Best Essential Oils to help Kids Sleep (And how to use them)
Essential oils are a great option when trying to help kids sleep. Many oils help decrease feelings of anxiety, worry, and fear; while increasing relaxation and peace.
However, some essential oils should not be used on children and others can be used after a specific age. For more information on using essential oils safely on children, read this article.
Also, make sure you use only pure, therapeutic-grade oils. Personally, I purchase oils from doTERRA but I know many people who use Young Living or another brand altogether.
But before buying oils, do some research on the company you’re looking at to make sure they produce oils that are not filled with chemicals. Because really, that would defeat the purpose of using essential oils in the first place.
Now, here is the information you need so you can use essential oils to help your kids sleep!
How to Use Essential Oils to help your Kids Sleep:
1) Bath Time
Using essential oils during bath time will help your child(ren) calm down and get in the mindset that it’s almost time to sleep.
Begin by mixing 3-4 drops of lavender or roman chamomile with a liquid soap (such as castile soap – this is the one I use). Then add that mixture to the bath water.
Alternatively, pre-mix 2-3 drops of lavender or roman chamomile with 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil and then blend that oily mixture with ¼ cup Epsom salt.
If the oil isn’t mixed in with castile soap or a carrier oil and Epsom salt, the essential oils will just sit on top of the water.
2) Bedtime Massage
A gentle massage right before bed may be just what your child need to relax. Mix 1-2 drops of the essential oil you choose with 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil. And then rub the liquid on their arms, back, stomach, feet, and/or ears.
Not only will your child feel relaxed from the massage itself, but the fragrance and relaxing properties of the oil will create a calm and peaceful atmosphere.
3) Diffuse at Bedtime
Inhaling essential oils can have more benefits than just helping with relaxation and sleep. Diffusing oils can actually help purify and clean the air as well as help with respiratory problems.
To use essential oils for sleep, either put a drop of oil under your children’s pillow or use a diffuser. If you’re diffusing essential oils in your child’s bedroom, add a few less drops to the diffuser than is normally recommended.
4) Apply to Skin
This information is also available in my article, Safe Essential Oils for Young Children: When applying essential oils to infants and children, always dilute with a carrier oil. Coconut oil (what I use) is normally recommended but there are other kinds such as almond oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil.
Essential oils can be applied to the feet, arms, behind the ears, or the back of the neck.
For infants: Dilute 1-2 drops of the essential oil in 2 Tablespoons of carrier oil (and it’s usually best to apply essential oils to an infant’s feet so that they don’t accidently ingest them).
For children ages 2-6: Use 1-2 drops of the essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil.
And for children ages 7-11: Dilute 1-2 drops of the essential oil in ½ teaspoon of carrier oil.
Best Essential Oils to Help Kids Sleep
Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils. It has many uses and has been shown to not only reduce anxiety but also induce relaxation and improve sleep quality. Lavender has a sweet, floral aroma creating a relaxing environment.
2) Roman Chamomile
Similar to lavender, this essential oil has also been shown to reduce anxiety and help improve sleep quality. Roman Chamomile has a light, floral scent which creates a peaceful environment. It also has sedative effects that may help prevent nightmares in toddlers.
3) Ylang Ylang
Ylang Ylang oil has a soothing effect on the nervous system. It helps reduce anxiety, tension, fear, insomnia, depression, stress, and panic. So if your child isn’t sleeping well because of nightmares, this is a great oil to try. To help kids sleep, this essential oil works best when inhaled. Your child can inhale it directly from the bottle or it can be diffused in their bedroom for 15-30 minutes.
Vetiver has a unique, exotic aroma and is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on emotions. This makes it ideal for massage therapy as well as promoting relaxation and restful sleep. In addition, a study done by Dr. Terry Friedman found that vetiver is effective in treating children with ADHD.
5) Calming/Restful Blend
Most companies create blends that contain handpicked essential oils which they mix together so you don’t have to do it yourself. One of the best reasons to use these blends is to save money. Instead of having to buy all the individual oils and mix them yourself, you can just purchase the blend.
DoTERRA has a blend called Serenity® which features:Lavender, Cedarwood, Ho Wood, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Vanilla extract, and Hawaiian Sandalwood.
Young Living has two different options: Peace & Calming® is a blend of: Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. And Peace & Calming II™ which includes: Tangerine, Orange, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, German Chamomile, Vetiver, Cistus, Bergamot, Cassia, Davana, and Black Spruce.
*Note: All the oils listed above as single oils as well as the oils listed in the above blends are generally safe for children. Remember to dilute the oils before applying. And always check with your pediatrician or other health professional before using these blends or any other essential oil on your children.
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