Even though peppermint oil offers many health benefits, it could be dangerous for babies. Accidental ingestion of the oil can be toxic for an infant. Direct and undiluted application of the oil can cause inflammation, itchiness or possible skin reactions.
Is peppermint oil safe for babies to inhale?
Menthol, which is in peppermint oil, should not be inhaled by or applied to the face of an infant or small child because it may negatively affect their breathing.
Can I diffuse peppermint oil around my baby?
no. Tisserand advises against diffusing Peppermint Oil around babies and toddlers because it can cause breathing difficulties. After age 3 it can be diffused or applied topically at up to 0.5% (that’s around 2 drops per tablespoon).
Can inhaling peppermint oil be harmful?
Always consider children, pets, and pregnant women before using aromatherapy. If taken in very large doses, peppermint oil can be toxic. It contains a known toxic compound called pulegone.
What essential oils are not safe for babies?
Popular essential oils that should never be used on or around infants and children:
What can I diffuse for a sick baby?
Safe Essential Oils for Babies and How to Use Them
- Tea tree.
Can breathing in too much essential oils be harmful?
Asthma attacks: While essential oils may be safe for most people to inhale, some people with asthma may react to breathing in the fumes. Headaches: Inhaling essential oils may help some people with their headaches, but inhaling too much may lead to a headache in others.
Is peppermint oil safe for toddlers?
Don’t use peppermint oil on children less than 30 months old. Peppermint used on children under 30 months of age can increase a risk for seizures. Don’t use oils near a heat source. Using essential oils near heat source can cause a fire.
Can babies have peppermint candy?
Never give your baby hard candies such as peppermints, butterscotch drops, or jelly beans before age 4. This type of candy can easily cause choking because it slips down the throat and babies can’t chew it properly. Small pieces of chocolate that melt in your child’s mouth are fine as a special treat after age 2.