The back-to-school season is upon us, and you know what that means – a flurry of activities, early mornings, and new challenges. There is sure to be lots of excitement, anticipation, anxious feelings, and stress. Oh, and don’t forget the germs and other pesky things children bring home. But, with a solid routine and some essential oils you can conquer the world. In this article, I will be discussing how to use essential oils to enhance the back-to-school experience for you, your kids, and your kid’s teachers. I will guide you through using essential oils to keep your kids healthy, support everyone emotionally, promote a productive learning environment, and most importantly create peace within your home during this transitional period.
As a mother I have used essential oils throughout my journey, from fertility and pregnancy to parenthood, I've witnessed their incredible impact on my child's health and happiness. My daughter, now seven and embarking on her second-grade adventure, has been immersed in the world of essential oils since before her birth. From those early days of soothing her fussiness with a mere whiff of an essential oil to now, where she's selecting blends for her backpack. This summer, as we prepared for a new school year, I asked my daughter to curate her own essential oil keychain, choosing blends that resonate with her youthful spirit and unique needs. Many of the oils she chose are from doTERRA’s Kids Collection.
The doTERRA Kids Collection is a specially formulated set of essential oil blends designed to cater to the unique needs of children. This collection includes a range of 7 essential oil blends that are pre-diluted and gentle, making them safe for kids to use.
The Kids Collection comes with a set of flashcards that provide information about each blend and suggestions for usage. This helps children and parents learn how to incorporate these blends into their daily routines for various purposes. It also includes a carrying case with a carabiner and 7 silicone tops with carabiners so that kids can easily attach them to their backpacks. Each of the 7 oils features a white top so that kids can easily distinguish them from other oils. You can purchase these oils separately if you choose.
Blends in the Kids Collection Include:
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This blend is a must for my daughter as she is prone to motion sickness. I always have this on hand for road trips to help with the twisty, mountain roads we have here in Colorado. This blend is similar to doTERRA’s DigestZen Blend, which is a whole family blend as well, Tamer is just a bit milder.
This oil can also help to calm and soothe digestive issues that arise from nervous feelings. This would be a great oil to swipe on the tummies of kids who have the first day jitters or just struggle with feeling calm in the hustle and bustle of school day mornings. Kids who have tummy issues throughout the day can keep this attached to their backpack or lunch box to use when needed.
Tamer Blend includes the following essential oils:
- Spearmint: Spearmint oil is known for its refreshing and uplifting aroma. It possesses properties that can help ease occasional digestive discomfort and promote a calm stomach.
- Japanese Peppermint: Peppermint is well-known for its soothing effects on the digestive system. Japanese Peppermint is a milder version of peppermint oil, making it gentle and suitable for children.
- Ginger: Ginger oil is renowned for its ability to alleviate nausea and support healthy digestion. It can be particularly helpful in calming an upset stomach.
- Black Pepper: Black Pepper oil can aid in digestion by promoting healthy circulation and supporting the digestive tract.
- Parsley Seed: Parsley Seed oil contributes to digestive health and can provide a comforting effect on the stomach.
This oil is very mild smelling, in fact that is one reason I love the Kids Collection oils for using at school – all the oils are very mild smelling, and most people would not notice if a child chose to use these throughout the day.
Focus and concentration are essential for productive learning. The doTERRA Thinker Blend is a thoughtfully formulated essential oil blend designed to support mental clarity, focus, and concentration. It's specifically crafted to aid children, in staying attentive and centered during tasks that require cognitive engagement. The essential oils in this blend create a harmonious and uplifting aroma that can enhance mental alertness and productivity.
The key essential oils in the Thinker Blend include:
- Vetiver: Vetiver oil is known for its grounding and calming properties. It can help create a sense of focus and emotional balance, making it a valuable addition to the blend.
- Peppermint: Peppermint oil has invigorating and refreshing qualities that can stimulate the mind and promote alertness.
- Clementine: Clementine oil contributes a bright and citrusy aroma that can uplift the senses and create an atmosphere of positivity.
- Rosemary: Rosemary oil is often associated with memory and cognitive function. It can help improve mental clarity and retention.
The Thinker Blend can be applied topically to pulse points to create an environment conducive to concentration and focus. The Thinker Blend can provide a natural boost to help your kids stay on track and perform at their best.
An alternative to the Thinker Blend would be doTERRA’s InTune blend. This is another whole family blend that was created to help with focus and concentration. I know that Back-to-School is not just for kids, so I want to make sure that I am offering suggestions that are useful for college students, parents, and teachers because we can all use the power of essential oils. You can apply either blend to the back of the neck to enhance concentration and focus.
The Steady blend is another emotional support oil that is great for helping kids feel grounded throughout the day. This blend is great for helping kids create a sense of equilibrium and emotional steadiness.
The essential oils in the Steady Blend include:
- Amorat Bark: Amorat Bark oil is known for its soothing and calming properties. It can help create a sense of tranquility and emotional balance.
- Balsam Fir: Balsam Fir oil brings a grounding and grounding quality to the blend. Its woody aroma can help evoke feelings of stability and connectedness.
- Coriander: Coriander oil has a sweet and herbaceous aroma. It can support emotional balance and promote a sense of inner harmony.
- Magnolia: Magnolia oil adds a touch of floral sweetness to the blend. It can help uplift the mood and encourage a positive outlook.
The Steady Blend is very similar to doTERRA’s Balance Blend – a whole family grounding blend. Balance and Steady would both be great for helping kids manage anxious feelings. Whether you're navigating a busy schedule, seeking to find your center, or simply looking to ground yourself in moments of uncertainty, add either of these blends behind your ears or your pulse points to maintain emotional balance.
The first day of school, meeting new people – moments that require a boost of courage can all be made easier with the help of the Brave oil blend. This blend is ready to help your child take on the world with its floral, citrusy, uplifting aroma. It's like a bottle of confidence you kids can keep in their backpacks.
The essential oils in the Brave Blend include:
- Wild Orange: Wild Orange oil brings a sense of positivity and joy. Its bright and uplifting aroma can help lift the spirits and promote a confident outlook.
- Amyris: Amyris oil is known for its grounding and calming properties. It can provide a sense of inner peace and emotional balance
- Osmanthus: Osmanthus oil adds a floral and sweet aroma to the blend. It can evoke feelings of comfort and encourage a positive mindset.
- Cinnamon Bark: Cinnamon Bark oil brings warmth and vitality to the blend. It has been used traditionally to promote a sense of empowerment and courage.
- Clove Bud: Clove Bud oil is invigorating and energizing. Its spicy and stimulating aroma can help boost confidence and self-assurance.
My daughter likes to put this on when she is going to meet new people and throughout the first week of school.
The Rescuer Blend is a gentle and soothing essential oil blend designed to provide comfort and relief from occasional discomfort, whether it's related to muscle tension, minor aches, or everyday physical stress.
Rescuer is the much milder version of doTERRA’s Deep Blue and just like Deep Blue, Rescuer offers comfort and relief whenever needed. It is also great to rub on the forehead anytime the head feels warm. This is a great blend to have on hand for the school year.
The essential oils in the Rescuer Blend include:
- Copaiba: Copaiba oil is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can help ease discomfort and promote a sense of relief.
- Lavender: Lavender oil is calming and soothing. It can help ease tension and create a relaxing atmosphere.
- Spearmint: Spearmint oil adds a refreshing and uplifting element to the blend. It can help invigorate the senses and promote a sense of renewal.
- Zanthoxylum: Zanthoxylum oil, derived from the Prickly Ash tree, can provide a tingling sensation that offers a comforting and soothing effect.
- The Rescuer Blend can be applied topically to areas of discomfort or tension, providing targeted relief and promoting a sense of ease.
Citronella and Rescuer are two oils my daughter loves to have on hand for recess time. She is a little magnet for pesky bugs and Citronella oil helps to keep those pests at bay so she can enjoy her time outside. TerraShield is another great option for outdoors. Rescuer is great for when she does experience bug bites or any other minor ailments that arise from her time of play.
Bedtime can sometimes be a battle, but not when you have Calmer on your side. With its soothing blend of gentle oils like lavender and chamomile, this oil creates a tranquil atmosphere that's perfect for winding down after a long day of learning and play. This blend is perfect to put on the bottoms of your child’s feet the night before the first day of school, when nerves can really be heightened.
The essential oils in the Calmer Blend include:
- Lavender: Lavender oil is renowned for its calming and soothing properties. It can help ease tension, promote relaxation, and create a serene atmosphere.
- Cananga: Cananga oil, derived from the Cananga tree, adds a floral and calming aroma. It can help uplift the mood and reduce feelings of stress.
- Buddha Wood: Buddha Wood oil is known for its grounding and centering effects. It can help promote a sense of tranquility and emotional stability.
- Roman Chamomile: Roman Chamomile oil is gentle and comforting. It has been used for centuries to support relaxation and ease emotional tension.
There are many occurrences throughout the school day when children can feel overwhelmed or upset, so Calmer is the perfect blend to attach to your child’s backpack to support them during any times of turmoil that may arise.
As parents, we want our kids to be healthy and thriving. The Stronger Blend is the immune support oil that smells like the holiday season and helps maintain a robust immune system. Stronger is the kid’s version of OnGuard. OnGuard is the whole family immune support blend.
The doTERRA Stronger Blend is a powerful and supportive essential oil blend designed to promote a healthy and resilient immune system. With a combination of oils known for their immune-boosting and protective properties, Stronger offers a natural way to support your body's defenses and overall well-being.
The essential oils in the Stronger Blend include:
- Cedarwood: Cedarwood oil is grounding and supportive. It can help create an environment that supports a healthy immune system.
- Litsea: Litsea oil has a citrusy and uplifting aroma. It can help promote a positive mood and overall vitality.
- Frankincense: Frankincense oil is known for its immune-enhancing properties. It can support cellular health and overall wellness.
- Rose: Rose oil adds a touch of floral sweetness to the blend. It can help soothe the mind and support emotional balance.
- Lemon: Lemon oil is refreshing and invigorating. It can help cleanse and purify the air, creating an environment that supports well-being.
I apply OnGuard to my daughter every morning before school to support her immune system. You can also apply Stronger each morning as well. Stronger is just as effective as OnGuard. Deciding to use Stronger or OnGuard is just a personal preference as both are great oils.
Both blends can be applied topically to the bottoms of the feet. OnGuard is easier to diffuse so that the whole family can benefit from the immune support.
There are two oils I want to highlight for parents, adults, and college students for the back-to-school season are Balance and Adaptiv.
The demands of school, schedules, and responsibilities can sometimes create stress and overwhelm, making it crucial to find moments of grounding and emotional steadiness. Balance blend, with its harmonious combination of calming and grounding oils, can help create a supportive environment for both you and your children.
Containing oils like Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile, Balance exudes a soothing and woody aroma that can help ease nervous tension and promote a sense of tranquility. This blend is ideal for diffusing in the morning as you prepare for the day ahead, helping to set a balanced tone and fostering a positive mood.
Additionally, applying Balance topically can provide a comforting and grounding experience. You can massage a few drops onto your child's wrists or the soles of their feet before school, encouraging a sense of inner stability as they navigate their learning environment.
This unique blend is specially formulated to help individuals adapt to stress, stay focused, and maintain a sense of calm, making it a perfect companion for students and parents alike.
With a blend of calming and uplifting oils such as Wild Orange, Lavender, Copaiba, Spearmint, and Neroli, Adaptiv offers a gentle and balanced aroma that can help reduce feelings of stress and tension. Diffusing Adaptiv in your home during morning routines can create a serene atmosphere that encourages focus and a positive mindset.
For moments when stress or nervousness arise, applying Adaptiv topically can provide comfort and reassurance. You can apply it to your child's pulse points or the back of their neck before heading to school to promote emotional balance throughout the day.
Adaptiv also comes in convenient capsules, which can be taken as needed to support mental clarity and cognitive function. This can be especially helpful during study sessions or when concentration is essential.
Before School Essentials
DIY Hair Pest Repellent Spray
When it comes to sending your kids back to school, we know that staying pest-free is a top priority. Sharing hair accessories can sometimes come with unwelcome visitors, but this hair pest repellant spray is a simple yet effective way to keep your kiddo from coming home with the critters. I have shared previously that I brought home the hair pests as a child and had to cut off my hair to above my ears. I am still traumatized by that experience and want to make sure I am protecting my daughter from these critters.
The recipe below is the one that I spray on my daughter’s hair every morning before school and then brush it through. It works perfectly.
Here's the recipe:
- 4 oz spray bottle
- 20 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 20 drops Rosemary essential oil
- 20 drops Tea Tree essential oil
- Take a 4 oz spray bottle and ensure it's clean and dry.
- Add 20 drops of Peppermint essential oil to the bottle. Peppermint's invigorating scent not only deters pests but also leaves hair smelling fresh.
- Follow with 20 drops of Rosemary essential oil. Rosemary not only adds a pleasant aroma but also promotes a healthy scalp.
- Add 20 drops of Tea Tree essential oil, known for its natural insect-repelling properties.
- Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water, leaving a bit of space at the top to allow for shaking.
- Secure the spray bottle cap tightly and give the mixture a good shake to blend the oils with the water.
Before school, or anytime hair accessories are shared or worn, simply shake the bottle to ensure the oils are well-mixed, then spray a light mist over the hair. The combination of peppermint, rosemary, and tea tree oils will work their magic to help repel unwanted pests, leaving your child's hair pest-free and ready for the day ahead.
The recipe below is the same, it is just for a smaller bottle size.
Clary Calm is a carefully crafted blend that includes essential oils known for their ability to promote balance and ease hormonal discomfort. This blend is particularly valuable for teenage girls as they experience the natural fluctuations of their menstrual cycle, which can sometimes bring about emotional changes and physical discomfort. With essential oils like Clary Sage, Lavender, Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang, Clary Calm provides soothing and calming properties that can help ease tension and uplift mood.
Applying Clary Calm to the abdomen during their cycle can provide comfort, while applying it to pulse points or diffusing it can create a calming atmosphere to support emotional balance. I actually use this every day and not just during my menstrual cycle. I personally like to put it on my armpits before using doTERRA’s clean deodorant.
HD Clear Skincare
Breakouts on the skin can occur at any time, but this can occur at a more rapid rate during those adolescent years. HD Clear Oil is great for breakouts and skin eruptions, I use this on my breakouts so it’s not just for teens. HD Clear is a unique blend of essential oils, including Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Geranium, HD Clear is designed to promote a clear complexion and healthy-looking skin.
There is also an HD Clear cleanser that is perfectly formulated for young skin and helps to prevent skin eruptions. After cleansing is when you would apply the HD Clear Oil. You can apply it all over or just spot treat. For a final step there is the HD Clear Moisturizer which promotes a healthy skin barrier.
Alongside the power of essential oils, we have a trio of kid's supplements that are ready to fuel their potential.
First up is the IQ Omega supplement, a brain and gut health champion. Packed with Omega-3s and a hint of wild orange, this supplement not only supports cognitive function but also aids in overall well-being. My daughter is a very selective eater but loves taking this. If your kiddo isn’t a fan of the taste you can always mix it into something else.
Next, we have the A to Z Chewable, a tasty and nutritious addition to their daily routine. These watermelon-flavored wonders provide a comprehensive range of vitamins and minerals, and unlike other vitamins on the market it is bioavailable ensuring that your child's nutritional foundation is rock-solid.
PB Assist Jr
And then the final supplement, which is my favorite, is PB Assist Jr. This probiotic powder is a gut health superhero. It has a delicious strawberry flavor; I think it tastes like a pixie stick. PB Assist Jr is a great way to support healthy gut flora and maintain a strong immune system. I make sure to include one of these in my daughter’s lunch and it’s a little treat for her.
At School Essentials
doTERRA's Sunscreen Stick is a mineral based sunscreen that is compact and easy for kids to use. This is another must have in my daughter’s backpack. She can quickly and independently swipe on the Sunscreen Stick before going outdoors with her class for recess, sports activities, or outdoor learning.
On Guard Hand Sanitizing Mist
Crafted with care and fortified with the renowned On Guard protective blend, this hand sanitizer not only cleanses your hands but also provides an added layer of immune support. On Guard essential oil blend, which includes oils like Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary, is revered for its cleansing and purifying properties. The bottle is compact, so it is easy to slip into backpacks, lunchboxes or even pockets. This is a must for my daughter we always keep a bottle in her backpack.
The Importance of Diffusing
My final tip for back-to-school wellness is, always be diffusing. As the school year begins, creating a conducive and supportive environment for learning, focus, and well-being is paramount. Diffusing essential oils not only enhances the aroma of your space but also offers a range of benefits that can positively impact students, teachers, and parents throughout the entire school year.
Here are just a few reasons you need to be diffusing essential oils this school year:
Promotes Immune Support: Schools are a hub of activity, and with that comes the potential exposure to various germs. Diffusing essential oils with immune-boosting properties, such as On Guard or Tea Tree, can help purify the air and support a healthier environment.
Enhances Focus and Concentration: Certain essential oils, like Peppermint, Rosemary, and Lemon, are known for their ability to invigorate the mind and enhance cognitive function. Diffusing these oils during study sessions or classroom activities can help students maintain focus and concentration.
Supports Emotional Well-being: The school environment can sometimes be stressful for both students and teachers. Essential oils like Lavender, Bergamot, and Frankincense have calming properties that can create a tranquil and emotionally supportive atmosphere.
Uplifts Mood: A positive and uplifting atmosphere can contribute to a more positive learning experience. Oils like Wild Orange, Grapefruit, and Ylang Ylang can help uplift spirits and create a cheerful ambiance.
Reduces Stress: A diffuser filled with calming oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, and Cedarwood can offer a sanctuary of relaxation and reduce stress levels for everyone.
Boosts Motivation: Essential oils like Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Citrus blends can provide an energizing boost that helps combat fatigue and revitalizes enthusiasm.
Creates a Positive Learning Environment: Diffusing essential oils can transform classrooms into inviting and engaging spaces. Not only does this benefit students' well-being, but it can also foster a positive and memorable learning experience.
To fully harness the benefits of diffusing, choose essential oils that align with your specific goals and needs. Whether you're looking to promote immune support, create a calm and focused environment, or simply infuse positivity into the school day, diffusing is a versatile and powerful tool that can make a significant difference in the overall well-being and success of students, teachers, and the entire school community.
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