Essential Oils and Bedtime Routines
We have all heard the millions excuses that the kids come up with right before bedtime. I need a drink of water, just one more book, I don’t want to go to bed, I need to go to the toilet for the 8th time. Don’t you just love trying to get the little ones (and big ones) to bed each night.
Last week I looked at setting up a Bedtime Routines for the kids and I mentioned that I use essential oils as part of the routine. Today I am looking at some tips to include essential oils into the bedtime routine that are fun for the kids and help get them nice and relaxed so they want to go to bed.
Let’s face it anything that helps get the kids in bed is a bonus because fighting with them just isn’t fun for mummy and daddy. And who wants a cranky kid in the morning due to not having enough sleep. Not me and I am sure you are nodding your head.
6 Fun Tips to incorporate Essential Oil into the Bedtime Routine
- Diffuse essential oils in the bedroom. I have a fun diffuser in each of the kids bedrooms. A dinosaur one in my sons room and a dolphin one in my daughters. Put the diffuser on approx. 30-60 minutes before they go to bed. These diffusers last about 3 hours so perfect to help little ones relax in bed. Diffuse oils such as Lavender, Peace and Calming, Stress Away, Orange or Cedarwood.
- Adding a 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil to the bath. Lavenders aroma is great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime.
- Make bath bombs instead of a lavender bath. Kids will love this as they can help make them and then watch them fizz as they dissolve in the bath releasing the beautiful aromas that you use to make them.
- Make a homemade linen spray. To make it fun call it a monster or fairy spray which the kids will love. Simply add your favourite relaxing oils into a glass spray bottle with water. Shake and spritz over the sheets and pillows. Tell the kids it will either scare away the monsters or bring magic fairies to their room while they sleep.
- Give your little ones a massage before bed. Dilute oils like Lavender, Orange, Peace and Calming with a carrier oil and give their little backs, legs and feet a rub. (carrier oils include coconut oil, almond oil or V6 complex)
- Make up some roller bottles. Once again pick your favourite relaxing oils and mix with a carrier oil into a roller bottle. Roll the oils onto their feet, wrists, temples, chest and back.
Some recipes to get you started
In a diffuser add 3 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Orange
1 cup Bicarb Soda
½ cup Citric Acid
½ cup Epsom Salts
3 Tbsp Carrier Oil
10-20 drops of Essential Oils (I use lavender)
Spray bottle of water.
Combine dry ingredients and mix well, add the essential oils and carrier oil (I used V6 carrier oil, can use coconut or almond oil). Add food colouring a few drops and mix quickly so it doesn’t fizz. Once mixed then spray a few squirts of water at a time and mix quickly until it clumps together. Don’t make it too wet. Add to silicone trays or bath bomb moulds.
120mls/4oz glass bottle
15-20 drops of Lavender
Fill bottle 7/8 full and add the Lavender. Shake and spray on to pillow, linen and a few sprays to get those Monsters. Tell the kids it is a Monster or Fairy spray and put a cool sticker on it.
1 Tbsp carrier oil mixed with 2 drops lavender massage on all over child’s body.
20 drops of Lavender and top with carrier oil in a 10ml roller bottle
10 drops Peace and Calming with 10 drops Lavender and top with carrier oil in a 10 ml roller bottle
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This info is for learning purposes only. I’m not a doctor, just simply sharing what has worked for my family. Please consult a health care practitioner when making any changes to your medical routine. This information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Please also take care with children under 2 years of age. Some essential oils can be applied neat and some require dilution. Please read the label and take all practical precautions.