Can my kids use tea tree oil?
8th Oct 2012
Chances are you have heard all about the wonderful natural antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties of tea tree oil!
Yet you may be wondering - is this renowned essential oil safe enough to use on my kids?
This depends on a variety of factors, including age. In general, parents are advised not to use tea tree oil on babies as it is considered to be too harsh for their young skin.
If using a tea tree oil product for the first time, then it is best to do a skin patch test on a small area of skin. If there is a reaction, do not use the product.
Once your child is over five, however, many tea tree oil products are in fact designed for kids.
For example, there is a range of tea tree oil shampoos designed to help manage head lice, and being a natural antiseptic tea tree creams and ointments are also great for applying to minor grazes and cuts.
The main thing to remember when it comes to tea tree oil is that it should not be applied directly to the skin unless it has been diluted.
Direct contact may cause irritation, so it is best to instead use trusted products that have the oil as an ingredient, or dilute it with a carrier oil such as almond or rose hip.
To answer the question, yes tea tree oil is safe for kids - but only if you exercise the same caution that you would with any other natural or medicinal treatment.
Follow instructions carefully and always consult a healthcare practitioner if symptoms persist. Tea tree oil is to be used for the treatment of very minor abrasions and ailments only.