30+ | Ice + Essential Oil

Instructions

Hand your child ice cubes to hold in both hands and let them smell strawberry essential oil. Encourage them to breathe deep and count to five. Do it out loud and model the behavior for them.

The Science

Although ice is often considered unpleasant to touch, it can actually help evoke feelings of calm through its physiological effects. The calming effect is enhanced by strawberry essential oil, though if you do not have that scent on hand, lavender is a great substitute.