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August 21, 2023
As September approaches, an exciting whirlwind of change sweeps through the air, reminding us of new beginnings, personal growth, and exciting transformations. The rhythm of life shifts, as the days grow shorter and the vibrant scents and hues of fall start to appear. And oh, how can we forget the sweet chorus of school bells ringing, ushering our young ones back to the classroom?
Whether you're bidding farewell to a kindergartener on their first adventure in a school setting or preparing to send your teenager back to the halls of high school, aromatherapy is here to help you with life transition. Allow me to draw your attention to a carefully curated selection of essential oils that are my top pics for back to school essential oil must haves.
Embrace your back to school season with essential oils.
Clary Sage – Known as the “woman’s oil” clary sage emerges as a friend for emotional equilibrium. Especially helpful when those hormone-induced tides surge, clary sage steps in with its sedative properties, inviting a sense of calm.
Lavender – Lavender is a versatile oil, that it can be used for almost any concern. In this case, use it in blends to help soothe stress and quell irritability. Lavender provides a tranquil haven amid the back to school buzz.
Mandarin – As a cheery companion for the young, mandarin's sunny disposition radiates positivity and is a favourite when it comes to kids. Not only does it foster relaxation, but it also lends a gentle hand in calming the digestive system.
Ylang Ylang – Let the exotic aroma of ylang ylang bring about a sense of peace and ease tension. Ylang Ylang may deepen the breath bringing on relaxation. As it is a strong scent, remember that a little goes a long way. Use it in blends sparingly.
Lemon – Many people love the scent of lemon and it’s no surprise why. With its sunny, uplifting scent, lemon essential oil can be a great way to start the day. Add it to your blends for its antiviral and cleansing properties.
Palmarosa – High in the component Geraniol (an antibacterial), Palmarosa makes an excellent addition to cleansing blends. When combined with tea tree oil, they compose a dynamic duo for cleanliness and wellness.
Tea tree – As the champion of antimicrobial essential oils, tea tree, is your ally against environmental nasties. Diffuse it in blends to purify the air. Supercharge its effects by combining it with Palmarosa!
Bergamot – Bergamot’s calming scent allows us to shut out the noise and focus on a task at hand, by calming nervousness and providing emotional support. Soothing to the mind and calming on the digestive system, bergamot can also help to promote a better sleep.
Sweet Marjoram – A soothing balm for the wandering mind. Sweet marjoram is a great addition for homework time, as it eases tension after a long day. It will help to balance out stress and calms the wandering mind, allowing your student to focus.
Rosemary – Rosemary essential oil enhances memory and focus. It’s herbaceous scent encourages focus without fatigue. As an aid to the digestive system rosemary helps the brain – gut connection. Use rosemary with your high school aged kids. Do not use with kids under 10.
Chamomile – Roman chamomile is a great way to end the day. With its calming, herbaceous, tea like scent, chamomile is a super star to calm the system and signal a tranquil bedtime.
Sweet Orange – The uplifting scent of sweet orange is very popular with kids. It acts as a stress reliever. Sweet orange relaxes the muscles which can help at nighttime before sleep.
Vetiver – Welcome the deep, earthy embrace of vetiver as a serene lullaby. Vetiver is a grounding oil that can help your kids with calming and focus. Use it in the evening. As the day winds down, it’s unique scent will help to create a sense of an evening routine that will light the path to bedtime and sleep.
Diffuse your favourite blend – Place a few drops of your essential oil blend into your diffuser before or after school. Diffused oils are most effective when the diffuser runs for 30 minutes and then is shut off. Give your kids and your environment a break in time before turning the diffuser on again. Make sure that you are timing your diffuser for maximum safety.
Aromatic jewelry – Allow aromatic jewelry, a necklace or bracelet, to help your kids throughout the day. Place two drops of your essential oil blend onto the lava stones before allowing your child to wear it, to avoid oils getting onto their skin undiluted. The scent of the oils will help them throughout the day and remind them that you are there to support them when they need it.
Roller blend – Older kids can carry their own portable stress relief in the form of a roller bottle. Create a roller bottle with their favourite essential oil blend and carrier oil. Apply to pulse points as needed throughout the day. The roller bottle is a better option for older kids (high school) whereas the aromatic jewelry may be a better option with younger kids.
In the busy back-to-school season, as schedules realign and students reacquaint themselves with the classroom, let the power of essential oils support them along the way. With aromatherapy, you're not just sending them off to school; you're equipping them with the tools to conquer challenges with grace and focus.
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Essential oils can be powerful allies, but each one comes with unique safety precautions. Do not use any of these oils with kids under 4 years old without speaking to a qualified professional first.
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