Back a few years ago, a mom created an essential oil blend for her own child who was “very hyperactive, impulsive, disruptive, and had trouble focusing on tasks, schoolwork, or instructions.” Her child has Tourette’s Syndrome. Her blend apparently took families by storm and became so popular and sought after that she now sells her blend, under the name Peaceful Child.
According to her website:
The oils in this blend are known for helping with: ADHD, anxiety, sensory processing disorder, emotional trauma, fear/panic, stress, disruptive or impulsive behaviors; neurological disorders, hypertension and insomnia. Peaceful Child is emotionally stabilizing as it nourishes nerves and soothes the entire central nervous system. It creates a deep, languid calm; has sedative properties; and frees the nerves from excessive tension. Restores feelings of hope and mental strength and promotes a positive outlook on life. Eases the pain behind anger and trauma and quiets mind chatter.
I knew I wanted to try this blend with Ben, since there are so many testimonials of it helping similar kids, so, of course, I began looking around the internet to see if I could find a recipe for the essential oils she was blending, for a couple of reasons. For one, I’m picky about the brand of oils I use, and two, generally speaking, mixing a blend is generally cheaper for me than purchasing a bottle already made. The maker of Peaceful Child is a distributor for doTerra, so I assume that’s the brand of oils she uses, but she does not say so for sure. And while her charge for Peaceful Child is not crazy high, I felt sure I could make it for less.
I found several blogs claiming to have the recipe from when this mom posted it publicly (before she decided to start selling it), so while I cannot promise it’s exactly the same formulation, I can tell you that it does for sure contain the same essential oils in the original blend (she lists them in the description for Peaceful Child).
I’ve been using it with Ben for a few weeks now, and we really like the effects. He is sleeping well, and states he feels calmer during the day. We’ve just started back to homeschool, so I’ll reserve judgment about better focus for a couple more weeks, and I am still giving him access to a roller bottle of RMO’s Attention Assist (you can now get a similar blend diluted to 2% in a pre-made roller bottle of Concentrate from the RMO Kids Line) during the day to use when he feels it necessary. But so far, I am impressed with the results. It did take about 2 weeks before we saw any noticeable difference in his sleep though, and now, if I forget to use it for a couple of days, he’s back to staying up to the wee hours.
One warning — the creator of the blend seemingly uses a dilution that is very high (and possibly unsafe for children, especially younger children), so if you do decide to purchase her pre-made blend, do be cautious about how you use it. She states on her website that her blend uses essential oils and a “small amount of fractionated coconut oil.” In blog posts I’ve seen about this from other essential oil users, they are practically using this blend “neat” (without diluting) or with very little carrier oil (only enough to top off their roller bottles).
I do use it at a higher dilution than I do most essential oils (10%), but bear in mind that Ben is 15 and about 150 lbs. I would not use it at that high of a dilution on younger children. Here is my post about using essential oils safely with children.
Mixing a 10 ml Roller Bottle
Here is the recipe for a 10% dilution (for ages 11-adult) of this blend for a 10 ml roller bottle:
Vetiver 9 drops
Ylang Ylang 3 drops
Lavender 3 drops
Frankincense 2 drops
Clary Sage 2 drops
Sweet Marjoram 1 drop
Add all of the oils to a 10 ml roller bottle and top off with a carrier oil. I use it on Ben morning and night along his spine and neck and behind his ears.
Mixing a 10 ml Master Blend
You can also mix a master blend of about 10 ml and then use it to make a roller bottle in the dilution you prefer. Here is the master blend recipe:
Vetiver 85 drops
Ylang Ylang 30 drops
Lavender 30 drops
Frankincense 20 drops
Clary Sage 15 drops
Sweet Marjoram 10 drops
With your master blend, you can then make a roller bottle of the dilution you prefer by adding the appropriate amount of the master blend to a 10 ml roller bottle and then topping it off with a carrier oil:
For 1%, use 2 drops of the master blend
For 2 %, use 4 drops of the master blend
For 3%, use 6 drops of the master blend
For 5%, use 10 drops of the master blend
For 10%, use 20 drops of the master blend
What I’ve seen on the internet about this blend leads me to believe that moms are placing all of this master blend recipe above in a 10 ml roller bottle, topping it off with a little bit of carrier oil and using that straight on the skin of their children. Please do not do that. You risk skin reactions, and more importantly you increase the chance of sensitizing your children to ingredients in the blend (similar to an allergic reaction). More is not necessarily better where essential oils are concerned. And they are just as effective when diluted.
Here is the cost breakdown, if you’re wondering if it will save you money to make the blend yourself. I am using Rocky Mountain Oils as the essential oil supplier (they are one of my favorites, but if you have another company you prefer, you should be able to do a similar comparison).
Vetiver 15 ml/250 drops $32.50 or 13 cents per drop
Ylang Ylang 15 ml/250 drops $21.00 or 8 cents per drop
Lavender 15 ml/250 drops $22.oo or 9 cents per drop
Frankincense 5 ml/83 drops $42.47 or 51 cents per drop
Clary Sage 15 ml/250 drops $30 or 12 cents per drop
Sweet Marjoram 15 ml/250 drops $19 or 7 cents per drop
So the total cost to make a 10 ml bottle of the master blend comes to:
Ylang Ylang $2.40
Clary Sage $1.80
Sweet Marjoram $0.70
Total Cost for a 10 ml bottle: $28.85
Cost of Peaceful Child on her website for a 15 ml bottle: $53.00
Cost of Peaceful Child on her website for a 10 ml roller bottle: $38.95
That’s a savings of about $10 per 10 ml bottle. Even taking into account the purchase of a 10 ml roller bottle or 10 ml glass bottle to store your blend in, the savings is pretty high. Plus, she charges $5.95 for shipping Peaceful Child (shipping is free at Rocky Mountain Oils).
I realize the investment is greater up front (about $167), but you will go through a 10 ml roller bottle pretty quickly, using it twice a day, so trust me, you will be happy to have those larger bottles on hand to mix up a new batch whenever you need it (without having to pay another shipping charge).
Never use essential oils undiluted, in the eyes, or on mucous membranes. Do not ingest unless working with a qualified practitioner. Keep essential oils away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier oil).
For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Do you have a child who could use a little more peace (or could you?). Do you think this is an essential oil blend you would try?