How to use essential oils for teenagers | recipes & diffusers blends

By Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC

How to use essential oils for teenagers

The best ways to use essential oils for teenagers are;

  • Diffuse to promote focus & concentration, relaxation & sleep, relieve stress & anxiety or to create a fresh smelling room!
  • Blend a facial oil to improve teenage, hormonal skin.
  • Create a spot treatment roller blend.
  • Make an essential oil shower spray to ensure refreshing &motivating mornings.
  • Blend a body oil or roller blend to help with period pains or PMT, stress or to promote self-confidence.

All essential oils come with precautions, so please ensure that you read these at the end of this article. If ever in any doubt of the use of essential oils for your child, please consult your doctor first.

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Essential oils for teenage skin

Unbalanced hormones can bring with it, hormonal skin, which can mean excess oil production, spots and even acne. The tendency with teenagers is to use overly-harsh products to try and wash away the oil and scrub away the spots. This is the wrong thing to do, as the skin will then compensate by producing even more oil, which then creates a vicious circle. A better approach is to treat the skin gently, keep it hydrated and use essential oils that reduce the oil production and target the spots and acne.

The best essential oils for teenage skin are;

  • Tea Tree
  • Grapefruit
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Orange
  • Bergamot
  • Mandarin
  • Petitgrain

These oils are effective at reducing the amount of oil being produced and absorbing any excess oil from the skins surface. Some of the oils such as tea tree and bergamot are also antiseptic, which can help with the fight against spot causing bacteria.

Contrary to what our teenagers might think, a facial oil will not make the skin more oily! The purpose of the oil, is to nourish and hydrate the skin, while helping to banish excess oil and shine. Jojoba oil can help to dissolve the excess oil that is being produced, while the essential oils act as astringents, which also helps to absorb the excess oil.

Apply a few drops of your chosen blend, in the evening, to clean skin.

Oily skin facial oil

  • 10ml Jojoba oil
  • 2 drops Ylang ylang
  • 2 drops Grapefruit

Facial oil for acne

  • 10ml Jojoba oil
  • 3 drops Tea tree
  • 3 drops Bergamot

Roller blend spot treatment

Rather than reaching for that over the counter spot remedy, that is usually very strong, harsh and potentially damaging to the skin, use this blend in a very handy roller bottle. Not only does it target the spot straight on, but this handy roller bottle, means that it can fit easily in a make-up bag, handbag or even pocket to be carried around easily.

  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 4 drops Tea tree
  • 4 drops Lavender


Essential oils for period pains & menstrual cramps

The essential oils that we want to look for and use to relieve the cramps of period pain, need to have the therapeutic action of being antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and relaxing. Anti-spasmodic oils will calm the muscle spasms that are occurring within the abdomen, while anti-inflammatory oils will calm and soothe any inflammations that are occurring. Relaxing oils will simply help to relax all the areas that the oils are applied too.

The best essential oils for period pains are;

  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Jasmine
  • Lavender
  • Rose

Any of these oils can be added to a carrier oil and gently massaged into the abdomen, but try this gentle blend for effective relief.

Body oil for period pains

  • 50ml Sweet almond oil
  • 7 drops Lavender
  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Jasmine

Essential oils for PMT

These essential oils can be diffused to relieve the symptoms of PMT; mood swings, heightened emotions, feeling low or can be blended into an oil, to massage onto the skin. Do remember whatever oil you are using, you must dilute in a carrier oil or cream first.

The best essential oils to treat PMT are;

  • Neroli
  • Carrot seed
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Mandarin

This particular blend is very gentle, soothing and calming for a younger teenager girl to use.

  • 50ml Sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops Neroli
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 5 drop Mandarin

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Essential oils to balance teenage hormones

The teenage years bring with it raging hormones, which can bring mood swings, heightened emotions, depression and generally teenagers that are just out of sorts. Diffusing the oils can help, as inhaling them is very beneficial, or you can create a body oil or body lotion to apply to help relieve symptoms of hormone imbalance.

  • 50ml Sweet almond oil
  • 5 drops Cypress
  • 4 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Chamomile

Alternatively a handy roller ball bottle blend can be created to use on the go. Apply to the inner wrists temples, or other pulse points to get relief.

  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Clary sage

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Essential oils for stress and anxiety

Being a teenager is hard! Hormones are all over the place, school work getting harder, friendships and relationships playing a more important part in life and pressure from such things as social media and appearance. All this can leave your child lost, and feeling anxious or stressed.

Again, diffusing oils is a good idea to allow the aromas to be released and therefore the benefits to be inhaled, but a handy roller ball bottle can also be blended to apply topically to reap the benefits instantly and everywhere you go.

  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Petitgrain
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 drop Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Grapefruit

Essential oils for confidence

Many children, especially teenagers can doubt themselves and lack self-confidence and self-esteem. Some essential oils can uplift the spirits, and give a sense of well-being and euphoria. This, in turn, can help a person feel better about themselves and give a boost of confidence.

The best oils to promote self confidence are;

  • Jasmine
  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Orange
  • Ylang ylang

Diffusing these oils is a great way to inhale the aromas and benefit, however a roller ball is a good way to carry the benefits with you. Either of these blends will help and both smell divine!

  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Jasmine
  • 2 drops Orange
  • 2 drops Ylang ylang
  • 10ml Sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Clary sage
  • 2 drops Grapefruit
  • 2 drops Ylang ylang


Essential oils for relaxation & sleep

During teenage years, school work gets harder and social lives start to take off, so a good nights sleep is essential. Diffusing oils in the bedroom, during the evening, can help the body relax and prepare the mind for sleep.

Alternatively a roller blend applied to the wrists and under the nose, can also help relax and promote sleep.

The best essential oils for relaxation and sleep are;

  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Vetiver

Essential oil roller blend for relaxation & sleep

  • 10ml sweet almond oil
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 2 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Lavender
Essential oils for teenagers.  Bottles of essential oils and sweet almond om a shelf.

Essential oils for focus, concentration & motivation

Doing homework, studying for exams, or just needing a boost of motivation to keep going, essential oils can also be used to get your teenager to concentrate and focus more.

Diffusing or burning the oils, creates a motivating or studious atmosphere! They should help to keep your child focused and they smell lovely too!

The best essential oils for focus, concentration and motivation are;

  • Basil
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary

Essential oil shower spray for morning focus

This is another good way to give your child a boost in their morning shower. The aromas will warm and spread and can then be inhaled so their day gets off to a good, refreshing start. Simply spray around the shower before you step in. Let the warm water run, and create your very own aroma steam room. A great product for the whole family!

  • Large amber spray bottle – 500ml
  • 20ml witch hazel (or vodka!)
  • Top up with water
  • 20 drops Rosemary
  • 20 drops Lemon
  • 20 drops Tea tree
  • 20 drops Grapefruit

Diffuser blends for teenagers

Diffuser blends for Focus, Concentration & Motivation

Basil & Grapefruit

Ginger & Lavender

Juniper & Lemon

Lemongrass & Peppermint

Diffuser blends for Stress & Anxiety

Vetiver & Sandalwood

Rosewood & Neroli

Petitgrain & Patchouli

Melissa & Mandarin

Diffuser blends for Sleep & Relaxation

Lavender & Vetiver

Chamomile & Frankincense

Clary sage & Bergamot

Diffuser blends for self confidence

Jasmine & Grapefruit

Clary sage & Geranium

Orange & Ylang ylang

Diffuser blend to remove odours

These blends are ideal for when you need to freshen up your teens room! They mask, remove and prevent odours.

Pine & Lemon

Orange & Grapefruit

Rosemary & Bergamot

precautions for essential oils for teenagers

If ever in doubt of the use of essential oils for your child, please see your doctor.

For the purposes of this article, a teenager is age 13 and above. The amounts of essential oils used in the recipes in this article are suitable for theses ages. Younger children should use less amounts.

The diffusing or warming of oils is generally safe, however proceed with caution if your child suffers with any respiratory disorder, and generally to begin with diffuse the oils for 30 minutes at a time, to see how your child reacts. The following oils should be avoided during pregnancy; Chamomile, Clary sage, Rose, Carrot seed, Cypress, Jasmine, Cedarwood, Melissa, Basil & Rosemary.

Ylang Ylang can cause headaches if over-used.

Direct sunlight should be avoided after the application of any citrus oils; Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lemongrass.

Alcohol should be avoided before and after the application of Clary Sage.

Peppermint & Eucalyptus are incompatible with homeopathic medicines.

Rosemary should be avoided by those with high blood pressure or epileptics.

About the Author
Alison Angold is a fully qualified (certified) beauty therapist, massage therapist, and aromatherapist from the UK. She has over 25 years of experience in this industry and has worked in a variety of beauty salons, spa’s as well as running her own successful beauty and massage business. Her career has allowed her to treat many, many clients, with skincare concerns, medical conditions, and a whole variety of other ailments and issues, which has enabled her to work closely with essential oils, prescribing specific blends for these clients to help with these conditions. Her qualifications in the use of essential oils and aromatherapy, allow her to share this knowledge with others, in a safe, reliable way.