Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Managing Behaviors with Mood Mists

Hey guys, it's Angela from The Organized Plan Book.  I am here to talk about a quick little behavior management strategy I implemented in my classroom this year.  For those of you who follow my blog, you may know that I began implementing essential oils into my classroom last school year.  The initial purpose of the oils was to use them in a room diffuser to combat smells and purify the air.  However, after learning about the ways these powerful oils can impact behaviors..."mood mists" were born!

These mood mists are super easy to create, but pack a pretty powerful punch in terms of motivating my students and managing classroom behaviors.  I use these "magical" little mood mists when my kiddos are needing some motivation or help calming their bodies.

To create these, I first identified which behaviors I needed to take control of the most...the ones where I really need to do a little something special to help engage my kiddos.

  • Focus Potion:  I like to spray this mist when my students are studying for a test or quiz...then I spray this same spray during their exam.  This helps students to make the association between the two events, thus encouraging them to recall the information they need.
  • Smarty Spray:  This is used for when the students are feeling frustrated, especially when we are covering a topic that is challenging.  A few squirts of smarty spray will work wonders for powering up those brains!
  • Energy Booster:  Everyone needs this on a Monday morning, am I right?
  • Relaxing Rain:  Hellooooo Friday afternoons.  I also use this little gem after recess and before/after holiday breaks.
I purchased the little travel bottles from Target for around $1.00 each.  I selected the clear containers, but there were other color options to choose from as well.  The green basket was from a dollar store.

After researching some oils, I chose the ones that were the most universal for affecting moods.  For this batch of sprays I used lavender, lemon, and peppermint.  However, I intend to change out these oils once this batch runs dry, just to keep it fresh and exciting for the students.

Simply add distilled water, and 6-8 drops of your essential oils.  Swirl gently...and voila!  Mood Mists!

If you are interested in learning out more on which oils might be best for your classroom, take a look at the cheat sheet I made below.  

Well, that's a wrap for me!  Hope this little tip helps!  Please feel free to leave comments below if you have any questions.  I'd love to know some strategies you use to keep your student behaviors in check.

Happy Teaching!


  1. Do you spray in the room? I would assume you cannot spray the students with these, right?

    1. Yes, just a light spritz or two within the room so the kiddos can smell the fragrance. They get all giddy and motivated to buckle down and work.

  2. What an awesome idea! Note to self... Head to the dollar store this weekend!

    Learning to be awesome

  3. oh my gosh, I LOVE this idea!! I'm going to mix up some batches during Winter Break!! Thanks for the great share!!

    1. So happy you found this useful, Kathie. Thanks!