Regarding children, when used as directed, essential oils are safe for the entire family. However, when beginning essential oil use for any age group, it is recommended that you follow some simple guidelines. Start off using the oils aromatically or topically, diluting to prevent sensitivities. One drop of essential oil to four or five drops of a carrier oil is a good ratio for young children. Start with a single oil to address the immediate need, then try something else at a later time to determine what works best. Remember, young children need less oil because of their lower body mass. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears and nose, and sensitive areas. Finally, all doTERRA essential oils labeled for internal use are on the Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) list, but consult with a physician before using oils internally with young children, and to avoid accidental ingestion, keep out of reach of children.

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