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Essential Oil Age Guidelines

Want to know what you can use on your child based on his or her age? This page shows the latest recommendations by Tisserand for safe essential oil usage in infants and children. This is for both topical use at the listed dilutions and diffusion unless marked otherwise. The bottom of the page includes information for adult usage.

3+ months (0.2% topical = 1-2 drops per oz)

  • Lavender
  • Roman Chamomile

 

6+ months (0.5% topical = 3-5 drops per oz)

  • Cedarwood
  • Cypress
  • Scotch Pine
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • Tea Tree

 

2+ years (1% topical= 10 drops per oz)

  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • California Lemon
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage
  • Copaiba Balsam
  • Fir Needle
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Patchouli
  • Pink Grapefruit
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Vetiver
  • Achieve Blend
  • Bedtime Blend
  • Bliss Blend
  • Citrus Breeze Blend
  • Content Blend
  • Escape Tension Blend
  • Focus Blend
  • Oasis Blend
  • Paradise Blend

 

3+ years (1% topical= 10 drops per oz)

  • Eucalyptus (not near face)
  • Peppermint (not near face- 0.5% dilution ages 3-6)
  • Bugs Away Blend
  • Peppermint Pop Blend

 

5+ years (1% topical= 10 drops per oz)

  • Cinnamon Leaf
  • Clove Bud
  • Lemongrass
  • Rosemary
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Chill Blend
  • Cinnamon Snap Blend
  • Ignite Blend
  • Resist Blend
  • Revive Blend
  • Warm Spice Blend

6+ years (2% topical= 20 drops per oz)

  • Oregano
  • Star Anise
  • Open Air Blend
  • Subdue Blend

12+ years (2% topical= 20 drops per oz)

  • Alleviate Blend

Not for Use on Children of any age: Birch

 

Adult Usage- Generally speaking, a 2% dilution is safe for healthy adults. Elderly or pregnant women should use a 1% dilution after checking if that oil is safe to use (does not interfere with medications, no pregnancy warnings). If topical use is a concentrated area, up to 5% dilution can be used.

Exception- some oils have a maximum dermal percentage. This information and other warnings can be viewed on each oils product page. Do not use the 2% guideline for these oils.