Back to School with Essential Oils
The end of August will always be a time when we think about going back to school. For some, school have already started! There are always certain preparations that need to be made, such as: getting paper and pencil supplies, maybe new clothes or shoes, book bags, visiting the school and walking through the schedule, or even testing the locker combinations and filling it up with pictures and shelves for the year. Trust me, I used to think that was all we needed to worry about, it but now I know better! Now, I know how to use essential oils to survive the school year!
I have been a teacher for six years now, and I have been in both shoes: teaching without oils and teaching with oils… Let me tell you, life with Young Living Essential Oils is just better, simpler, and a whole lot easier! So whether you are a teacher or parent, a student heading back to college, or wondering how you can oil with a little one in grade school, I am going to take you through the "Back to School" cheat sheet!
I am going to share with you some easy and simply ways that have helped me survive the school year, physically and emotionally. Young Living has so many essential oils and products that will help us stay above the wellness line, help keep the cooties away from September to June! Here are my Top 10 Ways to use Young Living for "Back to School" :
# 1- Thieves Essential Oil and Thieves Vitality Essential Oil:
Thieves Essential Oil is a Young Living blend of Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Cinnamon Bark. One that doesn’t leave my side, basically from Fall through Winter! It is our Wellness Keeper. Thieves everything and anything specially when your surrounded by a lot of kids that have cooties! As a teacher, I am constantly using thieves from the moment the school year starts. There are so many ways you can use Thieves, I am just going to share my favorites, I like to change up how I use it based on each day and my own body needs. Be sure to learn the children and baby dilution ratios for using Thieves Essential Oil, a few great books for learning safety are: Gentle Babies, Oils + Glass, and Vitality- The Young Living Lifestyle. Here are a few ways that I use Thieves throughout the school year:
# 2: Tummy Roller: We love this recipe of Digize Essential Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil to support our digestive system and tummy wellness.
I like to keep one of these handy at all times, a roller in my purse or school bag, specially during the holidays at school, long coaching days, or at times when I start noticing the students leave for 24 hours… When I really started using essential oils, I found the magic by using Digize because it truly showed me, these really work!
# 3: Thieves Household Cleaner:
Thieves Cleaner is a must have in your house! When I started learning about chemicals and toxins this was the first household item that I purchased to help me ditch the chemicals and switch to natural cleaner. I love that its cleaning everything and supporting my body at the same time! The bonus is that it smells absolutely amazing! I order one bottle of the Thieves Household Concentrate at a time and it usually lasts me 6 months to 1 year.
Here is how you Thieves Household Cleaner: I buy a few 16 ounce glass bottles from amazon, there are some options on my supply page, I fill the cap of the household cleaner with the liquid concentrate, then pour it into the glass bottle. I use one capful of the household cleaner and fill the rest of the bottle with water. I use this dilution ratio for most everyday cleanup and I clean everything from the kitchen to the bathrooms and my desk at school. You can learn more tips on my Thieve Cleaner blog post! It’s so cost effective and it actually works, it basically comes down to about 1.50$ for each 16 ounce bottle that you make with the concentrate, personally I really don’t think you can beat that!
#4: Thieves Hand Soap:
Because Thieves Essential Oil is so amazing at Keeping us stay above the wellness line, it was important to me to switch over to the Thieves Household Products, not only are we ditching the toxins but we are also supporting our bodies, immune systems, and overall health at the same time! Seems to me to be a, Win, Win, Win! I fell in love with the Thieves Hand Soap because of how gentle and purifying it is, I am a physical education teacher so I constantly wash my hands at school, basically between every class period. My products in the past that I was using caused so much damage to my skin. They were drying and since I made the switch I am supporting my skin issues that I used to have on my hands and arms. Thieves Hand Soap is perfect to keep us well with all the school yuck that's on the doorknobs, desks, pencils, lockers, keys, computers, basically anything we touch at school we are also picking up cooties. You can buy a single bottle, a three pack, and you can even buy the refill bottle! You can learn more about Thieves Hand Soap and other products by reading my blog: What is Thieves Essential Oil? or learning about your Thieves Starter Kit Option.
# 5: Ningxia Red, Nitro, and Zyng:
I absolutely love Ningxia Red, as a busy teacher and coach it's important that I drink my Ningxia Red everyday! It’s one of the best superfood drinks, full of antioxidants that is safe for everyone in our house!! Kasey and Harper, my puppies, both love it too!
I drink Ningxia Red because it’s designed to energize, fortify and revitalize your body and mind. What makes Ningxia Red so amazing is that it is made from organic Ningxia Wolfberries, they have an extremely large amount of antioxidants which is the nutrient that helps to combat the effects of free radicals and cell damage, yes please! Which is why our dogs and entire family drink Ningxia products everyday, specially in the school year.
We all have free radicals, our body produces them on their own, but also we are exposed to more free radicals based on our exposures and environmental factors. Free radicals are things that change and alter our body, so I’ll take as much antioxidants as I can get!
As a teacher, I am always in need of energy, but I want long lasting energy, not the kind that is going to cause my afternoon crash, which is what Ningxia products give us! I love drinking my ningxia shot in the morning for overall wellness. Why one shot? One ounce of Ningxia Red contains the same antioxidant levels as 1000 blueberries, 100 oranges, or 59 broccoli florets! Let’s be real, no one has time for that! And I am sure your littles don’t either, so we take this instead. For overall wellness, I like to add some Vitality Essential Oils to my Ningxia Shot: a drop of Thieves, Lemon, Tangerine and sometime Lime or Red Shot.
In the afternoon, when I used to grab an extra coffee or something unhealthy, I now mix my Ningxia Red with plain seltzer or Ningxia Zyng, also adding a packet of Ningxia Nito to the mix helps keep my energy going through practice after school. I wish I had these back in college on the days we had to stay up late to study or write a paper! Love them in the afternoon for my last two periods or when I get home and still have my whole to-do list to get through after a days work!
Try the sample of Ningxia Red that comes in your starter kit! They are best cold, so put them in the fridge or freezer (which is also a healthy treat for kids in the summer)! You can get started with a Ningxia Red Premium Starter Kit or you can order a Ningxia Red Essential Reward Kit once you are a member!
# 6 Head Spray:
When we have young kids, sometimes we have to worry about those little critters! Luckily, being a middle school teacher we do not see this as often but it’s definitely in your school survival bag.
# 7: Peppermint + Clarity + Geneyus: Brain Power Roller!
Basically the three that get me through the workday. From the moment that I am heading out the door through the afternoon slump, I grab my Brain Power Roller! Here’s why:
Because I love all three so much and I use them often separately, when I am on the go at work it is just easier to create a roller blend. I put these three together creating a powerhouse roller! I use these three oils in the morning when I am trying to get out the door. I also love them when I arrive to work and I need to hit the ground literally running through my job from start to finish. I also turn to these in between classes and after lunch when I may start to feel tired, but that afternoon crash has nothing on me! Basically I am a walking diffuser, but who doesn’t need support with focus, energy, mental alertness, and stimulates the mind, especially in school! Learn more about making rollers from the books on my supply page and right here on my blog: Essential Oil Roller Recipes!
# 8 : Stress away Essential Oil
My favorite smelling essential oil, funny thing is that it was my very last to open from the starter kit. I thought, “who has stress?” turns out, this became my favorite oil come September. Basically, the name says it all! Stress Away Essential Oil is vacation in a bottle, at least to me. Sometimes there are demands that can take us away from the real joys of our day and our job, when we are stressed, how can we feel joy? It’s refreshing to smell something so uplifting and beautiful, Stress Away helps make me just feel at ease. I think during the school day, everyone can get stressed-- parents, teachers, and our students too. Little ones get stressed too, believe it or not. They pick up on our stresses and feel REAL stress from their life happenings. This oil can help with problems related to emotional balance and immune system functioning. Stress will be the first thing to bring us DOWN both physically and mentally.
Stress Away is a perfect blend to use and diffuser when we may encounter some tough spots in their lives to encourage joy in even the hard times.I love wearing Stress Away Essential Oil topically, but as a physical education teacher I do have to pay attention to photosensitivity safety and wear it behind my ears if I will be in the sun. It is also great on the wrists, temples, neck, or on the bottoms of the feet. I also apply Stress Away to my diffuser jewelry, I have a few favorites on my supply page. When I diffuse Stress Away in my office, I love pairing it with Orange Essential Oil, Tangerine Essential Oil or Citrus Fresh Essential Oil, these yummy combinations support my mind and body, creating a peaceful aroma. You could do the same for your children in the morning for getting ready, getting home from school or even add to their night time routine.
# 9: Night Night
Getting enough hours of sleep can be tough during the school year with busy schedules. No matter how many hours of sleep your getting, actually making it restful sleep is so important for our health, both physically and mentally. Sleep can support our body's function, and impact our abilities at work and school. To help my body stay above the wellness line and enjoy a full night of restful sleep, I like to add my calming and relaxing essential oils to the diffuser at night or evening to help create a calming environment that makes going to bed easy.
For families and teachers, Back to School means back to school bedtime routines. I bet sometimes it’s tough to get kids down on time, especially when school first starts. They are so used to the later hours and sometimes it is still light outside. Winding down is hard for everyone after a long day at school, work, after-school sports, then the dinner-time hustle. I always turn to my relaxing and calming essential oils.
My go-to, night time essential oils are Lavender and Sleepyize, but some other great choices that parents love are: Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, DREAM CATCHER, Roman Chamomile, and Valerian to name a few! I use a variety of essential oils for my night time routine,so have fun, experiment! Here are some ideas:
# 10: Valor, White Angelia, Sacred Mountain, Peace & Calming, or Joy: Because emotions are real!
These oils are magical unicorns. It’s important to remember that when placed in any new situation we are going to need to take time to adjust, I have to remember to give myself that kind of grace every once in awhile. As a parent, realize that your child will require a period of time to figure out their comfort zone and what’s required for them to fit into their new environment. Because each year, their requirements, expectation,s and environment shifts a little. Fortunately, there are also steps you can take as a parent or adult to make the start of the school year less daunting, the key is to prepare both emotionally and physically so that we can all have the best start possible this school year! Using these beautiful blends will support balancing our emotions and feelings.
These are some of my favorite essential oils for the normal day struggles that impact our frequencies, it’s important for me to use these because when our frequencies drop that’s when we fall below the wellness line. There are many essential oils that have high frequencies to support that balance, these are just a few that I have learned to love. These, and many others can support us throughout the normal day-to-day feelings and emotions can can wear on us.
I love to wear these essential oils as my daily perfumes and on my diffuser bracelets. These are great on our wrists, behind ears, and on our necks, or even used in the diffuser or bath salts. I find a special moment for each and every one of these essential oils throughout my day.
I took time to think about my daily teacher schedule about a week ago, I wanted to share things with you that would help those of all ages going back to school. Some things that I left out are my supplements, but they are an important part of my wellness routine! I felt these 10 things that I use are the most important for me from physical to mental support. I hope this helps you get a better idea of how to use essential oils and how they can support your lifestyle! Be sure to check out my supply page for an organized list of everything you need. It's important to have good resources to learn safety and precautions when using essential oils, be sure to check out a few of my favorite books listed on the supply page. They will also have the best DIY recipes and products to help you with all the things, specially learning to consider proper safety guidelines to follow when using essential oils with children!
To get started using essential oils, read through information and order from the Getting Started Page!
Best of luck as we all start the school year!! Soon we will be talking fall wellness!
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