Sometimes, we just need a little more calm. It’s noisy; children are children so that is to be expected. And with six siblings in the house, sometimes one or more of these children gets frustrated or angry or amped up. It happens. And when that does happen, I like to think these arguments and hyper moments are not going to derail our entire day, but sometimes they do.
As a mom with kids home all day and also homeschooling, it’s important for me to have a lot of tools in my stash to help return some calm. Otherwise we would never get anything done. One of those tools is my list of the best calming essential oils for kids and how to use them.
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My List of the Best Calming Essential Oils for Kids and How to Use Them
When using essential oils with children it is especially important to follow the safety guidelines for each oil. You’ll need to properly dilute each oil at a percentage appropriate for children before applying topically or to jewelry which might come into contact with skin. When using oils in a diffuser, you should diffuse for no more than 20-30 minutes around children. Always proceed with caution and arm yourself with knowledge about safe essential oil use.
Lavender – This essential oil is well known for helpfulness in calming. I’m not a big fan of the lavender aroma, but I do love the Lavender from Greece linked here.
Using the Best Calming Essential Oils for Kids in the Shower
My go-to for help calming children with big emotions, stress, or anxiety over a test or some other event is the use of essential oils in the shower. The heat and moisture from the shower dramatically increases the aromatic strength of these oils. A little goes a long way – that’s what I’m saying. What I prefer is to use the essential oils on the wall of the shower so that they are not in direct contact with a child’s skin. It is not considered safe to add essential oils to your child’s bath without first diluting them in a carrier oil. However, if placed on the shower wall above the faucet the oils are carried down to the drain and aren’t likely to come into contact with the skin.
Make Calm Down Soaps Using the Best Calming Essential Oils for Kids
One of my favorite ideas is to make a calming hand soap for each bathroom in your home. You can make a foaming soap with diluted calming essential oils, and all the thousands of times you send your child back into the bathroom to wash their hands they will be experiencing that calming influence. These fun Millennium Falcon Jelly Soaps are some of my favorite bath soaps and you can substitute your favorite calming essential oils. You could also make bath tabs, bath salts, or body wash.
Using the Best Calming Essential Oils for Kids in the Diffuser
If you know a calming influence is needed immediately, or going to be needed, diffusing your calming essential oils is a great pre-emptive way to change the atmosphere. Add fifteen or twenty drops to 1 cup of water for the diffuser. Blend several different oils or buy a pre-blended mix of oils for a pleasant scent and helpful calming atmosphere. Never diffuse oils for more than 20-30 minutes around children and take long breaks between uses.
Using the Best Calming Essential Oils for Kids in a Roller Bottle
Calming Essential Oils can be applied to the skin if they are diluted properly and safe for kids. Using a roller bottle, dilute the essential oils in your calming blend and label the roller bottle so you know what it contains. Kids can then use the roller bottle on their wrists, the backs of hands, behind ears, etc. I love this line of pre-mixed safe roller bottles for kids.
Using the Best Calming Essential Oils for Kids on Jewelry
Place one or two drops of the best calming essential oils for kids on a diffuser necklace, leather bracelet strap, or lava bead jewelry. You can, in fact, make your own essential oil jewelry using lava beads or other porous beads, if you like that kind of thing. Diffuser jewelry is not that expensive and is a great way to take essential oils with you (or your child) wherever you go. You can even get cool leather jewelry for boys like this bracelet!