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Getting Started with Essential Oil Blends for Kids

Once you get started with essential oils, they will quickly find their way into all aspects of your life. From great sleep to skin care and beyond!

Essential oils are quite easy to use and aftering seeing their benefits for you, you’ll want to begin using them for your little ones too.

How do you use essential oils on kids?

Whether you want to support their big emotions, keep them well, or help them sleep better there are simple strategies anyone can learn. Using essential oils blends for kids is easier than you think, let’s get started!

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How do you use essential oils on kids?
Whether you want to support their big emotions, keep them well, or help them sleep better there are simple strategies anyone can learn. Using essential oils blends for kids is easier than you think!

Ways to Use Essential Oil Blends for Kids

When it comes to making kids essential oil blends, keep in mind you are not limited to essential oil roller bottles. As a matter of fact, any essential oil roller recipe can be applied in multiple ways such as these:

Whether you choose to apply essential oil blends for kids in a roller bottle or one of the many other options, we’ve got you covered! We’ll teach you the 4 most popular and effective methods to safely use essential oils for kids. In addition to loads of fun kid-friendly essential oil recipes, you can make now with the best oils for kids!

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#1 Kid Safe Rollerball Blends

Essential oil roller blends are the fastest way to apply oils when you need them most. Think of a toddler who really needs a nap, or of a wound up school-ager who needs to focus on homework, or a pre-teen who just had a big fight with her best friend.

In all of these situations, mama could use a little help.

The most important thing to remember for roller blends is dilution. Due to their high concentration, essential oils need to be safely diluted before applying to the skin.

And knowing how to dilute essential oils for kids is key to truly enjoy and benefit from them! Use an essential oil dilution to chart to always dilute accurately. Pin one here or print this one from the Oily Chic Library.

How to Make: Add the drops from a roller blend recipe to a 10 ml roller bottle, like these. Then fill the remaining with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil.

How to Apply: There are many places to apply essential oils for kids. Behind ears, on the bottom of the feet, or down the spine are my daughters’ favorite places. You can find more ways here for your little ones.

Roller Recipes to Stay Focused:


  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops lemon
  • 2 drops frankincense


  • 4 drops orange
  • 3 drops roman chamomile
  • 2 drops lime

Calming Roller Blends:


  • 5 drops stress away
  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops copiaba


  • 5 drops peace & calming
  • 3 drop frankincense

Roller Blends to Support Big Feelings:


  • 5 drops lavender
  • 2 drops vetiver
  • 2 drops northern lights blue spruce


  • 4 drops tangerine
  • 3 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops bergamot


  • 4 drops ylang ylang
  • 3 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops spearmint
Essential oil diffuser blends for kids printable

Print these diffuser essential oil blends for kids from Oily Chic Library!

#2 Kid-Friendly Diffusing

If unhealthy lead wick candles and highly fragranced plugins have you worried (hand raised), you’ll quickly fall head over heels for diffusion!

How Do You Diffuse Essential Oils for Kids?

There are so many ways to diffuse essential oils. In fact, a quick search online for an oil diffuser will result in over 50 million choices! That feels overwhelming, doesn’t it?

No worries, here are five effective methods to diffuse essential oils to get started.

My daughter loves getting involved with oils. She is always wanting to smell them from the bottles or to help turn on the diffuser. I think your kids will too! Here’s a quick round-up of diffuser blends perfect kids rooms or other spaces they are playing in.  

Kid Approved Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes:


  • 5 drops lemon
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops grapefruit


  • 6 drops peppermint
  • 4 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops lime


  • 3 drops lemongrass
  • 5 drops spearmint
  • 5 drops tangerine

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#3 Sleepy Essential Oils Blends for Kids

Every mama knows rest is crucial for a good day. Without proper rest, we lean toward grouchy, unable to focus, and are more likely to have up and down emotions.

Do you know what I discovered? Essential oils are one of the best things to help us fall asleep fast and get the rest we need! Here are several ways to use essential oils for sleep to support a much-needed nap or a calming bedtime routine.

Pillow Spray

Also known as a pillow mist, a pillow spray is an aromatherapy spray made for sleep. It is a combination of essential oils shown to support sleep blended with witch hazel.

Sleepy essential oil pillow sprays are beloved in our household. They take only a few minutes to shake up and can be misted on pillows, sheets, and blankets. Choose from five DIY pillow spray recipes here.

kids bed time essential oil blend printable

Print these bedtime essential oil blends for kids from Oily Chic Library too!

Bedtime Diffuser Blends

Diffusing essential oils is a great way to transition to nap time or begin your bedtime routine. Choose from the calming essential oil blends below to diffuse before or during sleep.


  • 5 drops ylang ylang
  • 10 drops chamomile


  • 2 drops orange
  • 5 drops peace & calming
  • 5 drops lavender

Sleepy Essential Oil Rollers

Roller blends are another practical method to apply essential oils for rest and relaxation. Follow the instructions in section 1 to make and use each of these.


  • 5 drops copaiba
  • 3 drops lavender


  • 3 drops lavender
  • 2 drops cedarwood
  • 2 drops vetiver

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#4 Kid-Friendly Essential Oils for Wellness

I love supporting my daughter’s wellness with essential oils and she loves it too. From little tummy woes to itchy little bug bites we turn to essential oils and you can too. ⁣⁣

Tummy Essential Oil Blends

Either blend of essential oils for tummy ache works well for bloating and constipation too. Fill a 5ml roller bottle with one of the following blends and fill the remaining with fractionated coconut oil.

To apply: roll one to two circles around their belly button in a clockwise motion. ⁣⁣


  • 12 drops tummygize⁣⁣
  • 4 drops peppermint⁣⁣⁣⁣


  • 10 drops tangerine
  • 4 drops peppermint⁣⁣

Wellness Diffuser Blends

There are a variety of essential oils that promote wellness. And diffusing essential oils is by far one of the simplest ways to support wellness for the whole family. Try any one of these wellness essential oil blends in your home.


  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops lemon
  • 2 drops pine


  • 10 drops cypress
  • 5 drops peppermint


  • 4 drops orange
  • 3 drops clove
  • 5 drops cinnamon
Essential oil Wellness Blends for Kids

Don’t miss these wellness essential oil blends for kids in the Oily Chic Library too!

Wellness Roller Blends

Just like the tummy roller blends, we can use essential oils for kids to help keep them well or give them the boost they may need to feel better. Follow the instructions in section 1 above to make and use each of these in a 10ml roller bottle.


  • 3 drops lemongrass
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 2 drops oregano


  • 4 drops lavender
  • 3 drops chamomile
Simple Guide to Making and Using Essential Oil Blends for Kids

What if you don’t have these essential oils?

If you don’t have an oil to make any one of the recipes above, turn to our resource guide of 30 essential oils for kids. You will likely find one you can exchange for something you are missing. And if you’re new to essential oils start with our favorite kit!

What if your child doesn’t like the smell?

If your little one finds the scent of an essential oil offensive, try using a different blend. Or if you are applying a roller blend, simply roll on the bottom of their feet and put socks on.

The pores of the feet are actually an excellent place to apply essential oils. The large pores make it even easier to absorb the oil into the body.

What’s your favorite essential oil blend for kids? Drop in the comments below and tag #oilychic on Instagram to share your oily mama tricks.

P.S. Did you know Young Living has an adorable essential oils line just for kids? They take care of the diluting and blending for you and wrap it all up in cute bottles.

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