Essential Oils For Back To School

August 17, 2017

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Support your child’s learning this school year by using essential oils that may help to promote improved immunity as well as increased focus for learning!

First and foremost, it’s important for our kids to get enough sleep at night and to have a healthy diet to start their day!

Offer “whole” foods to your kids, free from preservatives and food colouring.   When I was an educational assistant, working in a Junior High School, often kids started their day with sugary cereal and a glass of orange juice with added sugar.  They came with sugary snacks filled with preservatives that were quick and easy to moms/dads to grab and go, but weren’t what their child needed to stay healthy and focussed.  Sugar reduces our immunity and, science has shown, that sugar is even more addictive than cocaine!  Not to mention the affects that sugar has on our minds, even increasing the chance of depression as well as anxiety!  Meals that include fruits and vegetables help to fill your child’s body with nutrition as well as assist in their immunity as well as enables them to focus on the tasks at hand, during their day.  It may be a fun goal to include as many colours as you can in each meal (this does not include Fruit Loops!  Although they are quite colourful)

Often kids/teens have trouble sleeping at night – whether their still wired from the day’s activities or they’re worried about an upcoming test.  Diffusing lavender at night or putting a drop on the bottoms of the feet can help to calm the body and mind and assist in a more restful sleep.

Hydration is also important in helping to carry nutrients to the brain via the blood.  They are now suggesting 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water.  One time I wrote a recommendation for an iridology client and I just wrote “1/2 your body weight in ounces” and left out the word “water”.  She was quite thrilled at the idea of drinking that much in wine.  Haha.  Not!  :)

Peppermint essential oil – breathing in the fresh aroma of peppermint essential oil, not only helps you to focus, it can also help when diffused during studying for exams and then smelled prior to writing the exam.  Studies have shown that test scores are higher, when diffused before and during the writing of a test.  Your child/teen can either smell directly from the bottle or sample size bottle or put a drop on a lava bracelet or roller bottle diluted with fractionated coconut oil.

Wild orange essential oil – either alone or together with the peppermint can help with focus.

Focus blend – there’s a blend that I recommend that is a “focus blend” that also has been used with great success in the area of focus and concentration.  You can apply this blend on the back of the neck, on the wrists or the bottoms of the feet.

Protective Blend – there’s another wonderful blend that helps to “protect” the body from seasonal and environmental threats by helping the body to improve its immune system.  It’s a powerful blend that includes Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils. When we think of anti-oxidants we often think of blueberries.  Did you know that clove bud has something like 30 times more anti-oxidants than blueberries?  That’s amazing.  This blend can be diffused at night, put on the bottoms of the feet or  one drop added to a glass (not plastic) of water and taken internally.  The clove also has a numbing effect which helps soothe sore throats.

Oils that help to calm during stressful times at school – whether your child is just nervous about going to school or has a certain level of anxiety during exams or trying so hard to do well.  Perhaps your child is adjusting to fitting in at school or the dynamics around all of that.

There is a wonderful blend that is considered a “Grounding” blend that helps to balance the emotions and calm the mind.  With the names of these blends that I’m mentioning, feel free to email me about them as I’m not allowed to give their real name on this post.

Vetiver is another essential oil that can help with things like anxiety, depression, OCD and stress.  Personally, I like to mix this together with lavender to improve the aroma.  It has a grassy, smoky aroma on it’s own.  Studies have been done with Vetiver in the classroom when they were testing for the effects of essential oils with kids that had ADHD.  They were testing for improvement in performance.  They used lavender, cedarwood and vetiver.  Lavender showed an improvement in performance by 60 something percent, Cedarwood showed an improvement by 83% and Vetiver showed an improvement in performance by 100%!  That’s incredible!  Again, I would combine the two (vetiver and lavender) in a roller bottle diluted with fractionated coconut oil and have your child roll it on their writs or in the back of the neck a few times throughout the day.  Perhaps put in 3 or 4 drops of each in the roller bottle.

I should also mention here – that there is an Emotional Aromatherapy kit, with six, 5 ml bottle blends to help your body to support all kinds of different emotional needs, from sadness to anxiety, to overwhelm. Ask me about that kit, which would include a membership allowing you to receive wholesale pricing of 25% less than the retail price.

Supplements – since our food has significantly reduced nutrients due to depleted nutrients in the soil, we need to add supplements to our daily diet to help our bodies get the nutrients they need

doTerra has wonderful supplements for younger kids or teens that either have trouble swallowing capsules or they have supplements in capsule form.

There are a few I would recommend – A2Z Chewables (Multi Vitamin/Mineral) and IQ Mega (Omega) as well as a wonderful probiotic called PB Assist.  For teens that are able and willing to swallow capsules, the Lifelong Vitality Pack is also amazing, giving their body what it needs for optimal health.

Well – “That’s all I have to say about that!” (Forrest Gump)

In summary:  Healthy food, a good night’s sleep, essential oils to help with immunity, focus and stress and supplements to add to your daily diet.  These are ways to help your child, whether preschool aged all the way up to teenage, live a healthier, calmer and more fucussed school year!

Have a blessed rest of your summer!

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