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It’s been one of those days. It was a long day of activities with the kids – filled with playdates, birthday parties, trekking across town and just overall hurried and a bit crazy.
So it’s no surprise that my kids are ragged at the end of the day. One kid gets whiny. Another kids clingy. And the third is just starting to have a mega meltdown.
Calgon, take me away. That’s what I always tell my husband when I’m done for the day. I’m sure you’ve been there too – whether it’s tantrums, anxiety, ADHD or just overstimulation.
I used to just get frustrated and have everyone turn in for an early night. But now I’ve found a great way to help them wind down naturally while helped to curb anxiety, stress and feeling overwhelmed. I made my own calming essential oils blend that’s perfect for using kids at night or before bedtime to settle down peacefully and ensure a good night’s sleep (as well as a good morning the following day).
Essential oils are incredibly effective (and powerful) as part of a holistic medicine cabinet – especially for kids. I use them for everything from cuts and scraps (lavender) to fevers and stomach aches (peppermint) on my kids. And I’ve found essential oils to work well for emotional balancing too for kids (and adults).
This blend is loosely based on the essential oils used by Dr. Terry Friedmann to treat ADD and ADHD in children in a case study. Friedmann found that Vetiver, Lavender and Cedarwood essential oils helped to improve performance of children with ADD and ADHD.1
I added a few more oils that work really well for my kids – and hopefully yours too.
How to Calm Kids Naturally with Essential Oils
Lavender – calming, relaxing, balancing and aids in reducing mental stress.
Peace and Calming blend (Blue Tansy, Patchouli, Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang) – relaxing and promotes peacefulness and emotional well-being.
Valor blend (Frankincense, Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy) – balancing and promotes confidences and self-esteem.
Cedarwood – calming, purifying and stimulates the pineal gland (which releases melatonin).
Vetiver – grounding, calming and helps with anxiety and depression.
Bedtime Calming Essential Oils Blend for Kids
- 5 drops Lavender
- 5 drops Peace and Calming blend
- 5 drops Valor blend or Cedarwood
- About 1 tsp sweet almond oil (or other carrier oil)
- Empty 5 ml bottle (check out my tutorial on how to clean and reuse old essential oil bottles)
Vetiver will be used separately from this oil blend, but keep it handy.
Keep reading to find out where I recommend buying high-quality essential oils.
- Add Lavender, Peace and Calming, and Valor or Cedarwood to an empty 5 ml bottle.
- Fill the bottle with a carrier oil.
- Place the plastic dropper back on the bottle and then screw on the cap.
- Shake well. Now it’s ready for use.
Here’s my nightly protocol for my kids:
- Massage 1-2 drops of Vetiver on the big toes.
- Massage 2-3 drops of the Calming Kids blend on the bottle of feet and the back of the neck.
- Give lots of cuddles and hugs.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
I recommend the Everyday Oils kit – which contains 10 of the most popular Young Living essential oils, including Lavender, Valor and Peace and Calming. You can get the Everyday Oils in the premium starter kit, along with a diffuser, at wholesale pricing – 24% off retail prices. Just add in Vetiver and Cedarwood to your order to get wholesale pricing on those oils too. Learn more about how to buy Young Living essential oils HERE.
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