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Fighting Kids’ Colds Naturally with Essential Oils

 Colds are going around and I know we’re next. Kids’ colds, ear infections and runny noses are part of childhood, and I try to treat them as naturally as possible by using essential oils to help my kids feel better as soon as possible. I use essential oils for everything from cleaning the house to treating sleep issues, anxiety and tummy aches, and much more. My kids love essential oils and ask for them all the time.

I use only Young Living Essential Oils because, after much research, I have found their oils to be the best quality, and I like the fact that they grow and harvest their oil sustainably.

If you’re new to essential oils, always dilute them more to be safe. In general, children under the age of 2 should not use oils, but I used heavily diluted lavender and chamomile to massage all my children.

For children age 5 and older, the general dilution ratios are as follows:

To open airways — RC and Raven: 1 drop of RC or 1 drop of Raven and 4-5 drops of olive oil or coconut oil to rub on the child’s chest

To boost immunity — Thieves: Dilute 1 drop with 10 drops of olive oil, and rub on the bottoms of feet. It also is great in a diffuser to keep the rest of family healthy.

Reduce fever — Peppermint: Combine 1 drop with 10 drops of olive oil, and rub up and down on spine. Repeat until fever is gone.

Congestion — Peppermint: 1 drop with 10 drops coconut oil. Rub on chest and over sinuses. Be careful not to get in eyes, as it may sting.

Reduce Sniffles — Lavender: 1 drop with one drop coconut oil to rub over the bridge of nose.

Sore Throat — Purification: Rub undiluted purification on neck.

Ear Infection — Purification: Put undiluted purification on a cotton ball and rub around ear. NEVER put oils inside ear.

Coughing — Lemon:A drop of lemon oil in chamomile tea with some honey

Immunity Roller

An immunity roller makes applying immune boosting essential oil easy at any time. To be prepared, you can make one. I always have one roller in my purse and one at home so I can apply it whenever I feel the need for an extra boost. Empty glass rollers can be bought here. By the way, they make great gifts, too


  • 8 drops purification
  • 8 drops thieves
  • 5 drop of lemon
  • 2 tsp. coconut oil

Mix in roller, and roll along spine, on wrist pulses or on bottoms of feet.

Young Living also has a whole line of kids’ oil products. One of their oils is called snifflease. I found that it works great for congestion. The bonus is that you do not have to dilute it.

Throat caramels–These little caramels are my kids favorite thing when their throats hurt and I like them because of the healing properties of  both ginger and lemon.

  • 1 cup honey
  • 5 drops essential ginger and lemon

Bring honey to boil in in a sauce pan on medium heat white stirrig. Use a cooking temometer to bring honey to 175c. Remove to heat and add essential oils.  Spoon the honey on a parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Make small circles or use a cane silicon mold. Let them cool and harden completely before removing.

 Congestion Nasal Inhaler

DIY Nasal Inhaler (Recipe from Family Focus)

Supplies Needed:

  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Lemon Essential Oil
  • Nasal Inhaler 
Drop 8 drops of each essential oil onto the wick. Done!

If you’re interested in buying Young Living oils and/or have your own house emergency kit, click here.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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