It’s back to school time and while I’m not actually going back to school (this is the first time in 22 years that I haven’t had a “first day of school” either as a student or a teacher…so weird!) I know I have a lot of teachers who read my blog so I thought I’d share how I’d be using oils at school if I were still teaching.
I didn’t start using essential oils until a week before I went into labor so I haven’t gotten to try them out in a school setting. I SO wish I had though! I always (well, until I got pregnant and couldn’t stand most smells) had a Scentsy warmer running in my classroom/library. I loved making it smell nice and I think it felt more homey. I would have loved to use my diffuser so that it would have been beneficial and more than just an enjoyable scent.
If I were going to be diffusing oils in my classroom, these are the ones I would use.
After gym class: Purification to combat that sweaty kid smell. Shew. That is not a pleasant aroma, y’all. I wish I could say that’s limited to middle school but this is not the case.
After a kid throws up (What? It’s a totally legit and unfortunately frequent issue when you teach elementary school!): Thieves is a germ fighting powerhouse! I’d use this one regularly, especially if I have a student I know is sick or a bug is going around, and I would be diffusing daily during cold and flu season. Much easier (and better for you) than trying to Lysol everything in your classroom (or wipe down every book that gets checked in to the library…not that I’ve attempted to do anything crazy like that…ahem).
During a test: Peppermint and lemon have been shown to improve cognitive function. So cool! I’d for sure be diffusing those a lot, especially during tests, to try to help my students do their best! (can you see why I totally wish I’d had oils earlier?!?). Plus they are both very uplifting oils.
So, who’s ready for a great school year? What oil would you like to use most in your classroom?