Recently, I was asked to write about keeping children healthy. Since I have an 8 year old and I am very interested in staying well I have been pondering this topic and wondering where to start. I have decided that it has to be a multi-part posting. I weave so many different strategies into staying well and the single most important aspect to wellness in my opinion is taking preventative measures and being aware of your child’s general baseline. Tuning in and paying attention to your child’s mood and energy level can be helpful and a useful indicator as to how they are feeling before signs of illness show up. Of course, like anything this is not an absolute statement because sometimes there can be a fever or cold that comes on suddenly.
This is my own personal experience with sickness. Your experience will be different and these are just some thoughts abut how you can help your child feel better from more mild illnesses.
Aside from eating a whole foods diet (which I believe is a key factor in a child’s wellness) therapeutic-grade essential oils are one of my first lines of defense – especially for being proactive.
Through those resources you will learn how to use some of the most well known oils and their functions. It is crucial that you use the purest quality oils available. Inferior quality oils will not produce therapeutic results and can actually be toxic.
Essential oils have been used throughout time dating back to 4500 BC. Research shows that pure essential oils can provide similiar benefits to humans and animals that they give to plants.
The oils that I usually choose for keeping my child well are: eucalyptus radiata to support the respiratory system, patchouli to support the digestive system, lavender for cuts, scrapes, burns and headaches and tea tree for skin irritations. I use them all with a carrier oil and I never use essential oils on her face. Most essential oils can create a inhospitable environment for microbes and bacteria. To learn more you can set up a session with me.
There are specific ways & guidelines to use essential oils safely and effectively. I believe that having a support person while learning how to use the oils responsibly is important and will help you in using the oils instead of allowing them to collect dust on your bathroom shelf. Generally, there are 250 drops in a 15ml bottle and approximately 85 drops in a 5ml bottle. They do last for a while and they have a long shelf life when not mixed with carrier oils.
Some sources for your therapeutic-grade essential oils are:
Young Living essential oils (my member # 650126)
Original Swiss Aromatics
New Directions Aromatics (Canada)