Back to School
I get questions over and over about how to safely use oils on the kiddos. So this will hopefully be a starting point to get you feeling educated and empowered to start oiling up those kids! Getting back to school can create a bit of chaos in your home and a lot of emotions. Not to mention the germs and icky things that go around our classrooms! We want to help you and your little ones get prepared and oil ready!!
A lot of this information was created in our KIDS class!
Before we start, I want to be sure and start with the FDA disclaimer.
As a mama, you know best. Always be sure to do your research before using oils on your kids! It is ALWAYS recommended you find a trusted health care professional for help if you have specific concerns to address. If your kids are below age two, be sure to check to make sure to double check which oils are safe for your youngins.
We are going to dive in with the “How To”! There are two ways to use oils with children:
Breathing in essential oils directly influences the control center of the brain, the hypothalamus. This area sends instructions through our body concerning sleep patterns, mood, behavior, appetite, and the release of certain hormones. Diffusing is an excellent method for purifying the air, boosting mood, and creating a healthy atmosphere.
When oils are applied to the skin, they can be found in every single cell of your body within twenty minutes. They act quickly and powerfully. Your skin is an organ and applying oils to the skin allows for your body to absorb them and take them in. So how do you do that? Place drops of oils into a bowl, in a roller, or in your hand and add your carrier oil. Always dilute when applying oils on infants and children. When beginning topical use, it can be wise to start slowly on the bottoms of the feet and gradually test on other areas for sensitivity. The feet and chest, and back of the neck are the most common places we use oils on kids!
Tips for Topical Application:
+When starting with oils, use one at a time always diluted to avoid overloading their system. Slowly start to add in oils as they adjust.
+Be aware of “Hot” oils such as Peppermint, Panaway, Thieves and Oregano. Hot oils feel icy/hot to the touch. This can cause irritation on the skin and these oils should always be avoided around the eyes. Be sure to not rub the eyes or around the eyes after applying hot oils. We always suggest diluting hot oils no matter the age.
Coconut oil comes from the flesh of the coconut and can be very nourishing to the skin. If you as a mom can use coconut oil without breakouts or dashing that may occur in some people (it has a tendency to clog pores) then feel free to use some as your carrier oil.
+Young Living’s V6:
This blend is super handy because it comes with a pump. You can set it next to your oils to create an “oils station” and be ready to go any moment. V6 contains coconut, sesame, grape, sweet almond, wheat germ, sunflower and olive oils.
“Using oils neat or undiluted will create a tendency for the oil to evaporate more quickly. Using a carrier oil or lotion may also create a more sustained effect and reduce possible over-sensitivities especially in this age group.”
-Quotes from Debra Rayburn, Gentle Babies
How to Use your Premium Starter Kit oils for your kids!
We want you to get the most use of every single oil and every single investment you make into your bottles! So here is a great starting point for ideas on how to use each of your PSK oils! I literally use Lavender, Lemon, and Thieves every.single.day!!! And I know that they will continue to be my most used oils! All of the Starter Kit oils truly are the perfect start when you’re using them for your kids, your family or yourself!
This is a great support for sleep the night before and even throughout the year! If there are butterflies for your kiddos especially before bed, diffusing and applying to the feet is a great option! Here are a few more:
+Roll onto feet after school for calming
+Roll onto the chest when pollen count is high and you’re battling allergens. Also diffuse.
+Use generously on the skin after touching something hot
+Use generously on bug bites
+Use generously on itchy skin
+Roll onto the back and drop into bath water when experiencing constipation
This is a “cleansing” or “clearing” oil which can be helpful for the respiratory but also for the emotions. Roll this one onto the feet and diffuse for nervousness.
+Use to remove gum or sticky residue
+Add to a blend with Lavender when pollen count is high and battling allergens.
+Add onto the chest and diffuse during the winter months to support the respiratory system.
This is a very “grounding” oil. Grounding oils are calming and bring down thoughts and emotions. Frank is another one that’s great for back to school nerves.
+Roll onto back of neck when hyper, experiencing nervousness, or tantrums
+Roll onto the feet during winter months to support immunity
+Diffuse while studying to support concentration
This is the oil for a big ‘ol immunity support! You can use this proactively before you start the school day.
+Roll onto feet during the winter months
+Diffuse in group settings while kids have stuffy noses.
+If you run out of waterless hand soap, drop a few drops of thieves onto hands
+Drop into stinky shoes
+Diffuse in mildewy bathrooms
This is a great oil for all the pains. Those little legs have lots of growing to do! When they are experiencing growing pains, this is one to grab!! If you have football players, volleyball girls, any of the athletes are going to love using this one after games as well.
+Roll onto sore muscles
+Use after strenuous activity
+Roll onto growing kiddos
+Use on the back of the neck when experiencing head tension
The tummy oil! If your little ones have upset tummies after an afternoon lunch at the cafeteria, this one is their friend. Roll onto the tummy or feet for any and every tummy issue!
This is an overall great oil and it’s kind of sneaky because it gets lost in the mix of oils!!! It’s great to support immunity overall and is the perfect oil for “irritations”. If there’s any type of inflammation that you’re experiencing this is a great one to grab.
+Apply to location of irritation for a “numbing” effect.
This is the oil for all the smells. If you have stinky athletes coming into your home, or stinky feet, grab this one! Drop into shoes to clean them up! Drop into the washing machine when washing harsh smelling loads. Diffuse in smelly areas!
+Use generously on bug bites
+Roll onto areas of blemishes on the skin
This is the oil to support the respiratory system during the winter months.
+Diffuse to support the respiratory system
+Rub onto the chest to support the respiratory system
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