Essential Oils for Kids?

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The short answer is well controlled studies do not show the benefits that many of these products claim. It’s important to know that the FDA doesn’t regulate over the counter supplements and herbs, and that they are allowed to claim health benefits as long as the seller doesn’t claim they treat disease. So you can see claims like “supports a healthy immune system.”

There’s a comprehensive article about essential oil in pediatrics here.

Pleasant scents like lavender may make you feel more relaxed. And the placebo effect is high–a third of people report improvement to many sugar pills and even sham surgery. An excellent book on complementary medicine is Snake Oil Science by R. Barker Bausell.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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