Essential Oil Dilution Chart by Age

Questions we hear a lot are:

Are essential oils safe for babies?

Which oils are best for kids?

Which oils should I avoid?

What dilution should I use with kids?

Find the answers to all of these question in our chart below.

(Please note: this is not an exhaustive list, so always check with your healthcare provider beforehand.)

Essential Oil Dilution Chart by Age

Age Use Dilution Good choices Avoid
Newborn to 6 months old Use oils very sparingly (if at all) and only for short-term relief 1 drop of essential oil per 4 tsps. of carrier oil Very gentle oils like Lavender, Orange, Ginger, Cedarwood, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
6 months to 2 years Use oils sparingly and only for short-term relief. 1 drop of essential oil per 3 tsps. of carrier oil Very gentle oils like Lavender, Orange, Ginger, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Lemon, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
2 years – 4 years Use oils as needed. Rotate oils frequently to prevent sensitivities. 1 drop essential oil per 2 tsps. carrier oil Gentle oils like Lavender, Citrus oils (avoid direct sunlight for 24 hours), Tea Tree, Pine, Cedarwood, Blue Tansy, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
4-6 years old Use oils as needed. Rotate oils frequently to avoid sensitivities. 1 drop per 1 ½ tsps. of carrier oil Great oils include Marjoram, Frankincense, Lemon, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Ginger, Lime, etc. Hot and potent oils like Oregano, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Bark, Peppermint, Rosemary, etc.
6-12 years Use oils as needed 1 drop per 1 teaspoon carrier oil Great oils include Vetiver, Marjoram, Frankincense, Lemon, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Ginger, Lime, Vetiver, etc. Be very cautious with stronger oils.
Adults Use oils as needed 2 drops per 1 teaspoon of carrier oil Most essential oils are fine as long as diluted properly. Use caution with stronger oils.

If this chart is difficult to read from your phone or device, click here for a PDF version of the chart.

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