. Blue Tansy now has 10-15% chamazulene content but used to have 30%+. Why? It’s being picked sooner because there’s a shortage. You’d never find 30% anymore – but you don’t have to use more oil as people are still having great success with it at the same 1-5% dilution they’ve always recommended.

Blue tansy is used for allergies primarily and also to relieve discomfort (most blue oils are good for that). There’s so much to learn! Robert Tisserand emails them about once a week with something new. Love, love, love.

How to Use Essential Oils with Kids and Babies – the Practical Stuff!

kid safe essential oils

15:00 – We’ve had a great experience so far with the Growing Pains blend, and I share some anecdotes.

15:38 – Parents can use personal aromatherapy inhalers to benefit their children while at school!  Simple and portable use for everyday needs.

16:52 – What is Plant Therapy’s blend that was added to the KidSafe line after it was  originally created? And how popular is it? Retha gives us all the details on the new EarEase and how to use it.

18:14 – Retha’s favorite oils to use with her own children.

20:29 – Retha’s most successfully used oil is Immune Boom-hear how she uses it to completely protect her family from illnesses. This story got me thinking and adding stuff to my next PT order!!

21:49 – Try Sniffle Stopper to ease congestion for your little one.

23:03 – Dilution of oils is important. Try this easy way of diluting with a simple kitchen ingredient – love that you don’t need to order special carrier oils, don’t you? 

23:16 – Storage of diluted oils and potency safetyhint: they won’t last long if you just mix them up in a bowl.

23:58 – A reminder of my little memory trick to remember how to dilute oilsGet the printable here to put with your EOs so you’ll never forget!

This is the chart from Plant Therapy that I started with, in case you like to look at the source – but trust me, I distilled all these numbers down into an easy-to-remember phrase…1-2-3

dilution chart guide (1) (1)

Plant Therapy also shares more on how to read their chart HERE.

I choose Plant Therapy for two major reasons:

  1. Their aromatherapists on staff and partnership with Robert Tisserand makes me feel so comfortable about the safety and efficacy of the oils! I truly love the KidSafe labels and have even more respect for them after this interview.
  2. They’re totally affordable.
What essential oils do you diffuse? What do you reach for when the kids are sick? 

Essential Oils and the Brain

Watch this quick video for info on the vagus nerve, how essential oils can be a “backdoor” entry to health, and the importance to your whole family of getting into a parasympathetic state more often:

Can’t see the video? Watch Essential Oils and the Brain here on YouTube.

Grab Jodi’s bonus chapter here.

And the oil she held up in the video is one of her own special blends, appropriately called Parasympathetic. You can get your own hands on some here.

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2 thoughts on “Your Guide to Using Safe Essential Oils for Kids {VIDEO}”

  1. Great info- would like to just listen to it. Where is the link for the audio only?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Oh dear Mrs. M, so sorry about that! Adding audio is a new feature for us and I had the note in the post but forgot to add the actual audio until later in the morning. It is in the post now! So glad it’s helpful to you – we’ll keep doing it and hopefully next time actually get it in before the post is live. 🙂 #lifehappens


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