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Evidence based tools for your most important family members

Using essential oils and aromatherapy with children is a controversial practice, but it doesn’t have to be. Children require unique formulations, blends, and protocols to meet the goal of safety and efficacy at each stage of development. Rather than take an all or nothing approach driven by the chaos of information on this topic, get the facts and learn how to use essential oils with children confidently.

In this 6-part independent course, you will learn why children are more susceptible to harmful effects of essential oils and how to create child-specific protocols to meet their unique needs. A background in aromatherapy is recommended but not required. During this course you will learn how to integrate the principle that the dose makes the poison into your aromatherapy decision-making so that you can safely and effectively begin using essential oils at any age!


Module One: Childhood Growth & Development

  • Scent Memory Development
  • History of Child Health, Disease, & Treatment
  • Pediatric Environmental Health
  • Pediatric Toxicology
  • Clinical Research & Children

Module Two: Inhalation & Respiratory Health

  • Respiratory Development
  • Olfaction & Aromatherapy
  • ACEs & Childhood Trauma
  • Dose-Response Relationships
  • Protocols & Best Practices

Module Three: Topical Application

  • Your Dermal Microbiome
  • Skincare Dilutions
  • Topical Medicine
  • Transdermal Drug Delivery
  • Dermal Toxicity

Module Four: EO Ingestion

  • Aromatic Medicine
  • Topical – Oral Ingestion
  • Digestive Development
  • Metabolic Pathways
  • Gut Microbiome

Module Five: Dosing & Dispensing

  • Identifying Doses in the Literature
  • Dose Calculations
  • Modifications for Children
  • Childhood Windows of Development

Module Six: EOs by Stage

  • Birth – 6 months: Guidelines & Medicinal Applications
  • 6-12 months: Guidelines & Medicinal Applications
  • 12-24 months: Guidelines & Medicinal Applications
  • 2-6 years: Guidelines & Medicinal Applications
  • 7-12 years: Guidelines & Medicinal Applications
  • 13+: Guidelines & Medicinal Applications


The Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences is a research focused continuing education institution offering an evidence based approach to preventive, public, and integrative health. FSIHS is also an approved school by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and is the only NAHA approved school with a PhD researcher directing the program. FSIHS is also a recognized CEU provider for Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWCs) CE #100102.


Independent Courses at FSIHS are asynchronous, so they are not delivered in real time and you are not required to be online at any specific time. Lessons are posted every Friday morning (central time zone) and you can view the lectures and download the handouts any time after they are released. After studying the lesson, you are encouraged to post any questions you have in the discussion forum. You are also encouraged to respond to other student questions.

Course instructors respond to all questions and comments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. After the final lesson is posted, course access continues for an additional 3 weeks to allow for review and application questions. For more details about our Independent Courses, CLICK HERE.