As kids are heading back to school this week, many mothers know it is just a matter of time before the first sick day arrives. Here, in the desert, we’ve been back at school long enough that the initial excitement has worn off and our new routine no longer feels new.
School is great. So much to learn, so many ways to grow, so many germs to be shared. In these few short weeks, I’ve already heard of both teachers and students taking sick days. These school germs are all business. We know that eating a balanced diet and getting enough rest helps all of us stay healthy. The thing is …… have you met my kids? If you have, then you probably know that one is a picky eater (I’m still not sure how that happened) and the other rarely sleeps past 5 am (seriously, not joking!).
Even though I work at home, the last thing I want is a phone call from the nurse telling me my kid is sick. If you work outside of the home, I bet you get that phone call minutes before you are about to start a meeting. Is there really anything we can do that can help prevent illness? Well yes, I know there are things we can do to keep our kids healthy amidst the onslaught of school germs. You know where this is going, right?
Essential oils! They are my not-so-secret weapon. Really, if they were a secret I certainly would not be blogging about them would I? My kids get doused daily in as many ways as I can get the oils on them or in them. To start, thieves is a mother’s best friend. No mother should be without a bottle of this amazing oil. You know how one kid gets sick, then the next, then it’s the adults turn? That usually doesn’t happen in my house. Wouldn’t it be better if when one person gets sick, you have something to kill airborne germs so that the entire household does not fold like a house of cards? I know, silly question. Of course we all want that. There you go, thieves is your answer. Diffuse it, wear it, ingest it and get on with your life. It’s amazing! So, step 1 is get thieves and use it. Put it on their feet before school or put it on them before bed. Just get it on them. If my kids so much as sniffle, out comes my therapro diffuser (see here for the most awesomest diffuser ever and it comes with a 15 ml sized bottle of thieves – yay!). Diffusing gives the kids a great dose of thieves while they are doing their homework or watching tv. At the same time I’m killing airborne germs; it’s a total win-win. Studies have shown that thieves kills lots of bad stuff. Now I love studies but I know from experience that thieves works. Proof is in the pudding and all you need is to be sick once and then feel better after using an essential oil as powerful as thieves to know this oil is the real deal. You can see my testimonial page for how others have used thieves. I can go on and on about thieves, actually I have! If you put thieves in the search bar lots of posts will come up that go more into how I’ve used theives for cleaning, strep throat and much more.
Keeping sickness at bay is a good thing to start with but essential oils can do more than just that. We use peppermint and lemon to help “wake up” their brains and to help them focus. There are days when one or both of my kids do not like sitting down to do their homework (I’m sure they are the only ones out there with this problem). I started using peppermint in the afternoon and it has really helped them focus so that they can get their work done much faster. What a gift for all of us! Studies have also shown that peppermint helps us to retain information. That will be handy come test time. My daughter also loves to put lemon oil and orange oil in her (stainless steel) water bottle. I love that because both oils will give her immune system a bit of a boost. Take that, yucky germs! My son (the picky eater) would never let me put lemon or orange oil in his water bottle but he does love Ningxia Red. I freeze the individual packets and stick those in his lunch box. Ningxia Red is a juice blend jam-packed with antioxidants and other nutrients that are a great support to the immune system and gives him a little energy boost for the rest of the afternoon.
In addition to all the wonderful, amazing, remarkable oils mentioned above I also like to give my kids something else to support them during the day. Now, even though my kids are brilliant (I’m their mother, remember?) they have their off days – don’t we all? Before they get on the bus I give each of them a drop of an oil called highest potential. It is a great way to start the day. I have seen my kids go from cranky and not wanting to leave the house to first one out the door with a drop of this oil. Now that is a valuable tool to have at your disposal. They each also have their favorite oils. My son likes valor, which is a great oil, very grounding and perfect for a little boy in a big school. My daughter loves stress away and joy. Depending on her mood and what’s happening at school she usually picks one of these. Stress away is great when she has to deal with challenging social moments and joy is just a great blend to enhance happiness.
There you go – thieves, peppermint, lemon, orange, valor, highest potential, stress away, joy, ningxia red and don’t forget that awesome therapro diffuser. Once you start using a diffuser you will wonder how you ever got by without it. By the way, these oils are not just for the kids. Oh, no! Use them yourself and enjoy days with a little less stress and a little more energy.
Francine Smith blogs about Young Living Essential oils. You can find more posts at www.younglivinglife.com You can contact me at email@example.com