Back to School...?

This is one of my updated blogs, Pre COVID-19. While I feel that the information is still relevant, it doesn't address all of the extra stress & anxiety that I am sure all families are feeling as they make decisions that affect their children's well-being & safety during this unsettling time. My thoughts are with you all!

Life is full of transitions, and every September, our children, no matter their age experience a big one.

Change is a part of life & how well we handle the stress of these transitions can affect our overall well-being.

They may be excited to start in elementary school or be stressed to move up to Middle or High school. there are lots of feelings about returning to school.

Relaxing & Bedtime Routines...

With back to school, little ones can get anxious and not sleep very well. Those little worries can seem awfully big to someone just starting school or having to make new friends.

At bedtime, try Lavender, Mandarin, or Roman Chamomile in your diffuser. These essential oils are more appropriate for younger children. Adults and older children can also diffuse these essential oils:

  • Bergamot

  • Cedarwood

  • Clary Sage

  • Patchouli

  • Sweet Marjoram

  • Tangerine

  • Vetiver

  • Ylang Ylang.

Just check the contraindications before use. You can also use essential oil blends that are more calming especially if your child is feeling a little anxious about starting or going back to school.

Some essential oils like Lavender or Orange are relaxing in small amounts but can become stimulating in large amounts. Also, what works for some people, may not work the same way for others.

***I have a friend, who loves citrus scents, but for her, they are so relaxing that they make her really sleepy. Now for me on the other hand, they are very stimulating and they wake me up. Everyone responds differently. So it may take some trial and error to find the right blend of oils for you and your child. I have also found that most children have very firm opinions regarding their scent preferences.

My Blog is for information only & is not meant to diagnose

or replace medical advice.


Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. 2nd ed. Brisbane: International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, 2004. Print.

Davis, Patricia,  Aromatherapy: An A-Z. London: Vermilion, 2005. Print. 

Worwood, V. A. (1991). The fragrant pharmacy: A home and health care guide to aromatherapy and essential oils. Toronto: Bantam. Print. (And the updated version, 2016)

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