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Essential Oils for Puberty

Adults aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the many therapeutic properties of essential oils. Teens and pre-teens have many ailments and concerns that can be successfully treated with these wonderful products. The teen years can be tough, and many drugs made to treat things such as depression and acne can cause other health issues in your children. So, how about learning some effective treatments for some common teen problems and trying those first, or in addition to, their regularly prescribed regime?

It certainly couldn’t hurt…and it just might be the best thing you ever did.

Hormonal Imbalance

To be clear, hormonal imbalance is most likely the underlying cause to all the other issues your teen is facing. Get this under control and puberty could be smooth sailing. Or at least, smoother sailing!

The following essential oils are adaptogens and are shown to aid in hormonal balance:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Rose
  • Frankincense
  • Lemongrass
  • Sandalwood
  • Clary sage
  • Geranium

Since hormonal imbalance is an almost constant condition for teens and adolescents, it’s a good idea to diffuse essential oils in their rooms nightly. Any of the above oils can be used alone or in combinations, but combinations with sandalwood and lavender will also contribute to peaceful sleep. Sleep is also a necessary hormone balancing activity.

In addition to diffusing some of these oils, your teen should be applying them topically each morning and night. To make a serum they can easily apply to their wrists and throat, combine 20-30 drops of essential oils with a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil. Store in a glass jar and use daily.

A perfect combination for teens is 10 drops each clary sage, frankincense and lavender mixed in a small glass bottle and filled with a carrier oil. Use one or two drops of the serum once or twice a day.


While balancing hormones will go a long way toward clearing up most skin conditions, additional remedies are also great to have around for flare-ups and tough-to-treat cases.

The following oils are beneficial to add to any skin regime, especially for balancing oily skin and treating acne:

  • Rosemary
  • Tea tree
  • Lemon
  • Lavender
  • Ylang ylang
  • Frankincense

Several products can be made to keep up with problem skin.

Acne-Fighting Toner

  • 10 drops rosemary
  • 10 drops frankincense
  • 5 drops lemon
  • Witch hazel

Combine the essential oils in a glass jar and fill with witch hazel. Shake well and dip a cotton ball in the solution to tone skin and remove oil after washing.

Acne-Fighting Moisturiser

  • 50 ml coconut oil
  • 15 drops rosemary
  • 15 drops lavender
  • 15 drops tea tree

Whip coconut oil with a high-speed mixer until creamy. Mix in essential oils and store in a glass jar. Use a nickel-sized amount on face after toning.

Concentration Problems

Aside from physical conditions, hormonal imbalances can also wreak havoc on the emotional and mental state. To combat this, when your teen has issues, especially during times of study, use one or a combination of the following essential oils:

  • Frankincense
  • Ylang ylang
  • Sandalwood
  • Lime
  • Peppermint

These oils can be mixed with carrier oils and applied topically to the bottoms of the feet and wrists and/or diffused in close proximity. We love combining frankincense, ylang ylang and peppermint for a concentration mist that is sure to pep your teen up and help them focus.


Depression might be the most common and problematic issue that comes along with puberty, and we don’t discount the importance of therapy and prescription medication if needed. However, it’s also a good idea to try some natural remedies to begin with or in addition to usual treatment.

The following oils are considered powerful natural antidepressants:

  • Ylang ylang
  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Frankincense
  • Lavender
  • Clary sage
  • Geranium
  • Orange
  • Lemon

For depression symptoms, diffusing any of these oils or combinations of oils can be done almost around the clock, or as often as they are near a diffuser. It’s suggested to diffuse some of these while they sleep and then applying some topically every morning and evening.

You can experiment with oils or combinations to find which are the most beneficial for your teen, but a great diffuser blend to begin with is:

  • 3 drops ylang ylang
  • 3 drops bergamot
  • 3 drops lavender

Not only will this blend help relieve depression, it will also contribute to a good night’s rest.

If you find that the lavender makes your child drowsy during the day, it can be replaced with another uplifting oil such as lemon for a daytime blend.

These blends can also be combined with a carrier oil and applied topically once or twice a day.


Natural remedies are always better than over-the-counter or prescription remedies when they work. The important thing is to keep experimenting to find the proper combinations for your family, and pretty soon, your home can be teen angst-free!


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