Making Concoctions: Children and Aromatherapy

While I was in college I had the opportunity to work in a wonderful aromatherapy boutique. We had an “oil bar” stocked with the most amazing essential oils. Customers could come in, choose an unscented base and we would add custom essential oil blends. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood was and still is my bible when it comes to whipping up a new blend.

Our usual method of using essential oils in our home, is to diffuse them in an oil burner (see below). We fill the top with water and add a few drops of our oil(s) of choice. Our favorites are lavender, clary sage, peppermint, lemongrass, grapefruit, geranium and eucalyptus—in various combinations. The wonderful scent fills the air and really helps to set the mood and tone of the evening. The girls will often help with the selection and love to experiment with new combinations.

A few days ago a new shipment of empty bottles arrived and inspired a whole new level of fun. We made two different batches of “perfume sprays.” and one bottle of a lovely facial and body moisturizer. We keep the sprays in the refrigerator and use them as “pick-me-ups” on a daily basis.

Happy Blending!

Lemongrass & Clary Sage Spray (4 ounces)
2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
20 drops lemongrass essential oil
5-10 drops clary sage essential oil
Fill the rest of the bottle with water
Add freshly picked clary sage leaf or leaves (optional)
Shake well before use

Lavender & Peppermint Spray (4 ounces)
2 tablespoons aloe vera juice
20 drops lavender essential oil
5-10 drops peppermint essential oil
Fill the rest of the bottle with water
Add freshly picked lavender (optional)
Shake well before use

Lavender & Grapefruit Moisturizer (4 ounces)
Equal parts aloe vera gel and jojoba oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops grapefruit essential oil
Shake well before use

Links & Resources
Scents of Childhood – Mothering Magazine
Essential Oils for Children – Alive
Aromatherapy Recipes and Uses – Earth Family
Our Herb Garden
Learning About Herbs




With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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