Getting children ready for bed can seem like a rodeo that never ends: Kids asking for one more snack, two more songs, and three middle-of-the-night wake-ups make it all a little chaotic. Don’t worry, we’ve got your secret weapon for nighttime battles: essential oils! Use these essential oil tips and tricks to help your little ones (and big ones) get just as excited about bedtime as you are.
While we love essential oils, they aren’t magically going to transform your nighttime rascal into a sleepy angel. Bedtime routines, consistent sleep times, and a good environment (dark, cool, quiet) are the first steps in helping children sleep well.
Prep the bedroom
All the ups and downs of life can make it tricky for kids to fall asleep and stay asleep. Try to create a pleasant, peaceful environment in your children’s bedrooms as they prepare to sleep.
- Spritz their bedding with Seedlings® Linen Spray.
- Put a cotton ball with a few drops of Lavender or KidScents® SleepyIze™ under their pillow.
- And don’t forget to let them spray this monster spray anywhere the scaries may lurk in their bedroom.
YL tip: Use any of the oils below to create your own monster spray recipe that is sure to banish monsters and help kids wind down.
Take a calming bath
Nothing says soothing like a warm soak. Add essential oils to your children’s bath while you pray they start to wind down. Lavender, Cedarwood, Peace & Calming®, Roman Chamomile, and Rose are a few of our favorites.
Make some bath drops
If you’re looking to dilute your oils and create a bath blend that’s irresistible, whip up some bath drops.
- 15 drops Sacred Sandalwood
- 10 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Cedarwood
- Carrier oil of your choice
YL tip: Add a few drops of KidScents SleepyIze to your child’s lotion after bathtime for an extra soothing experience.
Roll your way to sleep
Make incorporating essential oils into your children’s sleep routine as easy as bedtime never is. In a glass roller ball, combine 10 drops of each oil and fill the rest of the way with a carrier oil:
Roll on the bottoms of children’s feet, behind their ears, or even on their spine.
YL tip: Don’t have a roller ball? Diffuse 2−3 drops of each oil instead to create an appealing aroma.
Diffuse for dreamy sleep
When all else fails, put Feather on the case. Add these diffuser blends to the diffuser on your kid’s nightstand and watch them smile as they breathe in the sweet scents.
If you need a blend that smells exactly like the perfect night’s sleep, mix sweet Cedarwood, bright Bergamot, and lovely Lavender.
- 2 drops Cedarwood
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 4 drops Lavender
If your kiddos are still running around at a million miles an hour, blend nighttime champion Neroli, luscious Lavender, and refreshing Roman Chamomile.
- 2 drops Neroli
- 3 drops Lavender
- 3 drops Roman Chamomile
Bedtime’s Best Friend
If you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment to Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, combine precious Rose, balmy Frankincense, and sweet, sweet Lavender.
- 1 drop Rose
- 4 drops Frankincense
- 4 drops Lavender
Desperate for more bedtime tips? Find seven tricks to try and a quiz that recommends a blend based on your routine!
What will you try first with your littles?
Tell us in the comments below.
Kathy Van Pelt
Young Living Brand Partner