Essential Oils in the Classroom


When essential oils are used in the classroom, it can help students in a number of ways. Some types of essential oils can have a positive impact in the sensory integration of a person, energy level, moods, moods, and overall health.

Parents of children in schools can agree to this because they can see the positive effects of essential oils in their homes and while their children are in school. Essential oils are a great addition to make the mood in the classroom more conducive to learning and help the children maintain their focus while the teacher is holding a class. Even teachers will feel the positive changes that essential oils bring to classrooms.

Here are some ways on how you can use essential oils in the classroom:

What You Need

You first have to start gathering materials like essential oil aromatherapy diffusers, cotton balls, and spray bottles made of glass. Essential oils should not come in contact with plastic because they can cause corrosion and emulsification when you leave the essential oil inside the plastic container for a long time.

Ideas in the classroom

  • You can help the mood and a child’s energy level improve because it will contribute to controlling behaviors in the classroom. Depending on the mood of the room and atmosphere, diffuse some oils of your choice. When the energy level of the children are too high, use lavender or serenity oils or if you need a transition. Calming oils include Cedarwood and Vetiver while Citrus Bliss is perfect for providing energy and helps in nervous tension. When you need to more sensible, use Balance oil. Elevation oil if you need to get motivated.
  • If you are about to give a test, diffuse peppermint to help the children focus more and after their nap time to keep their energy level up. This usually happens after they’ve had lunch because they love to sleep after eating. To help keep them awake after they have taken a nap, peppermint is the best oil you can use.
  • ​To give an uplifting and energizing feel, use wild orange essential oil to keep people alert and awake while you are discussing a long topic.
  • ​There is a mixture of essential oils called the protective blend and this is diffused before class starts.
  • On days when you are going to give a hard exam, diffuser peppermint to keep their energy level up and lavender to keep them calm. For better focus, diffuse a citrus essential oil. You will notice the improvement in test results and get more sensible answers from your students.

Essential oils that help with learning activities

  • For sensorial purposes – Put one or two drops of oils like cinnamon, lemon, lime, lavender, etc. on each cotton ball and put them in one container each. Let them smell the smell each bottle and ask them to differentiate the scents and match each smell to the plant where it came from.
  • For life sciences – Give a discussion on the parts of the plants and where the extraction is from based on familiar plants like basil, rose, lavender, fir, citrus fruit, and others that would also depend on where you are. When you have introduced the lesson to the children, ask the children to sort and match plants to their specific categories according to the oil in it. For example, put the rose under flower, basil should be under leaf category, the anise under seed, ginger belongs to the root category, and so on.
  • For math – Tell them about the weight of the plants and how much oil can be gotten from different types of plants. Like if you have 2-5k lbs. of rose petals, you can get 1 pound of oil, and 200 lbs. of lavender only gives you 1 lb. of oil. Some plants give more oil compared to others. Use this as a learning opportunity by asking the children to rank the plants according to their oil yield.
  • For physical science – Discuss about the oils viscosity because the thickness of the oils vary from each other. Lemon oil is thinner compared to Vetiver.
  • For engineering – Teach the students about the distillation process that essential oils go through. Ask the students to identify the sequence of the process and this is also a very good way to make them understand the process even more.

No allergic reactions

Since the essential oils are mostly 100% pure because they are steam distilled from plants and do not have chemicals or fillers, they have been certified by the FDA as safe for human consumption (GRAS). Even if they are 100% natural it is still better to ask the parents if their children is allergic to a particular plant. Do not use an essential oil that came from that plant.

If your school banned perfumes

Present some proven studies and evidences to the school principal or administrator so that they will give you a permit. It is better to be sure rather than thinking about sneaking in essential oils during your class.

Anyone will like the smell of essential oils


Children and even adults are attracted to the scent of essential oils, especially when they are placed in a diffuser so that their fragrance will spread inside the room. These oils will have a good effect to children making them ask for it, especially during class when they need to concentrate.

This is a very natural way of enhancing the learning ability of the children because they are able to focus more. Keeping their attention while concentrating on a test is important because if a child gets distracted, they have the tendency to lose interest in finishing the test or to even think of the answers carefully.

This is how important essential oils are in the classroom and that they really have positive effect on the students especially when it comes to their learning skills and focus. You will enjoy teaching the students and they will like going to school even more because of essential oils.

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Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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