I haven't met one mom yet who doesn't agree that time flies. When your kids are infant to pre-school age they change on, almost, a daily basis in their physical appearance, mental aptitude, and sounds or speech.
When they get to school age not only is all that stuff changing, but then you've got the school schedule that amplifies how quickly the days are passing - looking forward to this day off, or that break, scheduling in parent/teacher conferences and other school activities. Then you factor in sports or other extracurricular activities and your schedule is packed to the brim, so each day ticks along. The next thing you know their graduating from kindergarten, elementary school, middle school, high school, trade school, or college.
While I don't have an essential oil to give you extra time (though sidebar I can chat with you later about youthful, vibrant skin and increasing your energy), I want to share some of the top essential oil recipes for back to school. So, whether you're helping your kids with their first day jitters, are concerned about all the germs again, or looking for a delicious snack, you'll find them below. I even compiled them into a quick PDF download, so they'll be easy to find and use (hopefully).
*Roller blend recipes are for a 10mL bottle. Add the essential oils first, then top with a carrier oil of choice (Fractionated Coconut Oil, Jojoba, Avocado, Rosehip, etc.)
Help keep your kid (or yourself) calm with the FIRST DAY JITTERS DIY roller blend.
5 drops each: Balance®, Serenity® & Citrus Bliss® essential oil blends
When they're complaining about all the homework and you just need them to slap on a smile and focus, try diffusing the HOMEWORK HELPER. Add 2 drops each: Rosemary, Peppermint & Wild Orange to an ultrasonic diffuser (uses water).
We can all struggle to find that motivation to get out of bed sometimes. Pop RISE & SHINE in the diffuser or pre-make the roller bottle blend and roll it in their palms to inhale, while you swipe their spine too. The combination of Peppermint and Wild Orange essential oils is one of my favorites! Perfect to uplift the mood, while boosting energy.
ON GUARD ON THE GO is an effective means of killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria. You have a couple different choices, On Guard Wipes - both multi-pack and singles, or the On Guard Hand Sanitizing Mist. Either are great choices to help wipe or spray away germs. My son is in high school, so it's super important as they change desks/classrooms every period.
It doesn't seem to matter what age your child is, we could all use a little CHILL OUT time every once in a while. And some of us more than others. Tee-hee! This essential oil diffuser blend is the perfect combo of the yummy scents and emotional support of 2 drops each: Bergamot, Green Mandarin, Lavender & Lemongrass to help any of us calm down.
DAILY IMMUNE SUPPORT is imperative these days, and even more so with our kids back in school surrounded by lots of other bodies that we have no control over. This essential oil roller blend is a powerful mix of 10 drops each: Frankincense, Lemon, On Guard, Tea Tree, and 5 drops Oregano. Roll along spine or bottoms of feet.
When your kids are craving a sweet treat, but you know they need something more nutritious than a candy bar these PEPPERMINT BLACK BEAN BROWNIES
are the perfect solution. They use honey instead of sugar and the black beans provide moister and protein. One serving, or a 1/2 cup of black beans contains 8 grams of protein! They really are tasty too.
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained & rinsed
2 large eggs
¼ c cocoa powder
⅔ c honey
⅓ c coconut oil
½ tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
2–4 drops Peppermint oil
¾ c chocolate chips, divided
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Place all ingredients, except for chocolate chips, in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour batter into large bowl and stir in ½ cup chocolate chips.
- Pour into greased 8x8-inch pan and top with ¼ cup chocolate chips.
- Bake 30–35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
If you're not much of a Peppermint fan, you can omit and try Wild Orange, Cinnamon, or Lavender essential oils instead.
Another good snack for the kids are these WILD ORANGE POWER BITES, actually who am I kidding, these are great for you too! Perfect for a grab-and-go snack, these nutrient-packed power bites will fuel the body with an extra boost of energy. Hello snack before practice, a walk, or a workout.
1 c finely shredded coconut, divided
1 c almond butter
1 c dried cranberries
½ c raw honey
½ tsp salt
2 tbls chia seeds
3 drops Wild Orange oil
- Place all ingredients into mixer, reserving just a half cup of the shredded coconut in a bowl to the side.
- Add essential oil.
- Mix until well combined.
- Roll into balls and coat in the other half cup of shredded coconut.
- Store in the refrigerator.
The doTERRA KIDS OIL COLLECTION is a unique bundle of essential oil blends formulated with kids in mind. These special roller bottle blends make it easy for kids of all ages to have the confidence to reach into their essential oil toolbox and know they'll be supporting their developing minds, bodies, and emotions. There are seven oil blends: Thinker, Calmer, Stronger, Tamer, Rescuer, Steady, and Brave. You can learn more about them in the graphics below.
Thinker® is ideal for everyone to be used daily and a perfect companion in the kids study routine. Thinker® Focus Blend features Vetiver, Peppermint, Clementine, and Rosemary essential oils. All of the blends in the kids collection are combined with Fractionated Coconut Oil, perfect for sensitive skin.
Calmer® Restful Blend promotes a serene atmosphere, combining the soothing properties of Lavender, Cananga, Buddha Wood, and Roman Chamomile essential oils. Making it an excellent addition to anyone's bed time routine.
Cedarwood, Litsea, Frankincense, and Rose are the essential oils that pack a punch in the Stronger® Protective Blend. Apply to the back of neck or bottoms of feet for extra immune support.
Tamer® Digestive Blend is made for kids of all ages. It's a unique combination of Spearmint, Japanese Peppermint, Ginger, Black Pepper, and Parsley Seed essential oils to soothe and cool while providing a pleasant, and universally appealing aroma to support anyone with tummy distress.
Before new or different situations, or just to start your day, roll Brave® onto the back of neck, tummy, or bottoms of feet for an atmosphere of courage and confidence. Wild Orange, Amyris, Osmanthus, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils is how you too can begin with courage.
For daily centering, or for times when you feel nervous or anxious, rub Steady® on your neck and wrists to calm and comfort your emotions. Steady® Grounding Blend draws on the unique benefits of essential oils such as Amyris, Balsam Fir, Coriander, and Magnolia essential oils.
As you kids go back to school [AGAIN], I pray they'll be empowered with courage, hope, smiles, and natural solutions to keep them well and thriving all year long.