I love essential oils. A few years ago, I started using the oils in my classroom and I saw a world of difference in my students. The high energy student was calmer, the day dreamer was listening, and the hall walker forgot to ask to use the bathroom. I then started using these amazing drops with the students that I tutored and, again, I saw an instant change. Are you a parent? Do you homeschool? Click here to see how I use essential oils during study time.
Choosing a quality oil:
We are already chemically overloaded, so it is important to choose an authentic oil. I have one requirement for the essential oils that I use- Am I able to ingest this oil (in capsule form or with a carrier oil)? If there is a warning on the label that reads ‘Do not ingest,’ I ‘do not buy.’
- Use a diffuser
- Place a drop on your finger (repeat as necessary) and place your finger on the back of each chair. Feel free to choose the oil based on your seating chart.
Bonus to using oils:
- Let’s face it, sometimes our students can be a little (or a lot) smelly. The oils smell delicious.
- If you teach using one particular oil or blend, give the test using that same oil or blend.
- The students LOVE it. They will always comment on the smell.
My favorite little drops of heaven
Lavender, chamomile , or a calming blend:
Why I use it: Calming, anti-anxiety, anti-stress, and relaxing oil
When to use it: We have all had that class or at least that student that simply tests our patience. The loquacious group. The students that are constantly talking over you. Would you believe that these essential oils can help with your classroom management? Use one of the oils listed above for your more enthusiastic classes.
Why I use it: Uplifting and helps students to focus
When I use it: I would use peppermint oil for the first period of the day, after lunch or anytime that my class looked tired, apathetic, or just plain sleepy. Peppermint oil is also shown to help students focus. It is, therefore, a great oil to use when you may have a long lecture or when the students may be expected to take a lot of notes.
Why I use it: Used by religious scholars to promote clarity and spiritual awakening. This oil helps to uplift, calm and focus students. (Note: not as pleasant as a smell as the other oils listed, so you may get the occasional complaint. I might do a warm- up discussing why I chose this oil for this day.)
When I use it: I use this oil when I am introducing a new idea or concept, on test days, when students are expected to think creatively or problem solve.
Lemon, orange or citrus blend
Why I use it: Citrus is an energizing and uplifting oil. It also relieves stress and anxiety and promotes feelings of happiness and joy.
When I use it: I use this oil all the time. It puts me in a good mood and that sets a positive tone in my classroom.
Cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin or Christmas blend
Why I use it- These oils have many different benefits including being known to relieve stress and promote feelings of coziness.
When I use it: Use as needed. Students may not remember what we taught them but they will always remember the way we made them feel. On a movie, snowy, sad, or holiday, I would make my classroom smell inviting and homey. Sometimes, to have great classroom management, and to teach amazing lessons, we must first create a safe and loving environment.
What are your favorite oils to use and why?