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Improving Appetite in Underweight Child

by Cindi
(North Pole, AK)

What smells could we surround a child with to get them to eat more and have an appetite?

Hi Cindi thanks for your question. It is very important that you check with your professional health practitioner FIRST and get the all clear that there is no underlying condition and give the ok for using essential oils.

Once you get the all clear from your GP or specialist, and it is ok to use essential oils, it is very important that you only use the purest quality essential oils, otherwise they could make the the situation worse.

Some essential oils may contain additives, preservatives, isolated (and potentially hazardous) compounds such as limonene and linalool, pesticide and herbicide residues etc.

Here is a list of essential oils I would suggest:

  • Bergamot essential oil

  • Ginger essential oil

  • Hyssop essential oil

  • Lemon essential oil

  • Myrrh essential oil

  • Nutmeg essential oil

  • Orange essential oil

  • Spearmint essential oil

You could diffuse one or more of these essential oils. You might like to allow your child to smell and select the essential oils he/she likes and (if they are old enough) allow them to put the drops into the diffuser so that they can make this part of their ritual for meal time.

Of course, I only use and recommend Young Living Essential Oils. *These products are only available from Young Living Essential Oils. Please visit my store for more information.

Wishing you happy, healthy meal times ahead :)

Essential Oil Goddess

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Jun 22, 2021
My Own Little 2 cents' worth..
by: Mandy.aromatherapy

Hi there! My name is Mandy, and I've been an aromatherapist for over half my life, (17 years now). I also have 5 degrees, 3 bring in Chemistry and/or Biology. More importantly, I also have a niece that had Leukemia/Chemo at age 2-4 years old. I agree with the above comment(s). Very important to check with a primary care doctor/physician 1st, especially when dealing with children & any potential medical issues/pharmaceuticals/side effects. Depending on the child's age, many essential oils are also a bit strong.. But I do want to add that when the chemo had my niece practically unable to eat, the blend that I made up for her was:

Essential oils of Roman Chamomile (2%), Tangerine (2%), Bergamot (1%), Lavender (2%), all diluted in Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil. In this case, I added Eucalyptus Radiata (1.5%) to the blend. I wanted to add some spices, but her age (under 3 years old at the time), caused me to hesitate. So I took Hydrosols of both Ginger and Cinnamon, highly diluted in distilled water. I added the essential oil/carrier oil blend to the Hydrosol water in a cute little spray bottle for her. We called it/made it into her 'special little perfume bottle', and taught her to use it properly, (i.e. to spray away from eyes, not into food, not to let other sick kids use, etc.). This worked beautifully. She is in middle school now, and has been in remission since age 5, (knock on wood!). Hopefully this gives someone an idea to help out a sick kid in their own family &/or medical practice.

Health & Blessings,
Holistic Aromatherpist
(Admin note: some personal details have been removed to protect privacy.)


Thank you Mandy for this lovely idea to use the essential oils for young children. How wonderful you could help her and that she is thriving.
All the best.
Admin - Jen

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