I can’t believe I am writing this post already! It seems that summer has just started… but somehow it’s already the end of August! It is my understanding that some kids in the United States may have already been back to school last week?!? Where I am in Canada, most kids start after Labour Day so this year it will be September 6th. Either way back to school has already started or is right around the corner!
There are so many uses for essential oils so today I thought I would specifically talk about essential oils and the school season. The 3 areas I will mention today are:
Please note that although when we think of back to school we generally think of little kids, this post was intended for all ages: elementary school, middle school, high school, college and even for teachers! Important: if you plan on using essential oils with children under 5, do your research first to make sure that the oil is safe for use with children!
Regardless of your age, it is very important that you follow safety precautions when using essential oils so please read this essential oil safety guide.
How to Use Essential Oils:
For this specific post, I will talk about how these oils can be used topically or aromatically. Here are some suggestions for how you can use these applications:
You can apply the essential oil directly to the area of concern or you can apply it to the reflex points on your feet. Visit this post to learn about the benefits of applying essential oils to your feet.
When using essential oils with infants and children, always dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Check out this post on using essential oils with children to learn about how to dilute the oils. Also always do your research first, not all essential oils may be safe for children.
Diffuser: Put the essential oil of choice in your diffuser to have the oil dispersed into the air in your room. This is definitely a good option if there is more than one person in the home. Check out this post to learn more about diffusers.
Use Your Hands! Don’t have a diffuser? No problem! Put 1-2 drops of the essential oil on your hands, rub your hands together and cup them around your nose. Then breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. You can also apply to oil to a tissue or cotton ball if you don’t want to use your hands.
Essential Oils for Back to School:
Essential Oils to Help with Sleep
Lavender is excellent for calming and relaxing. There are many ways you can use lavender including:
- Apply topically to the back of your neck
- Apply topically to your feet
- Use lavender in the diffuser in your bedroom
- Mix lavender with water and mist on your pillow or blankets
In most cases, lavender is an excellent oil to use on younger children, read more here!
I have taken my Grandma’s recommendation and applied vetiver to the bottom of my big toes to sleep and I found it to be extremely helpful!
This is a blend carried by the essential oil company I purchase my oils from and I absolutely love it! I apply it to the back of my neck and then inhale the remaining residue left on my hands. I have found it very helpful in turning off my mind and getting some much-needed rest! The calming blend is used in the Nightmare Be Gone Bedtime Lotion, check out this link for the recipe.
This is an excellent recipe created by Jackie at The Paleo Mama which is perfect for getting the little ones to sleep! Check out the recipe: Whipped Sleepytime Rub.
Essential Oils to Help with Concentration
While Lavender is good for relaxation, it can also help with concentration. Lavender has so many amazing benefits and it is often used in my home! You can use lavender either topically or aromatically.
This blend literally does what it says, it helps you focus! This is a blend created by the company I purchase my essential oils from. I love this blend, in fact I am using it as we speak to help me stay focused when writing this post!
This citrus oil has so many amazing benefits including its ability to help get your out of a mood ‘funk’. When you are unmotivated and uninterested in a school topic, it can be very hard to be productive. Lemon will help to lift your spirits which will hopefully help you to get your work done… even if your less than thrilled about the topic!
Essential Oils to Help with Energy
This oil has excellent invigorating properties! I love inhaling peppermint to give me an extra burst of energy! Of course you can also use peppermint topically as well!
White Fir has stimulant properties which helps to make you feel energized. I love the smell of white fir! When using this oil for its energizing properties, I most often inhale the aroma using one of the methods listed above.
Joyful Blend & Grounding Blend
I love using these 2 blends together when I need an energy boost which is usually because I didn’t get enough sleep the night before! Like the other blends mentioned in this post, these blends are also created by the company I purchase my essential oils from. The grounding blend helps me to feel, as its name states, grounded. Then I use the joyful blend to give me that much-needed energy. I use these blends topically by applying them to the bottoms of my feet however they could be used aromatically as well.
Good Luck This Year!
I hope you find these essential oil recommendations for sleep, concentration and energy helpful as you move forward into a new school year! Wishing everyone the best of luck and great success in the 2015/2016 school year!
What are your favourite essential oils to use during the school year?