Are essential oils safe for children?

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When using essential oils it's important to do a patch test first, applying the oil to a small area of skin and waiting 24 hours to make sure your child does not have an adverse reaction.

Essential oils have become very popular over the years and are widely available in markets and pharmacies. Many parents are using essential oils on their children for a variety of reasons, such as to help improve sleep, reduce pain and stress, ease an upset stomach and more. Although essential oils can be beneficial for children, it’s important to know how to use them safely.

We spoke with Harpreet Gujral, DNP, FNP-BC, director of Integrative Medicine at Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of the Johns Hopkins Health System in Washington, D.C., and Rachel Dawkins, M.D., medical director of the Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Clinics in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Department of Pediatric Medicine, to get their expert advice on using essential oils on children

What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are concentrated extracts from the flowers, leaves, seed, bark, roots or peel of a plant. Since many companies are selling synthetic fragrances marketed as essential oils, it’s first important to understand where essential oils come from and what t