Back-to-school season means setting an alarm and getting a good night’s rest! A new sleep pattern can take up to six weeks to acclimate to, and after staying up late all summer long, it may be difficult to get back into the routine. Good rest is so important, and studies show that one more hour of sleep nightly can greatly improve concentration and performance while in school.
Back-to-School Recipes and Tips Using Essential Oils
Making the Back-to-School Shift Easier for Children
For a gentle and relaxing way to help your child sleep better and rise in the morning with abounding energy, try using this lavender hydrosol. Just spritz this beautiful aromatic hydrosol onto their sheets and blankets to absorb the therapeutic splendor of this natural product. To further enjoy this hydrosol, it is absolutely safe and even therapeutic to apply on the skin. I love using this product! I spray my covers before I crawl in and it gently soothes me to sleep; I have quit counting sheep!
Sore Muscle Relief for Active and Growing Kids
Kids anticipate the time of day when it is time to play sports and have recess! Back-to-school season brings muscles into use that may have been at rest for some time. After a busy and active day at school, use this sore muscle massage blend at bedtime to allow for a restful night’s sleep, repeating as necessary. They’ll wake up ready to conquer the playground!
This soothing and refreshing blend uses the incredibly soothing aloe vera gel, German chamomile and lavender. Into 1 oz. of aloe vera gel blend 3 drops each essential oils of lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Gently massage this blend into achy areas for a very calming and pain-relieving effect. It is truly a relaxing treat for anyone! My family loves this addition to a nice back or neck massage.
Natural Hand Cleanser
Lunchtime is a favorite time of the day for school kids of all ages – and adults, too! It is a time to relax and enjoy the company of friends; however, before your child dives into that deliciously nutritious lunch you have prepared for them, have them use a few drops of this gentle hand cleanser to eliminate germs, keeping them thriving and healthy all year. Here is one of my favorite hand cleanser recipes for kids, found in The Heart of Aromatherapy by Andrea Butje. I use a small pop top plastic bottle. It is a perfect addition to the lunchbox and one you will be thankful for during cold and flu season.
- 5 drops of Pinyon Pine (Pinus edulis) Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) Essential Oil
- 1 oz. of Aloe Vera Gel (Aloe barbadensis)
- 1 PET Bottle w/Popup Cap
Combine the essential oils with 1 oz. of Aloe Vera Gel in a 1 oz. PET Bottle w/Popup Cap. Shake gently to blend.
Cold and Flu Season Blend
Teachers prepare for lessons carefully, because the time for learning is vital for your child’s success. Avoid unnecessary absences by keeping your child healthy. When cold and flu season arrives, give your child the necessary armor with this special diffuser blend.
This blend can bring comfort as well as cleansing any space to ensure all airborne viruses are eliminated. Simply add this blend to a diffuser at night and let it work its antibacterial magic.
- 5 drops of Sandalwood (Santalum album) Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Mandarin (Green) (Citrus reticulata) Essential Oil
- 5 drops of Chamomile Roman (Chamaemelum nobile) Essential Oil
- 4 drops of Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) Essential Oil
- 1 Glass Bottle w/Coned Cap
Drop the essential oils into your favorite diffuser and enjoy! Here are a few excellent diffusers to choose from!
Get ahead of the season and boost your respiratory system. If you are using an adult blend, remember to cut the oil amounts in half for use with children under the age of 10, as children do not need the adult strength levels.
Your patience and support during this transition time can make a great start to a new school year and help your child have a positive educational experience. Essential oils are the friends that can help you do just that!
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