by erin stewart sm (714 of 17)

How to Make Night-Time Aromatherapy Blends for Kids

Do your little ones sometimes need a little extra help winding down before bedtime? A relaxing night-time routine with lots of snuggles and storytime can work wonders. There are also some lovely kid-friendly aromatherapy options that we can work with. Let’s talk about a few ways to safely incorporate hydrosols and essential oils into your kids’ bedtime routine.

For Kids Under 10 - Hydrosol Blends

What I love about hydrosol blends is that you can use them as pillow sprays, add a teaspoon to a bedtime bath, incorporate them into your story time, or use them in the diffuser as a gentler option than essential oils. This is especially helpful with young children whose systems are still underdeveloped but could still use a bit of aromatic support to help them feel calm and relaxed before bedtime.

A few of my favorite hydrosols to use with kids include:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Rose (Rosa spp.)
  • Rose Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens)
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis)
  • Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

My favorite hydrosol blend for kids is lavender with chamomile, but rose and lemon balm can also be especially lovely, comforting and uplifting. Rose and chamomile together make a soft, sweet blend that is comforting and calming. Catnip and Lemon balm calm the nervous system and lift the spirits. Rose geranium and lavender together make a soothing combination.

You can also use any of these hydrosols as singles rather than blending them. Lavender, chamomile and lemon balm are all wonderful at bedtime.

If you want to add hydrosols to your diffuser, you’ll need to use an ultrasonic diffuser (the kind that calls for water in the diffuser chamber). Add a teaspoon of hydrosol to the water and set the diffuser to go off at intervals for about an hour before bedtime.

For Kids Over 10 - Essential Oil Blends

There are two ways I like to use essential oils with kids for bedtime relaxation: diffuser blends and roll-on blends. Whichever route of application you choose, these are some kid-friendly essential oils that I look to for bedtime blends:

  • Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
  • Sweet orange (Citrus sinensis)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)
  • Cedarwood (Cedrus deodara)
  • Vetiver (Chrysopogon zizanioides)

To create a diffuser blend with these essential oils, you can mix them at whatever ratio you like (nose-led blending), then keep a stock bottle near the diffuser. To use it, add 5-7 drops of the stock blend to your diffuser and allow the diffuser to spray at intervals for about 20 minutes before bedtime. Don’t forget to turn off the diffuser before you say good night.

To create a roll-on blend with these essential oils, add 10ml of organic sunflower seed oil to a roll on bottle with 3-4 drops total of essential oil. One of my favorite combinations is 1 drop of chamomile essential oil with 1 drop of sweet orange and 2 drops of lavender. Teach your child to massage a small amount of the blend onto their wrists and then to take a moment to sit still and breathe in the aroma as they relax before bed.

Happy blending!
Much love,


Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 150 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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