Essential Oils & Kids Emotions Post #5

EMOTIONAL FAVORITES

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Here’s the deal; emotions are REAL. Maybe you have a two-nager or a three-nager… or any kind of tiny teen 😉 But what you know for sure is that there is a WHOLE LOT going on in their little minds. Let’s face it, there’s a whole lot going on in YOUR mind and *you* know how to communicate fully. This post is LONG, but bear with us, it’s so worth it!

Our kids are learning about feelings: what they are, how to handle them, and how they make us feel about ourselves and the world around us.

Let me hit you with this: 87-93% of disease comes from our THOUGHT LIFE. Our emotions and feelings!

How? Thoughts become emotions, emotions become attitude. Our attitude is our reaction, and all of our daily reactions make up our lifestyle. It’s those lifestyles that lead to America’s most common diseases.

So as if managing our kiddos’ emotions wasn’t important enough for our own sanity, now we know that helping them to rock their feelings helps them to live a healthy life in EVERY way. Starting with healthy emotions while they’re young is one of the best ways we can love on and take care of our kids.

Dr. Bradley Nelson from “The Emotion Code” said “A trapped emotion is literally a ball of energy, and these will lodge anywhere in the body and disrupt the normal energy field of the body.”

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Sounds whacky, but it makes sense! Listen to this: Our emotions are stored in different parts of our body.

Anger is stored in the Liver & Gallbladder.

Worry is stored in the Stomach.

Grief is stored in the Lungs (ever experienced grief that felt like it took all the breath out of your lungs?)

Fear is stored in the Kidneys.

Stress is stored in the Heart.

This makes sense when our kids have queasy tummies before a big day/presentation/test, or when our hearts have issues because of major stress in our lives, huh? Our littles are experiencing their emotions physically!

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Now get this!!

Of our 5 senses, SMELL is the only one that activates the limbic system where our amygdala lives; this is where we store and process our emotions! And you know what all-natural substances have great smells? Essential oils, of course! We can diffuse or breathe in oils to process our emotions in a healthy way. Mamas, get those diffusers going! Fill the room with goodness straight from the Earth… it was created to help us!

Let’s talk chemistry: one of the main constituents of many essential oils is phenols, which clean and repair the damaged receptor sites on our cells (receptor sites help our cells to know what to do, which keeps our bodies functioning properly). Another constituent is sesquiterpenes, which bring oxygen to the brain – therefore helping the emotion-processing center to breathe and DO WORK.

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So!!!. Listen up, exhausted mamas. Lean in, foster & adoptive parents. Open your notebooks, ANYONE who knows a child! 😉

Let’s talk about the oils to look for and use with your kiddos to support their emotional health:

THE FEELINGS KIT, which includes:

– Valor: great for BRAVERY. We love it on kids (and in the diffuser) for bedtime, before performing, to deal with big feelings, for overcoming obstacles and getting rid of fear!

– Harmony: hello! Who knows kids and wouldn’t like more harmony in their lives? Use this one for feelings of jealousy, negativity, and insecurity. We love it when we see pouting or ungratefulness and it helps our littles feel safe and secure. NEED!

– Forgiveness: We teach them about forgiveness all day long; let’s be intentional about it too! Diffuse it or apply it and help them….. (I can’t help myself) let it gooooo! If your child has experienced trauma or been hurt by someone, this is a great oil to have in your arsenal.

– Inner Child: Oh, this one is good. First, it’s just really fun to let your inner child out. Adults and kids alike can benefit from this oil! On a more serious note, when children have been abused and misused, they become disconnected from their inner child, or identity, which causes confusion (among other things). This oil is a wise choice to help kiddos stay intact with who they are and who they were created to be, rather than emotionally detaching and creating several different personalities for themselves. SO GOOD, you guys.

– Release: Tantrums, meet your match! This blend helps with the release of memory trauma from the liver cells, where anger and hate emotions are stored. It helps release frustration, which we could ALL benefit from, amiright?

– Present Time: This oil might be even better for us mamas than for kiddos. It helps us to focus on living fully in the moment. Mamas, the days are LONG but the years are short. I certainly want to do what I can to enjoy the present, so this is a common go-to in our diffuser throughout the days!

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SURRENDER:

This is a blend of calming, relaxing, emotion-balancing oils that is especially helpful for more dominant personalities. Know any stubborn little people? Give this oil a go.

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AWAKEN:

We call it “the blend of all blends” because it’s filled with a LOT of REALLY GOOD stuff. And the best part? It’s really affordable! Use this baby daily to help yourself and your kids to realize their full potential and believe that they can do HUGE things. You already know they can, and the compounds of this oil help them to know it too.

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Mightyzymes, Wolfberry Crisp Bars, Dried Wolfberries, NingXia Red.

Some recent studies have shown a direct correlation between gut health and emotional health. Sugar and processed foods can take a major toll on a child’s gut and negatively affect their behavior, attitude, and emotions. Young Living has some awesome options for enzymes, snacks and drinks that are HEALTHY, delicious (our kids LOVE them), and lead to healthier, happier kids. WIN!

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MAKE A ROLLER!

In a 10ml roller bottle, combine 15 drops Orange, 12 drops Valor and 10 drops Release. Fill the rest with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. Roll onto your kids’ wrists, back of neck, and feet whenever needed!

You can certainly play around to find the concoction that is best for you. We all respond differently to oils, so find what you and your kids love and ROLL with it! (See what I did there?)

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Whew! My emotions feel more in check already! Who’s with me?!

Essential Oils & Kids Products Post #4

KIDSCENTS LINE!!10

 

Remember how I told you that store bought soaps contain sodium laureth sulfate, a toxic chemical used to remove car grease off of garage floors!? And that both adult and kid shampoos contain phthalates, a toxic chemical that has been banned in children’s toys, but is still found in body cleansing products, and it is known to be an endocrine disruptor!?!

Yeah Young Living has made it SO easy for us to ditch all of that and switch to something more natural for our littles. Young Living has an ENTIRE LINE of children’s products, called the Kidscents Line.

The Kidscents Line has:

-Natural Ingredients

-Therapeutic-grade essential oils

-No mineral oils

-No synthetic perfumes

-No artificial colorings

-No toxic ingredients
Let’s take a closer look at everything in this line!

 

KIDSCENTS OILS

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Young Living has five KidScents® oil blends that are specifically formulated for kids ages 2 to 12 because they are pre-diluted, totally safe, and can be diffused or applied topically. No dilution necessary (although you can if you want), so it takes all the guesswork out of it! You can just slap on a roller fitment and apply! So convenient, right?!

GENEYUS™

Whether you homeschool, public school, private school, or unschool, you know that our kids need focus throughout the day! This oil is AMAZING for that. It helps to stay on task, focus, concentrate and block out distractions. Diffuse or apply topically before school, or during homework time. The oil blend includes Blue Cypress, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang amongst others.

TUMMYGIZE™

This blend calms the body and soothes the tummy with Peppermint, Spearmint, Fennel, Ginger, Tangerine, Anise and Cardamom….just to name a few! I will NEVER go without this oil with me. Keeping tummies happy at any given moment is like a magic wand!

OWIE™

This blend supports the body’s natural healing process and soothes sensitive skin with a combination of oils such as Tea Tree, Elemi, Clove and Helichrysum. When you cut a Helichrysum plant, it quickly regenerates, heals and continues growing; it’s nickname is “everlasting.” So we love using this one as if we are a plant too

SNIFFLE EASE™

This bad boy promotes great sinus function and supports the respiratory and immune systems. It is a combination of several of the Eucalyptus oils, Peppermint, Ravintsara, Lavender, Palo Santo and many more. Breathe easy, sweet little ones!

SLEEPYIZE™

I love sleep and I love it when my kids sleep. It happens REALLY easily and REALLY well when this oil is involved. It helps our kids’ minds and bodies to relax and get incredible rest. It’s a blend Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Tangerine, Bergamot, Frankincense, Valerian and Rue. Diffuse when it’s time to settle down for bedtime. You won’t be sorry!

KIDSCENTS BATH TIME

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Whether you’re relaxing in the bath yourself after a long day or scrubbing that baby clean after his third blowout, bathtime is one of the many places where toxins can creep into our daily regimen if we’re not paying attention. You’re probably getting sick of me saying this, but just take a few minutes and google the ingredients in your “gentle” baby shampoo and you’ll be shocked by how many are known carcinogens or endocrine disruptors (messes with hormones and reproductive systems).

Fortunately, cleaning up your routine is quick and simple and you will know that the products you are using on yourself and your kiddos are not only safe and effective, but actively helping to support their health and well-being.

KIDSCENTS BATH GEL #3684
A safe, gentle soap that cleanses and protects sensitive skin. Formulated with MSM, aloe vera, antioxidants, and pure Lemon, Cedarwood, and other essential oils, this liquid soap is pH balanced for children’s skin.

How to use: apply a small amount of KidScents Liquid Soap to a washcloth or directly to the ski. Rub gently, then rinse.

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KIDSCENTS SHAMPOO #3686

Contains no synthetic perfumes, colors, or toxic ingredients. The natural components in this shampoo—aloe, MSM, Chamomile, and Tangerine and Lemon essential oils—effectively and gently cleanse without causing irritation.

How to use: Apply a small amount of KidScents® Shampoo to the hair. Lather then rinse.

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KIDSCENTS LOTION #3682

Contains safe, gentle ingredients to moisturize and soften sensitive skin. The premium blend of MSM, shea butter, aloe vera, and pure Cedarwood, Geranium, and other essential oils supports healthy-looking skin for children of all ages. (Plus, Cedarwood is the PERFECT oil to put on right before bed. HELLO SLEEP!)


KIDSCENTS HAPPY TUSHES

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Do you have a little one still in diapers!? If so, this post is for you!!!

Let’s chat about KidScents Tender Tush. Tender Tush has a balm/ointment type feeling and consistency. It features Lavender, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Coriander, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, Bergamot (furocoumarin-free), Cistus, Ylang Ylang, and Geranium essential oils. In addition to the aforementioned oils, it contains olive oil, almond oil, and wheat germ oil (making it not gluten free) coconut oil, cocoa butter and beeswax. This mild essential oil moisturizer promotes healthy skin while soothing sensitive skin support healthy skin and soothe sensitive skin. It’s free of all that stuff we try to stay away from (synthetic perfume, artificial colorings, or harsh chemicals).

KIDSCENTS TOOTHPASTE

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Mommas, are you ready to not have to worry if your kids accidentally swallow some of their toothpaste!?!

Good because there is no warning label on the Kidscents Toothpaste to call poison control immediately if they do happen to swallow some toothpaste.  Toothpaste goes into your mouth and if it is dangerous to swallow you should not be putting it into your mouth.

Not only is Young Living’s Kidscents toothpaste made with children in mind, it has some amazing health benefits with the components that are infused into the toothpaste with Thieves and Slique essential oils. This toothpaste is safe without the use of fluoride, dyes, synthetic colors, artificial flavors, or preservatives.

KIDSCENTS SUPPLEMENTS

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 –KIDS MIGHTYZYME CHEWABLES–
These chewables are all natural vegetarian chewable tablet designed to help children combat the negative effects of enzyme depletion and address each of the digestive needs of growing bodies.
Why are these important?

Because basically, even the healthiest diet is useless without enzymes.

Enzymes are substances that make life possible. They are needed for every chemical reaction that takes place in the human body. Without enzymes, not activity at all would take place. Neither vitamins, minerals, nor hormones can do any work without enzymes. This is what makes enzyme depletion especially concerning, and why it needs to stop in the interest of human health.
Unfortunately, enzymes are being depleted at every stage from seed to plate. This has caused enzyme deficiencies in the human body that leads to all kinds of health conditions.

The main causes of enzyme depletion include:

  • Pesticides and chemicals
  • Hybridization and genetic engineering (GMOs in their diet)
  • Bovine growth hormone (non organic milk)
  • Pasteurization
  • Irradiated food
  • Excess intake of unsaturated and hydrogenated fats (junk food in any amounts)
  • Cooking at high temperatures
  • Microwaving
  • Radiation and electromagnetic fields
  • Geopathic stress zones
  • Fluoridated water (tap water)
  • Heavy metals (ingredients in most vaccinations)
  • Mercury amalgam dental fillings
  • Root canals

Defend those sweet systems with a flood of healthy enzymes!
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–KIDSCENTS MIGHTYVITES–

Using nutrient-dense whole food sources, MightyVites contain superfruits, plants and veggies that deliver the full-spectrum of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients for children’s developing bodies.
Real talk: When I looked at the back of the Flinstones vitamins, and I was grossed out to find high fructose corn syrup and chemical dyes in them!!! What I thought was setting kids up for success was really sabotaging their health. No more! We said goodbye to those suckers and hello to MightyVites!!
Some of my favorite things that MightyVites put into our kiddos’ bodies:
* Vitamin B6: B6 is a big one. Here are some of the benefits that will make you want to pretty much bathe in it

-Vitamin B6 helps maintain healthy brain function.

-The vitamin plays a key role in synthesizing antibodies that are needed to fight various diseases.

-.Vitamin B6 helps in maintaining normal nerve function. It plays a crucial role in the synthesis of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin. It also assists normal nerve cell communication.

-The vitamin helps in forming red blood cells.

-It helps in breaking down and digesting proteins. So, the higher the protein intake, the greater is the requirement of vitamin B6.
* Magnesium: Magnesium is essential for the relaxation of muscle fibers. Without this essential mineral, spasms and twitches are a common problem. Magnesium helps muscles in the body relax and function properly without disturbances. When the body feels calm, it is easier for hyperactive children to behave calmly.
Of course, there are dozens of other health benefits that come with getting plenty of magnesium, and here are just a few examples:

– Magnesium is essential in regulating blood sugar, which can prevent highs and lows.

– It helps absorb and utilize other important minerals and nutrients.

– It activates enzymes that manage energy production, nutrient absorption, hormone production, and much more.

– It’s a powerful antioxidant that protects the body from free radical damage.

All of these factors can improve the overall health of our children and help manage conditions like ADD and hyperactivity.

 

* Choline: “the memory vitamin” for assisting kiddos’ brains to learn & remember!

Those are just 3 of the action-packed ingredients of MightyVites. These yummy chewable tablets are heaven-sent!

 FOCUS FAVORITES

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 “Focus, focus, focus.” When it comes to thriving kids, the ability to focus on the task at hand is obviously pretty important. While we certainly love our crazy children, we also want to put only the best most natural things in or on their bodies to help keep their brains on one track. Enter: essential oils.

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GeneYus:

This is a blend from our KidScents line that is pre-diluted, safe for littles, and an absolute MUST HAVE for any kids who want a mind that is clear, determined, and focused. This oil blend includes Blue Cypress, Cedarwood and Ylang Ylang amongst others.

We use it while homeschooling in the diffuser. Kids put it onto diffuser bracelets or into roller bottles to take to school with them. It rocks and our lives have been forever changed by it.

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MindWise – This is a Memory blend supplement that has ALCAR, GPC, and bio-identical CoQ10, ingredients that have been studied for their incredible beneficial health properties (Google them! Do it!).. Generous amounts of vitamin D3 also show up, and we love that. MindWise supports normal memory function and overall cognitive and cardiovascular health. Boom, baby.

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For kids who need lots and lots of focus and concentration support, we recommend making a roller bottle:

– 10 drops Vetiver

– 10 drops Lavender

– 10 drops Cedarwood

Fill the rest of your 10ml roller bottle with a carrier oil (like Olive Oil) and roll onto wrists, back of neck and spine throughout the day as needed.

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A study took place over 2 years in kids ages 6 to 12. Twenty of the kids had normal, healthy focus and the other twenty of them were wanting (or needing) focus support.

The essential oils chosen for the case study were Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Brain Power (a blend of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, Cedarwood, Blue Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum.)

The oils were administered in this fashion: one of the oils were administered by inhalation 3 times a day for 30 days. An inhalation device was also used at night to administer a continuous inhalation of oil.

The subject then inhaled when needed, about 3 times during the day when they began to feel “scattered”. The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the brainwaves back into normal patterns and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns.

Each subject was tested on each oil for 30 days and then reevaluated by

testing. Then another oil was used for 30 days and reevaluated, until each of the oils had been tested. Lastly, oil combinations were used, e30 day period. (Brain Power with Lavender, with Cedarwood, and Vetiver.)

The final results were: Lavender increased performance by 53%, Cedarwood increased performance by 83% and Vetiver increased performance by 100%.

SO COOL HUH?!

Link to study: http://files.meetup.com/1481956/ADHD%20Research%20by%20Dr.%20Terry%20Friedmann.pdf