4 Ways to use Essential Oils with School Age Children

Several years ago I had not even heard of essential oils.    When my mom started using them, I was certainly skeptical.  My family started using a few essential oils for this and that, but now we use them all the time.  Here are some of the ways that essential oils can be used with school aged children. Also, remember that not all essential oil brands are the same and I do not recommend going to the store or Amazon to get oils that may have additives and are not therapeutic grade.  Email me at erinking2wellness@gmail.com and I’ll tell you how I get therapeutic grade essential oils at 25% off retail.   Here are some of the ways I use essential oils to support my school age children:

  1.  Essential Oils to help during the school day

I send my children to school with essential oils, so they can use them throughout the school day.  However, I don’t want them to take entire bottles of oils.  I buy small 10 ml rollerballs and then I fill them with fractionated coconut oil and then the desirimage1 (5)ed drops of oil.  Therapeutic Grade Essential oils are strong and are still effective when diluted with a carrier oil.

  • Essential oils can help support focus at school. I  made a 10 ml rollerball with 20 drops of wild orange oil and 20 drops of peppermint and the rest filled with fractionated coconut oil.  The smell is delightful and it is uplifting and is often reported to be good for focusing. Be aware that citrus oils can make you more sensitive to the sun in the area that the oil touched the skin.  If the child is going to be out in the sun for any length of time, use this oil in a spot that won’t get exposed to direct sunlight.    There are other options for focus, such as a focus blend (contains sandalwood, patchouli, frankincense, lime, ylang ylang, roman chamomile) and vetiver.  If the smell is offensive, you can rub them on the big toe every morning before you put socks on.   The pores in the bottom of the feet are larger, easily enabling the oils to be absorbed into the body.
  • Essential oils have been used to support feelings of being overwhelmed or worried. There are a variety of blends that are used for calming, grounding, or promoting peaceful feelings. When you find one that you or your child responds to, you can make it into a rollerball by adding the desired number of drops into the rollerball and then filling with fractionated coconut oil.  Here is one to try:  In a 10 ml bottle add 20 drops of a grounding blend that has (spruce, ho wood, blue tansy and frankincense) 20 drops of a calming blend (lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, and sandalwood)   20 drops of vetiver and 10 drops of frankincense.
  • Roller balls can be made for a variety of reasons. Maybe your child often has feelings of sadness during the day.  There are some oils that could be beneficial for that.  Citrus oils can be uplifting, including lime or wild orange.  Ylang Ylang is a flowery scent that many find uplifting.  There is a joyful blend that contains lavindin, tangerine, elemi, lemon myrtle, Melissa, ylang, ylang, osmanthus, and sandalwood.


2.  Diffusing oils to help during homework time

We have been using essential oils in our home the last few years and seeing noticeable effects.   I no longer use candles, plug ins, or scent warmers in my house.  I only diffuse therapeutic grade essential oils that smell amazing, but also have therapeutic properties.   Different people will respond to different oils, so it does take some trial and error.  I remember the first time I realized the power of diffusing the right oils at the right time.  One day my son came in agitated and I knew there was a lot of homework that evening.  It was apparent that we were in for a long evening of frustration.  I put two drops of vetiver and 2 two drops of wild orange in the diffuser and set it on the table beside him while I started dinner.  I was shocked to see the tension decrease in his body as he worked on his homework.  He continued to work diligently and responded well to corrections that needed to be made.   Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  • If your child is agitated and easily frustrated, try a calming oil such as lavender, roman chamomile, or another type of peaceful blend. Also a grounding oil such as vetiver or frankincense could be helpful.
  • If your child has trouble focusing, try Vetiver. Preliminary research on essential oils for ADHD has shown promising results.  In 2001, Dr. Terry Friedman conducted a study that found Vetiver oil effective in treating children with ADHD.  Lavender increased performance by 53%, Cedarwood by 83% and Vetiver by 100%.
  • If your child needs some motivation, a citrus oil could help, such as wild orange or a citrus blend. Also, the smell of peppermint can be uplifting and motivating.  Some people mix citrus and peppermint oils.


3. Sleep

Every parent knows that a good night’s sleep is vital for emotions the next day.  Having proper sleep helps with focus, emotional and physical health.  However, so many children struggle with sleep.  I see a lot of children in my schools that have significant behavior problems falling asleep during the school day.  Sleep issues and behavioral issues are often closely related.   When I see children falling asleep at school, I want to first look at the routine and schedule before bed.  Parents should enforce a bedtime that allows for enough hours of sleep and help set up a routine that helps kids to start unwinding before bed.  Screens should be off at least an hour before bedtime and sugar and caffeine should be avoided in the evening.  Setting up that routine and strict bedtime will help most children get proper sleep.  However, there are still many children that will have a very difficult time settling down, will wake several times during the night, or have a lot of difficulty getting and staying asleep.  There are natural supplements available, but since I don’t know much about them, I won’t speak either way in this article.  Many people are turning to essential oils with success to assist in a restful night sleep.  Lavender, roman chamomile, and vetiver are often used for sleep.  Some prefer a grounding or calming blend before bed. There are a few ways to use essential oils at bedtime:

  • Essential oils can be diffused in the room, which allows you to inhale the oils throughout the night. Through the sense of smell, it can relax tense muscles and calm active minds.
  • They can be placed directly on the child with a carrier oil to dilute. Put the oils on the feet (where the pores are larger and can easily absorb into the body), or on the chest, neck, or wrists (where the child can smell the oils.)
  • Another option is to mix an oil with water in a glass spray bottle and spritz it on the pillow or bed linens.


4.Seasonal threats

  • During the winter months, I like to diffuse a protective blend that I purchased with Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary  essential oils.   It protects against environmental threats and it cleans the air with a a spicy and sweet aroma.  There are a variety of uses for this oil over the winter!
  • Peppermint, eucalyptus, and the respiration blend (laurel, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaluca, lemon, ravensara, and cardamom) are all useful in minimizing the effects of seasonal threats.  They assist  in maintaining feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.  Diffuse or inhale the respiration blend directly from the palms or rub on chest when environmental threats are high.  They can be used outdoors to minimize the effects of seasonal changes.


If you are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start with essential oils, please email me at erinking2wellness@gmail.com and I will be happy to chat with you.

The information on this page is not intended to treat or cure any disease or disability and medicinal uses of these oils have not been approved by the FDA.  Many have found them useful in assisting and supporting emotions.

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