Easy Places on the Body to Apply Essential Oils to Your Special Needs Child

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There is a lot of adamant advice out there about where certain essential oils or blends should be applied, and we often see special needs parents overwhelmed or discouraged when their child’s sensitivities prevent topical application in these areas.

As a special needs parent you are no doubt well aware that your child may be sensitive to touch and smell.  These two senses are paramount in the topical use of essential oils. 

Please don’t let your child’s sensitivities in these areas dissuade you from giving them a go.  


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Below we have listed easy places to apply oils to your child along with suggested essential oils to use in these locations. 

We want to emphasise that these are suggestions only, and if your child is averse to having essential oils applied in a certain location, then there is no harm in trying a different location.  We have listed multiple suggestions for each essential oil and blend to give you plenty of options.

The following is a list of easy places on the body to apply essential oils as well as suggestions for essential oils to use in these areas.  Consider each location and determine if it is a place your child would be open to trying.  Trust yourself.  No one knows your child like you do.

But before we begin, let’s talk safety!

ALWAYS dilute essential oils for children.  Dilute further for especially sensitive special needs children if necessary.  Here is the dilution guide we use.

How to dilute your essential oils.

Bowl Method:  Use a small ceramic or glass bowl. Place 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (e.g Fractionated Coconut Oil) in the bowl. Add the required drops of essential oil as per the dilution chart.  Use finger to mix oils and then apply to the selected place on the body.  Rub into skin if necessary.

 Roller Bottle Method:  Remove lid and roller ball insert (if you find this difficult, try using an essential oil key).  Add required drops of essential oil as per the dilution chart.  Fill remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil (e.g Fractionated Coconut Oil).  Replace the roller ball insert (again, an essential oil key may help you here) and lid, then shake well for 30 seconds.  To use, remove lid and roll along the skin to apply a layer of oil to the selected place on the body.  Rub into skin if necessary.

Photosensitivity

Some essential oils (mainly citrus) increase the skin’s photosensitivity.  Avoid exposing places on your body that have absorbed these essential oils to prolonged direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after application.  We have marked these essential oils and blends with an ‘*’.


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Easy places to apply:

Forehead

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply along the length of the forehead.  Be careful not to get any oil into your child’s eyes.

Applying essential oils to your forehead can help ease feelings of tension.

Suggested Essential Oils

Copaiba or Melissa

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • Serenity (Restful Blend)
  • AromaTouch* (Massage Blend)

Back of the Neck

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply to the back of the neck as well as around under the ears.

Applying essential oils to the back of the neck gives you quick access to the Vegas Nerve.  Apply here when you need mental clarity or to relieve tension.

Suggested Essential Oils

Melissa, Vetiver, Neroli, Bergamot*, Marjoram, Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Frankincense or Lavender

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • Serenity (Restful Blend)
  • Peace (Reassuring Blend)
  • AromaTouch* (Massage Blend)
  • InTune* (Focus Blend)
  • Balance (Grounding Blend)
  • DDR Prime* (Cellular Complex Blend)

Down the Spine

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply to the spine in a downwards motion.  Applying essential oils down the spine allows for quick access to the brain. Apply here when you need mental clarity or for a soothing massage after a long day to promote relaxation.

Suggested Essential Oils

Frankincense, Bergamot*, Vetiver, Copaiba or Lavender

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • AromaTouch* (Massage Blend)
  • InTune* (Focus Blend)
  • DDR Prime* (Cellular Complex Blend)

Chest or Over the Heart 

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply to the sternum or between the breasts.  Apply essential oils on the chest/over the heart area when dealing with heartache and disappointment and to assist with clear breathing.

Suggested Essential Oils

Melissa, Bergamot*, Copaiba, Neroli or Lavender

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • Elevation* (Joyful Blend)
  • Console (Comforting Blend)

Bottoms of Feet

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply to the bottom of each foot.  Be sure to include the bottom of each big toe also.

Applying essential oils to the bottom of the feet is particularly useful for children sensitive to smell. You can mask the scent of strong-smelling oils simply by putting on a pair of socks after application.  Therefore it is a good place to apply essential oils on children when trying essential oils for the first time. Pores on the bottom of feet are thicker than other pores on the body, allowing essential oils to be absorbed quickly. Most oils can be applied on the bottom of the feet. Also apply citrus oils on bottom of feet, if going in the sun.

Suggested Essential Oils

Lavender, Frankincense, Vetiver, Bergamot*, Marjoram, Cedarwood, Neroli, Ylang Ylang or Copaiba

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • DDR Prime* (Cellular Complex Blend)
  • Serenity (Restful Blend)
  • Balance (Grounding Blend)
  • Peace (Reasurring Blend)
  • InTune* (Focus Blend)

Inside Wrist Creases

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply to the inside of one wrist, then rub together with the other wrist.

Applying essential oils to the wrists is an easy and accessible location, which also allows for the added benefit of inhaling the essential oils by bringing your wrist up to your nose. Many blood vessels run through the wrists allowing easy access to the heart and lungs. Oils move quickly to the chest, to open the chest and feel lighter. Massage essential oils on wrists to uplift mood and increase focus.

Suggested Essential Oils

Lavender, Neroli, Frankincense or Bergamot*

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • InTune* (Focus Blend)
  • Balance (Grounding Blend)
  • Elevation* (Joyful Blend)
  • Console (Comforting Blend)

Inside Forearms and Crease of Elbow

Using the bowl or roller bottle method, apply to the length of the forearm and to the inside crease of the elbow.  There are many veins close to the surface inside the forearm.  Applying essential oils up and down the inside of your forearms allows oils to rapidly enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body. This is the best location for instant change to your emotional state. Massage essential oils into your arms to promote relaxation.

Suggested Essential Oils

Lavender, Frankincense or Cedarwood

Suggested doTERRA Essential Oil Blends

  • Balance (Grounding Blend)
  • AromaTouch* (Massage Blend)

The Whole Body

To experience a whole body topical application, add essential oils to your bath water.

As usual dilution is required because essential oils are not water soluble.  If you use them neat they will sit on top of the water and may cause skin irritations.

Mix essential oils with a carrier oil, (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) before adding to the bath, or alternatively you can try them in these essential oil DIY projects for a truly fun essential oil bath experience.

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* Photosensitivity

Some essential oils (mainly citrus) increase the skin’s photosensitivity.  Avoid exposing places on your body that have absorbed these essential oils to prolonged direct sunlight for up to 12 hours after application.  We have marked these essential oils and blends with an ‘*’.


Looking for more information?  Here are some more great reads to help you get started.

doTERRA’s Essential Oil for Beginners eBook
doTERRA’s Aromatic Use of Essential Oils eBook 
doTERRA’s Topical Use of Essential Oils eBook 
doTERRA’s Cooking With Essential Oils eBook


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