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Essential Oils in the Classroom: Beginner's Guide

Hello Blog Hoppers! It's Natalie from What the Teacher Wants and today I'm going to share with you a little secret… I love essential oils!

I've been using essential oils for almost 3 years. Let me first tell you how I got started. A friend introduced me to essential oils shortly after my second child was born. I had been experiencing a little postpartum anxiety and my good friend mentioned that there was an oil (Balance) that acted as a natural way to help with anxiety and, guess what, it worked! After that, I wanted to see what else the essential oils could do, so I ordered a few more, then a few more, and now I have almost every essential oil that doTERRA makes. I use them at home and in my classroom and have really loved finding more natural ways to help my family and my students. 

Recently I've been getting lots of questions from friends about essential oils so I thought I'd write a little post about using them in your classroom. 

Here is my beginner's guide to getting started with essential oils in your classroom:

  • In this picture, you'll see the Aroma Lite Diffuser and three essential oils that come in an Introductory Kit. They are three  popular essential oils (lemon, lavender and peppermint) that can be used for many different things and are great for classroom use. 
  • Diffusing oils in the classroom is a great way to use essential oils. It breaks the essential oils down into smaller particles and works as aromatherapy when your students breathe the air.
  • In a nutshell, lemon can help energize the students in the classroom and also helps clean and freshen the air. Lavender helps with calming and can help students feel more relaxed. Peppermint helps to relieve stress and can help students be more focused.

  • I also recommend the line of On Guard products. In this picture you see the On Guard Foaming Hand Soap, pump, and essential oil
  • On guard is a fabulous oil in the classroom because it helps support the immune system, can help clean the air, and kills airborne pathogens. Diffusing this oil during cold and flu season can help you and your students stay healthy! 
  • I also love using the foaming hand soap in my classroom. I feel that it does a much better job of cleaning gross germs than regular soap.

More tips:

  • Getting started with essential oils can be overwhelming. There are lots of different oils that can help with all sorts of things. They can also be pretty expensive. Find one or two oils you'd like to try and then go from there. 
  • I like to use Pinterest as a way to find good ways to use essential oils. Click here to find more websites on how to use essential oils in the classroom.
  • To learn more about essential oils, you can watch this video

Besides teaching and blogging, I am also a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. You can visit my webpage to look around, or if you have any further questions about essential oils, please feel free to leave a comment and I will try to respond to all your questions. 

Thanks for reading and have a very happy weekend!

{Love, Natalie!}


  1. I wish I could use oils in my classroom... I wonder if I could get away with it? haha!

    1. I'm just curious - why couldn't you?

  2. Oh wow! I'm so glad I saw this! I have been wanting to use essential oils for a few weeks now after a parent of mine recommended it and I didn't really know how to get started. I'm a firm believer in using natural items to better help my students! Thanks so much for posting this, Natalie. I will look at your website and I'll check it out!! I know that I want to try it. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks Linda! Let me know if you have any questions. :)

  3. I love my doTerra oils!!! Great blog post!

    Amanda Bryant
    A Traveled Teacher

  4. A word of caution. I personally have issues with scents and essential oils are some of the strongest scents I have come across. If your school is scent-free, essential oils will still fall under that banner. I have had major asthma attacks from Lavender essential oils, in particular. I love the concept, I just wanted to warn that it may not be an option in certain schools due to staff, students or visitors.

  5. Hi Natalie- great post, thank you! I'm new to doTerra, and quite obsessed. I am scouring the internet for information about diffusing in my classroom so I can present it to my principal. Do you know of any articles and/or information I could dig up to share?

  6. You made some good points there. I looked on the internet for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with your views on this site.