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Our 10 Favorite Ways To Use Essential Oils For Toddlers
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Our 10 Favorite Ways To Use Essential Oils For Toddlers

By October 11, 2019 No Comments

Essential oils are FULL of natural benefits for so many things. And they aren’t just for adults. Toddlers can benefit greatly from essential oils!

There are a ton of ways to support your young kids with oils. From overall health and wellness to boosting focus and creativity, essential oils have so many uses.

Here are 10 of our favorite ways to use oils for our toddler!

And if you don’t yet have essential oils, or don’t have enough oils, check out the Young Living Starter Kit to stock up for an incredible discount (and bonus!).

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1. Preschool or playdates? Diffuse An immune-boosting blend in the car

We’re always hesitant to drop our toddlers off at preschool or a playdate. There’s always that one kid who is sick, coughing and sneezing on everything.

But while you are driving there and driving back, diffuse some immune-boosting, seasonal supporting essential oils:

  • Thieves (incredibly pleasant and powerful blend from Young Living)
  • Frankincense
  • Peppermint

Inhaling the aroma from essential oils is one of the most effective ways to experience the health benefits of essential oils. You can use an actual car diffuser, which are awesome.

Or you can simply add a few drops of oil to a cotton ball and stuff it into your air vent to fill the car with the aroma.

2. Essential Oil Hand Sanitizer

You can also get an all-natural, essential oil-based hand sanitizer from Young Living using the Thieves blend. It works, feels and smells great. It doesn’t dry out your hands like other sanitizers do.

My toddler and I love using this frequently. We ordered a few extra and like to keep them handy everywhere – diaper bag, backpacks, purse, car, etc.

Use it immediately after preschool or playdates, after playing outside, before eating and pretty much all the time! 

This comes with the Young Living Starter Kit!

3. Diffuse Oils During Playtime And Creative Time

Every now and then our toddler will get  lost in playtime – by himself! He normally needs mom or dad to be engaged with him. But it’s always nice when he is deep into an activity without one of us, such as drawing, doing puzzles, organizing toys the way he wants them, playing with playdough, or anything else.

I love watching him in these times because you can see that there is so much going through his mind.

There are certain oils you can diffuse during these times of play or creativity that can encourage them to be creative, think deeply, focus more, and enjoy their time more fully:

  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Bergamot
  • Tangerine
  • Citrus Fresh
  • Peppermint
  • Cedarwood
  • GeneYus – KidScents blend (from Young Living) containing Frankincense, Cedarwood, Palo Santo, Melissa, and Bergamot essential oils.

4. Make Essential Oil Playdough

Add a fun twist on an activity that your toddler already loves. Making  DIY playdough is super easy using kitchen ingredients you probably already have.

Check out the full recipe here.

You can add oils like lavender or frankincense to help calm your kiddo and even help prepare them for nap or bedtime.

You can use oils like orange, tangerine or bergamot to encourage, uplift and boost creativity in your child.

And you can use oils like Thieves to give them one more way of boosting their immune system!


5. Wellness and Seasonal support rollers

Using essential oils for overall wellness, particularly when it comes to helping protect from seasonal illness, is one of the most popular uses for essential oils.

And it’s awesome for both kids and adults. Some oils that help boost the immune system and promote wellness include:

  • Thieves
  • Lemon
  • Peppermint
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender

(all of which come in the Young Living Starter Kit)

To make a roller for your toddler, 

  • Grab a 10 ml roller bottle
  • Add between 5 -15 drops of essential oils (less is more when starting out, especially for children),
  • Fill the rest with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.

Now, simply apply to the bottom of your kiddos feet a few times per day, or on the spine before bed. It’s best to use this consistently before they get sick, rather than only using it once they’re sick. Prevention is way better!

Specific wellness blends to make for your toddler:

  • Toddler Stay Well  
    3 drops Thieves, 2 drops Lemon, 2 drops Frankincense, 2 drops RC (optional)
  • Toddler Seasonal Support
    7 drops Lemon, 7 drops Lavender, 3 drops Peppermint (optional)

6. Create A Fun, Oily Bedtime Routine

We know the importance of having a good bedtime routine for our kids (which unfortunately many of us adults don’t apply to our own lives as well).

Incorporating essential oils into their bedtime routine can help to support better sleep and overall wellness. Some ways to use essential oils in your childrens bedtime routine include:

  • Diffuse calming oils 30 minutes before bedtime to unwind and relax
  • Diffuse sleepy oils in the bedroom as they go to sleep, such as Gentle Baby or a blend of Lavender + Cedarwood
  • Rub a sleepy roller on feet and spine using either Sleepyize or Lavender
  • Use a calming linen spray on their bed and stuffed animals.
    You can use the Young Living Seedlings Spray or make a DIY Sleepy Spray: 
    In a 4 ounce glass spray bottle, add the following and top with water:
    – 1 tbsp witch hazel
    – 15 drops Lavender
    – 15 drops Cedarwood
    – 10 drops Gentle Baby

7. Lavender oil on all the scrapes and bug bites

Lavender is an incredibly versatile oil that can be used for so many things. Our skin loves this oil, as it’s super gentle yet super powerful. It helps to support beautiful, soft skin as well as helps with abrasions and bites.

You can dilute lavender in a roller bottle (by adding coconut oil) for your littlest ones, or you can apply a drop directly to your kiddos. Rub on scrapes and bug bites to help ease the pain and itching (I especially love it for mosquito bites in the summer). 

You can also use the Owie blend from Young Living, a cooling blend for kids that combines:

  • Balsam Fir
  • Tea Tree
  • Elemi
  • Hinoki
  • Clove

8. Using Snifflease for when they start feeling under the weather

Unfortunately, kids getting the sniffles is inevitable, even with all the supportive and preventative efforts. But when they do, there are oils to help get them through it!

Use SniffleEase, a KidScents blend from Young Living for those 2 and older. It contains the following essential oils and blends:

  • Eucalyptus Blue
  • Palo Santo
  • Lavender
  • Ravintsara
  • Dorado Azul
  • R.C.

Apply a drop on their chest when they have the sniffles or are starting to feel under the weather.

9. Tummy Support

It’s always super sad to watch our toddlers deal with tummy aches. But at least we can provide support for them when it happens!

Use TummyGize, a KidScents blend that can be rolled directly on their little tummies, or diffused to help support healthy digestion.

TummyGize is the kid-friendly blend that combines the following:

  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Tangerine
  • Ginger

You can also use DiGize, the adult version that combines Tarragon, Ginger, Peppermint, Juniper, Lemongrass, Anise, Fennel, and Patchouli. Just make sure to dilute it for your kids.

Ginger and Fennel are two individual oils that can help with tummy trouble, but the aroma by themselves might not be super enjoyable for kids (or even many adults), which is where these blends become super useful!

10. Clean, Natural, and Calming Bath Routine

Obviously bath time is already a part of your normal routine, whether that’s daily or only a few times per week. You can make it more intentional and use it as a way to calm and prepare your child for bed using essential oils and oil-based products!

If bath time is a long process, you can diffuse lavender or a sleepy blend in the bathroom.

And you can use KidScents bath products to clean your kiddos with all-natural, safe soap and shampoo! (unfortunately, many normal baby wash and kids soap uses potentially toxic ingredients such as synthetic fragrances).

Then, once their out and clean, you can use a lavender-infused lotion to soothe their skin and provide sleep supporting benefits .

You can use the Seedlings Baby Lotion from Young Living. Or if you have a simple, unscented lotion, you can add a few drops of lavender oil to it and use that.

Bonus – Calm Your Tantrum-ing Kiddo!

Don’t worry, you aren’t the only one with a tantrum-ing toddler. They all do it.

To support them, and help to calm them down, use some calming and uplifting oils in a roller.

Some that help include:

  • Joy (blend from Young Living)
  • Peace & Calming (blend from Young Living)
  • Stress Away (blend from Young Living)
  • Orange
  • Valor
  • Lavender 
  • Copaiba
  • Any combination of the above!

Have them roll it on their wrists or back in their time of need.

Supporting Your Toddlers With Essential Oils

There are many more ways you can support your young kids with the many benefits of essential oils. These are simply some of our favorites.

It’s great when oils become a normal part of their routine and they ask for their bedtime oils at night! They also get a kick out of helping make rollers and simply smelling them from the bottle.

If you don’t already have oils, or don’t have a full collection, the best way to get more is by getting your Young Living Starter Kit.

It comes with an incredible bundle of oils that will support you, your kids, and your household. Plus, there are a few bonuses available when you place an order with me!

Check out our Starter Kit post for ALL the details 🙂

And make sure to follow along on Instagram as we seek to live our best, natural and healthy life with toddlers!


Disclaimer: The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to be medical advice. Suggestions here are specific to Young Living and should not be combined with oils from other sources. Examples and experiences do not guarantee similar results. Read our full disclaimer here


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