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Essential Oils for Back to School

Essential oils are so helpful for school-aged children, as well as students of any age! From helping children avoid or overcome illnesses which often run rampant during the school year, to helping them overcome anxiety and stress at the start of the new school year, essential oils can truly come in handy to make back to school not only easier but a lot more enjoyable!

Essential oils can offer a lot of support for the challenges kids face when they go back to school.

Even if they’re excited about going back, the changes can be stressful.

Younger children might struggle with separation anxiety, and need support adjusting to a new place with new people. It can be tough for them!

Even bigger kids go through stress as the school year starts up. It might mean a different schedule, changing bedtimes, being surrounded by new people (and new germs!), spending time in new environments, and taking on more responsibilities.

In this post, we’ll share some of our favorite techniques and recipes to use essential oils for back to school, so kids can feel centered, supported, and healthy. These essential oil recipes are safe for kids and easy to use!

6 Ways Using Essential Oils for Back to School can Help Kids

using essential oils for back to school

Let’s talk about some common struggles kids face when school season starts up again, and how essential oils can help.

  1. Attention & Focus

    An essential oil back-to-school blend for mental focus can help kids in the classroom and during homework or study sessions. We all need a little help focusing sometimes!
  2. Sleep Well

    When kids get enough sleep, they’re more likely to stay mentally and emotionally centered, and to perform their best in the classroom (and any sports they take part in).
  3. Soothe Emotions

    School can bring on emotional stress. Some kids feel pressure to perform well, or have a lot of responsibilities to balance. Even the change of schedule and environments can be overwhelming. Essential oils can help!
  4. Stay Healthy

    Some people describe schools as “germ centers.” Essential oil back-to-school blends can help reduce germs and encourage strong immunity.
  5. Hand Cleanser

    This is a must-have essential oil blend for back-to-school season! Hand cleansers made with aloe vera and essential oils are effective and natural.
  6. Backpack & Gym Bag Spray

    Gym bags, sweaty shoes, messy backpacks . . . let’s face it, sometimes they start to smell. Essential oil sprays help freshen things up!

These six approaches help kids holistically: we’re supporting their emotions, their minds, and their physical health (as well as making their environments smell a lot sweeter!)

Now let’s get into some specific recipes!

6 Essential Oil Recipes for Back to School

Essential Oils for Back to School Safety

These blends are fun to make with kids! But you should be aware of potential safety concerns as well. 

If you want to let kids pick their own favorite scents, it helps to be aware of which essential oils would make great substitutes for your recipe, and some basic safety information.

We like all of the essential oils in these recipes for kids!

Just be sure not to use phototoxic essential oils in topical blends, so you can avoid skin reactions in sunlight.

The phototoxic oils in these recipes are:

lime oil1. Lime Oil (Citrus aurantifolia)

Lime essential oil is only phototoxic if it has been cold-pressed. If it has been steam distilled, it’s safe!

Note: Phototoxic essential oils don’t cause reactions if you’re inhaling them. There’s only a risk if you apply them topically, and then go out into the sun.

Also, we recommend sticking within the suggested drop counts of the recipes above.

Have fun getting back into the rhythm of the school year!

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