Updated August 2019

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

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 Recipes: Essential Oils for Back to School

1. Zero-In Focus Inhaler for Kids

Zero in focus inhaler for kids essential oil recipe

Inhalers are easy to use (even for little kids!) and fit right in a pocket. None of the other students will smell the essential oils, so inhalers are perfect for the classroom.

How to Make It:

  1. Drop the essential oils into a small bowl. Swirl them slightly to blend.
  2. Put the cotton wick of the inhaler into the bowl. Use a pair of tweezers to help it absorb all of the essential oil.
  3. Place the cotton wick into the inhaler, and snap the cap into place.
  4. You’re done!

2. Go Away Germs Hand Cleanser for Kids

Go away germs hand sanitizer for kids essential oil recipe

A hand cleanser made with no alcohol? You bet, and it works great! This aloe-based blend is perfect for little hands with sensitive skin.

How to Make It:

  1. Pour the aloe vera gel into a 1 oz PET plastic bottle with a pop-up cap.
  2. Add the Solubol. (This helps the essential oils stay dispersed in the aloe, which is a water-based product)
  3. Add the essential oils.
  4. Shake gently to blend.
  5. Tuck the bottle into a pocket, backpack, purse, or coat pocket—easy to use anywhere!

3. Sweet Dreams Diffuser Blend for Kids

Sweet dreams diffuser blend for kids essential oil recipe

Diffuse these essential oils after a long, exciting day at school . . . or before a big day coming up! This blend can help calm overactive minds, ease emotional tension, and relax the body so it’s easier to have sweet dreams.

How to Make It:

  1. Add the essential oils to a diffuser filled with water to the indicated max fill line.
  2. Diffuse during the night or before bedtime.
  3. Note: A diffuser with an “intermittent” setting is ideal for use with children, especially in smaller rooms, such as their bedroom. This helps keep the amount of diffused oil in the air at a milder level.

4. Ease Anxiety Inhaler Blend for Kids

Ease anxiety inhaler blend for kids essential oil recipe

Another inhaler recipe that’s easy to keep in a pocket and use anytime, anywhere! Breathing in the essential oils can help little children feel comforted through tough emotions, and can help bigger kids stay centered when the school day gets stressful.

How to Make It:

  1. Drop the essential oils into a small bowl. Swirl them slightly to blend.
  2. Put the cotton wick of the inhaler into the bowl. Use a pair of tweezers to help it absorb all of the essential oil.
  3. Place the cotton wick into the inhaler, and snap the cap into place.
  4. You’re done!

5. Healthy Immune Support Inhaler for Kids

Healthy immune support inhaler for kids essential oil recipe

The essential oils in this back-to-school inhaler are some of our favorites to reduce the risk of getting sick. And because inhalers are so simple to use, kids can reach for them anytime they enter a new classroom.

How to Make It:

  1. Drop the essential oils into a small bowl. Swirl them slightly to blend.
  2. Put the cotton wick of the inhaler into the bowl. Use a pair of tweezers to help it absorb all of the essential oil.
  3. Place the cotton wick into the inhaler, and snap the cap into place.
  4. You’re done!

6. Backpack and Gym Bag Spray for Kids

Backpack and gym bag spray for kids essential oil recipe

This simple, effective, back-to-school essential oil spray helps clear unwanted odors and replaces them with a fresh, lively scent. Great for backpacks (aka daypacks), lockers, gym bags, sweaty shoes, and more!

How to Make It:

  1. Add the essential oils to the English thyme hydrosol. (You can do this right in the hydrosol bottle! If you’d rather use a PET plastic spray bottle in a bag that might get tossed around, that works too.)
  2. Add the Solubol. (This helps the essential oils stay dispersed in the hydrosol, which is a water-based product)
  3. Shake gently to blend.
  4. Tuck the bottle into a backpack or gym bag.

A Fun Part of Using Essential Oils for Back to School!

These blends are fun to make with kids!

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 (Citrus aurantifolia, but lime essential oil is only phototoxic if it’s been cold-pressed. If it’s been steam distilled, it’s safe!)
  • Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  • Lemon (Citrus limon)

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!