Interested in finding out how essential oils can help your child at school? Check out our latest blog from guest blogger Naomi Rowling.
Plants have been used for centuries for their health-giving properties. In the 21stcentury we have the means to identify the compounds in the plants and find out how the essential oils work.
Let’s take a look at three:
Have you ever picked mint leaves, rubbed them in your hand and then cupped your hands over your nose to inhale the refreshing aroma? When we do this we are inhaling the essential oil of the plant. The oil is stored in microscopic sacs on the underside of the leaf. When we rub the leaf these sacs rupture and yield their invigorating scent.
The energising aroma of peppermint is great to help children wake up. Put a couple of drops in a diffuser with a couple of drops of Wild Orange. Add 20 drops of Peppermint and 20 drops of Wild Orange and top up with fractionated coconut oil in a 10 ml roller bottle. This uplifting and motivating blend can be applied to the back of the neck or wrists to help with focus, especially in the morning as children get ready for school.
Peppermint is also great for headaches and helps support respiratory function.
On an emotional level, Peppermint is known as the ‘oil of the buoyant heart’ and helps to alleviate feelings of being disheartened and create feelings of optimism.
Lemon is known as “The Oil of Focus“. Its zingy, citrusy aroma supports the mind and aids in concentration and learning. Lemon is wonderful for children who are struggling with school as it supports feelings of mental clarity. It helps to clear self-judgements such as ‘I’m dumb’ or ‘I’m not a good student’. Lemon helps reduce feelings of stress.
Lemon essential oil has antibacterial properties so diffusing Lemon has the double benefit of uplifting mood and can have a wonderfully cleansing effect on the air.
The benefits of Rosemary have been known for centuries. In ancient Greece, for example, students would wear garlands of Rosemary during their exams.
Rosemary for remembrance is a well-known old saying. Rosemary does indeed have memory enhancing effects. A recent study carried out by Northumbria University concluded that exposure to Rosemary can boost memory. The researchers found that students working in a room that contained the aroma of Rosemary – in the form of an essential oil – achieved between five and seven per cent better results in memory tests.
Rosemary pairs well with Lemon. Take a 10 ml roller bottle and blend 10 drops of Rosemary with 20 drops of Lemon, top up with fractionated coconut oil and apply some to the back of the neck or the wrists. You could also diffuse this powerful duo in the morning and after school at homework time using 2 drops of Rosemary and 4 drops of Lemon.
Rosemary can also be added to shampoo and used on children’s hair with the additional benefit of being a deterrent to unwanted guests in your child’s hair.
Diffusing essential oils in your home is a great way to benefit your family, make your home smell great whilst cleansing the air and avoiding synthetic chemicals.
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N.B. Please be aware that citrus oils are photo sensitive and can make you more sensitive to the sun in the area of the skin the oil was applied. If your child is going to be out in the sun for any length of time, just use this oil in an area that won’t get exposed to direct sunlight.