Your first aid kit probably contains band-aids, antiseptic, a thermometer. Every parent is prepared with the tools they need in case their child gets sick or falls and scrapes a knee on the school playground. In addition, holistic parents might keep homeopathic Rescue Remedy, slippery elm lozenges, acidophilus or Arnica handy in case they or their children need it. But what about essential oils? Read on for advice on how to choose essential oils for your family and the best collection of oils for every parent to stock, just in case.

Why Essential Oils are Great for Children’s Troubles

Essential oils are natural extracts that are steam-distilled from herbs and other plants. They contain all the chemical qualities of the natural plant, many of which balance and stabilize each other – so unlike prescription or over-the-counter drugs, they have no harmful side effects.

What’s more, essential oils support and balance the body’s own natural functions. Instead of simply killing harmful viruses or bacteria, they help promote an internal environment in which the body’s own resources take over, bacteria are not comfortable, and the immune system is supported. They help our bodies return to health.

If you use good essential oils, they are safe to use even with small children or pets.

Quality is Important

More so than any other natural treatment, the quality and type of processing of essential oils can mean the difference between oils that heal and oils that harm.

Essential oils that are processed quickly at high temperatures, with chemical solvents, may be toxic to adults, children or pets. Pure essential oils grown without pesticides that are distilled at low temperatures and pressure are safe and healthy for almost everyone.

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To learn more, see The Real Quality of Essential Oils.

5 Essential Oils for Every Parent to Have at Hand:

Lemon oil is antiseptic, antibacterial(1), and its sweet aroma is soothing, calming and uplifting. Like the fruit itself, lemon is cleansing. It may be added to water to support immunity and to neutralize bacteria (and is often recommended to counteract the chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals in tap water(1)). A drop of lemon oil is great for cleaning off hands after a trip to a public restroom, or anytime you’re on the go.

Thieves (2) is a blend of cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary studied to kill 99.96% of airborne bacteria. A similar recipe has been used since the time of the Bubonic plague to fight viruses and disease – and because all the ingredients are natural, viruses can’t mutate or become immune to it. Thieves may be diffused or applied on the hands, feet, and throat.

Lavender is known as the “universal oil,” with good reason – it’s good for just about everything! Lavender is famous for being calming and relaxing, and as the best treatment for burns and skin issues(1). If you don’t know what oil to use, try lavender (but only real lavender! Hybrid lavender is not the same).

Peppermint is also very versatile. It is remarkable at soothing any kind of digestive discomfort, from stomach aches to allergic reactions and parasites to travel nausea. It’s also good for headaches, migraines, clearing the mind, and is cooling and refreshing.

Vetiver is one of the most effective oils for calming hyperactive kids. It has been tested with ADHD and ADD kids to aid with focus and learning skills(1). It’s also a good sleep aid and mood booster for grumpy children.

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Each of these oils is invaluable for kids and parenting.