It has long since been known that kids have more energy than they know what to do with! Often this energy can get them into trouble while trying to be patient for long periods of time in waiting rooms or in a school setting. It can also make it difficult for them to be still when they need to rest or sleep at night as well. Essential oils can help to calm kids naturally without the aid of harmful medicines or habit forming supplements.
Lavender Essential Oil
One of the most commonly used oils to help create a calm in children so that they can naturally relax, is lavender essential oil. Lavender has a nice scent and kids seem to respond to it well. Lavender can help calm and relax children without lulling them to sleep.
Cedarwood Essential Oil
Cedarwood is another oil that great for calming kids naturally. It also has a nice scent, and smells just as you would expect cedar to. It is used to help hundreds of thousands of people get to sleep and stay to sleep all across the world. When diffused, you can almost instantly feel the effects of the calming oil. On top of smelling great and helping kids become calm, Cedarwood essential oil can also help teach your body how to get to sleep and stay asleep all on its own.
It has been shown to teach your brain to create its own melatonin so you can achieve and maintain the sleep you need. This means that after a while of using Cedarwood to fall and stay asleep, that your brain may learn to do that without the aid of the Cedarwood altogether. This is a perfect solution for kids who have trouble turning their brains off at the end of the night, or who struggle with hyperactivity and sleep schedules.
Using Essential Oils to Calm Kids Naturally
There are many ways you can use essential oils to help calm kids naturally. You can mix a few drops of essential oils with some epsom salts, and add it to their evening bath. This will help calm them and will help their skin be soft and gently scented as well, keeping them calm long after the bath has ended. Another option is to apply the oil to the bottoms of their feet, or to the inside of their wrists. Lavender and Cedarwood are gentle oils, so it’s safe to use on the skin. If you don’t wish to apply it, another option is to use it in a diffuser in the area you need the children to remain calm.
I have seen teachers use this method for students who had test anxiety, or even for Kindergarten students who needed a nap or quiet time in the middle of the day. Lastly, you can apply a few drops to their pillows before bedtime. This will provide a light scent they can breathe in as they sleep. This helps children go to sleep, and stay asleep so they wake fully rested.
However you use essential oils to help calm your children, remember that you are making a natural choice for your children and you should be proud of that. Essential oils have so many benefits and uses that they’re an excellent tool to have in your arsenal for your family. Do you have other ways you use to calm kids naturally with essential oils? Tell us in the comments!