Yeay, it is back to school again! Aren’t you excited? Not really right? You need to deal with a lot when school time arrives: the morning alarm clock, the healthy breakfast, the absorbing school, the exhausting afternoon, the demanding homework and finally the cranky nighttime. No doubt it is routine, but it does take a toll on you and your kids. Dealing with their emotions and struggles on daily basis is never a walk in the park. But with these marvelous essential oils, you can make things to move in your way.
It is always a hassle to wake young kids, get them dressed and done with their before-school routines. I always wish that they would grow up faster. But Alhamdullilah, daily school routine is definitely made easier with these essential oils.
After their bath and fully dressed for school, it is time to give them a breakfast boost. Although chocolate like those in Chocolate Malt is the fav choice for kids’ instant energy, NingXia Red is better. It is the superjuice for the immediate booster. It is filling as it contains fibers and multitude of vitamins, such as Vitamin B and C and minerals to fill those little bodies.
The Sleepy Heads
If those little heads still groggy during breakfast, diffuse Lemon (or any citrus essential oil of your choice) + Joy Essential Oil. This is to gently wake their brains and get ready for the day. Diffuse this for an uplifting and positive attitude as well as brightening up the mood. It is also good to calm the emotions. Other than Joy, you may wanna diffuse Motivation Essential Oil.
Another alternative for a wakeup call is the Cedarwood Essential Oil. Cedarwood is high in sesquiterpenes. It helps oxygenate the brain. Apply on temple after their shower. Cedarwood also stimulates the release of melatonin and serotonin depending on the body requirements, to regulate wake and sleep cycle. Alternative oil to diffuse at night!
The Resistant Immune System
Just before you let them wear their socks, apply a bit of Thieves Essential Oils to the soles. It can be overwhelming to think about all the absents days that may happen along the school year. Get your kids ahead of the game with this blend.
The Enthusiastic Bunch
On the way to the school, diffuse Peppermint Oil for the car ride to school for nice boost of energy. The strong aroma will help those sluggish feeling. Peppermint helps improves mental accuracy too. No car diffuser? Fret not, few drops on cotton ball and place it at the aircond vent. Alternatively, two drops on your palm and rub both hands for 10-15 seconds, you could start to smell the strong aroma lingering in the car.
The Attentive Student
At school, it can be a challenge for kids to stand out and compete or stay positive all the way to the end. . Apply these on kids before they leave for school; Valor Essential Oil helps to instill confidence and self-esteem. Also apply Clarity and Brain Power Essential Oil on the brain stem at the neck and the temples to enhance mental clarity and memory. It also promotes a clear mind and increases alertness.
The Consistent Student
When the kids are back from school and it is homework time, diffuse Rosemary Oil in the air. Researchers concluded that people who smelled Rosemary Oil experienced improvements in their memory. Or diffuse Peppermint to increase alertness which aids in the ability to focus and concentrate. You can also apply Clarity / Brain Power to the temples and brain stem.
The Tired Little Bones
Finally, it is bedtime for kids. Some kids throw tantrums just before sleep. Apply Thieves to their soles. Diffuse Lavender/Peace and Calming for a restful sleep. To help those kids who often wakes up in the morning cranky, here’s a lil life saver. Apply Joy and Idaho Blue Spruce on their spine before bedtime. It never fail one me! Kids wake up all chirpy. Here’s your secret weapon to a cranky whiny child!
The Dutiful Mom
Moms almost always reward herself last. But that doesn’t mean you don’t get your daily dose to keep you calm and stress free. Stress Away is a great calming oil for you. Apply this before you start your day and when you are done with the kids and its time for you to finally wind down before you hit the sack.
When I was in Indonesia, I showed photos of my kids playing dirt, rain and under the hot sun. And was sharing with them the oils I use for the kids. Oils, before they go under hot weather and under rain or anything, involves water.
In the recent tournament for Harith, the heat was really scorching hot in Penang and they were playing at noon. While waiting for next game, I went to him and put a drop of Frankincense on his crown. I had other boys in the team queued up “me, auntie” “I want too” “me…me!” “can I have too please”.
During the camp recently, Uwais had a fall and came to me for Lavender, one boy spontaneously said “me!”. “but this is for fall”, “oh here then (showed me an almost nonvisible scratch on his leg)” but I applied after all. “Thanks auntie!” and happily he skipped away.
At the end of the camp, was packing up…parents came fetching their kids and one of them saw me with my oil bag. “ Munirah what was it that you applied on my son in Penang, he said it was really helpful, he felt fresh immediately for the next game”, “Ohhh perhaps that was the oil your boy was expecting when I took out Lavender for Uwais. So he was expecting Frankincense!”. “Yes, he said it really helped him that day, they were all so tired by noon, and you came dropping oils on their head…he likes it. It helped he said”
So why did these boys shout out “me…me” when I took out the bottle of Frankincense though they have no idea why am I putting it on Harith’s head. Coz earlier this year, in one of the tournament the organizer had some carnival game. They played in between their match, did the rock climbing and all boys came back with some rope burnt on their palm. I saw boys running after the Coleman box, grab ice and rubbing on their palm. One boy was sitting next to me so I pulled out my oil bag, and gave him a drop of Lavender. Next thing I knew, few boys came to me “Auntie, what was it that you gave to my friend, he asked to get from you coz it works. His hand feels much better now” So I ended up with boys queueing up for a Lavender drop. From then on, whenever I pull out my oil bag…I will have boys saying “me…me” though they have no idea what it is. The oils speak for itself, I need not explain anything to the kids. They just keep coming
“Munirah, can I buy a kit then”, “yes of coz you can” 🙂
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So I no longer have any preschoolers. Uwais started primary school 3 weeks back. He was supposed to start in September but he wanted to finish off his preschool and participate in their year-end concert/graduation. He is having a good time in primary, Alhamdulillah. The first week of schooling, they had field trip, and the third week was their Science Exhibition. Definitely sound fun.
However the first week of school, he had some unpleasant experience. Students who were being provocative for no apparent reason it seems. A few days later Uwais came home telling me his story from school:
Uwais: mommy, that boy no longer disturb me
mommy: oh that’s good to hear
Uwais: you know why?
mommy: no, why?
Uwais: coz I did what teacher taught us “idfa’ billati hiya ahsan…hold bad treatments with kindness”
mommy: so what did you do?
Uwais: He was passing by me, so I said Hi. and he replied. Then I said, I like your shoes…you have a nice bag. so now when he sees me he said Hi, he doesn’t disturb me.
Then he was telling me more about the quotation he was mentioning. During the assembly in the morning, the teacher usually teaches some new values. One of the days, the teacher told us about the ayat. So I did that.
“Good and evil cannot be equal. [Prophet], repel evil with what is better and your enemy will become as close as an old and valued friend” (Fushshilat :34)
MashaaAllah, a good start there Uwais 🙂
What I am going to say next is going to shock some of you. My kids bathe with just water. That’s right. They bathe just using water.
Last weekend, I went to Indonesia for a sharing session with the current and new members of Young Living Indonesia. I did mention to the crowd there about removing chemicals from my kids lives for good. Then, I mentioned my kids only shower with just water. No soaps. I got this response,”Eww, gross”, “Are you out of your mind?” kind of look. The overall look of disbelief and disapproval.
But it is true I do not give my kids soap. Even if I did, they would end up finishing it within a week playing with the bubbles.
So, you think it is unhygienic, oily, stacks many layers of dead skin and smells bad. Not really. Actually, it is very safe to bathe with just water. After their shower, I would rub a drop of Thieves Essential Oil on their sole. This helps to fight against germs and viral infection. My kids’ skin is also no longer prone to dryness. And no more money wasted to buy soap stocks and goodbye harsh chemicals!
There are reasons why I don’t like the over the counter bath gel and shampoo but mainly it is the synthetic chemicals. Our skin has pores and it easily absorbs chemicals onto the skin and into the bloodstream. These things happen while bathing, washing plates, wearing over the counter lotions and applying impure oils. The risk of synthetic chemicals is obvious, oxidative stress, allergic reactions, wax covering the pores, artificial scent sticks to the skin, flaking and dry skin. Why not completely change that by opting for a healthier and natural way of handling life’s routine?
I always encourage my kids to play outdoors, rain or shine. Most parents would freak out or limit their kids from playing in the rain. Fear that they might catch colds. But I wouldn’t worry. Despite playing with mud and dirt, I am grateful they are healthy and no cold in sight. The key here is (1) boost their immune system, (2) chemical free product lifestyle and (3) restful sleep because only during deep sleep the immune system and growth hormone production reaches its maximum.
During a hot sunny day, before my kids out and running under the sun, I would place a drop of Frankincense on their head and if they play during rain or swimming, I would put a drop on their chest, just to seal so that their chest doesn’t become cold and directly preventing them from flu.
At night, to ensure deep sleep, I would diffuse Essential Oils in their rooms. Then they will have a good night sleep and could wake up early with no fuss.
So you can let kids be kids and worry less about your kids’ health. Need to know more about how I help my kids maintain good immune system? Get them to sleep soundly at night? Contact me here.
***Do you know?
According to the Environmental Working Group, women use an average of 12 products a day, containing 168 different chemicals. Men use fewer products, but still put 85 chemicals on their bodies. Teens on average use 17 personal care products a day, according to the group, which tested 20 teens’ blood and urine seven years ago to find out which chemicals from these products were ending up in their bodies. They said they found 16 hormone-altering chemicals, including parabens and phthalates.