Hi, I have a question regarding a possible adverse reaction to Young Living eucalyptus oil. A friend of mine was mopping her floor with some eucalyptus oil diluted in her mop water. The same day, her three year old had a seizure. He had never been diagnosed with a seizure disorder of any kind. He was taken to the ER and received several tests with inconclusive results. My friend did not make any connection between the oil and his seizure. About a week later, exactly the same series of events occurred. The second seizure lasted 24 minutes. She discarded the oil. Her son is still having seizures and was diagnosed with status epilepticus. He did not ingest the oil. The only routes of administration would have been diluted on bare feet or inhalation. Pure coincidence or a reaction with neurological damage?


Hi Amber,

Seizures are possible from essential oil inhalation, though rare. Seizures from eucalyptus oil are also very rare but do happen, and the younger the child the more susceptible they are to seizures. One case was reported in 2011 from a girl who used a head lice repellent lotion containing 11% eucalyptus oil. The same sequence of events happening does suggest a causal connection.

Best wishes,