Even though it feels like summer just started, kids will be going back to school soon! When transitioning from summer to the routine of school again, kids (and moms!) can have a rough time. Getting back into a routine, changing your sleep schedule, the added mental workload and more can be taxing to a body if it’s not supported correctly. There are many essential oils for back to school that can help make the transition smoother for everyone involved.
Here are my top ways to use Essential Oils for Back to School
One of the biggest, and most important issues to address when kids are returning back to school is a healthy sleep routine. With the long summer days still in full swing when school starts, it can be tough to convince kids to go to sleep when the sun is still up. Early mornings come quickly, and so it’s important to ensure kids go to sleep on time, whether the sun is still up or not. A great way to help calm kids so they can get to sleep and stay asleep is to use calming essential oils. Three of the most commonly used oils to help people get to sleep and stay asleep are lavender, cedarwood, and vetiver. These oils can be used in a variety of ways to help promote sleep.
A common way to help kids sleep is to diffuse the oils in their room at bedtime. You can also apply a few drops directly to their pillows before bed, although this may stain your pillows or pillowcases. You can use a Sleep Spray that is mixed with Essential Oils and a Carrier. Many people will put several drops into some epsom salts and add them to a before-bed bath. Lastly, some parents have made up a sleepy-time balm that uses the calming essential oils, and other moisturizing carrier oils. This sleepy-time balm is used as a massaging oil for their feet after they’ve laid down to sleep.
Going to sleep isn’t the only struggle for kids when school starts. Waking up can be just as tough for mom and kids alike. Early mornings mean kids have to be awake, and alert, much sooner than their bodies are used to. There are many oils you can diffuse in the mornings to help get your kids up and moving without as much of a fight. Citrus oils like orange, lemon, and lime are a great way to put some pep in your step any time of the day, but can be especially helpful in the mornings.
Peppermint is also an excellent way to snap your mind from the throes of sleep with a cool scent. You could even pair these oils together for a fresh blend to diffuse in the morning. Alternatively, you could add some of these essential oils to a fruit smoothie in the morning, or to a piece of diffuser jewelry for each child as well.
Calm and Focus at School
Transitioning back into a routine of sitting and focusing for many hours at a time can be very difficult for kids! If they don’t have the tools they need to block out distractions, they will become a distraction themselves, and will miss out on many important educational lessons. Some common oils used to help aid in concentration and focus are Ylang Ylang, Orange, Lavender, and Vetiver. Applying them to the inside of your children’s t-shirt neck, or onto a piece of diffuser jewelry can make sure they get the benefits of the oils all day long while they’re at school.
Along with school comes the exposure to many different germs and sicknesses. While it’s important to feed their bodies with a balanced diet to help build their immunity the right way, essential oils can help to strengthen that immunity when exposure is increased. Oils like Cinnamon Bark, Oregano, and blends like Young Living’s Thieves are excellent germ combattants and strong immunity boosters. Diffuse them in the morning before your kids leave, and in the afternoon when they get home. Apply them directly to the bottoms of their feet as well, for an added boost throughout the day.
Whatever struggle your family faces when school starts back up, know there’s an oil for that. Support your body naturally, and it will thank you! Back to school transitions don’t have to be tough if you’re prepared for how to support your family’s needs.