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About this Episode

It’s normal for children to feel some fear at night, whether they are alone in their room or share with a sibling. Nighttime can make anyone feel vulnerable, especially when you’re 7-years-old and have an active imagination. The child’s fear may arise from being in the dark feeling anxiety about being away from mom and dad for a few hours or simply from feeling alone after being with people all day.

In this episode, I share both aromatherapy and non-aromatherapy tools and recommendations that can help reduce your child’s fear at night so that they – and their caregivers – can get a good night’s rest.

I love sharing my 30+ years of aromatic experience and knowledge with you through my podcast. You’ll find personal stories, tutorials humor and inspiration in a warm and friendly manner.  It’s my hope that you will feel inspired to explore essential oils deeper after listening and explore what is possible for health and well-being when you include aromatherapy into your life.

What You Will Learn

  • Reasons for Nighttime Fear in Children
  • Aromatic Tools and Practical Recommendations for Making the Child Feel Safe
  • 3 DIY Spray Recipes for Encouraging Children to Feel Safe and Sleepy
  • Smell My Life segment: I share how I damaged a piece of high-end furniture with essential oil.  
  • Ask Liz segment: I answer podcast listener Brad’s question about sinus headache oils and dilution

Resources and Links


3 DIY Spray Recipes to Encourage Children to Feel Safe

1. “I Feel Safe” Hydrosol Spray
1 oz/30 mL Neroli Hydrosol, Citrus auranium An extremely relaxing and comforting hydrosol.
1 oz/30 mL PET plastic clear misting bottle (plastic is lighter than glass for little hands)
Directions: Fill the 1 oz misting bottle with hydrosol and mist as needed.
Read: Why I Recommend Clear Bottles for Hydrosols
2. “I Am Protected” Hydrosol Spray
15 ml Sweetgrass Hydrosol (Hierochloe odorata)
15 ml Lavender Hydrosol (Lavandula angustifolia) or Frankincense Hydrosol (Boswellia carterii)
1 oz/30 mL PET plastic clear misting bottle (plastic is lighter than glass for little hands)
Directions: Add the hydrosols to the bottle, gently shake to mix. Spray as needed.
3. “I am Brave” Essential Oil Nasal Inhaler
(Instructions for making a nasal inhaler)
4 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) relaxing
4 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) uplifting
2 drops Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) grounding
Optional: If your child doesn’t care for Vetiver, use any earthy oil for grounding like cedarwood.
blank nasal inhaler
Directions:  Allow the child to keep the nasal inhaler nearby and use as often as they wish. They might even recite the words “I am Brave” or a favorite prayer as they do so.

Thank you for listening and, until next time…

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