I get this question weekly and as a mom I am happy to see that others research what they put on their child's skin, I too did my research when I started using doterra oils and personally use both of these oils with my kids- however I practice safe use (dilution). Keep reading to learn more about the safety of these two oils with little ones-
"Peppermint’s main constituent is menthol, and Eucalyptus’s main constituent is 1,8 cineole. We need this review to help us understand why you may have heard to “avoid using Peppermint or Eucalyptus oils with young children.” When we take a critical eye to the data, we are reassured our daily use of properly applied essential oils are the safe practice we intended them to be for our little ones.
Menthol is found in Peppermint oil. Peppermint is safe to use aromatically. When using any essential oil topically on small children, you should consider dilution to prevent an intense skin sensation or irritation of sensitive skin. With Peppermint’s intense aroma, one should avoid application near the eyes and face of children. At the usual recommended amount per day, menthol-containing oils have an excellent safety profile. It is only with massive amounts well beyond any normal range that peppermint has demonstrated toxicity
1,8 cineole is the major constituent in Eucalyptus. It can be applied topically or aromatically. It is one of a few essential oils that is not recommended for internal use. As with any essential oil topical application, to preserve the lasting effects of the oil and prevent flash-off one should consider dilution with a carrier oil (e.g. Fractioned Coconut Oil, etc.). For children or those with sensitive skin, moderate to heavy dilution is recommended. The reports of serious adverse events associated with Eucalyptus oil in scientific literature have always involved excessively large (> 5mL) amounts taken internally or placed directly into the nose. Of course, these excessive amounts are well beyond the normal usage range
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