I am excited to share these tips on how to use essential oils to keep kids healthy and happy during the school year.
The #1 reason to use essential oils right now and throughout the school year is to protect the kids from seasonal threats by supporting their immune function.
There are specific oils that can help do this, such as cinnamon, clove, lemon, melaleuca (tea tree), oregano and rosemary to name a few.
Roller Bottle Blends are convenient, portable and already diluted for safe usage. I have several roller bottle recipes that I use for this as well as a best selling blend that I like. I have my kids rolling this on the bottom of their feet once per day just for protection. Bottom of feet because it's a great way to get oils up into the body quickly without them having to smell like the oils and you can use relexology points on the feet. Sometimes, they still get a little cold in the beginning of the school year when the germs are running wild, but at the first sign of symptoms I get them rolling 3-4 times per day to help fight it off or at least help lesson the length or severity of the illness.
I also use this special blend in the diffuser and in spray bottle for wiping down stuff in the house that the sick people have touched . It smells so good, unlike the toxic germ-killing sprays that are in the store. NO HOUSE SHOULD BE WITHOUT A BOTTLE! I actually panic when I get low because it's amazing how well it works. This essential oil company has a whole line of products with this oil blend because of how well it works.
#2 What to do when someone's sicky symptoms are taking over.
If someone in my house complains of ear discomfort I reach for lavender & melaleuca and apply it behind the ear or a drop of each on a cotton ball that rests loosely inside the ear. Never put essential oils inside the ear canal. If they are stuffy or having respiratory issues I use peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lime or better yet another very popular best selling blend . I run the diffuser in the bedroom to help them get a good night sleep, but when I didn't have a diffuser years ago I put a drop of oil on a cotton ball near their pillow or I even put it on my daughter's stuffed animal she slept with. Nothing more miserable that a kid that can't breathe at night.
I have roller bottle recipes for many of these issues and no longer buy any sort of OTC meds for cold and flu. Applied topically to the chest and bottom of the feet works like a charm to open the airways. i have a breathe easy inhaler blend that can be used easily and the kids don't have to school smelling like oils.
#3 How to undo that summer sleep schedule by getting kids to sleep earlier and easier.
Of course we think of lavender and chamomile when we think of aromatherapy for relaxing and they are great, but there are some other options. Cedarwood, Vetiver, bergamot and of course a relaxing blend from my top selling brand.
Again, I will have them using a roller blend on their feet, back of neck or inside wrists or a quick sniff of an inhaler blend before bed. Running the diffuser before bed or a drop on the pillow works well also.
#4 Wake them up with some citrus oils!
I diffuse oils in the morning as soon as they come downstairs. Citruses are happy and uplifting scents and can trigger activity in the brain. Lemon, orange, lime, bergamot and a popular citrus blend will invigorate their minds! . Peppermint and orange is my go to focus blend! I have even been known to apply a drop to their temples as they are running out the door!
#5 Discourage lice.
Add Melaleuca (Tea Tree) to your shampoo/conditioner or create a spray bottle with water to mist while fixing the hair. Always use safe dilution ratios with essential oils. Recipe: Add 3 drops of melaleuca and 3 drops of clove to 8oz of distilled water to a glass spray bottle.
#6 Nervous or anxious about school and social issues?
I use roller bottle and inhaler blends to feel a sense of grounding and calming. Sometimes just a drop in the hand and a big inhale does the trick. Some kids with ADHD and Autism can also benefit from using oils before school. Lavender, vetiver, ylang ylang, chamomile, bergamot and frankincense are just a few essential oils that are calming.
#7 Tum Tum Troubles?
Peppermint inhaled or applied to the navel area is the go to for my family when they have occasional upset stomach or gas pains. Ginger and fennel are also in some of my belly blend roller bottle recipes.
#8 Skin Soothing.
As an esthetician, I recommend using a topical application of oils too soothe skin irritations from cuts, scrapes, sores, burns, blemishes, excema, psoriasis, rashes and foot fungal. Lavender and melaleuca work AMAZING together. Always use guidelines for diluting with a carrier oil for topical use.
#9 Homework Helper
Diffusing or wearing oils that help with focus and memory can be very beneficial for kids and their parents. A nice diffuser blend is 2 drops of peppermint, 2 drops of orange, 1 drop of rosemary and 1 drop of Frankincense. A simple inhaler made with the same oils would be great too. My best selling roller blend is the Focus blend with peppermint and orange, but I do have another blend called homework helper in a 10 ml roller bottle which is 2 drops of Black pepper, 4 drops of Grapefruit, 4 drops, lime, 2 drops peppermint and 2 drops of rosemary and the rest filled with a carrier oil.
#10 Natural Hand Sanitizer
Boy do we need to enforce hand cleaning at this time of year, but stay away from those high alcohol and questionable ingredient products! You can make your own with melaleuca or the protective blend by adding the essential oils to water and aloe in a spray bottle or a tube container. Here is a Kid Safe Hand Sanitizer Recipe.
If you need any supplies or instruction for using essential oils, please contact me! The Roller Blends in my online store are made for ages 12 and up, but I can make custom blends for younger kids by request or I can help you with your own recipes.
I love to help others learn to use essential oils, I offer hands on workshops and private consultations.
Have a Happy and Healthy School Year!