The Benefits of Aromatherapy for Children
- Lavender. It is a calming scent that can be used in multiple ways by calming nervous anxiety, as well as physically calming a rash, or irritation. This is also a good beginner scent for children new to aromatherapy.
- Mandarin and Sweet Orange. These scents are invigorating and can be used to energize children who are feeling tired. They can also be used to help with relaxation.
- Peppermint. This scent can be used for headaches and nausea.
Aromatherapy can be fun, but not all children will appreciate it. These following crafts can get your child started. Just reapply the oils every few days based on your child’s scent preference.
- For Stress and Headache, make peppermint Puffy Paint. In a bowl, combine about 3/8 cup white glue, 3/4 cup unscented shaving cream, a few drops of food coloring, and peppermint essential oil. Add 1/4 cup flour and mix well. Pour the puffy paint into plastic squeeze bottles, or spoon it into a plastic baggie and snip off the corner.
- For Focus and Relaxation, make Mandarin-Scented Dough. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup flour, 1 cup warm water, 1/3 cup salt, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1.5 teaspoons tartar, and a few drops of food coloring (optional). Heat on medium-low until it thickens, then remove from heat and let it cool. Knead a few drops of mandarin essential oil into the dough until it’s smooth. Seal it for freshness. Also, it might smell good enough to eat, so remind kids that it’s not food!