Can you believe summer is almost over and that back to school is just around the corner?! Getting your kids back into the school groove is almost as hard as getting yourself back into the school groove.
There’s going to be late nights, early mornings, homework, tests, after-school activities, playdates, and a lot of preparation. And with a new school year, comes a whole new set of feelings for your kiddos: tiredness, sleeplessness, unproductivity, and hyperactivity. And don’t even get me started on germs and colds. Today, we’re talking about the best essential oils to help get your kids back into the swing of things, easily.
The oils we’ll talk about below are killer at strengthening the immune system and preventing any sickness when going back to school. Check out our healthy starter kit here to have the best immune boosters for the school year.
Tea Tree is known for its cleansing and purifying properties. Keep this bacteria buster on hand for when you want to boost your little one’s immune system before going back to the classroom. Its antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties make it perfect for fighting those common disease-causing bacteria and viruses found in busy places.
How to: Simply diffuse 4-5 drops of tea tree to strengthen immunity and to purify air. Bonus! Add 10 drops to ½ a cup of baking soda and add to the washing machine to clean nasty after-school sport uniforms!
The King of Oils, Frankincense, can help keep the immune system strong by stimulating the body’s natural abilities to fight against any bad virus or bacteria that comes its way. We love to use Frankincense as a to help during cold and flu season at our house. And if we’re going to be around lots of people, we always bring Frankincense along.
How to: Dilute 2-3 drops of Frankincense with ½ to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and gently massage to the bottoms of the feet, back of the neck, and wrists. Diffuse 5-8 drops of Frankincense and inhale deeply.
doTERRA On Guard Protective Blend
We are obsessed with On Guard at our house. This powerful blend is a combination of Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. Its warm, spicy, and woody aroma is perfect for boosting immunity and protecting against environmental and seasonal threats. Use as a means of preventative medicine or whenever you or a family member feels a cold coming on.
How to: Simply diffuse 5-8 drops of this protective blend and inhale deeply to benefits. Avoid topical use of this blend on children because cinnamon can sometimes be sensitizing to little ones.
doTERRA Stronger Protective Blend
Unlike On Guard, Stronger Protective Blend can be applied topically on children. Stronger is a roller bottle blend designed specifically for the Kids Collection at doTERRA. Its gentle ingredients like Cedarwood, Frankincense, and Rose are pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil to help promote feelings of wellness and vitality.
My boys love its bright and lemony aroma. I love it because this essential oil blend for back to school provides protection when environmental threats are high. It can also be extremely soothing to occasional skin irritations and support them during a long day of play and activities.
How to: Roll onto hand, knees, and bottoms of feet before and after a long day of play. Roll onto wrists to sooth heightened emotions of distress.
On Guard Hand Sanitizing Mist
If having hand sanitizer at all times wasn’t a must already, it definitely is now! On Guard Hand Sani not only smells better than conventional hand sanitizers but it’s also just as effective with other added protective bonuses!
This mist will eliminate bacteria and other unwanted germs without drying the skin. Its convenient little bottle is perfect to send with your kids to school so that they can use it after touching gym equipment, door handles, railings, and other high traffic areas.
Cold & Flu Bomb Essential Oil Recipe
These oils are some of the best oils for sinuses so if your child seems stuffed then this is the blend to do!
- 10mL glass roller bottle (dark-colored)
- 10 drop On Guard
- 10 drops Tea Tree
- 10 drops Frankincense
- 10 drops Oregano
- 15 drops Lavender
Instructions: add oils to bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Apply to feet and back of neck hourly for 5 hours at the first sign of cold and then 4-6 times a day until cold is gone.
With summer just coming to an end, it’s hard for kids to go from constant play mode to work mode. These oils will help foster focus, productivity, and memory so that getting back into the groove is a piece of cake.
Vetiver is a member of the grass family hence why it’s known for being an awesome grounding oil. It’s calming aroma is perfect for fueling focus when your kids need to finish homework or study. If your kids struggle with mind chatter and concentration, Vetiver can help.
How to: Diffuse 3-5 drops in the room when working on school work. Mix 1-2 drops with ½ to 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and apply to the wrists.
Lavender is known for its calming and soothing properties making it a perfect ally for winding down when it’s time for school work. If you’re having a hard time getting your kids onboard with other oils’ aromas, then try Lavender. I haven’t heard of one person that didn’t fall in love with the lovely aroma! It will work to calm an anxious and racing mind while promoting a peaceful and productive work environment.
How to: Diffuse 4-5 drops when winding down for the night to promote a relaxing and focus-oriented environment.
If your child has ADD/ADHD, try combining both lavender and vetiver in a diffuser to promote focus.
Got older kids in the house? Rosemary is a perfect herbal oil that can stimulate brain focus, laser focus, and memory retention for that big project or test coming up.
How to: Diffuse 4-5 drops of Rosemary in the classroom or workplace to foster concentration, productivity, and memory.
Thinker is an awesome focus blend from doTERRA’s Kid’s Collection. Its benefits include preventing mental distraction, boosting alertness and focus, and reducing feelings of mental stress. While this is ideal for every age, Thinker was specifically designed for kids in the classroom. It’s a blend of prime focus oils like Vetiver, Peppermint, Clementine, Rosemary and fractionated coconut oil making it safe for little ones with sensitive skin.
The key to a good day is a good sleep. If you want your children to be the best versions of themselves at school, then they need to have a deep, restful sleep. As a mom, I know that sometimes can’t happen so that’s why I harness the power of essential oils to help my kids fall asleep and stay asleep naturally. Use these essential oils to promote restful sleep.
Roman Chamomile grows close to the ground never growing taller than 1 foot. For that reason alone, Roman Chamomile is a super grounding oil. Harness the calming and relaxing powers of Roman Chamomile before bed time to quiet racing thoughts and worries that your child might be struggling with. This way, they’ll get the best sleep they can to be ready for the day ahead.
How to: Mix 1-2 drops of Roman Chamomile with ½-1 teaspoon of carrier oil and gently massage into the bottoms of feet. Add 4-5 drops to a diffuser and put on while reading a bedtime story to promote calm and sleep.
Marjoram is ideal for sleep because it works to calm busy minds and quiet worried thoughts. Some say Marjoram is even more powerful than Roman Chamomile and Lavender! You’ll have to see for yourself.
How to: Do relaxing stretches with your little ones before bed and inhale straight from the bottle. Mix 2-3 drops with ½ cup of epsom salt and add to their bedtime bath. Add 1-2 drops to your child’s pillow before bed.
From doTERRA’s Kid’s Collection, Calmer is a Restful Blend roll-on that helps reduce feelings of anxiousness and stress while creating a restful and peaceful environment for sleep. To foster a quality night’s sleep for your child, try incorporating Calmer into your nighttime routine.
How to: Roll onto bottoms of feets and wrists before bed
Anxiety and Nervousness
As an adult, it might feel like children don’t get anxious…I mean what do they have to worry about?! They don’t have any bills! While it’s easy to think this, it’s far from the truth. Kids can get anxious or nervous in any situation, especially going back to school. And even more now with COVID and wearing masks and school feeling different. Use these essential oils for back to school below to help your kid feel more at ease.
Bergamot is known to work wonders for anxious feelings and nervousness. It’s calming and soothing aroma will offer stress and tension relief in the home or classroom. Whether your kids are nervous about going back to school or worried about a big assignment, Bergamot will help relax and relieve any feelings of anxiety.
How to: Diffuse 4-5 drops in the home or class room. Deeply inhale directly from the bottle.
This grounding blend from doTERRA’s Kid’s Collection makes relieving anxiety or stress easy. Calm emotions and lift nervousness by simply rolling onto the wrists and back of the neck to quiet the mind and relax the body.
Kids already come with a lot of energy. These oils below will be good for teenagers or kids that have fallen out of routine or are having trouble getting up in the morning. Instead of starting them young with coffee, start them young with all-natural and effective aromatherapy.
This citrus oil not only works wonders to boost energy in the morning or afternoon, but it also is incredible at boosting mood. The uplifting aroma will make sure your child gets their day started on the right foot.
How to: Deeply inhale directly from the bottle in the morning. Diffuse 4-5 drops while eating breakfast.
This stimulating oil is perfect for creating mental and physical energy for a long day at school. Not only will Peppermint invigorate the mind but it can also be used to calm a nauseous stomach that sometimes comes with the butterflies of going back to school.
How to: Add 4-5 drops to a diffuser in the morning before school (combine with wild orange for an extra mood boost). Mix 1-2 drops with ½-1 teaspoon of carrier oil and apply directly to the stomach to relieve nauseous feelings.
This citrus oil will help refresh and rejuvenate the mind in the morning to provide your kids with lasting energy and good vibes. Bonus! Lemon also acts as an air purifier and helps remove pathogens from the air which will help give your kids that immunity boost they need before heading into the classroom.
How to: Add 4-5 drops of lemon to the diffuser to promote a refreshed mind, body, and immune system before school.
Now that you have all the tools to help your kids get back into the school groove, which are you most excited to try first? If you don’t have any oils yet–fear not! Order all of these essential oils for back to school here and get started making school a breeze today.
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