As a holistic health and lifestyle coach, I understand first hand just how overwhelming the world of essential oils and other natural solutions can be. But, that's where I come in! I'm here to help take the overwhelm out of using natural solutions in your day-to-day. Today we're going to focus on some great products specifically designed for our kids needs. As they head back to the classroom, and honestly all year round, we're doing our job as a parent if we're helping to empower them with the tools they need to feel confident, healthy, and supported throughout their day.
I'm going to break these kid-friendly products down into times of the day to keep things simplistic. Just know that you can use them at other times of the day too, if needed.
It's all about creating a good routine. One of the easiest things you can do is to diffuse citrus oils to help energize and uplift the entire family while getting ready for school, work, and meeting the day. I realize our kids won't probably have the time to do this in its entirety, but one of my favorite things to do in the morning is ground myself and take time to pray/meditate and journal. The take away that might be beneficial for your kiddos is to use doTERRA Steady™ Oil. Simply roll over heart to inspire gratitude and/or help dissipate feelings of overwhelm and allow one to find balance.
Bonus Tip: Ask your kid to name 1 thing they're grateful for.
(note - remind them it can be simple; a certain food, sunshine, friend, etc. and do NOT judge)
Regardless of what view point you have on the mask and vaccine spectrum I think we all can agree that taking proactive measures to support a healthy immune system is probably one of the best things that we can control and do to help ourselves. Stronger™ Protective Blend is the perfect blend for daily resiliency. Roll on spine, bottoms of feet or diffuser jewelry. Plus you can apply to desired area, as needed, for soothing occasional skin irritations.
Bonus Tip: When environmental threats are high or you're not feeling your best, consider applying to spine or bottoms of feet both in the morning and bedtime.
You might wonder what you can do to safeguard your kids when they're outside your protective home bubble. The thing is, you know we really can't totally protect them, but there are a few things we can do to help. The world will never look at hand sanitizer the same way again - I see HUGE jugs of it everywhere I go. The thing is most of those hand sanitizers dry out your hands and some even wreak of alcohol. My son complains that they make your hands sticky too. Well, my friends, I've got the perfect solution- doTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Mist. No only does it kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria, but it's also infused with moisturizing apple extract that dries quickly so it leaves your hands feeling soft and smooth.
There's also doTERRA On Guard® Sanitizing Hand Wipes. They come in a flow pack or individually wrapped, which are perfect for packing in the lunchbox and backpack. My son uses them to wipe down his desk(s), lunch surface, sports equipment and hands when handwashing isn't accessible.
We can all remember back to our days at school - we couldn't wait for lunch, recess, and the final bell to ring. Our kids have a full day of learning in-between though, so what can we do to help with their studies? doTERRA Thinker® Focus Blend is perfect for helping to create a supportive and positive environment for study-time and getting down to work. Put it in their pencil bag or backpack to have handy to roll onto wrists and deeply inhale for a positive test-taking experience or helping to maintain focus.
I'm just going to be blunt - ALL of us, regardless of age or maturity level could use a little bravery from time to time. The Brave™ Courage Blend smells amazing with the side benefit of giving you a push when you're feeling unmotivated and helps create a calm environment. Before new or different situations (aka first day, new class, birthday party, test, etc.) roll Brave onto the back of neck, tummy, or bottoms of feet to support an atmosphere of courage and confidence.
Your kids are home safe-n-sound, but now you're contending with homework, practices, dinner, and preparing for the routine to start all over again tomorrow. In my opinion one of the best ways we can help our kids is to provide them with strong foundational health. We do this with healthy nutrition and supplements. Why supplement? Unfortunately our food is lacking the amount of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that our bodies need. And a growing kid is no exception. The dōTERRA a2z Chewable™ is a proprietary formula of ingredients developed with children in mind (and adults who have difficulty swallowing capsules). Combining a blend of B vitamins with a blend of vitamins A, C, and E, as well as botanical extracts, these support healthy cell development and longevity.
Bonus Tip: These are great for kids 12 and younger, but if you have a teen who can swallow a pill, you might consider the doTERRA Lifelong Vitality Supplements. I have many sources to research and learn more about them, but don't hesitate to email if you want info delivered to your inbox.
I know you've heard of probiotics and most of us understand the important role they play in healthy gut flora, which is the root for many of our healthy challenges. PB Assist® Jr is a powdered probiotic containing 5 billion live cells of a unique blend of six different probiotic strains, specifically selected for their benefits among children. These probiotics have been blended into a delicious powder that can be poured directly into the mouth for a fun and tasty way to integrate probiotics into anyone’s daily routine - think pixie stick!
Bonus Tip: These could be added as a "treat" to school lunch. If you have a little that isn't as crazy about them as you will be, you can mix with 4oz of cold water, juice or preferred beverage or cold food (yogurt, etc.) and consume immediately.
Some kids have the same struggles that we do when it comes to winding down for the night. For any age, but especially children under 12, I highly recommend doTERRA Calmer® Restful Blend. It promotes a serene atmosphere, allowing bedtime to be a peaceful and welcomed experience. The other option is doTERRA Serenity® Restful Blend, it's a perfectly balanced and tranquil blend that can be sensed immediately, transporting the user to a state of blissful repose. Both can be applied to the bottom of your big toe (correlating to the brain) to help drift off to sleep quickly. For older kids, or your own sanity, the Serenity softgels are a botanical supplement option slightly different than the oil that will make you forget about popping any other pills to help you drift off.
Bonus Tip: Both Calmer and Serenity can be applied to the bottoms of feet and back of the neck to help create a calming, relaxing environment when tensions are running high.
Now we come to several products that don't necessarily fall into a specific time of day. These can be used anytime you need them. We'll start with the Tamer™ Digestive Blend. Made for kids and adults alike, it's a synergistic blend of oils known for their ability to ease the effects of motion sickness and stomach upset when inhaled or applied topically.
Rescue™ Soothing Blend is the perfect companion after a busy day of activity for a relaxing sensation to muscles and joints. It eases feelings of discomfort and can also reduce feelings of tension for growing, tired legs.
The perfect pairing for a ready-made first aid kit for on the go is Lavender and Correct-X. Lavender is widely known for its calming and relaxing properties and ability to soothe occasional skin irritations. I can't say enough good things about Correct-X, this multi-purpose, natural ointment helps soothe skin and keep it clean while recovering from distress. It provides a moisture barrier that helps protect while simultaneously soothing and hydrating the skin. Plus it's petroleum and preservative-free that absorbs quickly and is gentle and non-irritating, making it ideal for sensitive skin.
If you have a daughter then you're welcome in advance! ClaryCalm® Monthly Blend for Women is a proprietary blend of essential oils specifically chosen for women, bringing a natural way to balance and regain composure. Have your daughter roll ClaryCalm on the lower abdomen and apply a warm compress or heating pad to help nurture and comfort her body.
Bonus Tip: When it comes time mom, you'll benefit from this blend too. When you feel flushed or warm, apply it to the back of your neck for a cooling, soothing effect.
Wishing you all the best as you children head back to school, be it elementary or college having confidence in knowing that you have natural products that are not only chemical and toxin-free, but really do work is extremely comforting. And knowing that you're empowering your kids with tools and helping them build healthy habits that can last them a lifetime is rewarding.