Back to School with Essential Oils
The end of August will always be a time when we think about going back to school. Back to school entails quite a bit of preparation. Think of all the things that most families need to gather. Paper, pencils, bags, clothes, shoes, the list goes on! Maybe by now I am bias, but I think that essential oils has a place on the "back to school" list.
I have been a teacher for several years now, and I have been on both sides: teaching without oils and teaching with oils. Let me tell you, "school life" with Young Living Essential Oils is quite a bit different. I have created a "Back to School" cheat sheet for essential oils!
10 Ways to Use Essential Oils to HELP Survive the School Year
1.) Thieves Oil and Thieves Vitality Oil:
Thieves Essential Oil is a Young Living blend of Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Cinnamon Bark. Thieves Essential Oil is one that doesn’t leave my side, basically from Fall through Winter! It is our Wellness Keeper in our home.
We use thieves everyday, specially since I'm surrounded by a lot of kids that carry quite a microbial burden! I use my Thieves from the moment the school year starts to support my immune system. There are so many ways you can use Thieves, and I will explain some of my favorites. Keep in mind, studies have been performed on Thieves essential oil as it related to antimicrobial and antifungal effects. Some of the results are promising. Cinnamon and Clove oil have high antimicrobial activity against persistent cultures of Borrelia burgdorferi which is involved in developing Lyme disease. Eucalyptus oil is reported to have antimicrobial effects against E. Coli and Staphylococcus aureus (skin infection). Even Lemon oil demonstrates some antimicrobial capabilities in a recent study. Remember, antimicrobial suggests stopping the growth of certain microorganisms which a school contains a bunch of!
Nevertheless, here are ways I use Thieves:
2.) Tummy Roller:
This is a blend of Digize and Peppermint Essential Oil to aid in digestive health. I also keep this one in my bag year round. I use this roller most around the holidays or when I start noticing students going home sick and the nurses office is full of sick kids.
DiGize and Peppermint are two essential oils that you can feel working immediately. Try this for yourself and see:
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 like the fact that it is an effective cleaner all while having the supportive properties of its' blend of oils (Clove, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lemon, and Cinnamon Bark). This stuff is very economical too! I order one bottle of the Thieves Household Concentrate at a time and it usually lasts me anywhere from 6 months to a year.
4.) Thieves Hand Soap:
I fell in love with the Thieves Hand Soap because of how gentle and purifying it is. As a Health and P.E. teacher I am constantly required to wash my hands while at school. When I used to use regular soap products my hands would become very dry and cracked as the colder months set in. My first year of teaching I noticed my ezcema was at an all-time worst. My products in the past caused so much damage to my skin. Not anymore! Not since I started using Thieves hand soap.
I feel Thieves Hand Soap is perfect option to keep me healthy with everything that is likely on the doorknobs, desks, pencils, lockers, keys, and computers, practically anything that the kids touch inside the school.
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 in this post. Further, you may also wish to investigate a Thieves Starter Kit.
5.) Ningxia Red, Nitro, and Zyng:
I absolutely love Ningxia Red because as a busy teacher and coach I find it important to get as many antioxidants as possible so I don't get run down. Although I do a good job getting my nutrition from a healthy diet, Ningxia Red is an added bonus. We even use it with the dogs as well. They love it!
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 which are reported to have an extremely large amount of antioxidants. These Wolfberry antioxidants help combat the effects of free radicals and cell damage.
We all have free radicals, our body produces them on their own. We also tend to increase our free radical production based on exposures and environmental factors. Antioxidants are important for minimizing the effect and exposure of free radicals.
The potency of Ningxia Red is incredible. One single shot contains the same antioxidant levels as 1000 blueberries, 100 oranges, or 59 broccoli florets! To further boost my system I tend to add any of the following Vitality Oils to my shot: Thieves, Lemon, Tangerine, and Lime.
In the afternoon, when I used to grab an extra coffee, I use Ningxia Red with plain seltzer. I sometimes even mix it with Ningxia Zyng or Ningxia Nitro. Nitro is great as a preworkout or mid afternoon pick-me-up. To be honest, I wish I had these back in college on the days we had to stay up late to study or write a paper! There are no harmful ingredients or extra sugar which is another reason to love the Ningxia lineup. There is a Ningxia Red sample in the new starter kits. There is even a Ningxia Red Premium starter kit.
6.) Head Spray:
When we have young kids, sometimes we have to worry about those little critters coming home from school! Luckily, being a middle school teacher we do not see this as often but a DIY head spray is something to consider for your "school survival bag".
7.) Peppermint, Clarity, Geneyus: A Brain Power Roller!
Here are the three that get me through the workday:
Who doesn’t need support with focus, energy, mental alertness, and the mind, especially in school! Learn more about making rollers in our post: Essential Oil Roller Recipes!
8.) Stress Away Essential Oil
One of my favorite smelling essential oils! I consider Stress Away vacation in a bottle. Sometimes there are demands that can take us away from the real joys of our day and our job. When we are stressed, how could we possibly feel joy? I find it refreshing to smell something so uplifting and beautiful. Stress Away helps make me just feel at ease and the aroma gives me that mental reminder.
I think during the school day, everyone can get stressed. From parents, to teachers, and even our students too. I think even the dogs get stressed! Dogs and kids seem to be experts in body language and mood interpretation (at least they think they are "experts"). Stress Away can help with problems related to emotional balance and immune system functioning. It's important to consider our mental health because stress will be the first thing to bring us DOWN both physically and mentally.
Stress Away is a perfect blend to use 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 of the citrus oils. Keep them away from sunlight due to increased risk of a them causing damage to the skin when they interact with UV rays. While indoors, it is perfect to apply to the wrists, temples, neck, or on the bottoms of the feet. I also apply Stress Away to my diffuser jewelry. When I diffuse Stress Away in my office, I love pairing it with Orange, Tangerine, or Citrus Fresh. Stress away has been a true life saver for us and is my husband's favorite blend!
9.) Night Night
Getting enough hours of sleep can be tough during the school year with the busy schedules. No matter how many hours of sleep your getting it is quality AND quantity that matters! I took a deep dive into learning about the overall health effects of sleep in Matthew Walker's book Why We Sleep. For anyone interested in improving sleep and getting motivated to improve sleep, look no further than Matthew's book! It is incredible!
Sleep quality can impact everything from our cognitive performance, mood, and appetite just to name a few. I have found that adding essential oils to the diffuser at night has dramatically improved my sleep quality.
For families and teachers, "Back to School" means strict 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. Some other great choices are: Stress Away, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, DREAM CATCHER, Roman Chamomile, and Valerian. Here are some ways I personally use oils around bedtime:
10.) Valor, White Angelia, Sacred Mountain, Peace & Calming, or Joy
These are our "emotional oils". They tend to speak best to combat our negative emotions with the strong qualities found in these oils. Use these oils to help facilitate mindfulness!
As a parent or teacher, realize that your child will require a period of time to figure out their comfort zone and what is required of them to fit into a new environment.
Each year the requirements, expectations, and surroundings change which can cause quite a bit of stress around the home. Using these essential oil blends has significantly improved my emotions surrounding "back to school" time and throughout the year.
I wear these essential oils as my daily perfumes and on my diffuser bracelets. Also, these are great to apply on your wrists, behind the ears, and on our necks. You can even use these in the diffuser or for making bath salts.
These 10 ways to use essential oils during the school year are the most important for me as a teacher for physical to mental support. Please understand, your need's may be a little different from mine but I hope this helps you get a better idea on how to use essential oils and how they can support your lifestyle! I wish everyone the best of luck as we all start the school year!!
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