There is an increasing number of teachers who are gradually introducing essential oils in their classrooms. Many of them are probably using oils in their own homes and have seen the positive effects on their own families, so it only makes sense to extend this into the classrooms.
Nevertheless, while oils can provide a lot of benefits, there are still some things that you need to consider before deciding to introduce this into classrooms. It would definitely be great for teachers, as well as parents, to understand the other factors that may come into play with regards to the use of essential oils in schools.
- Ensure that you’re not breaking any school board policy.
Most schools don’t have a policy on essential oils yet, but to be on the safe side, it’s best to confirm if the school is alright with using oils in classrooms. It would also be advisable to check school regulations on fragrances. Some institutions may categorize essential oils as fragrances since they do have various types of aroma.
- Check the guidelines in the buildings.
Apart from the policy of the school board, you also need to consider any existing rules in your building. Keep in mind that you and your class are not the only tenants in your building, so using oils and diffuser may affect other people as well.
- Find out if any of your students have allergies.
Again, be considerate of others especially your own students. Although essential oils are generally safe for kids, it’s still worth making sure that they are okay with being exposed to certain kinds of smell. Ask them if the aroma is bothering them because some children may have fragrance-induced asthma or others may be very sensitive to the smell of oils. Additionally, find out if there are allergies that you need to take note of and consult with health professionals if the essential oils will actually be able to bring more good.
- Communicate with parents why you will be using oils in the classroom.
You may encounter naysayers or parents who are against using essential oils on their kids. In such cases, you should firstly consider and respect their personal opinions. Secondly, you may try to explain why you will be using essential oils in the classroom and convince them of its benefits. However, at the end of the day, you should be able to realize that not everyone will have the same perception as yours. Don’t force your ideas down their throat. The most important thing to do is to prioritize the wellness of the children.
There are different opinions when it comes to essential oils. Of course, when it comes to kids, parents especially can be very protective. Whether you’re a teacher or a parent who wants to introduce oils in your child’s class, always remember to be considerate of others.