This weekend is Ohio’s tax-free weekend, which means that school is coming! School may be very different this year for kids and families around the country. Whether you’re comfortable and ready to send your children into school or will be keeping them with you for homeschooling, school changes the family dynamic. You might need to deal with kids who get social anxiety from meeting other kids, or you might have a child who struggles to focus at home with the temptation of TVs and games so accessible.
Whatever you and your children face, essential oils have been used with children for years and years. Certain essential oils can help with concentration and focus, while others can help promote mental and emotional positivity. Other oils can aid with relaxation for naps and helping children to fall asleep at night. Natural pest and insect repellants can be created using a blend of oils. Here’s a list of the best essential oils for kids, just in time for going back to school!
Essential oils should be introduced slowly to children using diffusers or topical application at a 1% ratio. A 1% ratio is equal to 5-6 drops of essential oil in every ounce of carrier oil. Typically, essential oils are recommended to be used around children that are at least two years old. Dilute with a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond or with water.
For Focus and Concentration
In addition to setting aside a specific time and area for homework, this is a great blend to have on hand to help with kids during schoolwork. This can be applied with a rollerball or diluted at a 1% ratio on the wrists or behind the ears.
For Relaxation at Night
The most common essential oil known to help with sleep is lavender. Well researched, lavender is known to calm the body and mind. Apply to the wrists or bottoms of the feet for a calming scent or mix with some of the oils below for a relaxing blend.
If your child is one that struggles with getting up in the morning, these essential oils might do just the trick. Often times increasing energy levels also helps with focus and concentration. These essential oils would be good to diffuse or apply topically in the morning.
For Insect Repellant
Since there are many different types of bugs, there are some oils that may work better than others depending on what lives in your area. Many essential oil lovers believe that the oils can be used to fight school triggered lice or just repel bugs that hang around during outdoor playdates. These oils can be applied to an aromatherapy bracelet, diluted on the trigger points, or sprayed on in a dilution with water or witch hazel.
- Lavender oil: mosquitoes, lice, flies, gnats, ants, bed bugs, moths, spiders, ticks, and fruit flies
- Peppermint oil: ants, bed bugs, spiders, cockroaches, fleas, fruit flies, stink bugs, wasps, moths, and gnats
- Tea Tree oil: all around repellant (including lice, mites, and bed bugs)
- Lemongrass oil: fleas, flies, fruit flies, ticks, and mosquitoes
- Cedarwood: mosquitoes, flies, silverfish, ants, fleas, mites, ticks, and lice
For Joyful Moods
Children can be the absolute joys of our lives, but they, like everyone else, have their bad moments too. Support healthy, happy moods with these oils that promote positivity. These oils would be a great option to diffuse while kids are in time out or just need some time to reset.
For Helping Your Immune Support Plan
We all know about the dreaded school cold that starts all at once and spreads like a fire. Eucalyptus and peppermint are known to be anti-inflammatories that can help to open the airways, making them a perfect addition to use during cold season.
Will you be using essential oils to aid your children during the school year? They can be a great option to naturally support their positive wellbeing. The Radha Beauty Top 18 Set offers a large variety of essential oils that you can mix and match to introduce to your kids. And don’t forget – back to school often brings more stress on you as the parent, so be sure to promote your own relaxation with essential oils too.