Well, the summer break is coming to an end and it won’t be long before the schools reopen again. For me, this time of the year is particularly challenging, not to mention how challenging it is for my teenage son who has to deal with new subjects and prepare to go back to a more regimented routine (like most kids, he hates waking up early!)
I know that many mothers like me would be sailing in the same boat and would find these aromatherapy “back to school” tips very helpful in dealing with the transition.
Create a Calming Environment
With a new academic year ahead of them, it is natural for children to feel fidgety and anxious. Establish a calming environment for them with Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend
, which will help them wind down and get some restful sleep. You may also try a bedtime bath routine by adding 6 drops Of Sleep Time Essential Oil Blend to a cup of sea salt and mixing this in the bath water. When children sleep well, they are better prepared to face the day ahead.
Improve Concentration and Focus
After having a fun time throughout the vacations, children may find it difficult to focus on studies and homework. Spearmint
, Peppermint, Cardamom
are some oils that are known to stimulate the mind, strengthen memory and enhance concentration. I have combined these oils in my Memoria Blend
and I regularly use it for my son whenever he has loads of homework or a big test coming up.
Prepare Them for the Day
Getting up early in the morning is probably the worst part about going back to school. If your child comes to the breakfast looking all groggy, help them perk up with Memoria Essential Oil Blend
. This essential oil blend is tonic for the mind and the nervous system, and will help you child stay bright and alert throughout the day.
Boost Their Immunity
Back-to-school time is often associated with colds and other infections triggered by the change in routine and physical environment. You can help your child stay healthy by asking them to place a washcloth with 2 drops of Immune Support Essential Oil Blend
on their chest while taking a hot shower. Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Niaouli Pine, Ravensara
are very effective in fighting infections and strengthening the body’s natural immunity. I have used them all in my Immune Support Essential Oil.
Take Away Their Pains
When you child starts a new academic year, there is a sudden burst of activity, especially sports. This can lead to muscular cramps and body aches. If you are a parent, you probably know what I am talking about. Lavanding, Peppermint
have the ability to relieve sore muscles, improve circulation and reduce inflammation. The next time, instead of handing over a harsh painkiller to your child, just try Pain Begone Body Oil
Encourage a Positive Frame Of Mind
Stress, anxiety and nervousness are all part of student and teenage life. If you see your child undergoing bouts of restlessness and hyperactivity, help them calm down with Citrus Delight Essential Oil.
The ingredients in this blend are Bergamot, Grapefruit
Its fresh scent can help relieve feelings of depression, fear and anger, and can help make phases of transition easier for your child. In fact, you can combine 30 drops of Citrus Delight Essential Oil Blend
with 4 oz of Carrier Oil
and use it for a daily massage.
Did you know that giving your child a relaxing aromatherapy massage is one of the best ways to bond with them? Children (and even adults) thrive on human touch because it is comforting and makes them feel secure. It also lets them know how much you love them and assures them that you will always be there for them
. When you establish a massage routine, you and your child will look forward to spending that “quality time” with each other every day.
Do you have any back-to-school tips to share? I would love to hear from you!
© 2013, Cristina Proano-Carrion,
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.