Learning how to incorporate essential oils into your homeschool is a wonderful way to create a healthier learning environment and promote focus, as well as explore the senses.
Essential Oils for Immune Support
One of the most obvious ways to use essential oils for children is immune support. If you don’t homeschool, you may be thinking that we don’t really need to focus on staying healthy because we probably aren’t exposed to as many illnesses as other children. But if you read my post last week about how we explore extracurricular activities, then you know we spend a good deal of time around other children and adults.
Essential oils are a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle for supporting the immune system. On Guard is dōTERRA’s Immune Support blend, and it’s one of their best sellers. It’s a blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, and Rosemary essential oils. As you can probably tell by reading the ingredients, it is the most deliciously aromatic blend that smells like autumn and Christmas bottled up.
I love to use this oil because it’s already a perfectly formulated blend of immune-supporting oils that support your body to fight free radicals and stay well.
Essential Oils for Focus
Boy, do we struggle with this one. I have a nine-year-old who just wants to be outside, and I have about a million other things nagging at my brain during our school hours. I have found that creating a routine that includes using oils for focus is extremely helpful for both me and my kids.
Creating a calm and focused environment can be challenging whether your classroom is in a public school, or at home around the dining room table. There’s always some sort of distraction rearing its head, and obviously putting some oils in a diffuser won’t change that. But it can send signals to a scattered brain that help it to tune in and focus on the task at hand.
In Tune Blend
One of my personal favorite ways to use essential oils is topically. Not only do they make you smell amazing, but they also deliver some powerful therapeutic benefits. One of my favorite blends to use for myself when I’m struggling to focus is InTune. This is a blend of Amyris, Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Hawaiian Sandalwood, and Roman Chamomile essential oils. It’s earthy and citrusy and has become one of my favorite scents. It has been specially formulated to increase focus and help you feel more grounded and present so you can take care of the task at hand. I use it every single day!
For my children, Thinker is our choice for improving focus. This roller is a prediluted blend of Fractionated Coconut Oil, Vetiver, Peppermint, Clementine, and Rosemary essential oils. It has such a beautiful light citrus and herb scent, with a hint of peppermint, and has been a staple in our homeschool for several years. I keep it in our daily basket, and each morning apply it along the back of my children’s necks and temples. Depending on how the day is going, I sometimes reapply as my sanity, and their focus begins to slip!
Essential Oils for Anxiety and Stress
Once again, this section is for me just as much as the kiddos. I tend to find it difficult to balance work, homeschooling, housework, and life in general. This leads to me losing focus, spinning my wheels, and becoming even more stressed because I feel like I’m not actually accomplishing anything. The Adaptiv blend from dōTERRa has truly been a game changer for me in that regard. This is a combination of Lavender, Magnolia, Neroli, Wild Orange, Spearmint, Rosemary, and Copaiba essential oils and, I’m telling you, they’ve really done something with this recipe.
It’s one of my favorite rollers to use as my natural perfume, but I also find myself reaching for it all throughout the day as various stressors arise. It truly helps to reduce my feelings of overwhelm and tension. I also notice that I seem to be much more productive when I use this blend. I love the roller applied behind my ears and on my wrists, but we also diffuse it while we are studying, and I sometimes take the capsule form as well! Anything I can do to help me ease some tension and focus, I’m all in.
Essential Oils for Energy
This one is really more for me, the teacher, than it is for my kids. They don’t really need any help in the energy department! However, when that after-lunch slump hits, this blend is wonderful for getting those juices flowing again. It’s also great for a rainy day when everyone is feeling a little less than motivated.
Motivate is a blend of Peppermint, Clementine, Coriander, Basil, Yuzu, Melissa, Rosemary, and Vanilla. I honestly wish that I could just invite you all over to smell this one because it is soooo good. It would be wonderful just used as a personal scent, but the fact that it increases focus while calming anxious feelings makes it one of my go-to oils for our homeschool.
Using Essential Oils for Sensory Experiences
This is one of my favorite ways that we incorporate essential oils into our homeschool! We do a ton of reading. I believe good literature builds a strong foundation, and a good deal of our lessons involve reading living books. Books that truly engage us and draw us into the places and people we are learning about. When we read about certain types of music, we listen to that music. When we read about a certain food or dish, we try that dish if we have the means to do so. And when we are reading about the scents of a place, I love to incorporate essential oils into our lesson.
Practical Ways to Incorporate Essential Oils
For example, last year we read the entire Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. In one part of the story, the main character was describing how he used pine boughs to line the floor of the shelter he built for himself in the wilderness. We decided to build our own fort out of blankets (it was the middle of winter and I felt we’d get a little too off track if we actually went bushwacking to make this part of the story come alive). While we were piled up in our blanket fort reading about the adventures of Brian in the wilderness, we opened a bottle of Northern Escape oil from dōTERRA. It’s a blend of Spruce, Fir, Cypress, and Cedarwoods that truly makes you feel like you’re deep in a forest somewhere. We closed our eyes and let our imaginations run wild.
Another example is when we were diving deeper into our nativity studies last year and learning of the gifts presented to the infant Jesus. I actually had both Frankincense and Myrhh in my oil cabinet and we were able to transport ourselves into the tiny stable on that fateful night. We even walked out to the barn to get the full experience of the sights and smells that can only be found in a barn. I find that connecting learning with a true sensory experience has helped us to make lasting impressions.
Shop My Favorite Essential Oils for Homeschool
You can purchase all of the oils that I’ve mentioned above, plus the perfect portable diffuser to utilize wherever your classroom may be, by clicking the link below. Please reach out with any questions!
Try my easy homemade play dough using essential oils!