I happened upon a forum apparently devoted to one of the newer MLM companies in our industry...the one who has trademarked the phrase "certified therapeutic grade" but never managed to explain certified by whom.
At any rate, a parent wrote in describing her five year old child's pet allergies and the problems he has sleeping due to congestion. She had tried "putting lavender, lemon and peppermint in a gelcap" but "he couldn't get it down". Since he couldn't swallow it, she's contemplating having him drink it, with her fingers crossed.
Yes, crossing her fingers seems really appropriate. Why she would administer those three oils internally for a respiratory allergy is puzzling to me. Administering them to a five year old borders on child abuse, in my humble opinion. She is VERY fortunate that her child is not one of my grandbabies.
Other members of the forum have suggested diffusing the oils, or applying them to the soles of his feet.
Now, seems to me that a child with allergies would be a PRIME candidate for sensitization, so applying the oils, undiluted, would not be advisable. Others on the forum are, thank goodness, discussing diffusing various blends. (One actually sounded effective for respiratory problems, the other sounds like a powerful germ killer and I'm not sure how it will help with a child's allergies.)
No one, of course, recommended the use of blue tansy oil... probably the most effective anti-allergen of all the essential oils, but I guess this MLM doesn't offer it.