Calming an Overactive Child

8:00 PM Posted by Jo Pedranti

An overactive child isn’t necessary “hyperactive” and sometimes children are overactive at certain times. Refined carbohydrates, MSG, food colors and additives have been known to cause overactivity in children. Some children become hyperactive when they eat something they are sensitive to. State of overstimulation and excitement may benefit from relaxation and sedative essential oils. These oils may also be beneficial in tantrums, anxiety attacks, and overtiredness.

Aromatherapy works on a subtle level. Relaxation oils are natural plant derivatives that may aid the body in relaxation, slowing the respiration and heart rate, and soothing an overstimulated nervous system. The most effective methods utilizing aromatherapy are using those oils which cross the blood-brain barrier by inhalation.

Massage is less direct but also effective. It is important to remember to use stated doses when using therapeutic relaxation oils and not too much. An opposite effect takes place if the oils are overused.

Valeri Cooksley suggests to make a calming mist so that is what I used to do for my children or when I baby sit other children.

I make a Calming Mist- a room spray to relax, this can be diffused in the air, and I can even spray it on things if needed.  

1 cup distilled water
10 drops  lavender
5 drops marjoram
2 drops sandalwood
a spray bottle with mist nozzle

Add the drops to the spray bottle. Shake before spraying.
Aromathic baths are relaxing and calming, and using diffusers are also a great way to spread the healing oils.
Cooksley lists other relaxing and calming oils such are chamomile, clary sage, mandarin, marjoram, neroli, orange, sandalwood and tangerine as being suitable for calming children.

Many have been successfully improved the behavior of their children by changing the diet and/or adding supplements.

Other related posts:
A Must Read ADHD/ADD Testimonial - How Diet Alone Drastically Improved A Life

Children On a Grain & Dairy Free Diet (Paleo)



Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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This post is linked to:
Fat Tuesday Simple Lives Thursday Healthy 2day Wednesday, Eco-Kids Tuesday
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  1. Debbie's L'Bri said...

    I wish I would have had these sprays 10 years ago ... when my 2 middle children were growing up.

  2. judy said...

    how do you calm a active [ AND I MEAN VERY ] child ,only 7 ,who has mononucleosis?

  3. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    The diet is very important in dealing with hyperactive children. Sugar, food additives and colors are all linked to hyperactivity. Starting the day with protein makes a huge difference too.

  4. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    Hi Debbie,
    There are many things I wish I knew years ago.

  5. Treasures Evermore said...

    Wow, wonder if this would work on our Autistic daughter?

  6. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    You can always give it a try.If the child doesn't like the blend, let the child smell the other oils listed and pick out a favorite. Make a spray of the favorite instead..Personal preference is very important.

  7. Rachel @ day2day joys said...

    Thanks for linking up at H2W last week, just wanted you to know I choose this post as one of my top 3!

  8. Jo's Health Corner/ said...

    Wow! That's great that this post was picked. Thanks a lot.

  9. Hannah White said...

    We use essential oils often... and cleaned up our diet. Huge difference! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope you come link up again today!

  10. Jo Pedranti said...

    It is amazing what a difference it makes by just cleaning up the diet..
    Thanks for visiting Hannah!