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How to Calm Children with Essential Oils

Here is everything you need to know about how to calm children with essential oils. As a former preschool teacher and nanny and now a mom of 3 kids under 4, I know how stressful it can sometimes be when children are having a rough day.

Whether it’s been a busy or fun-filled day where nap time was skipped or one filled with meltdowns and cries, parents and teachers wish they knew the best way to calm children in a healthy way.

Here’s the deal, I have found in my experience that sometimes there is no bribery, “time out” or consequence in the world that will calm an upset child. I have also found that there is more than likely a cause for their behavior – whether they were overstimulated, didn’t nap or they snacked all day long.

We can not magically make a nap happen when we already missed that window of time. We can not wave a wand and have a healthy, prepared meal in seconds. It is just impossible. We will always have those days. So what is a mama (or grandma, nanny, or other caregiver) to do?!?

I have found that essential oils have been the way I can calm my kids (and even myself) when it has been one of those days (which can be often for me). Kids get restless, they get tired, they love to fight sleep, and it often makes it difficult for us and for them.

Here is how I use essential oils to calm my kids or myself with essential oils:

  1. Diffuse

Diffusing essential oils is a great way to calm children naturally. Diffusing has many other amazing benefits including cleansing the air, humidifying and eliminating odors. Find my entire list of benefits for diffusing essential oils here. Find my favorite essential oil diffuser here.

Some of my favorite essential oils to diffuse to calm children include lavender, joy, peace and calming and gentle baby. All of these essential oils by Young Living are considered safe to use around children. Be sure to read my post about essential oils for babies for more info on this. 

What is Lavender?

“Lavender has a sweet, floral aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Lavender’s aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime; add to bath or diffuse to create a calming and comforting environment. Lavender essential oil may compliment your favorite shampoos, lotions and skin care products. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it.”

What is Joy?

“Joy is a delightful blend of Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Geranium, Lemon, Coriander, Tangerine, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Palmarosa, and Rose essential oils that harmonize for a sweet, joyful aroma. When diffused, Joy creates a warm, comforting environment and inspires a romantic aromatic atmosphere. Wear Joy as a cologne or perfume to exude an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness.”

What is Peace and Calming?

“Peace & Calming is a gentle, fragrant blend of Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy essential oils with an aroma that’s comforting and freshens the air. Diffuse to create a calming and peaceful atmosphere throughout the home. Peace & Calming is a must have for every household, especially those with young children.”

What is Gentle Baby?

Gentle Baby is a soft, fragrant blend of Geranium, Rosewood, Coriander, Palmarosa, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Lemon, Jasmine, and Rose essential oils. “It is designed specifically for mothers and babies. It helps calm emotions during pregnancy and is useful for quieting troubled little ones. It is also soothing to tender skin. Many of the essential oils in this blend are used in elite cosmetics to enhance a youthful appearance.”

I only use Young Living essential oils with my family! Their seed to seal promise is a guarantee that is like no other. Read more about Young Living essential oils here.

2. Reflexology

Apply a couple drops (diluted or undiluted – see our dilution chart here) to the bottoms of the feet and/or neck.

3. Make Some Homemade Calming Play Dough

Check out our homemade calming play dough recipe!

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