Essential Oils Empowering Moms
Therapeutic grade essential oils are so much more than just aroma tools, they can support health and wellness in many different ways. In our family, we can no longer imagine a life without essential oils and I will be forever grateful to the person who introduced me to essential oils and taught me how to use them properly and most effectively. I finally have tools at my disposal that can make a difference in how we feel and how we get through the day.
It feels very empowering when you can help your kids:
Stay healthy in school
Soothe occasional stomach upset and feelings of queasiness
Balance emotions and soothe feelings of anxiousness
Ease feelings of tension in neck and head
Support focus and concentration
Soothe skin irritations
Support oral health
Support restful sleep
Where to Start?
When I started with essential oils, I was a bit overwhelmed. There were so many things I wanted to try, so many applications I was interested in. So I found a kit which offered a selection of 10 different essential oils, basically covering everything that I wanted to try. It contains 5ml bottles each of Lemon, Lavender, Peppermint, Oregano, Melaleuca, Frankincense, and four blends to support the digestive system, the respiratory system, the immune system, and muscles and bones.
That was almost five years ago. Meanwhile I’ve become licensed as an Aromatherapist and we have added numerous essential oils to our family’s wellness collection. Plus,I have a whole set of essential oils adding flavor and therapeutic value to my cooking.
Below is a list of essential oils (not in any particular order and frequently updated) showing you what we like to use essential oils for in our family. This is just to give you an idea of what you could do for your family. I invite you to experiment, create new daily habits, and just simply enjoy the journey. Sometimes you’ll experience the wonderful benefits of essential oils almost immediately or often within a short period of time. For our family it has been a life changing experience, something we truly treasure.
But before you get started and dive in blindly, let’s talk about safe ways to use essential oils with children.
Essential Oils We Use in Our Daily Lives
When I’m consulting with moms and families, there are many questions about essential oil safety, dilution ratios, how to best apply the essential oils. I’ll be happy to help you and guide you. There are essential oils that are not recommended for infants and some that should be used with caution under specific ages. Always use essential oils of the highest quality grade with your children, follow directions and label instructions and use them properly and with care.
I have seen wonderful results in helping kids stay healthier in school, being able to focus better on homework, perform better in school, easing emotions and feelings of anxiousness or overwhelmed, finding a new great routine to unwind in the evening and fall asleep, or get a little pick-me-up for those who just can’t seem to get out of bed in the morning. I’d love to share my experiences and knowledge with you, learn about your children, their challenges, their ages and help you find the best suitable solutions to make their life and your life a little easier and happier.
General Safety Considerations
Using essential oils comes with many benefits when used correctly and with appropriate care. Here are dilution ratios for kids suggested by the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy:
10 ml Rollerball bottle (200 drops) – fill with fractionated coconut oil or other carrier oil
3-24 months old: add 1 drop of essential oil = 0.5% dilution
2-6 years old: add 2 drops of essential oil = 1% dilution
6-12 years old: add 4 drops of essential oil = 2% dilution
Always use 100% certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils! It impacts safety and the benefits you will experience (read more).
Aromatic Use Considerations
Aromatic use may be beneficial to support immune system, respiratory system, emotions, focus, and sleep.
You may want to make it easier for your baby to fall asleep. For infants 3 months and older, add 1 drop of Lavender to your diffuser. Diffuse for 10 minutes, shut off diffuser, then bring baby into the bedroom. You can also make a mister in a 2 oz. fine mist spray bottle. Fill bottle with distilled water and add 6 drops of Lavender essential oil (0.5 % dilution). Spray a few puffs into the air before laying baby down to sleep.
2-6 Years of Age
Use a diffuser that has an intermittent setting (diffuses and shuts off in intervals). Leave door or window open for proper ventilation while diffusing. Create room mist with 1% dilution (12 drops in 2 oz of distilled water) and spray a few puffs into the air.
6-12 Years of Age
Use a diffuser that has an intermittent setting (diffuses and shuts off in intervals). Leave door or window open for proper ventilation while diffusing. Create room mist with 2% dilution (24 drops in 2 oz of distilled water) and spray a few puffs into the air. Consider diffuser jewelry (necklace, bracelet) to wear while at school (focus, memory, immune support) and on the go with family and friends.
Topical Use Considerations
Always dilute age appropriate (see above) with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Stay away from sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, nose, genitals, and open wounds. Consider natural lotions as a base for your essential oil blend you can massage your child’s feet with or apply to the back or neck. Topical use not recommended with babies under 3 months of age. Do not apply to the feet when baby/toddler when they have the tendency to stick their feet into the mouth. Apply to back instead or make sure to put on socks and shoes after application.
Application under the soles of feet for kids 3+ is the easiest way to support their body systems. Consider applying a protective blend to support the immune system before going to school or daycare.
Caution – Avoid topical use of following essential oils under the age indicated
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This overview is by no means to be intended as “all inclusive”. It is a guideline that is updated as I discover additional research and case studies on the use of essential oils with children. Please consult with a Physician and an Aromatherapist if your child suffers from a chronic illness before introducing essential oils.
Essential Oils We Use Daily in Our Home
Lime Essential Oil – in our shampoo and conditioner
Rosemary Essential Oil – massaging my scalp after washing my hair
Blend of Citrus Oils – in our body soap
Wild Orange – in our body lotion (sometimes I make it with Lavender or a Passion blend of oils)
Cleansing blend of oils – in my facial cleanser
Protective blend of oils – in our toothpaste to promote healthy gums
Protective blend of oils or Peppermint – in a shot glass of water as a mouth rinse
Peppermint – in the diffuser or a few drops in the shower stall (by itself or along with Wild Orange) as a little pick-me-up in the morning
Grounding blend of oils – under the soles of our feet in the morning; on the wrists 2 -3 times during the day to feel grounded and calm
Uplifting blend of oils – on the wrists to uplift moods and increase energy; add to diffuser or diffuser necklace;
Lemon – 2 to 4 drops in the diffuser to cleanse the air and uplift moods
Peppermint or Lemon and Ginger – one drop in hot water as tea
Protective blend of oils – under the soles of the feet (immune system support; protect against seasonal threats)
Wild Orange – diffuse 2-3 drops to uplift moods, reduce feelings of stress and energize
Digestive Blend of oils – one drop in 2 oz of water taken internally or applied with one drop in fractionated coconut oil directly to the abdomen for occasional stomach upset, feelings of queusiness, or occasional indigestion
Focus Blend – diffuse 2-3 drops to support focus and concentration; apply to back of neck and wrists; use in diffuser necklace or bracelet
Clary Sage – apply one drop to soles of feet and one drop to back of neck to support hormonal balance during menopause; apply to abdomen over ovaries during the time of the month (age 14+)
Lavender – apply to wrists, neck and traps; add to diffuser at bedtime for restful sleep; room mister;
Vetiver – under soles of feet before bedtime to quiet the mind
Frankincense – diffuse 2-3 drops to support moods, focus, and overall wellbeing; under the soles of the feet to support cellular health;
Peppermint – to act as a cooling agent apply to back of the neck or bottom of feet
Calming blend - apply to wrists; apply to palms and inhale from hands to ease feelings of anxiousness or nerves
Respiratory blend – diffuse 2-3 drops and/or apply to chest with fractionated coconut oil (over 3 years old) to maintain feelings of clear airways and easy breathing
Beautifying blend – for my facial care regimen
Soothing blend – before and after exercise; great for occasional sore and achy joints and muscles
Lavender – soothing to the skin for minor irritations
Melaleuca - apply one drop to skin to promote healthy and clear skin
Blend of citrus oils - to deter mosquitoes and other insects (works like a charm – I’m a mosquito magnet otherwise
… and that’s not all. There are just so many possibilities from health and wellness, to cleaning, laundry, gardening, cooking and more.
A simple but effective way to support the immune system, reduce tension and feelings of stress, and increase feelings of overall wellness is using the Aromatouch Technique on your family members. Please view this short video and let me know if you are interested in learning about it. I’m certified in Aromatouch and would be happy to introduce you to this wonderful technique.
Essential Oils I use for cooking & baking:
Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Marjoram, Dill, Lemon, Lime, Lemongrass, Clove, Cinnamon, Black Pepper, Wild Orange, Fennel, Ginger
When adding essential oils to your food and drinks you can:
- Give food a fresh and tasty flavor
- Add powerful flavorful spice for cooking and baking
- Enhance your meals with powerful antioxidant properties
- Increase the therapeutic value of your meals and drinks
Essential Oils I use for cleaning around the house and cleansing the air:
Lemon, Lime, Protective Blend, Purifying Blend
Essential Oils I use for washing laundry and with my cotton dryer balls:
Lemon, Protective Blend, Wild Orange, Citrus Blend, Lavender
Essential Oils have impacted what I can do for my family!
You can make that difference for your family, too.
Essential Oils are Not Medicine
Essential oils are not medicine, they work very differently in the body than medication. Essential oils support our bodies on a cellular level, bringing back into balance what has been out of balance, supporting the body to heal itself, without harmful side effects. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be an intuitive complement to our daily lives. I’ll be happy to help you on your journey to a healthier lifestyle!
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Supporting Hormonal Balance with Essential Oils
Essential oils wonderful in the way they can support your body and your endocrine system. If we can embrace a natural, non-toxic and synthetic-free approach to lower toxicity in the body, we can better support hormonal balance and live a healthier lifestyle.
To reduce toxicity in the body, I’ve switched most of my personal care items (soaps, shampoo, conditioner, facial care products, body lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, etc.) as well as cleaning products and laundry soap to a natural line of products that is infused with high quality essential oils (contact me and I can send you an overview of the items I’m using). I also drink one drop of Lemon essential oil daily (only use certified pure essential oils labeled for internal use) in 4 oz of water every morning before eating or drinking anything else.
In addition to reducing toxicity it can be extremely beneficial to incorporate a group of essential oils called adaptogens. These essential oils are unique as they are both stimulating and relaxing, they will adapt to your body’s needs. Clary Sage, Basil, Lavender, Lemon, Geranium, and Lemongrass belong to the group of adaptogen essential oils that are very beneficial to support hormonal balance. I personally use Clary Sage every morning and evening applying one drop under soles of my feet and one drop to the back of my neck (the Suboccipital Triangle).
Reducing toxicity and incorporating Clary Sage into my daily regimen have greatly contributed to supporting the hormonal balance of my body. Don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.
Ever thought about how you start your morning using shampoo, conditioner, body soap, body lotion, deodorant, facial care products, make-up, and perfume that you are basically loading your body with toxic chemicals?
Many of these toxins can cause side effects such as allergies, rashes, eye irritation, affect the mouth and throat, hormonal disruption, changes to cell structures, respiratory problems, headaches, dizziness, nausea, kidney damage, and can be linked to cancer.
I’ve found an interesting article at Daily Mail that details all the chemicals that are contained in many personal care products. That’s why I’ve changed to all natural alternatives for many of the products mentioned. And I didn’t just change personal care products but also cleaning products, laundry detergent and replaced dryer sheets with all natural dryer balls.
The most astounding experience for me has been that all natural products are not only healthier for me and my family but also work better. My laundry is cleaner than ever, smells amazing, my skin is as beautiful as when I was in my early 20′s, my hair looks healthy and strong, and it just feels good to know that I’m doing something positive that directly impacts the health and wellness of our family.
I’ve got many tips for you on how to reduce your toxic load, so if you are interested in learning more and like to get a catalog with all the products I’m using, just contact me.
I’ll be teaching a class at my house in Bradenton FL on Sunday March 20th from 3 pm until 4 pm. You’ll get a chance to see and sample all the different products I’m using for cleaning, laundry, and all my personal care and beauty products. As a little gift you’ll get some conditioner, shampoo and toothpaste to take home and try. Simply text me at 941-504-1968 to RSVP.
Taking a relaxing and calming bath with essential oils is simply wonderful!
You can use 5-7 drops of your favorite essential oil, add it to 1 ounce of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin e oil, or other), then slowly add to running water. Make sure to mix well in bath water. Enjoy. Relax. Rejuvenate.
Favorite Essential Oil Baths:
Calming and relaxing:
Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Calming Blend (lavender, sweet marjoram, roman chamomile, ylang ylang, sandalwood and vanilla bean)
Grounding and soothing:
Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Vetiver or Grounding Blend (spruce, Ho Wood, frankincense, and blue tansy)
Can Essential Oils Improve Gum Health?
When my cousin and her husband came to visit in February 2014, he mentioned to me that he has problems with his gums. After having heard Dr. Steuer, DDS and Dr. Harding, DDS speak about how they use therapeutic grade essential oils in their patient case studies, we had already started using various essential oil products in our family to promote healthier gums.
Based on our experiences and the research Dr. Steuer and Dr. Harding had done, my cousin started using an essential oil blend called the protective blend which consists of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils. He would put one drop in a shot glass of warm water and swish for a minute. Sometimes he would even rub a drop directly on areas of concern. In addition he switched to a great toothpaste which contains that same essential oil blend and started taking a supplement which supports cellular health, contains all necessary vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, and essential oils. He now enjoys much healthier gums which made him and his dentist very happy.
I’ll be happy to send you more information about the products we use to promote gum health. Contact me.
Summer is here and so are mosquitoes, at least in many areas around the country, especially in Florida where I live. If you are like me and a mosquito magnet, you might want to take a look at an essential oil repellent blend. But first, have you ever wondered why some people attract mosquitoes more than others? Studies have shown the insects are attracted to sweat, lactic acid, uric acid, and octenol. When you are sweating you’ll produce more octenol, attracting mosquitoes. Blood type can also influence how likely you are to get bitten. Research shows that people with Type 0 blood are twice as likely to get bitten as those with Type B.
Before I discovered essential oils, I would purchase mosquito repellents but never liked the smell or feel of them. I always worried about the toxins I was applying to my skin as well as breathing in the fumes during application. Then I discovered that essential oils work really well to repel insects. The repellent blend contains Skimmia Laureola, Catnip Plant, Amyris Bark, African Sandalwood, Cabrueva Balsam, Wild Orange Peel, White Fir Needle, Cedarwood, Citronella Herb, Eucalyptus Leaf/Stem, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Genet Absolute, and Rose Flower essential oils in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil. I love the fresh and citrusy smell and I’m so happy to have an insect repellent on hand which can be used safely by everyone in the family. The bottle is small, easy to carry in my purse, and it lasts for a long time.
Do you have kids in pre-school, kindergarten, school or even college? Then you know the struggle as a parent to keep your kids healthy. As my daughter has a rare illness which gets three times worse when she gets sick with a cold, keeping her healthy is one of my main concerns. She used to be on antibiotics 5 to 6 times a year. Not any more. I’ve found a way to boost her immune system and support her body.
Applying one drop of the Protective Blend under the soles of her feet in the morning has worked amazingly. If she ever feels she might become sick, she takes the Protective Blend gelcaps, up to three times a day. When it is a younger child, you could just apply a drop of Protective Blend several times a day to support the immune defense.
To have witnessed a change in her overall health using this oil blend has been amazing. One 15ml bottle lasts us for many months. Just imagine, you only use one drop each time and the bottle contains 250 drops.
As a parent, it makes me feel good to know that I’m supporting my child’s health with something natural and that she feels better all year round.
Give it a try!
If you live in the Sarasota or Bradenton, FL area, don’t hesitate to contact me and I’ll be glad to meet, share my experiences, and give you free samples. You can reach me at 941.504.1968 or use the contact form.
A 2012 report from the American Academy of Pediatricians that’s quoted by EWG suggested that pesticide exposure is linked to “pediatric cancers, decreased cognitive function, and behavioral problems.”
Everybody is aware that eating organic is more healthy but not many families can afford to eat organic all the time.
Here is My Recipe for Washing Fruits & Vegetables
Make your own citrus produce wash – quick & easy and a great way to get more of the harmful toxins, pesticides, and bacteria off your produce.
Here is what I use:
- glass spray bottle (never put essential oils into plastic)
- glass bowl
- 10 ounces of purified water
- juice of one lemon
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp baking soda
- 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lemon essential oil
- 10 drops wild orange essential oil
Mix lemon juice, baking soda, and essential oils in a bowl, add cup of vinegar, mix well until baking soda is dissolved, add purified water, mix well, pour into glass bottle. Your produce wash is ready!
Spray your fruits and vegetables with produce wash, let sit for 30 seconds, then rinse well with water. Use produce brush if possible for certain fruits and vegetables.
Enjoy your fruits & veggies!
Can You Ease Tense Muscles Using Essential Oils?
Muscle cramps can be very painful. Common causes for muscle cramps in your legs or even toes can be dehydration, too much exercise, lack of nutrients such as calcium, potassium and magnesium, or irritation of a nerve through injury or stress. Leg cramps can also happen without any specific cause especially during the night or at rest. Muscle pains can also be of symptom when going through a detox regimen as the body is getting rid of stored toxins and metabolic waste. Bacteria and yeast that have been feeding on substances such as sugars, start dying off when we deprive them of their preferred food. This die-off releases toxic substances into the blood stream. Muscle pains, body aches, headaches, nausea are just a few of the related symptoms of detoxification.
Essential Oils Commonly used to Ease Tense Muscles:
Cypress, Marjoram, Massage Blend, Soothing Blend, Lime
When I experience my leg leg tightening up or my toes I apply 2-4 drops topically to the affected area and lightly massage the oil in to relax the muscle tissue. Personally, I’ve had great experience with Marjoram and the Soothing Blend. A friend of mine uses Marjoram on his legs before he goes on long bike rides. His legs don’t feel sore the next day.Another friend of mine runs track, especially hurdles, and she applies the Soothing Blend to her legs before practice and track meets. She loves the oils as she doesn’t get sore like she used to.
Taking myself as an example, I sometimes had trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Getting a better night’s sleep means waking up refreshed and energetic.
When we don’t have enough sleep, it affects everything in our life. We aren’t as productive as we could be, we aren’t as energetic as we could be, we aren’t as happy as we could be, and our body doesn’t feel as healthy as it could be.
There are several essential oils that have calming and relaxing properties. My personal favorites are Lavender, Vetiver, Cypress, and Soothing Blend. As a website developer, I know my problems with falling asleep sometimes are caused by working on the computer until late at night as well as stress and personal worries. Since I’ve developed a routine using Lavender or Calming blend, Vetiver and Cypress, I’ve been able to fall asleep much faster, stay asleep, and wake up feeling much more rested. I rub a drop of Lavender on the back of my neck and down my traps, apply one drop on my wrists (so I can smell the oil while falling asleep), and one drop of Vetiver or Cypress under the soles of my feet. Other simple solutions are putting 2-3 drops across the pillow or in the palms of your hands and/ or using 1-3 drops of Clary Sage under the tongue. Taking a soaking bath or foot massage with some of the essential oils mentioned is also very relaxing and promotes better sleep. Another great solution is using a diffuser in the bedroom with a couple of the drops of the essential oil that works best for you.
I’m more productive, I feel better, and I’m a happier person after a good night’s rest and I thank these essential oils for it!
Essential Oils Can Help Support Proper Hydration
It’s summer and it’s hot in Florida but not only in Florida! We want to be outdoors, running, biking, going to the beach, kids going to their summer camps, and proper hydration becomes key to staying healthy and fit.
Dehydration can have serious effects, even be fatal. So staying properly hydrated is key. Who doesn’t know the feeling of having a hard time to drink an entire glass of water? One of my kids when he was in his teens simply couldn’t drink an entire glass of water, it made him feel ill. Essential oils can be a savior, making water taste simply delicious.
When adding essential oils to water, make sure you are using only 100% Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (CPTG) that are labeled for internal use.
Some of our most favorite essential oils to add to water are Lemon, Wild Orange, Lime, Grapefruit, Lavender, and Peppermint. One of my friends who owns a Cafe and has a water dispenser for her guests, adds lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils to the water and it’s the most refreshing and delicious water you can imagine.
Essential oils are very potent so be careful when experimenting with the number of drops. Start just with one drop. It might be already sufficient for a 16 oz glass of water. You can also add CPTG essential oils to smoothies and frozen popsicles to add flavor, therapeutic value, and actually increase your antioxidant intake.
Enjoy your summer, stay hydrated, stay healthy!
The Calming Blend is one of my personal favorites. I love the subtle scent of Lavender along with Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Marjoram, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Bean. I use it at night to help me have that restful sleep needed after a busy day.
This essential oil blend calms the mind, relaxes the body, and soothes the soul, providing a safe haven from stress everybody faces on a daily basis. It is designed to lessen tension, calm emotions, and leave a peaceful feeling, perfect to diffuse at bedtime for restful night’s sleep or to help reduce anxious feelings or stress so many of us feel are faced with – and I’m don’t just mean adults but our kids too.
I love adding a drop to my hands and applying it to my neck and down to may traps and diffusing it at home.
- Creates a perfect escape with its calming, renewing fragrance
- Promotes relaxation and restful sleep
- Diffuses into a subtle aroma, ideal for aromatic benefits
- Lessens tension and calms emotions
- Apply to bottoms of feet at bedtime to promote restful sleep.
- Add 2-3 drops into a warm bath to create a peaceful, renewing aroma.
- Diffuse to help promote relaxation and decrease stress.
- Apply to an aromatherapy neck pillow to help reduce anxiety.
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Here are some of the favorite smells you can add: