WOW I can't believe it is back to school time already. Tomorrow is the big day for us, getting prepped with school bags, lunches, snacks oh and don't forget the first day photo op. The other things we do in our house is preventing the back to school germs.
Here are some things you can do as a parent for your kids, yourself and for teachers. I start prepping our immune systems about 1 to 2 weeks before school starts. Then full blown protection for the first 2 to 3 weeks followed by maintenance and just pumping up again if there is something going around.
Before School Starts for Everyone
Before school starts we start working on our immune system, doing what we can to boost it up. Of course eating well and exercise helps but in this blog we are talking about how you can use your essential oils to help as well. About 1 to 2 weeks before school starts we with our can't live without roller bottle blend. Of course as always with kids you want to make sure you are diluting properly, if you don't know dilution rates please feel free to contact. Most people have their own findings and comfort level when it comes to the dilution rates so make sure you do your research. Here is my favorite blend for protection against the nasties and if we happen to be coming down with something in a roller bottle I put in a protective blend, I use OnGuard and I add Oregano essential oil. Now remember Oregano essential oil is not to be confused with oil of Oregano.
Ingredients: Wild Orange Peel, Clove Bud, Cinnamon Bark/Leaf, Eucalyptus Leaf, and Rosemary Leaf/Flower essential oils.
doTERRA On Guard, a proprietary essential oil blend, provides a natural and effective alternative for immune support.* As one of doTERRA’s best-selling blends, doTERRA On Guard protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.* doTERRA On Guard can be taken internally on a daily basis to maintain healthy immune function and support healthy cardiovascular function.* It can also be used on surfaces throughout the home as a non-toxic cleaner. When diffused, doTERRA On Guard helps purify the air, and can be very energizing and uplifting.
Known as a popular cooking spice, Oregano also acts as a powerful cleansing agent, and offers powerful antioxidants*—extending its uses far beyond the kitchen.
Oregano is one of the most potent and powerful essential oils and has been used for centuries in traditional health practices for its cleansing and immune-boosting properties.* The primary chemical components of Oregano are carvacol and thymol, both in the phenols group, which possess cleansing and antioxidant properties.* Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling or diffusing Oregano; only one to two drops is needed. Additionally, Oregano should be diluted with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil when applied to the skin. REMEMBER HOT OIL!!!
I roll this on the bottom of our feet to prep for school, this can be used for everyone in the family and teachers.
To note we went to the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto the other day. I brought some of my touch line with me as I knew there would be a lot of people and we would be eating... well eating not so great lol I was so happy I brought them with me since the touch line is prediluted it was super easy to use. At dinner we all got Zengest on our bellies, Onguard on our throats and I put some peppermint on the back of my neck as I was feeling pretty hot. Usually I like to use my roller bottle of OnGuard and Oregano on my throat if I'm going to be around a lot of people so I don't get sick but that day I just had my OnGuard touch and it worked great.. well none of us got sick so I say it worked for us.
I continue putting the OnGuard & Oregano blend on the bottom of our feet. We do this first thing in the morning. I will also put OnGuard in the diffuser about 3 times during the school week. This is also great if you have other people and kids coming over for a playdate.
If you are like us getting back to mornings for school can be a challenge. A great way to wake up is to have a wake up blend going in the diffuser. Wild Orange with Peppermint is a wonderful blend to start the day with.
Right before we head out the door since my guys need some help with focusing I will put a diluted focusing blend on their feet. You can put down the spine or on the back of the neck. If your child goes to a class that has anyone who is sensitive to scents and doesn't understand about essential oils the best place is the bottom of the feet. Our focusing blend we use is called In Tune.
Ingredients: Amyris Bark, Patchouli Leaf, Frankincense Resin, Lime Peel, Ylang Ylang Flower, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood, Roman Chamomile Flower essential oils
Helping to enhance the senses and sustain focus, the InTune blend is perfect for staying on task when you are trying to study or concentrate.
InTune is a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance and sustain a sense of focus. No matter your age, staying focused on the task at hand is sometimes difficult. This is especially critical during the formative years when learning and growing create habits and a foundation for life. The carefully selected essential oils in doTERRA InTune Focus Blend work together, supporting efforts of those who have difficulty paying attention and staying on task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime promote a sense of clarity, while the benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing.
Home work for Student & Teachers
There are a few different blend you can put in the diffuser to help with focusing and memory. Beside using the focus blend above you can make your own diffuser blends using any of the below essential oils.
I won't go into detail today about why and how these oils help as you'll be here all day reading. There have been a number of studies done on rosemary for memory :)
Calm Down for Bed Time
We could all use this a little something to help wind down the day. When there has been a very exciting or stressful day it can be hard to wind down enough to fall asleep. I use both oils on our selves and in the diffuer. Sometimes I do both and other times I do one or the other, I mix it up depending on what we need.
For myself I like to put a drop of calming blend (Serenity if using doTERRA) with a drop of Vetiver in my hands rubbed together and cupped to breathe it in for about 3 minutes. I do this after a hard day when the boys have been put to bed.
For sleeping I like to use oils that are known for their sedative and relaxing qualities. You can use anyone one or a combo of these to make your own blends for either putting on the bottom of your feet and those of your kids or in the diffuser.
There are a lot of roller bottle recipes out there that contain these oils to help with sleep. I can send you some if you would like what I use.
Back into Routine
As the weeks go on you won't need to use the oils everyday like this when everyone's immune system is back online in full working order. You can drop down to using this system a few time a week. If there is a sickness going around or your going to be around a lot of new people you can always ramp up again. Use your own judgement.
Essential Oils I Use
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