If you or your kids are heading back to school soon, then you should read this.
I always loved getting out to buy new school supplies. After a full summer of no school, I was anxious to get back. Probably just because it was a change in routine again. I guess I was getting bored with all that free time, even though I kept myself busy.
But every time I went back to school, I managed to get sick numerous times throughout the school year. I wish I knew then what I know now!
Essential oils, specifically Young Living essential oils, can help you stay healthy, improve your immunity, increase your concentration and retention of information, improve your mood, eliminate toxins and chemicals (and their health risks) in your home and your life, improve the look and feel of your skin, help with weight management, and much, much more.
As a teacher you can diffuse essential oils to help your students concentrate and/or settle down. As a student, you can also diffuse essential oils to relax, sleep better, concentrate and focus more fully, retain information easier, energize yourself for those all-nighters when you have to study for exams, and keep you less stressed when having to prepare papers, give presentations or write exams. As a parent, you and your family can reap the same benefits.
But essential oils are for much more than diffusing!
I wrote a whole blog post about this on my personal blog site. I hope you take a moment to check it out so you can see just what essential oils can do to help you manage your school year.
Some of my other posts include:
There are also DIY recipes for things like foaming hand wash, face serum and more. Check out my personal blog here.
Lavender essential oil is oftentimes referred to as "The Swiss Army Knife" of oils. Why the comparison to a Swiss Army Knife? It's because Lavender:
- is our most popular single essential oil
- is so beneficial that it has a multitude of uses
Just like a Swiss Army Knife, Lavender is very versatile and can be used for many different purposes.
I personally use it in my skincare regimen, and honestly, my face feels incredibly softer and my skin texture is so much smoother, I don't know why I didn't try it before! Want to know my secret recipe for Face Serum? Ssh, don't tell anyone! Here it is:
- 1/2 cup coconut oil (organic)
- 1 tsp. liquid vitamin E
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops geranium essential oil
Mix all together and store in a glass jar. When kept cool, it will solidify, when warm it will melt - use it whichever way you like. When you want to get some out of the jar, use a cotton swab to keep the mixture from getting tainted with germs and impurities from your hands.
NOTE: Because this mixture's base is coconut oil, a very enriching oil all by itself, this serum is...well...oily. But do not be afraid to use it, especially on mature skin. If your skin is dry, has wrinkles, or just needs freshening up, this hydrating serum will benefit your skin immensely. It will go on oily, of course, but that will soak in, leaving your skin soft and supple. If it still appears too oily after 10 or 15 minutes, just blot some off. All of the ingredients are so beneficial to maintaining healthy skin. Your skin will thank you.
I also use Lavender on other parts of my body to help maintain healthy skin.
Another great use for Lavender is in a diffuser - in your home, office, schoolroom, or even in your car. Yes, there are USB diffusers you can even use in your automobile (Hint: you can plug one into your computer as well to take advantage of it while working or studying)! For a home diffuser, just add about 5 drops to a diffuser full of water - more or less, depending on your own preference. The whole area will smell divine!
And Lavender is also great at helping to reduce the symptoms of a cold or cough.
When you massage Lavender essential oil into your skin - for larger areas, dilute with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, avocado oil, olive oil, apricot seed oil, etc. (please use organic ones) - it can help relieve joint and/or muscle pain associated with strains, sprains and even rheumatoid arthritis!
Feeling a little overwhelmed at the end of the day? Why not soak in a Lavender bath? The DIY recipe for Lavender Bath Salts is so simple, even a child can make it in less than 5 minutes!
- 1 cup Epsom salts
- 10 drops of Lavender essential oil (or you can use any oil of your choice, but Lavender will help relax you at the end of the day)
Pour the Epsom salts into a glass jar, add the Lavender essential oil on top, place lid on jar. I would suggest shaking it up just a bit, and letting it sit at least 24 hours before use. Then, just pour the whole lot into a hot bath, while the water is running, so the Epsom salts will easily dissolve.
Do you get headaches? Lavender can help with that too!
Also, if you're like me and sometimes forget to take the laundry out of the dryer (you know the clothes don't smell so good after that), you can make a Linen Spray (use it on any cloth, really) and make your clothes smell amazing. Here's the simple recipe (it makes a lot!):
- 1 1/2 cups distilled water
- 1/2 cup vodka (try to get 90 proof - this helps the spray to dry quickly)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- reusable spray bottle
Place water and vodka in bottle. Add Lavender essential oil. Place sprayer lid on top, shake it up, and spray on clothes, bedding, curtains - whatever needs freshening.
NOTE: Put some in a 1 or 2 oz. glass spray bottle and take it to the gym with you. Spray it in your smelly gym shoes and on your gym clothes. That way when you get home your gym bag won't knock you out with odor! Or spray a bit in the air to freshen your room.
A simple trick we used in the real estate business during an open house was to arrive early and place a couple of drops of essential oil on each of the light bulbs in every room. We even used different scents for different rooms. Thieves, with its spicy aroma, was great in the kitchen - made us think something delicious was baking. Purification, with its citrusy smell, was great in the bathroom, making it smell clean and fresh. And Lavender was awesome in the bedroom, making everyone feel so relaxed! It made the houses smell amazing!
With such a varied selection of uses, it's no wonder Lavender essential oil is called The Swiss Army Knife of Oils! Why not try some today? You'll be glad you did.
You can find out more about Lavender essential oil here: http://wp.me/p61D4y-1nu