Natural Solutions to Support Healthy Learning

Healthy Learning

Over the years of working with students, I’ve heard stories of parents and teachers searching for ways to naturally support their children and students. For me personally, this is dear to my heart because too often we hear about the over-medication of our children. I strongly believe there are natural ways to support our children’s varied needs, as well as future generations, as they grow and learn. Whether it’s for focus and concentration, positive and uplifting thoughts, or immune support, essential oils are a wonderful, natural and easy to use option for parents and teachers.

This is why I have incorporated essential oils into my life and into the lives of the students I serve. Essential oils can powerfully benefit brain function and processes when used both aromatically and topically. Due to their unique chemical constituents, essential oils are able to permeate the protective blood-brain barrier and provide support for healthy brain function.


Our sense of smell influences many physiological pathways including the stimulation of hormones and other metabolic processes. Essential oils can directly access the brain through the olfactory bulb and are able to initiate immediate physical and emotional responses in the brain. You can use a diffuser or place drops in palm of hand, rub together, cup hands together and inhale. Aromatic use is wonderful for activities such as studying, restful sleep, morning routines and immune support.


Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and thus able to enter the bloodstream very quickly.  Essential oils can be used topically to support healthy brain function by applying them to pulse points on the back of the neck, inside of wrists, base of the skull and spine area, and bottoms of the feet. Topical use provides immune support, daily brain health, skin irritations, and cellular health of the body. It’s important to remember, when applying essential oils to children under the age of 7, and those with sensitive skin, to always use a carrier oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil. Why? Learn more here. 

It is important to only use Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade®, or CPTG, essential oils to ensure the highest level of potency and purity. This is why I only use and recommend dōTERRA essential oils after researching several companies. It is important to note that essential oils should not be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. It is recommended to use essential oils with the guidance of a physician.

Calming & Restful Essential Oils

Sleep is Critical for Success in the Classroom

The importance of sleep is well-understood, but it can sometimes be difficult to help children get to bed at night. The secret to sweet slumber for the little ones lies in creating a bedtime routine and sticking to it consistently. This might include reading a book to your child, turning off electronics an hour before bed, playing soothing music, and diffusing essential oils in your child’s bedroom. There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all bedtime regimen for kids, so experiment and find out what your child responds best to. Then, try not to vary too much. Having a predictable bedtime routine can help your child settle down for the night with less fuss and delay, and it can help instill healthy sleep habits for life. For specific tips on creating a healthy bedtime routine for you and your family, click here. To learn more about the best essential oils for bedtime, click here.

My Favorites for Rest & Calming

Serenity essential oil blend has a calming and relaxing aroma that soothes and provides a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. The essential oils in this blend lessen feelings of tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling. Serenity is the perfect blend to diffuse at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep, or to help reduce the worry and stress as parents and for our children as they wind down from a busy day. This oil blend is great to diffuse starting about 30 minutes before bed time.

Serenity combines the soothing scents of Lavender, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Ho Wood, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang with the warming aromas of Hawaiian Sandalwood and Vanilla Bean.

Lavender is well known for its calming and relaxing qualities. Lavender promotes a restful sleeping environment and reduces anxiousness by lessening feelings of tension and stress. Lavender also supports mental adaptability and performance. Just as this oil soothes and calms our brain and emotions, it does the same for our skin and can be dabbed on bug bites and other skin irritations to calm itching and soothe the skin. Lavender can be diffused or applied topically 1-2 drops (diluted on children age 7 and under).

Vetiver promotes focus, concentration, mental performance and can be used as a stimulant for the brain. Vetiver also has calming, grounding properties supporting tranquility and rest. This is great to use with children after school for studying to support an environment of calming and rest, but still focused on the task at hand. Vetiver can be diffused aromatically or apply 1-2 drops (diluted on children age 7 and under) on the back of the neck or bottom of feet.

Focus/Concentration & Memory Essential Oils

Memory is the function of the brain that encodes, stores, and retrieves information. Whether you know it or not, you owe everything you do in your life to memory—it enables you to speak, walk, develop relationships, and more. Essential oils like Peppermint, Rosemary, InTune® Focus Blend, and Frankincense help support mental clarity and alertness. These oils can also help you regain focus while performing tedious tasks and overcome an afternoon slump. Daily application of these essential oils helps children to stay focused and retain the information they are learning both in the classroom and at home. To learn more about these essential oils and how they help with memory, click here. Plus, doTERRA creates tons of create activities for children to learn more about essential oils, like this memory activity.
Balance Grounding Essential Oil Blend creates a sense of calmness and well-being which provides a grounding effect. A blend of Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, and Blue Tansy provides a sense of balance. This blend increases oxygen levels in your blood supporting optimal circulation throughout the body.
Peppermint has a cooling effect which stimulates and awakens your mind in preparing for increased brain activity. Apply topically prior to your session to enhance results.

InTune is a blend of essential oils used to enhance and sustain a sense of focus. Regardless your age, staying focused on the task at hand is sometimes difficult. This is important during the formative years when learning and growing create habits critical for the foundation of life. InTune focus blend supports those who have difficulty paying attention and staying on task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime promote a sense of clarity, while the benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing.

Uplifting & Motivating Essential Oils

Wild Orange Essential Oil

Cold pressed from the peel, Wild Orange has an energizing aroma and multiple health benefits. High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities with powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health. Diffusing Wild Orange will energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air, balance your energy and calm your anxious feelings. Combine with Peppermint to stay alert and increase concentration. To learn more about this oil, click here.
Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation combines the uplifting and euphoric floral scents of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus with Tangerine, Elemi, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and feelings of confidence.

Immune & Respiratory Support Essential Oils

Healthy Kids = Success in the Classroom

A healthy immune system works like body armor, protecting us from the threats that constantly bombard us. They’re on your hands, on the food you eat, and in the air you breathe. Like air, we don’t pay much attention to the immune system until something slips through a chink in the armor and we feel under the weather, we suddenly realize how much depends on it. Essential Oils are a great natural way to proactively protect ourselves and our children. I hear so many stories of kids who are missing school because of sick days. For children with learning issues, miss days in the classroom can set children back. Learn more about how to naturally support your children’s immune system here.

On Guard Protecting Blend

On Guard Protecting Blend, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support when used internally. As one of doTERRA’s best-selling blends, doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system when ingested. It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. This oil blend is great for diffusing throughout the home and classroom to get rid of those nasty school germs, support your child’s growing immune support and keep your home’s air clean. This blend also has a wonderful warm aroma which is energizing and uplifting. Plus, it smells like Fall in a bottle so it is great to use instead of candles which can be irritants for your kiddos. To learn more about this oil blend, click here.

Breathe Respiratory Blend

doTERRA Breathe is designed to help clear airways. Breathe blend can be diffused or applied topically to support clear airways and minimize seasonal threats. It has a minty, fresh, and airy aroma.  The cooling and soothing sensation of doTERRA Breathe makes this a great blend to support children during seasonal threats. I recommend the Breathe TOUCH Rollerball which already has Fractionated Coconut Oil in it so it makes it simple to easily apply to young ones on the chest or back. To learn more about this oil blend, click here.

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About Kelly

Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...

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