Essential Oil Rollerball Blends for the Family

Family Friendly Rollerball Blends

One of the things I love about essential oils is their ability to help with the ailments we commonly face. Things like pain relief, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, sleep support, etc.  Essential oils provide a great natural option vs. over the counter medicines. Essential oils are also very cost effective – just a few drops of essential oil(s) is all you need. And the cost per drop for most essential oils is just pennies per drop!

Our family uses essential oils differently, depending on the malady we are treating. One of my favorite ways to use essential oils is topically in a roller bottle. I use blends in rollerballs quite frequently because it’s easy for my two children to use the oils when they are in roll-on form.  I also keep on hand a kit with pre-diluted oils in roller bottles (This is part of the reason we wanted to have a hard sided case to be able to put our roller bottles in).  Below is the list of some of the rollerball blends that are our family favorites.

Essential Oil Rollerball Blends


A few tips before you start making your own rollerball blends.

  • You want some good quality roller bottles  (also called rollerballs) with a steel ball – this helps the plastic ball not become too degraded over time.
  • You will need a carrier oil – my favorite is Fractionated Coconut Oil since it’s very non-greasy, but sweet almond oil or jojoba will work as well.
  • Essential Oils
  • Essential Oil Bottle Opener (not required but SUPER helpful so you don’t break your fingernails!).

You will place the number of drops of essential oil, per recipe, in a 10 mL roller bottle – then fill to the top with your carrier oil of choice. Use the blend where and when needed! Essential oils are very powerful and most effective when used diluted and more often (every 3-4 hours as needed).
Essential Oil Blends for Adults

Essential oil blends for Adults

Calm Mom 

10 drops Lavender

1 drops Marjoram

1 drop Chamomile

1 drop Ylang Ylang

2 drops Sandalwood

2 drops Frankincense

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to wrists and back of the neck as needed to promote feelings of calm.

Rooted and Grounded

2 drops Patchouli

2 drops Vetiver

2 drops Lime

20 drops Frankincense

20 drops Lavender

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to wrists,  back of the neck or bottom of feet as needed to promote feelings of calm.

Too Many Tacos (upset stomach)

10 drops Peppermint

8 drops Ginger

2 drops Fennel

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to the abdominal area.


Nighty-Night (adults) 

10 drops Frankincense

10 drops Bergamot

10 drops Chamomile

12 drops Vetiver

12 drops Lavender

8 drops Cedarwood

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to the pulse points on the wrists and/or behind the ears.
Essential Oil Blends for Young Ones

Essential oil blends for the Young Ones

Sweet Dreams

15 drops Lavender
2 drops Sandalwood
5 drops Chamomile

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to the pulse points on the wrists or bottoms of feet.

Owie Blend (I also make this in a spray – add a spray top to an empty essential oil bottle)

10 drops Lavender

10 drops Melaleuca

2 drops Frankincense

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to cuts, scrapes and “owies” in general.

Time to Focus

10 drops Orange

10 drops Peppermint

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to the base of the neck for focus support as needed.

Cough Killer 

7 drops Eucalyptus

7 drops Frankincense

5 drops Lime

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Melaleuca

Top off 10 ML roller bottle with your carrier oil of choice – apply to the chest as needed for quieting coughs

Disclaimer: The above blends are blends that I have tried and used in my own home doing my own research. Please, do your own research as well. Since everyone has slightly different body chemistry and some people respond differently to essential oils.  You should always “test” a blend first before using.  There are many other blends available for different ailments. The two resources I’ve found to be most helpful are the books “Modern Essentials” and “The Essential Life“. I highly recommend both!

Happy oiling!

Charity Sig




About the Author


Charity is a mom, wife and avid essential oil user. She teaches classes on essential oil usage and describes herself as a “forever student” of the oils. Charity resides in Colorado and is active in volunteering in her community.  

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  1. Hello I just wanted to share that since I am so new to oils reading ur story and seeing blends that u use for u and ur family was a blessing especially cause I have a child who is sick at the moment and has cough so now I can blend up a cough blend for her. Plz keep up the some work and sharing ur blends and experiences with ur family and friends I enjoy reading everything I can . . This was so awsome. Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much for the information! Could you send me the authors of the two books you recommend? Modern Essentials and The Essential Life.


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  3. Thanks for sharing some of your recipes. I fairly new to oiling. So always looking for new blends to try. I love the book, The Essential Life. There is lots lots of helpful information in it. I have another good book called Oils and emotions that is very helpful

  4. This is fantastic thank you! i cant wait to start blending, do you have any recipies for lip oil?

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  5. I also have been researching essential oils, – brands, uses, benefits, recipes, etc. But There are a few answers I cannot get straight answers on. Maybe you can help. Do the oils maintain their “own” character when blended – so a blend of frankincense and lavender will maintain their own qualities as well as calming soothing the skin? When you drop the oils into the diffuser, they float individually on top of the water. It seems that at times you get a burst of one fragrance over another. shouldn’t they be blended first (ei: the blends come that you can purchase preblended) before adding to diffuser. If there is rosemary in a headache blend, and the aroma of rosemary gives me a headache , is a blend just as effective without a “displeasurable” oil or is it a crucial ingredient the effectiveness? ( he headache blend used in this question is just an example for the purpose of the true question) any help with these questions?

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      Lisa, great questions. Blending can change the chemical make up of oils which is why a good reference guide for blending is helpful. I like the Modern Essentials book (you can find it on Amazon). Also, the reason for Rosemary is due to several of its properties – one being as a vasodilator as well as it’s analgesic benefits. You can always choose another oil with similar benefits – just cross reference a good blending reference guide like the Modern Essentials book 🙂

    1. Pennyroyal is highly toxic to dogs AND it is toxic to humans as well. It is sold by very few companies and it really has no place in aromatherapy – it is not safe to diffuse or use topically. Plant Therapy has Animal Aromatherapists on staff if you have specific questions regarding oils that are safe to use with pets – you can email them or open a chat box. They also have a downloadable page regarding essential oil safety with dogs.

  6. Mine is a question. I’ve been seeing posts about the danger of oils in a diffuser. What oils are bad for dogs.
    Thank you in advance for your help with this troubling problem.

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  7. Hi Charity,
    Thank you for these recipes! I can’t wait to try a few.
    I have had some coworkers ask me to make them rollerballs. They are not interested to get their own essential oils but just want some of the recipes I have made and want to pay me for what they ask for. Do you have any suggestions about how much to charge for homemade 10 ml recipe rollerballs?

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  8. As a recently Certified Aromatherapist, I am greatly troubled by the high dilutions indicated in many of your blends – over 20 and sometimes over 40 drops of oil for a 10 ml rollerball bottle??? This is ignoring safe dilution principles and likely to lead to skin irritation and possible sensitization. For adult everyday use, safe dilution would be under 5%. That is less than 10 drops of oil TOTAL for a blend. For very short term, acute use, 5-10% dilution is acceptable, which is up to 20 drops total. For children, dilution should be 2% or less. That is a max of 4 drops per 10 ml bottle. In addition, there are many essential oils that are not safe for children’s topical use as their skin is more delicate and more prone to irritation and sensitization. Peppermint, Cinnamon, and Wintergreen, for example, should never be used on children, and Ylang Ylang should not be used on children under the age of 7. The number of adverse reactions reported to the National database has been growing exponentially due to unsafe usage recommendations on sites like this. I have purchase essential oil boxes and supplies from your company before, but after seeing these recipes I will take my business elsewhere. It is extremely troubling.

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