Someone reported to me a rise in temperature after applying Peppermint before it went down – and stayed down. This was surprising as no one had previously reported this. However, it makes sense that the fever could go up while the body is working hard to rebalance, doesn’t it? The important thing is that the fever comes down afterward.
Oils that can be used for children are really the same as those used for adults – it is just that the amount is adjusted for the size of the child. The potential for skin sensitivity is also and important consideration. I usually suggest applying the oils on the bottoms of the feet and diffusing for very young children (under 2 years old).
However a little girl who is teething was here a few days ago. We diluted 1 drop of THIEVES blend in about 2 ml V6 Vegetable Oil Complex. The mom rubbed this all over the child’s gums, and she was happy and smiling again within a few seconds.
The things to remember are:
- LESS is better than more
- DILUTE if applying other than on the feet
- Drop oil into YOUR palm, rub hands together, and then place hands on the child’s body over affected area (chest for cough and cold, stomach for nausea or diarrhea, etc)
Lavender and Frankincense can usually safely be applied to young children topically. In fact I have successfully used Lavender neat (undiluted) for severe burns on a baby. However, caution should always be exercised when applying the “hot” oils.