As parents, we make decisions every day to ensure our family's well-being. But how do we know we are making the best decisions? Do you ask yourself this question as often as I do?!
You can keep researching until you find the answer you need, or you can take advice from someone you already know and trust. This is exactly what I did...researched ways to make our back-to-school season easier and asked every experience mom I know for advice. I compiled everything I learned regarding our routine that will help you. Ready? Let’s start with our morning…
Now that your children are rested (and we’ll talk about how to make that happen later), you can get the morning off to the best start with nutrition and complete body support.
Start them off with a nutritious breakfast. Make sure your breakfast includes a complex carbohydrate and protein to keep those bellies full longer!
Add in a Pre/Probiotic. Kidscents MightyPro - Pre/Probiotics that taste like candy and do their job in supporting a healthy gut. This step is actually better to do at night, but if you are prone to forget this step at bedtime, add it to your morning routine! Gut health is important for healthy emotions and the ability to absorb nutrients.
Give them their vitamins! Are you worried that your kids aren’t eating enough veggies? We have you covered. Young Living vitamins are formulated without the dyes and synthetic ingredients found in your typical kid's vitamin.
Kidscents MightyVites chewables - MightyVites benefit from Orgen-kids®, a nutrient-dense, food-based superfruit, plant, and vegetable complex. Free of preservatives and artificial colors and flavors, these delicious, berry-flavored chewables give your children full nutritional support.
MightyZyme chewables contain enzymes that naturally occur in the body to support and assist the digestive needs of growing bodies and the normal digestion of foods.
NingXia Red is packed with superfoods to support overall wellness. This antioxidant-packed drink supports energy levels, normal cellular function, and whole-body and normal eye health. A daily shot of 2–4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants. I always have a stash of frozen individual packs so they can grab one on the way out the door. They love starting their day with a “slushie”.
I don’t know about you, but we like to keep our heads nice and happy in this house. This is the perfect head spray to use every single morning as you brush your child's hair ESPECIALLY if you get that dreaded lice note home from school!
Happy Head Spray Recipe
2 oz. spray bottle.
10 drops Tea Tree oil.
5 drops Lavender oil.
5 drops Rosemary oil.
5 drops Eucalyptus oil.
Fill a 2oz spray bottle halfway with water (it's best to use distilled or bottled water) and add the essential oils. Shake well before each use. Focus the spray towards the scalp around the ear area.
Topical and Aromatic Wellness-
CONSISTENCY IS KEY.
Back in the day, we did things differently.
Parents would wait until they had to keep their kiddo home from school and then they would go to town, dousing him/her in these magic plant juices.
NOW, we all know better. If you use these oils every single day instead of waiting for a problem to develop, the oils can help you maintain your and your child's health.
Nothing is foolproof, but if you find yourself or your kiddos needing to stay home, double the frequency with which you use your essential oils and Thieves Cough drops, the most effective cough drops I have tried. They also taste great!
Your kids will be back at it in no time.
POPULAR EVERYDAY OILS FOR WELLNESS--
Pick a few favorites and diffuse a few drops of each before and after school.
Make a wellness Roll-on by adding 5 drops of three or four oils listed above to a 10 ml bottle then fill it up with a carrier oil.
Now that your kids have the best nutrition in their bellies and are armed with their wellness roll-on, it’s time to support their emotions during and after school.
School can be a rough time for everyone. It is filled with excitement and anxiety. The best way to combat stress quickly is to use essential oils. Remember that when you inhale essential oils, the tiny molecules go deep into the brain, straight to the places that help you manage your emotions.
One of my favorite mom tricks is to apply your child's favorite calming oil to a diffuser bracelet. The lava rocks absorb the oil so your kids can smell it throughout the day. Apply 1-2 drops just before school.
If you are new to oils and aren’t sure which ones to try first, here are a few favorites that are very effective in calming nerves.
- Stress Away
- Valor gives a boost of confidence.
- Peace & Calming is relaxing and calming.
- Vetiver is calming.
- The Feelings Kit is a kit of six oils specifically for emotions. (Harmony™, 5 ml, Forgiveness™, 5 ml, Inner Child™, 5 ml, Present Time™, 5 ml, Release™, 5ml, Valor ™, 5 ml)
Focus for the win!
Whether it’s during school or after, kids are always learning new concepts and need to be able to focus on tasks.
Teach your kids how to use the Focus Roll-On recipe featured in the graphic. Instruct them to roll on their neck and wrists and to inhale when they need help focusing.
If your school does not allow your child to keep essential oils roll-ons in their backpack or at their desk, you can try two alternatives.
1) Have the school nurse hold on to the roll-on. Your children can go see her when they need to apply the Focus Roll-On.
2) Apply one drop of each oil to their diffuser bracelet before they leave for school. Instruct them to smell the bracelet before important focus times like after recess and lunch, and before tests.
POPULAR OILS FOR FOCUS--
- Lavender - Inhaling Lavender essential oil during recess can increase concentration when back to the classroom.
- Brain Power
1) Play around with different oils to see which may be more effective. Every child can respond differently.
2) Use these oils along with the “stay calm” blend for extra effect.
3) Diffuse or apply Lemon to your child’s diffuser bracelet during study time. Apply Lemon again before tests.
I have heard that smelling Lemon oil during a test will help them recall information they retained the last time they smelled Lemon while studying.
When school starts, a lot of kids do sports. Strains and sprains can be a common occurrence during sports season.
Most parents' go-to solutions are common OTC medications like Ibuprofen; however, medications like this can have long-term damaging effects on your child's body.
Instead, try the safe and effective OTC by Young Living called Cool Azul Pain Cream. It provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. A little goes a long way. Apply as often as needed.
Also great for growing pains!
Long practices, games, and tournaments can call for some much-needed muscle relief.
Dilute 1-2 drops of PanAway* and Copaiba to the area of discomfort. For larger surfaces, use more essential oil and carrier oil.
Other favorites are:
- Cool Azul Sports Gel
- Ortho Ease Massage Oil
- Ortho Sport Massage Oil
Nothing says “get ready for school” like a good night’s rest.
Routines are important for kids because they provide quality time before bed. When you have a routine, kids are less likely to resist bedtime, and they are more likely to fall asleep fast and stay asleep through the night.
Try these four steps in your Night Time Routine--
Start with a bath. Baths can be a great way to calm your kids down before bedtime.
Use the KidScents Shampoo and KidScents Bath Gel. They are free of harmful chemicals.
Before putting on pajamas, lotion them up with KidScents lotion. Add a drop of Lavender and apply to feet. YL lotion is formulated with no mineral oils, no synthetic perfumes, no artificial coloring, and no toxic ingredients. Adding Lavender will make sleep even more restful.
Brush their teeth with the KidScents Slique Toothpaste. Some popular kinds of toothpaste still contain triclosan, a harmful chemical the FDA banned from antibacterial hand soap. The Young Living KidScents product does not contain any triclosan or Flouride. It is formulated with all safe and effective ingredients.
Put 4-6 drops of SleepyIze and or Lavender in the diffuser and turn out the lights.
Essential oils effectively calm your children and help them get a restful night's sleep.
That’s it! You just heard the basics of our daily routine during the school year! Shoot me any questions you have. You know I’m happy to help!
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