This Soothing Child Essential Oil Blend helps strung out kids (and parents!) calm down.
Stress is your enemy. If you want a peaceful child, a peaceful home, or a peaceful work environment, one of the key elements is staying calm in the middle of life’s storms. As adults, we’ve learned how to cope with stress. It’s why we don’t go into raging temper tantrums in the grocery store when the exact food we wanted isn’t on the shelves.
Children, however, are still learning. As a parent, it’s your job to equip your child with the tools they need to stay calm.
Consider this Soothing Child Essential Oil Blend another tool in your belt. (BONUS: It works great for adults, too!)
Why Essential Oils?
My first experience with essential oils came when I was pregnant with my second son. My life seemed overly stressful, and I had a hard time coping. My midwife recommended an essential oil blend to soothe my shattered nerves.
It worked! It loosened my high-strung muscles, settled my mood into something more serene, and helped me quickly de-stress.
All I’d do was dab a bit of it at the base of my skull and massage it in. And voila! Instant mood change.
Sounds like magic, right?
I haven’t even gotten to the best part. Imagine my joy when it transformed my firstborn son into a peaceful child.
At two and a half years old, he was a sensitive soul. Not only was he stressed when I was stressed, but he was stressed for his own reasons — like when I’d say it was unacceptable for him to use chairs to climb onto the kitchen cabinets and play with knives.
When I saw a fit coming on, I’d whip out this Soothing Child Essential Oil Blend and apply a bit to his neck and spine.
The results were nothing short of uh-mazing!
In the near-decade since then, the world of blogging mothers expanded exponentially, and more and more moms started touting the benefits of essential oils. I learned that I’m not alone. There’s an entire community of stressed-out moms with high-strung kids who rely on essential oil blends to create a peaceful child and a peaceful home.
There are even moms who’ve used similar blends to help offer relief for their children’s behavioral and cognitive disorders like ADHD and Tourette’s.
Essential oils are powerful!
Which Essential Oil Company to Trust
Go anywhere online in the essential oil community, and you’ll find avid supporters of major MLM lines debating the merits of their favorite brands.
One of the things I turned up in my research is that there are only a handful of essential oil distilleries in the world, so the vast majority of oils come from the exact same places — even if they’re competing brands, even if they carry significantly different price tags.
Granted, some essential oil companies dilute or doctor their oils to sell them more cheaply, but I believe that most of the reputable brands do not.
And because I don’t have the time to do third-party testing myself, I also decided to put my trust in the third-party testing organized by my friend Lea Harris of LearningAboutEOs.com.
Lea is big on independent research, and what she’s turned up basically shows that even many so-called “therapeutic-grade” essential oils have hits and misses.
Her conclusion? It’s perfectly possible to get good oils from MANY major suppliers, even ones that are far less expensive.
One of the essential oil brands Lea recommends is Aura Cacia. I asked her about it, and this is what she said,
Aura Cacia is one of the few brands I personally use and recommend. During our very first 3rd party testing on Myrrh essential oil, Aura Cacia was revealed to be better quality than other brands that were several times more expensive, proving you don’t need to spend a lot to get a quality essential oil. I like that Aura Cacia promotes safe usage with their careful labeling and the safety guidelines on their website.
It also helps that one of my sponsors, VitaCost, carries Aura Cacia oils at a steep discount (anywhere from 30%-60% off!).
Does this mean I don’t support Young Living or Plant Therapy?
No. It means I support them all!
Soothing Child Essential Oil Blend: The Recipe
This recipe creates a 25% dilution. I’ve found this to be the best for creating immediate results, but a blend this strong should be used with caution. If you notice any irritation at the point where you massage it into the skin, feel free to double the amount of carrier oil or use the recipe in a diffuser per the optional instructions below. Caution: do not use on children under the age of 2.
Soothing Child Essential Oil Blend: The Players
- 10 drops Vetiver (where to buy vetiver essential oil)
- 4 drops Lavender (where to buy lavender essential oil)
- 4 drops Ylang Ylang (where to buy ylang ylang essential oil)
- 4 drops German Chammomile (where to buy german chammomile essential oil)
- 2 drops Frankincense (where to buy frankincense essential oil)
- 2 drops Clary Sage (where to buy clary sage essential oil)
- 1 drop Marjoram (where to buy marjoram essential oil)
- 1 tsp. melted (liquid) virgin coconut oil
Soothing Child Essential Oil Blend: The How-To
Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark glass container. This will keep well for 6-12 months.
To apply, just massage a small amount into the back of the neck at the base of the skull.
OPTIONAL: To create a peaceful environment, you can make the recipe without the coconut oil and apply 10 drops of the blend to an essential oil diffuser and run for about 30 to 60 minutes.
Nickole Dowd via Facebook says
We use EO for everything from cleaning and deodorizing (air and laundry) to insect bites, acne, mood elevator, head ache relief, relaxation, and facial and hair toners.
So glad to see you recommend the Aura Cacia myrrh because I have had it in my cart for a week. I’m gonna order it! Thanks!
Brenda Poppe via Facebook says
We use DoTerra – Lemon + Lavender zaps acne in a day or two, clove oil is incredible for canker sores (it’s gone overnight) and teething (diluted with a lot of coconut oil) for my 1 year old. DigesZen and/or Lemon for heartburn/reflux. Breathe + Lavender on neck and chest diluted with coconut oil to help baby sleep/soothe cough when he has a cold. Oregano on our feet when we have a cold. Love them!
Your recipe says “don’t use on children under 2”, but you said you used it on your newborn. Could you clarify? thanks
Kristen Michaelis says
No, the post says I used it on my firstborn son who was two and a half at the time. 🙂
Manny Dominguez via Facebook says
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Kimberly Liptak Fisher via Facebook says
I use this as an air freshener in my car and love it!
Food Renegade via Facebook says
That’s an excellent use I hadn’t thought of Kimberly! I bet it helps make you a more clear-headed driver.
Green-Living Ladies via Facebook says
Everything! 🙂 The sky is the limit in terms of their benefits and uses!
Linda Torgrimson via Facebook says
Do you think this would be effective without chamomile EO? I have a pretty serious allergy to it so I would not feel comfortable using it on my child. (Or myself, clearly.)
Kristen Michaelis says
Yes. It’s my understanding that the PEACEFUL Child Essential Oil Blend recipe (linked to in the post above) has these same oils but without the chamomile, and it’s purported to help kids with ADHD and Tourettes.
I have all the oil right now except for the veviter,and it’s a little pricey for my budget right now, it should work well without? Or what would you recommend as a substitute need it now, they have 4 days off, LOL
I clicked on the veviter link, to vita cost, were the oils listed at this site all they have or do they carry others? If so what is the link, I have to get some sleep right now and don’t have time to look around, I get side tracked real easy, and I’ve already turned into a pumpkin, and 5:15 comes to soon when it’s already 2:20, see told you I get side tracked.
I am very disturbed that you and your friend believe that all essential oils are somehow treated equal and they all come from basically the same farms. This is an untrue and potentially dangerous statement to make. Some oils due to their lack of purity are dangerous and not suggested for consumption. Even when topically administered some oils (cheap ones) are dangerous. Not all oils come from the same farms and furthermore even if they did they don’t process the same. While I don’t agree with everything this person says you could see some research done at http://wholenewmom.com/health-concerns/natural-remedies/the-great-essential-oils-showdown-in-search-of-the-best-essential-oils/. This blog describes several distilling processes. I my mind one potentially catastrophic and very important detail you don’t seem to realize is that since the oils don’t all come from the same farms and some farmers use pesticides when you the oils are extracted then so are the pesticides.
Kristen Michaelis says
I believe you misread the article. I didn’t say all essential oils come from the same place. I said that there are very few essential oil distilleries in the world, and the vast majority of oils come from those distilleries. Vast majority =/= all. I further advocated third-party testing for purity, and safe usage of oils. And I included a link to website full of TONS of free information about how to safely use essential oils (including links to third-party testing results). Much of the independent testing has shown that less expensive oils (like Aura Cacia and Plant Therapy) are sometimes more pure than their more expensive counterparts (like DoTerra or Young Living). My takeaway is that if you stick to more reputable brands of oils, and stick to safe usage guidelines, you’ll be fine. Hope that helps!
Mary Pielstick says
Thanks for the info. I’m an advocate for natural therapy and any info I can pass on to family and friends as well as incorporate into my own life is awesome. : > )
Do you know how long an opened bottle of essential ois will last? I have som. Vetiver from a couple years ago and wondering if I need to replace it with a fresher batch. My ouls have all been sitting, neglected for some time, but your post has inspired me, especially since Ive adopted a two year old with attatchmentddifficulties.Thanks!
Marin Hall says
Make sure the essential oils are GCMS tested for purity there are a lot of EO’s out there that have been adultrated and not pure. I love the Aura Cacia and Elizabeth Van Buren oils they are both beautiful oils that have been tested for purity.
I made this blend but I put it all in the diffuser I did not find your artical about only 10 drops till after is tgis still ok
Vertina Robinson via Facebook says
Loren for mama and Bubby
Rose McIntyre via Facebook says
This just made my night. The fact that oils from Central Market are ok in a pinch. Yay!!
Melissa Collins Robinson via Facebook says
Yes. We use lots and lot of young living oils in our house….we are a YL oil only family 🙂
They are the best!!♡♡♡
Keri Hurley via Facebook says
Rochelle Gardener via Facebook says
Yes we do but we aren’t loyal to any one brand. EOs are very helpful.
OK, the recipe says “German Chamomile”. I googled, and that is chemically and therapeutically different from Roman Chamomile.
However, the picture has a bottle of “German Chamomile in Jojoba Oil” , not pure German Chamomile.
Some clarification here? Ta
Sorry, another question for clarification.
The recipe says “melted virgin coconut oil.”
At room temperature, coconut oil thickens.
Is that the intention, ie, more of a salve? Or is the intention a roll-on type of consistency and using fractionated coconut oil.
Thank you tremendously.
Beverly DiBell via Facebook says
I was wondering if anyone has used Nature’s Oils essential oils? I ordered some from bulkapothecary and they are FAR cheaper than YL or DoTerra! Is it a reputable brand?
Barb Bignold Mykula via Facebook says
Kristina Larson says
Excited to try this recipe on my high-energy 2 1/2-year-old!
I also have a 15-month-old. Do you know of any sleep blends that would be safe for her?
I was glad to see Ruth’s question as I only have Roman Chamomile. I am also concerned to diffuse an oil that is diluted in jojoba oil as diffusers warn against doing that. What is the reason German is chosen over Roman? I admit I have not researched the difference. My son has been screaming and I am desperate for a remedy so research time has beem hard to come by. Lol
Leia Chester says
In many cases, parents usually just care about their mood. They do not know that their children can also face stress emotion even if they’re just kids. If essential oils can help them to deal with that, that’s so amazing. Thanks so much for your sharing!
Shayne Hauskins says
Ylang Ylang is not a safe eo to use on children according to learningabouteos.com, lea Harris.
This article I read said it is fine from ages 2 on! http://www.thehippyhomemaker.com/essential-oil-safety-babies-children/
Barb Bohlen says
I am wondering if you could put the soothing child blend into a dryer ball to be dispersed onto the clothes to help keep them focused and calm during school?
Thank you for the info! I am a chef who is a real food nerd and you sound pretty cool. Would you use this potion on the childs’ feet at night maybe? I have unfortunately found that my youngest cannot go without his medicine especially at school.
Sadly I didn’t get the wonderful result many did with this mixture 🙁 I made this mixture for my daughter hoping it would help her to feel more calm and in control in school because she feels so fidgety and can’t seem to sit still to focus. The first day I tried it she had a horrible day at school so I decided maybe I shouldn’t use it and set it aside to try something else Two weeks later I decided maybe it was a fluke day and tried it a second time, she again had another horrible day of not being able to control her emotions or calm down – she was up on school tables and called her teacher a name. The only difference between this mix and the one she seems to stay calm and in control on really is that this one has both Vetiver and Clary Sage where the other one I use does not 🙁 I threw away this mix but now I will need to narrow down which of those two items did not work well for her but as of current I do not want to use either to figure it out because I felt so bad that she was and felt that out of control and got in trouble on top of it from school. I wish it had the same effect for her that many have found helped their children. Amazing how everyone’s physiological makeup is so different.
I guess I also used Roman Chamomile not German because it is currently hard to find pure German Chamomile
I heard in the healthy child summit just recently when dr Eric Z was talking about essential oil blends for children.He said that lavender essential oil can have the opposite affects of calming in some children.
Briana Caldwell says
What other blend do you use that does calm her down? I have all of these except Veviter, which I can’t find locally. Wondering if it will help my son or just use the blend without it.
Cody García says
Do you still recommend Aura Cacia oils?