13 Essential Oil Hacks Perfect for Parenting
Between getting the kids ready for the day, making meals, running to all those before and after school activities, and attempting to keep the house clean, it’s a wonder parents have any time left to themselves. These essential oil hacks can help you simplify your routine with essential oils for everything from cleaning and freshening your homes, to cooking to relaxing after a stressful day.
1. Room & Linen Refresher
Essential oils make freshening your home easy! Add 5 drops of your favorite essential fresh essential oil (we suggest Thieves® or Lemon) to a 2-ounce spray bottle then fill the rest with water. Shake thoroughly each time you need to use it and spritz over linens, furniture, carpet, or throughout a room or office.
2. Fresh Feet
With all the activities, running around and getting dirty kids do, it’s no surprise that their shoes sometimes need a refresh. Clean stinky shoes quickly with 2 tablespoons baking soda and 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix together and sprinkle inside any shoes that need some deodorizing, let sit overnight and then shake out the baking soda.
3. Outdoor Bug Spray
Now you can allow the kids play outside with this easy DIY bug spray that helps you stay chemical free while still protecting them. Combine 1½ ounces witch hazel, 2 ounces water, 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin, 15 drops Citronella, 5 drops Cedarwood, 5 drops Eucalyptus Globulus in a 4-ounce spray bottle. Shake well before each use and then spray evenly spray onto exposed skin, rubbing in as needed.
4. Fresh and Clean Laundry
Keep your family’s clothes looking and smelling their best with the added boost of essential oils. Add 12–15 drops of oil to your washer and eliminate musty scents. You can also ditch the dryer sheets! Instead, infuse wool dryer balls with 3–4 of your favorite essential oils such as Citrus Fresh™, Peppermint, or Lavender. Reapply essential oils every 2–4 loads.
5. Relaxing Foot Massage
After a long day of work, errands, meals, and after-school activities? Give yourself some to time relax by using a carrier oil such as our V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex to apply Lavender and Eucalyptus Globulus oil to the bottoms of your feet for a spa-like experience without leaving the house.
6. Homework Haven
Before and during homework time, add a few drops of Rosemary, Sage, Peppermint, or Eucalyptus Globulus to a diffuser to create an ideal, focused study environment.
7. Makeup Setting Spray
As a busy mom, this often means you don’t have time to do makeup touch-ups. Help your makeup stay put all day with this DIY makeup setting spray enhanced with skin-loving essential oils!
8. Vacuum Cleaner Clean-Up
When it comes time to vacuum, don’t let a musty scent distract from your hard work. Instead, try cleaning with refreshing essential oils! Add a few drops of essential oil to a clean vacuum filter and freshen up this household chore.
9. Early Morning Pick-Me-Up
Have to get up early to drive the kids to school or activity? Skip the coffee—instead go for the uplifting taste of fresh Peppermint. Add 1–2 drops of Peppermint Vitality™ to a cool glass of water and start the day right.
10. Hair Detangler
Don’t waste time struggling through a mess of hair—whether it’s yours or your child’s. Combine ½ cup Lavender Conditioner (or other Young Living conditioner), 1⅛ cup warm distilled water, 3 drops Cedarwood, and 3 drops Frankincense. Shake well and spritz a couple times into dry or damp hair and comb through to help get rid of those tangles.
11. DIY Car Diffuser
If you spend a lot of time in your car like we do, we use the power of aromatherapy to make it more enjoyable for everyone. Add a few drops of oil to some tissues or cotton balls and place them on the dash of your car of attach to a vent with a clothes pin. The warm sun will or circulating air will help disperse the scent while your car sits in the driveway or parking lot. Or try our favorite car diffuser -Young Living’s USB Diffuser or Orb™ Diffuser for more on-the-go options.
12. Dry Shampoo
Not enough time to shower in the morning? Don’t worry, we’re not judging. Dry shampoo with essential oils is sure to be your beauty go-to. For a naturally derived option, combine ¼ cup cornstarch, 1 tablespoon baking soda, 2 drops Cedarwood, 2 drops Rosemary, and 1 drop Tea Tree. If you have dark hair, add 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder. Shake a small amount into your hair and massage the powder into your roots. Wait a few minutes, comb through your hair.
13. Simplified Snacks
If you try to avoid fast food and processed snacks, it can be hard to find the time to make homemade after-school snacks. Skip elaborate meal planning and cut down on prep time with the fast, fresh flavor of essential oils to add flavor everyone is sure to love.