I love essential oils and their endless therapeutic benefits!
I have used these incredible compounds for over 12 years in both personal and professional settings. Overall, I’ve taught classes, written instruction booklets, and devised several protocols, which means there is simply too much information to delve into in a short blog.
However, I will give you the basics so you can jump-start your child’s studying success!
Let’s say you want to get your hyperactive little one to relax and chill before they start doing their homework, then reach for the lavender.
Maybe their dragging butt and on the verge of taking a catnap, then this situation would call for some grapefruit oil.
Perhaps they’re neither tired nor hyperactive, but just "not in the mood to study,” then grab the eucalyptus.
Recommendations for a study aid:
*Put several drops of desired essential oil in a diffuser, then set it next to your child.
*Place two drops on a piece of cloth, shirt collar or sleeve, and have them inhale deeply for a moment.
*Mix 1 drop of essential oil with 2 tsp carrier oil, and rub into skin.
(As the child grows, you may increase this ratio.)
The bottoms of the feet, chest, and arms are advisable.
If you plan on topical application, it is suggested to perform a “Patch Test” before applying the mixture liberally.
(See vocabulary below for Patch Test Instructions)
Here are three safe carrier oils for children:
Sweet Almond, Grapeseed & Coconut
*Each has their own health benefits, various shelf lives and consistencies.
What Are Essential Oils:
They are the concentrated liquid that is extracted from various parts of a plant such as the roots, stems, flowers, or bark, and have been used for personal health & wellbeing for over 6,000 years.
How Do They Work:
Upon inhalation, the oil quickly reaches the respiratory system and stimulates the part of the brain connected to smell. Then a signal is sent to the limbic system that controls emotions and retrieves learned memories. Chemicals are then released, which may influence physical, mental and emotional health.
When applied to the skin, they activate thermal receptors and destroy microbes and fungi, which may also help skin tone, elasticity, and dryness. As they sink further, they have the ability to work their way into the bloodstream, and can cross the blood-brain barrier due to the small molecular size and lipid solubility.
Ingesting these oils may stimulate the immune system.
*Not recommended unless working with a professional, as some oils destroy the beneficial flora, and may cause nausea, vomiting, irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and excess stomach acidity.
There are many physical, mental, hormonal, emotional and spiritual benefits depending upon the oil.
How To Choose An Oil:
I refuse to get into a debate about which essential oils are the “best” so I will say this:
*ALWAYS purchase pure oil, which contains NO additives
*Choose organic when possible
*Check to see if it's considered safe for children, and will not interfere with any medications being taken or current health conditions.
(For more information refer to “Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child” By Valerie Anne Worwood)
Vocabulary Break Down:
Aromatherapy: Aromatherapy is an alternative modality, which uses essential oils and other plant compounds to improve a person’s health by affecting various moods, emotions, and even the physical body when inhaled directly, diffused, applied topically, and in some cases ingested.
Carrier Oil: Cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils that essential oils are added to.
Patch Test: Combine 1 drop of the essential oil with a teaspoon (5ml) of a carrier oil, then place 1-2 drops of this mixture on the inside of your wrist or elbow, and let air dry. If no rash or irritation occurs within 24 hours, the oil is safe to use on your skin. Wash with mild soap and water to remove.
Pure: A pure essential oil is the true essence of the plant without any dilution from other chemicals or substances. (Be sure to identify that the oil has no additives, and not just check that the word “pure” is on the bottle.)
Warning: Keep ALL oils out of the reach of children. Do not ingest or apply directly to the skin without a carrier oil. Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes, as well as prolonged exposure without proper ventilation. Take all healthcare contraindications, allergies, and current medications into consideration, and consult a healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns.
What is your favorite oil to use to help your child study?