Homeschooling can be tough, even on the best of days! As a homeschool family, you will face a lot of unique challenges, but it’s well worth the effort. Some of the challenges we deal with daily include focus, wellness, and the occasional illness. No one likes a whiney or sick child. There are days when I lose my cool but have recently found some help in balancing our emotions and starting our day with a positive, uplifting mood.
Homeschool and Essential Oils
We’ve chosen to use essential oils to support our overall wellness in our homeschooling journey. If you’re not familiar with essential oils, I’d like you to join me as I share some basic ways we use essential oils daily in our homeschool routine.
Before we get into the details, I need to be clear on one thing. Essential oils are not all created equal! If you go to the local supermarket, the essential oils you find on the shelf for $4 per bottle will NOT have a therapeutic effect on your health. In fact, most of them are filled with synthetically produced chemical approximations of the smell and have none of the benefits!
I have chosen to use doTERRA essential oils because they have rigorous standards and sustainably produce their oils. They produce the highest potency and quality possible. All the oils and oil blends I mention on my blog are from doTERRA. You can click here to find out more about each of these special oils.
When using essential oils with children, it’s very important to dilute them heavily. Because the pure oil is so strong, it only takes a single drop of oil mixed with a carrier to have an effect on the little ones. We like to use roller bottles to make it easy for the kids to apply oils themselves safely and mess free.
Now, let’s take a look at a typical day in the life of my homeschooling, oily family. 🙂
Rise and Shine Mornings
The benefit of homeschool is that you can roll out of bed and start school right away. (Notice I didn’t say get ready for school? We love to homeschool in our pajamas!) The downside of this is the sleepy eyes and lack of interest. A little bit of Peppermint oil blended with Frankincense will brighten sleepy eyes (and sometimes mama’s eyes as well) right up. The minty zing applied to the back of the neck and to the wrists instantly wakes up the body’s nervous system and alerts the brain that it is time to get moving. Use 4 drops of Peppermint and 6 drops of Frankincense in a 10 ml roller bottle and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. (this is based on 5% dilution for children 6+)
Citrus oils are also great for awakening and energizing the mind. A little Lemon or Wild Orange added to the Peppermint and Frankincense promotes fresh, happy feelings. Add two drops of each oil to your diffuser first thing in the morning to promote a bright beginning to the day.
I also love to drink Wild Orange or Lemon throughout the day to keep hydrated. Dehydration can cause sleepiness which makes for a hard school day.
Immune Boosting and Germ Busting
Some days, we head to a class or out on a field trip right away, and these days we add On Guard to our morning routine. On Guard is doTERRA’s Protective Blend. Formulated to give the body’s immune system a boost, On Guard has been proven effective in eliminating germs.
If we’re going to be out and about, we use On Guard Touch in a roller bottle on our feet for a full body immune boost and I always have OnGuard Hand Sanitizing Spray in my purse to disinfect little hands as needed. Or you can learn how to make your own here. You will need some 4 oz. spray bottles which I order from Amazon.
All Day Alertness
To keep ourselves fresh and excited throughout the day, we like to diffuse a blend of three drops each of Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint. This combo clears the air, removing allergens and cleansing the sinuses. Lavender helps the kids keep a calm, attentive attitude, while the Lemon and Peppermint keep energy levels up. A drop of Frankincense on the temples or the back of the neck will wake up the brain cells and increase mental productivity.
Upset Stomachs and Stuffy Noses
Often, children will experience upset stomachs if they don’t digest a meal properly, have a bug, or are unsettled for any reason. The DigestZen Blend is perfect for calming the stomach and getting rid of gas (a plus for mom too). A roller bottle is very helpful here, as a little rolled on the tummy is usually all that is needed. Because a little oil goes a long way with children, use 20 drops of DigestZen in a roller and fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
Breathe is another amazing blend to help clear sinuses and freshen the mind. Allow your children to inhale from the open bottle, or let them cup one drop in their hands and breathe it in. This blend is also wonderful with 3 or 4 drops in the diffuser to help cleanse the air and re-energize minds. I have two children with environmental allergies and Breathe is fantastic for clearing their noses in the morning. (Nothing like cranky children to start your day off on the wrong foot, am I right?)
At the end of the day, start to diffuse 3 drops of Lavender to promote a calming, relaxed atmosphere. This will prepare you and your children for bed. Roll Lavender on the bottoms of their feet to help them fall asleep easily and promote a full night’s rest. Use 30 drops of Lavender Oil diluted with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle.
How to Get Your Own Essential Oils
Are you interested in bringing these amazing oils into your home? Click here to buy the Family Essentials Kit, and get all the oils mentioned in this blog post. If you would like a diffuser as well, check out the Home Essentials Kit. This is definitely the best value and the best way to start using essential oils in your home!
To learn about More Essential Oils that Moms Need in their medicine cabinets, read this post.
I would love to answer any questions you have about essential oils. I can’t wait to hear about your journey to wellness! You can join me over on my FaceBook page, Oils are Essential.
If you are interested in starting your own, MOM-FRIENDLY, stay at home business, I am currently looking for Moms to partner with and join my team.