Back to School Essential Oil Considerations

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What do you say?  How about, “Let’s change our world this year.”

Let’s make a choice to start out well and conquer our challenges.  Let’s empower those we love to have the best year possible.

Here are some tips on how to get your kids to use essential oils throughout the day:

Morning: Help the kids wake up with either Peppermint, Wild Orange, Citrus Bliss, or On Guard.

Afternoon: For a homework helper, diffuse Peppermint, Wild Orange, or Rosemary  to help boost mental focus and concentration.

Bedtime: For a good night’s sleep use Serenity or Lavender by either diffusing in air, rubbing on bottom of feet, or by placing a couple drops on their pillowcase.

Right now it’s back to school prep time.  There are so many challenges we can expect our kids to face. The best approach is to talk openly with kids about the situations they are facing.  A compliment to some of the proactive conversations and plans you assist your kids with is essential oils.  Essential oils are not going to do the emotional healing work that each individual needs.  They can however aid and assist with the releasing of emotional burdens and physical components of tension and stress related to the feelings we develop that we may not want to hold on to.  The names given to the oils are closely related to how they impact an individuals physiology.  This article doesn’t mention all of the oils that you may find useful. I recommend reading the book mentioned below.

Here are some essential oil tips from The Emotional Reference Guide, Emotions and Essential Oils by Daniel McDonald:

1. Lemon Oil ~ The Oil of Focus
“Lemon Oil helps a person to be mentally focused on one thing at a time.  It can aid in restoring energy, mental flexibility and the drive to complete a project.  Whether an individual has a difficult time concentrating or feels incapable of learning, Lemon Oil clears self-judgements about learning such as “I’m dumb” or “I’m not a good student”.  Lemon calms fears and insecurities while restoring confidence… ”

2. Basil Oil ~ The Oil of Renewal
“Basil essential oil can also aid in the symptoms that come with adrenal exhaustion: overwhelm, fatigue, low energy and the inability to cope with stress. Bails can help support those who are under a great deal of mental strain; it rejuvenates and may strengthen the adrenals and restore the body to its natural sleep rhythms, activity and rest.  Basil oil is also helpful for addiction recovery.   ‘It gives hope and optimism to the tired soul. Bails may assist an individual in giving up false stimulants or other substance related addictions. By increasing one’s natural energy, it supports individuals to achieve greater balance and health’.”

3.  Bergamot ~ The Oil of Self-Acceptance
“Now more than ever, it seems that people are struggling with feelings of despair, self-judgement and low self-esteem. Many people also struggle with giving themselves the amount of self-love and self-acceptance. Bergamot invites individuals to see life with more optimism and and love themselves. According to the Emotions & Essential Oils Guide, Bergamot has a cleansing affect on stagnant feelings and limiting belief systems. Many people tend to hide behind a mask or fascade of cheerfulness when deep down they are feeling that they are “not good enough”. Individuals who are afraid to show their true thoughts and feelings can benefit from using Bergamot. The powerful cleansing properties of this oil generate movement in the energy system of the body. This energetic movement can bring hope to the individual that is uses the oil. Bergamot is known as an antidepressant. It helps people share their inner-self and increase their self-confidence. It can assist individuals in leaning to love themselves unconditionally.”

4. Cardamom ~ The Oil of Objectivity
“Cardamom is the oil of objectivity, helping individuals to regain objectivity, mental sobriety, and self-control. It is especially beneficial for individuals with a long history of anger or aggression. It helps individuals let go of emotional distortions which cause them to objectify other people and see them as inconveniences. Emotionally and spiritually, cardamom essential oil is often used for issues centering around anger or frustration. This could include blame, frustration, judging others, rage, outbursts, etc. It’s said to help you step back from a situation to see it more clearly from a less attached perspective. It might also help you to make changes that require you to be honest with yourself and take responsibility for things you have either created or have the power to change.”

5. Cassia ~ The Oil of Self-Assurance
“Cassia helps eliminate feelings of nervousness and can help replace the shy and timid with confidence and the willingness to try.  Emotionally Cassia essential oil is said to encourage a person’s sense of self, inner strength, and courage. In this way it may be helpful to support a person’s confidence, ability to “put themselves out there”, or try new things as they feel self-assured in their ability and worth.”

6. Cedarwood ~ The Oil of Community
“Cedarwood Essential Oil brings people together to experience the strength and value of community.  Those in need of Cedarwood struggle to form bonds within social groups.  It inspires the feeling of belonging and assists the heart in opening up to receive love and support from other people. Cedarwood supports individuals in seeing that they are not alone. It assists in opening the awareness of individuals to the support system that is already available to them, such as, friends or family that have been overlooked.  It invites individuals to both give and receive, so they may experience the strength of groups and the joy of relationships.”

7. Cilantro ~ The Oil of Releasing Control
Cilantro encourages the release of worry and control and helps the user gain harmony and peace within.  It facilitates emotional cleansing, and especially encourages the individual to let go of worry and control which enables them to feel free them from heavy burdens.  The therapeutic and culinary uses of Cilantro have been documented for centuries. Cilantro contains antioxidants known to protect the body’s cells from oxidative stress. Cilantro promotes healthy digestion and acts as a powerful cleanser and detoxifier for the body’s systems.  Applied topically, Cilantro is very soothing and cooling to the skin, and it adds a fresh, herbal aroma to any essential oil blend when diffused.

8. Clary Sage ~ The Oil of Vision and Clarity
Clary Sage can open the soul to new possibilities and experiences. It is especially helpful when we need to remain open to new ideas and perspectives.  The main chemical component of Clary Sage is linalyl acetate, part of the esters group, making it one of the most relaxing, soothing, and balancing essential oils. In the Middle Ages, the Clary Sage plant was nicknamed “clear eyes” for its positive effects on the eyes, and it was frequently used for female discomfort, as a throat gargle, and for soothing minor skin irritations. Inhaling Clary Sage can soothe nervous tension, lighten mood, and create a sense of euphoria.

9. Clove ~ The Oil of Boundaries
Clove can help those that have been victimized find their voice and their power again. It’s also helpful for those that have a hard time saying NO.  Clove is a powerful antioxidant that can help ward off free radicals and maintain a healthy immune system. Due to its high phenol content, caution should be taken when inhaling Clove directly and it should be diluted when applied to the skin.

10. Coriander~ The Oil of Loyalty
Coriander can help your child see past needing other’s acceptance and help concentrate on him/her focus on their own personal direction and happiness.  Coriander is an annual herb, growing three feet high and being very aromatic. Derived from the seeds, Coriander essential oil has been used for centuries for nausea, stomach upset, and to aid digestion and is still used today for these same benefits. Coriander has a high linalool content, giving it strengthening and toning properties that benefit the skin, emotions, and body. Coriander has been studied for its ability to promote a healthy insulin response. Coriander can soothe sore muscles and joint pain and be an effective toner to the skin. Coriander’s sweet, herbaceous aroma is both relaxing and stimulating, making it a good rotation oil to use in blends to add a fresh, herbaceous note.

11. Cypress ~ The Oil of Motion and Flow
Cypress Essential Oil can help those that are ‘stuck’ emotionally or in their creativity. It can also help with emotional catharsis and allowing change.  Derived from the branches of the tall evergreen tree, Cypress essential oil has a fresh, clean aroma that’s energizing and refreshing. Cypress is frequently used in spas and by massage therapists for its ability to soothe tight, tense muscles, and promote circulation. Cypress can be diffused or inhaled directly to assist with clear breathing and healthy respiratory function. It can be used as a throat gargle for these same benefits, but should not be swallowed or taken internally. Cypress contains monoterpenes, making it beneficial for oily skin conditions and to stimulate localized blood flow. It has a grounding, yet stimulating effect on the emotions, making it a popular oil to diffuse during times of transition or loss.

12. Fennel ~ The Oil of Responsibility
Fennel Essential Oil can assist to create emotions that are beneficial to health: courage, cheerfulness, lucidity, optimism, enthusiasm and intelligence. When out a person is of balance, we sometimes notice emotions that are destructive to health: fear, anger, confusion, idiocy. This leads to low energy, congestion and an accumulation of waste. Fennel offers us the opportunity to release toxins, increase energy, release self limiting beliefs, and support our ability to ‘digest’ and ‘transform’ food/experiences/thoughts in a healthy way.  Fennel can grow up to six feet in height and has delicate, feathery leaves. The history of Fennel dates back to ancient times when Roman warriors were said to have consumed Fennel to make them strong and ready for battle. Fennel is best known for its distinct licorice aroma and taste, yet its ability to ease digestive troubles and monthly menstrual cycles are equally noteworthy. Fennel can be added to tea to calm the digestive system as well as the mind and emotions.

13. Focus Blend ~ InTune
This blend helps those who have difficulty paying attention stay on task and sustain focus. No matter your age, staying focused on the task at hand is sometimes difficult. This is especially critical during the formative years when learning and growing create habits and a foundation for life. The carefully selected essential oils in InTune Focus Blend work together, supporting your efforts to remain calm and focused on a desired task. Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime contribute to clarity and focus, while the benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing.  The focus blend contains oils that have been studied and used traditionally for their abilities to promote calmness, focus and a balanced state of mind. Many of these oils contain high levels of sesquiterpenes, which have been proven to pass the blood-brain barrier to reach the cells of the brain. It’s primarily used for helping symptoms associated with children on the spectrum, stress and poor concentration. Many mom’s apply this blend to the back of their children’s necks as they are eating breakfast. You can talk with your school about letting your children apply it during school hours.

14. Calming Blend ~ Serenity
Serenity essential oil blend calms the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from life’s daily stressors. The essential oils in this must-have blend were meticulously chosen to lessen feelings of tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling. Serenity is the perfect blend to diffuse at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep, to calm a restless baby or child, or to help reduce the worry and stress so many of us feel.  Children who are hyperactive or have difficulty concentrating could really benefit from this blend. It contains essential oils that are often used to calm and soothe feelings of stress, excitement, and anxiety. It’s great to help wound up kids calm down and settle in for a restful sleep.

15. Invigorating Blend ~ Citruss Bliss
Citrus Bliss, Invigorating Blend, merges the benefits of citrus essential oils. We combine the powerful essences of Wild Orange, Lemon, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Bergamot, Tangerine, and Clementine with a hint of Vanilla Absolute to form this unique and harmonious blend. With benefits that extend beyond elevating mood and reducing stress, Citrus Bliss has natural, potent compounds with cleansing properties.

16.  Grounding Blend ~ Balance
Balance or Grounding Blend creates a sense of calm and well-being. It is a blend Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile with Fractionated Coconut Oil to offer an enticing fragrance that promotes tranquility and a sense of balance. Spruce, one of the oils in Balance, was used by Native Americans for medicinal and spiritual reasons and is still used today to bring harmony to the mind and body. Ho Wood, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile can soothe sore muscles and joints, promote circulation, and relax the body, while Frankincense supports cellular health and overall well-being.

17.  Joyful Blend ~ Elevation
Elevation is the perfect blend for those moments when you need to be revitalized. This exciting blend provides an invigorating combination of essential oils that can elevate your mood and increase your energy. Elevation combines the uplifting and euphoric floral scents of Lavandin, Lavender, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Osmanthus with Tangerine, Elemi, and Lemon Myrtle to create a unique blend that promotes a positive mood and energized mind and body.

18. Peppermint ~ The Oil of a Buoyant Heart
Peppermint Essential Oil brings joy and buoyancy to the heart and soul. It invigorates body, mind and spirit and reminds that life can be happy and there is nothing to fear. The power of Peppermint can be felt most in times of discouragement. It can assist an individual in regaining the strength needed to face their emotional reality.  For kids who are feeling pessimistic about the school year this is a great option.  Peppermint also helps to alleviate stomach upset and promotes healthy respiratory function.

19. Rosemary ~ The Oil of Knowledge and Transition
 Rosemary is known to improve brain performance and mood.  Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy to combat nervous tension and fatigue.  This is great to diffuse during study time.  Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffings and roast lamb, pork, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many health benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion and helps soothe sore muscles and joints. Long revered by healers, Rosemary was considered sacred by the ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Hebrew cultures. Rosemary’s herbaceous and energizing scent is frequently used in aromatherapy to combat nervous tension and fatigue.

20. Wild Orange ~ The Oil of Abundance
Energetically, wild orange is very uplifting to the mind and emotions. This can translate to an increase in physical energy, or an elevating mood. It’s often said to be an oil of abundance, or possibility, opening a person’s mind and heart to the potential that surrounds them, and their ability to accept the goodness life is offering.  This can affect a person on many levels, from helping  to release patterns of scarcity, money blocks, fear, and “not enough-ness”, to stimulating your creativity, vision, and widening your perspective. It can also help a person tap into their own playfulness and sense of humor, so that challenges can be approached without the heaviness that often impacts our ability to navigate them.  Cold pressed from the peel, Wild Orange is one of dōTERRA’s top selling essential oils due to its energizing aroma and multiple health benefits. High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to enhance immunity when seasonal threats are high. As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health. It can be taken daily to cleanse the body or used on surfaces as a natural cleaner. Diffusing Wild Orange will energize and uplift the mind and body while purifying the air. Wild Orange enhances any essential oil blend with a fresh, sweet, refreshing aroma.
Peppermint & Wild Orange together make a great blend to help your kids wake-up in the morning (See above).

As a counselor many kids will come to me to discuss the topic of bullies. Remember that the oils are not a substitute for the emotional work you may need to do with your child or that a counselor may need to assist with but they can help as a compliment to what you are already doing.  To use the oils for help with Bullies see some of the feelings listed below and the oils that may be helpful:

Sometimes when this happens kids can have feelings of worthlessness.  Some oils that help with these kinds of feelings are Cassia, Bergamot, and Metabolic Blend

Sometimes kids may feel unlovable.  Some recommended oils for this are: Bergamot, Respiratory Blend, and Jasmine.

Another group of feelings kids may experience in these kinds of situations with bullies are feelings of being a victim, or feelings of being attacked or violated.
For feelings of being a victim: Clove, Ginger, Jasmine, Skin Clearing Blend
For feelings of being violated: Protective Blend, Ginger, Clove, and Jasmine





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