Essential Oils can help to promote wellness.

The sense of smell is such a powerful part of limbic system that often gets forgotten.When planning your work with children, do you ever consider sense of smell? I know I would begin by considering my materials visually and then plan for my auditory instruction. If I was having a really good day, I’d throw in a “hands on” component for the sense of touch. However, I think I was missing the mark by not considering sense of smell.

The olfactory bulb, which operates the sense of smell, transmits information directly to the amygdala. We know that the “downstairs” brain controls the emotions we are working to regulate. Whether you are trying to reduce anxiety or increase focus, essential oils can help!

My journey into essential oils began when I purchased essential oils and made a spray for our be station. The students responded so well to the spray that it made me eager to learn more.


It is important to know that essential oils are 100% pure plant extract. Fragrance oils are usually synthetic products and therefore do not possess the natural healing properties of essential oils and contain chemicals and other impurities. When purchasing, especially for use around children, please make sure to do research about oil purity. We recommend doTERRA Essential Oils. Then, make sure you consult your site policy on using essential oils for personal use and with children.


Next, I experimented with lavender, peppermint, orange and lemon. I began by introducing each scent and letting the students smell the oil from the bottle. It was fun to have them close their eyes and try to guess the scent!

Smelling Essential Oils
My personal favorite is the mild and versatile wild orange. I combined the orange with peppermint for standardized testing. I know it sounds like an odd combination, but it was lovely! It is said to increase focus and clarity.

To end the week, I combined lemon and orange for a citrus blast. Students noticed the scent as soon as they walked in the door. One of my most anxious students said, “Can I sit here at the back table so I can be near the diffuser”? There were meandering paths past the diffuser throughout the day and audible “ahh”s after a long inhale.

However, essential oils are not just for good smells. Diffusing can eliminate airborne pathogens. A bonus this time of year when we are all trying to stay healthy.

Essential oils can also be an important component for teacher self care. Having the diffuser near my workspace helped me stay calm, focused and in an overall good mood. One day, I was suffering from a horrible headache due to seasonal allergies. I didn’t have any aspirin at school, so I used a drop of peppermint and rubbed it behind each ear. At first, the sensation was pretty overwhelming. However, after a minute, I felt my “fog” lift! The instantaneous result was amazing.

1000 Petals and doTERRA

diffusers in the classroom

We have created a Move Mindfully® Blend in a roller bottle for topical use that is grounding and uplifting! We also offer Wild Orange Spray in our be Station Kit. Check out our doTERRA website to learn more about using essential oils and home and with children.

Have you tried essential oils? Which oils have children responded to? Leave a comment!

Be Well,
Stephanie Kennelly

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