First Posted September 2016
With the beginning of September, comes all sorts of changes. Our holidays are over and our free time is somewhat limited. If you have children, you are probably finding that as their schedules start to fill up, yours does too. It is really important to allow for some downtime as well as some flexibility in your schedule to prevent burn out. During these busy months leading up to the holidays, try diffusing essential oils in your home to enhance your family’s well-being as well as your own self – care. (There are essential oils that are more appropriate if you have younger children, but you still have a lot to choose from).
Diffusing Essential Oils is helpful for stress, focus, relaxation, as well as seasonal congestion, colds, and allergies. Blends that have antiviral and antibacterial properties. would be a good choice for the start of the school year as well as the cold season. You can also use essential oil blends that are more calming especially if your child is feeling a little anxious about starting or going back to school.Try more relaxing essential oils for your bedtime routines. A better night sleep is always a good thing as it helps boost the immune system. I prefer to use an ultrasonic diffuser because most have timers and the added safety feature of turning off when the water level gets too low. When you are diffusing essential oils:
- try 3 – 4 drops of your blend and diffuse for 15 – 30 min, to see how you like the scent, but more importantly, to see how you and your child feel.
- When using your diffuser, Author Robert Tisserand (2014) says, “Don’t diffuse for long periods of time, 30 – 60 minutes is good for adults”. For young children ages 2 & up diffuse for 15 – 30 min for specific reasons, like congestion or sleep issues. Check the timer setting on your diffuser to find the best one for you, your family and your environment.
For Everyday & the Cold Season…
One of my favorite blends is my Breezy Diffuser Blend. It’s a good choice for everyday use during the cold season, especially if you have younger children. Try it first thing in the morning to wake everyone up or after school, when kids are doing their homework. (I wouldn’t use this one at bedtime as it is a more stimulating blend.) You could also try Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender or Palmarosa essential oils for younger children.
***For older children (9 & up) or adults you can try my Inhale blend; Purify, or Life Support Diffuser Blends, both have stronger scents, so depending on your scent preference and the situation, you have a few choices. You can also try Niaouli, Tea Tree, Thyme, and/or one of the Eucalyptus varieties for older children or adults. Just check the contraindications before use.
Relaxing & Bedtime Routines…
With back to school, little ones can get anxious and not sleep very well. Those little worries can seem awfully big to someone just starting school or having to make new friends. Try Lavender, Mandarin, or Roman Chamomile for younger children. Adults and older children can also use these essential oils as well as Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Sweet Marjoram, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang. Just check the contraindications before use.
Focus on the Day Ahead…
Sometimes we all need a little help with focus. For children, a lack of focus can be caused by a lot of different things. Diffusing essential oils is can be helpful for focus when your child is reading or doing homework. (I also like to diffuse uplifting essential oils first thing in the morning, but that is just me.) Try Sweet Orange, Lavender, Lemon, Grapefruit, Cypress or maybe Pine. These essential oils are stimulating so they are best for daytime/after school use. Use more relaxing blends later in the day.
When using essential oils, Less is always better.
Some essential oils like Lavender or Orange are relaxing in small amounts but can become stimulating in large amounts. Also, what works for some people, may not work the same way for others. I have a friend, who loves citrus scents, but for her, they are so relaxing that they make her really sleepy. Now for me on the other hand, they are very stimulating and they wake me up. Everyone responds differently. So it may take some trial and error to find the right blend of oils for you and your child. I have also found that most children have very firm opinions regarding their scent preferences.
*** If your child has been diagnosed with A.D.D or A.D.H.D, and you would like to diffuse some essential oils to help them relax or focus, you may need to experiment to find the right combination that will work for your child. If you are planning to use essential oils topically on your child, take the time to do some research before using them, especially if your child takes medication. I would recommend that you talk to an aromatherapist or your medical professional.
***There has been anecdotal evidence that suggests that some children with A.D.H.D don’t respond well to Lavender essential oil. This is another case of what works well for some people, doesn’t work well for others.
My Blog is for information only & is not meant to diagnose or Replace Medical Advice. Essential Oils are not for ingestion & should always be diluted before topical use.
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- Tisserand, Robert, & Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, Churchill Livingstone, 2014
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- Worwood, Valerie Ann. The Fragrant Pharmacy: A Home and Health Care Guide to Aromatherapy and Essential Oils. Toronto: Bantam, 1991.