I hope making these will make your cold season a little better. There has been a lot of controversy about using Eucalyptus with children under 6. I myself was a little cautious at first. I will give you some science of course. But I will also inform you that I have now 3 times seen organic eucalyptus roller balls in the baby aisle of target, Fred Meyers and whole foods labeled to help with infant congestion. I thought to myself, If it is so dangerous for children how on earth would they be approved to sell and market it directly to parents of infants. So I decided it was time to weed out the garbage and get some more solid evidence.
Eucalyptus is a natural expectorant that can help unclog respiratory congestion. This makes Eucalyptus a favorite during the cold winter months.
Eucalpytus radiata is a different species than the commonly found Eucalyptus globulus. Children and infants should use Eucalyptus Radiata which is the species produced by Doterra While Eucalyptus globulus is safe for adults, it should not be used on children under the age of 2.
The essential oil safety guidelines state that “The cineole present in eucalyptus oil can create nervous and breathing related problems in children. That said, some distilled versions of eucalyptus oil contain lower amounts of cineole.”
Make sure children and babies do not ingest eucalyptus oil intentionally or accidentally. The side effects might be more severe if the family has a history of respiratory problems such as asthma.
The scientific review of eucalyptus injuries and side effects in children were with ingesting 3-5ml of the essential oil. That is ALOT of essential oil and would never be recommended to ingest that much of ANY essential oil. Read the full reviewed info in this Pub Med article .
I use Eucalyptus Essential oil Diffused only for my kiddos but If you are not comfortable using eucalyptus that is OK! You can always use Frankincense, Lime and cardamom to help open airways, improve congestion, cough, cold, and sore throats.
You can try out this awesome shower melt recipe next time you need to clear those airways!
Eucalyptus Shower Melts Recipe
1 cup baking soda
2-5 tablespoons water
10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (substitute Frankincense, Lime and Cardamom)
10 drops lavender essential oil
Soap colorant (optional)
1 cup of cornstarch
• 4 Tablespoons of water
• 6 drops of essential oil (Eucalyptus)
• Optional drop/s of green food coloring
• An ice cube tray