Back to school is in full swing and the daily routines have kicked in. How do you turn the ordinary routine in a phenomenal one? How do you supercharge your kids for every aspect of their school day from the time they get up to when they go to bed? How can you do more than just survive every day?
We want to examine two specific ways to use essential oils that could be the very survival secrets you are looking for. These two ways to use essential oils are the most common ways, but you will be surprised how easy and viable they are to incorporate into daily routines. These two ways are topical usage and inhalation via a diffuser.
Usage of Essential Oils – Topical
When we talk about topical usage, we are talking about application of the essential oils directly to the desired area or massaged into the following areas:
- Crown of head
- Behind ears
- Upper back
- Over vital organs
- Soles and top of feet
Note that some oils are considered “hot” oils and you should avoid contacting sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals, and mucous membranes with essential oils. Examples of hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves. For some people, Peppermint’s cooling sensation can be too intense.
Essential oils are very potent, and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.
Time for a little science! How does topical application of essential oils absorb into the body? The skin is permeable to fat soluble substances and fairly impermeable to water-soluble substances. Essential oil molecules are so small in size that when they are applied topically to the skin they are able to pass through the outer layer of the epidermis, through the dermis, into the capillaries and from there directly in the bloodstream of the body.
Since essential oils have such a small molecular size and are fat soluble, they are also able to pass the blood brain barrier where water-soluble substances can not. This allows essential oils an ability to get to all areas of the body to support the body’s systems in amazing ways! Make sure to utilize the recipes in the graphic for ways to survive the daily school routines, from the time the kids get up all the way until bedtime!
When we talk about inhalation of essential oils, we are talking about literally sniffing out of the bottle, dropping a few drops into our hands, rubbing together, cupping over nose and breathing in deeply, or via the use of a diffuser to disperse the oil molecules into the area we are at so we breathe them in.
This is such a fascinating way to get essential oils into the body as it uses the limbic system to do so. The pure constituents in these essential oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind.
As you learn about essential oils and the constituents in each you can use inhalation of essential oils to directly impact the emotional center of the brain to support the body to be balanced in mood and other areas.
It is easy to see how using inhalation of essential oils in the daily routine of your family can create an atmosphere where back to school routines can easily be not only survivable, but enjoyable as well.
In the graphic here we have provided some neat recipes to put into your diffuser that will help your kids when they rise in the morning, support their immune system, give them a boost when it comes to learning and homework, prepare them for times of test taking, and support relaxation and sleep. You will even get benefits too just being around the diffuser, too!
We would be very remiss if we didn’t talk a little bit about another important part of the daily routine that is overlooked when it comes to surviving back to school – breakfast and after school snack-time. Have no fear! As we close this blog post, here are a recipe for breakfast and afternoon snack using essential oils that are tasty and will get their day going and a little treat to tide over before dinner!
We hope you have enjoyed the third part in this series and would love to hear in comments about how you have started using these survival tips in your kids daily routine. Next week will be the last in the series and we are looking forward to sharing it with you! Thank you again for reading and sharing!