Preventing Back-to-School Sickness with Essential Oils

Back to school

Back-to-school time is often filled with anticipation, excitement and germs! Wait, what?! Germs?? Yes, GERMS. Thankfully though, there are easy, healthy and natural ways to prepare for the germs and boost your child’s immunity at the same time.

Although my children don’t attend school or daycare, they still spend a lot of time around other kids through enrichment programs, play dates, park days, etc., and I’ve come to appreciate and rely on several doTERRA essential oils for preventing illness and attacking it when we do get hit.

I love that doTERRA essential oils are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade (CPTG), which makes them an exceptional brand I feel confident about using both on myself and my children. The CPTG testing/rating means that they are free from synthetic ingredients, fillers, pesticides and toxic chemicals.


The doTERRA On Guard protective blend is my Number 1 choice for immunity boosting and germ killing. I use this blend daily on both myself and my kids. By adding several drops of On Guard to a rollerball bottle full of a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) and applying it to the bottoms of our feet in the morning and/or before bed, we are supporting our immune systems.

On Guard is doTERRA®’s unique, proprietary blend formulated to support healthy immune function. Wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary offer a fragrant, natural and effective alternative to synthetic options for immune support.

doTERRA foaming hand soap

Do It Yourself! Another easy way we keep the germs at bay is by using foaming hand soap made with On Guard. There’s a great tutorial on doTERRA’s blog for Foaming Hand Soap made with liquid castile soap, fractionated coconut oil, 10 drops of the essential oils of your choice, and water. I bought my foaming soap dispensers at AromaTools. It takes me just a few minutes to make up several bottles of the soap to put in our bathrooms and by the kitchen sink.

DIY: Foaming Hand Soap
2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (unscented)
1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut oil
10 drops essential oils of choice (I recommend On Guard, but you could use other oils as well.)
1. Pour castile soap and Fractionated Coconut Oil into bottle.
2. Add essential oils.
3. Slowly add water into bottle making sure to leave room for the foaming pump.
4. Add lid and shake.

DIY! You can also make your own On Guard hand sanitizer to send to school with the kids, keep it in the car, in your purse, at work, etc. This sanitizer is simply made using aloe vera gel, water, vitamin E oil, and On Guard essential oil.

DIY: Hand sanitizer
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon vitamin E oil
8-10 drops On Guard Protective Blend
Small Squeeze Container
Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.
1. In a bowl combine aloe vera gel and vitamin E oil.
2. Add 8-10 drops of On Guard Protective Blend to the aloe vera mixture.
3. Add water and mix well to combine. Add more or less water depending on the consistency you want.
4. Pour into container and you’re done!

If one of us comes down with an illness — because it does still happen from time to time — I diffuse On Guard into the air (the smell reminds me of Christmas). Diffusing it helps clear the air of airborne germs and viruses, which can prevent other family members from getting ill. I also like to use it as cleaner for surfaces such as doorknobs, computer keyboards, phones, kitchen and bathroom countertops, etc.

Essential Oils and related products

Another tool in my oil toolbox are the On Guard beadlets. They are very small and easy to swallow, even for my kids. When illness strikes, we strike back by taking a couple beadlets a few times a day. They are a convenient way to support our immune systems from within. There are also On Guard Protecting Throat Drops which, in addition to the On Guard oil blend, contain organic cane juice and organic brown rice syrup. These lozenges can help support immune function, while calming and soothing dry, scratchy throats. Please note that only high-quality essential oils should be ingested and they will be labeled as safe for ingestion — not all oils are. Read more on doTERRA’s site if you’d like more information.


The Purify oil cleansing blend is a new one to me, but I’m already loving it. This is another great oil to diffuse to cleanse the air of any pathogens and it has a very crisp smell to it. It also is amazing when applied to bug bites. I just had a few pesky mosquito bites driving me crazy the other day. After applying Purify to them, they instantly stopped itching and I forgot about them. I’ve also used it on my son with the same results. Yes!

So although sending the kids back to school can mean bringing the germs back home, you don’t have to sit back and wait for sickness to happen. With essential oils, it’s easy to be proactive and support your kiddos’ immune systems, as well as your own, and fight back against the germs.

Stay tuned for another post soon outlining specific doTERRA oils that can be used to fight:

  • the common cold
  • the flu
  • allergies
  • coughs
  • phlegm
  • ear infections
  • hand, foot and mouth disease
  • lice
  • and more!

If you are interested in learning more about how I got started on essential oils and some of my favorite oils and blends, check out my essential oils page.

doTERRA works a lot like a Costco membership. You pay an annual membership fee of $35 to become a “Wellness Advocate,” then you are able to enjoy purchasing your oils at wholesale prices — which is 25% off retail — as well as several other membership benefits! Or you also have the option of purchasing at retail prices. You can read about the differences between purchasing at retail vs. wholesale on my essential oils page.

If you are interested in learning more about doTERRA oils or giving them a try, you can visit my business website. If you have any questions about the oils, specific ailments or conditions, please email me. I’d love to talk with you and share what I’ve learned!

MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor or medical professional. The information shared in my post does not constitute medical advice.

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