Erika Bragdon is a Certified Essential Oil Coach from the Essential Oil Institute.
Children who have autism sometimes (often) get stressed over things that seem so simple to the outside world. When it’s your child, you may know what “triggers” them, but those outbursts or “rages” (as my son calls them) are no less challenging.
I’ve been using a simple DIY essential oil blend to support my son who has high functioning autism for the past few months. I’ve been blown away at how quickly these essential oils help him calm down!
The first time we used this roller blend, my son was starting to get worked up. He was overwhelmed and started yelling. He was on the verge of a full-blown meltdown where in the past he has screamed and thrown things.
I grabbed this little “Calm and Collected” roller blend (we call it this because of his reaction) and swiped it on the back of his neck quickly. Even though he was angry and frustrated, I swiped it on so easily, he barely noticed.
In less than a minute, my son began to calm down, take deep breaths on his own (without me having to remind him!) and he actually verbalized “Mom, please help me, I’m really stressed right now!”
I almost cried! I couldn’t believe the difference!
That first time, I was still skeptical and I didn’t attribute the change directly to the oils. Maybe something else we had done that day helped him.
A couple weeks later, a similar incident happened and once again, Nathan calmed down very quickly as soon as I swiped our DIY Calm and Collected roller blend on the back of his neck.
I have been impressed with how helpful essential oils can be!
Please read my Essential Oil Common Sense Safety page before using this essential oil recipe.
I am not a medical professional and the information presented here is merely for educational purposes and not intended to replace medical advice. It is your responsibility to do your own research, consult with your doctor, and make safe decisions for yourself and your family.
There are no guarantees you will have the same results using this DIY essential oil blend with your own child who has autism; everyone is different, but I think it’s certainly worth a try!
How to make this DIY “Calm and Collected” Essential Oil Blend:
You will need:
- Frankincense essential oil
- Blood Orange essential oil (species: Citrus sinensis is my favorite – is also known as “Sweet Orange”)
- carrier blend – I recommend fractionated coconut oil
- roller bottles – this is what I use
Add 2-4 drops of Frankincense and 2-4 drops of Blood Orange essential oils to your roller bottle. (Always begin with fewer drops of essential oils, especially when using with younger children.)
Fill the remainder of the bottle with your carrier oil. Make sure you leave enough room to put the roller cap on.
Push the roller cap on tightly and roll the bottle in your hands to blend the oils together.
You are now ready to use your DIY “Calm and Collected” essential oil blend!
A note on the amount of essential oils in this blend: if you’re not seeing benefits, you may choose to increase the number of drops gradually. Remember that essential oils are very potent and a little goes a long way.
I have found that 7 drops of each oil (a total of 14) seems to be the magic number for my children, from ages 7-14.
You can apply this roller blend to your child’s neck, wrists, arms, chest, &/or the bottom of their feet. (Though the last one may not be easy to access if your child is having a difficult moment!)
I prefer to roll this DIY blend on the back of my child’s neck. In my experience, it works quickly and is easy to apply there.
A Note on Essential Oil Brands:
The saying “you get what you pay for” is very true when it comes to essential oil brands.
High-quality brands, such as Edens Garden and Rocky Mountain Oils are far more likely to give you the therapeutic results you are looking for. While the term “therapeutic” is not regulated, these oils do tend to be higher quality than non-therapeutic labeled oils.
Cheap essential oil brands, like the oils you may find at the grocery store, are likely to contain synthetics and fillers that may cause more harm than good, especially for sensitive kids with autism.
Be aware that many essential oil companies label their oils 100% pure essential oils without them actually being 100% pure at all. (Those labels will often have a guideline on the back stating “For aromatic use only. Not for topical or internal use.”)
For more information and how to choose the right essential oil brand for your family, read my article here: What to Look for When Buying Essential Oils
Rocky Mountain Oils is one of my favorite essential oil brands.
The benefits of Frankincense and Blood Orange
Frankincense essential oil can be calming, soothing, and relaxing. As an added benefit, some think that Frankincense may help boost the immune system.
Orange essential oil, particularly blood or wild orange, contains powerful antioxidants and may help support the immune system. Additionally, it can be energizing and revitalizing.
You can see how this DIY essential oil blend may help calm and relax anyone, especially your child who is affected by autism!
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