School is starting in just a few weeks, which is CRAZY to me.
And this time of year, I get this one question a lot - what oils will support my child when they can’t focus in class?
I also hear this question from grown-ups who struggle to focus in lectures, or in those 1-hour business meetings that should have been an email…you know the ones. Lots of things can clutter our focus. Sometimes it is anxiety, a racing mind, poor diet and sleep patterns, an excess of caffeine/sugar in our diet, or too much activity in our lives. Sometimes it is related to a learning disability or a developmental disorder. Whatever is keeping a person from focusing, it can be very discouraging, especially if it is chronic. We want to support a clear, uncluttered and calm mind and that’s what we’re going to attempt to do right now.
I say this all the time, but here it is again - I am not a doctor or medical professional. I can’t diagnose, cure or treat anyone, and I cannot prescribe anything. I can tell you that there is a lot of research available on essential oils and supporting a person’s focus. If your child has a specific diagnosis, always check with your doctor before implementing a new regimen of anything. Your doctor is the expert; I am not. I also recommend that the person struggling to focus (for whatever reason) stop eating corn syrups, highly processed foods, and caffeine/sugars/artificial sweeteners. I am not trying to be your nutritionist by any stretch, but we all would function better if we cleaned the crap out of our diet. Your brain is an organ and it is connected to your gut. Straight facts.
Ok, I’m off my soapbox. Let’s build our rollers! Rollers are a quick and effective way to get oils on your skin and in your body. I am only talking about Young Living Essential Oils. I know zilch, squat, nada about other companies and cannot recommend that you use their oils, so if you ask me ‘What about so-and-so’s blend…?” Baby, I ain’t got no clue. I know what I use.
If you are sending these rollers to school with your child, please let your child’s teacher know that these will be coming to school with them, and how often they will be using them. I often suggest the organic sunflower oil (available on Amazon) as a carrier oil because it is nut free.
Gather your carrier oil and roller bottles first.
Recommended carrier oils (all available on Amazon, and organic is your best bet):almond, fractionated coconut, sunflower (for the nut allergy folks), olive, avocado.
Roller bottles with stainless steel roller balls
Now decide what you are trying to address/support, and add 3-5 drops of each oil in the blend you are creating. Pour the essential oils in BEFORE topping off with the carrier oil because you want to be sure you have all of the oils in the bottle.
Struggling to focus due to fearful, racing thoughts: Bergamot, Geranium and Clary Sage
Wake up and focus: Basil, Lemon, Peppermint and Rosemary
To calm a SUPER active person: Lavender, Peace & Calming, Citrus Fresh, Valor
To support rest: Cedarwood, Lavender, RutaVaLa
For studying: Diffuse Peppermint while the student is studying, and send them to school with Peppermint in their roller on test day.
Rollers you can purchase pre-mixed: Peace & Calming, Tranquil, RutaVaLa
To use, have the person roll the oil behind their ears and along the back of their neck. You cannot over-do it, but you don’t have to slather your neck. Just a quick roll of oil 2-3 times a day is perfect.
If rollers are not allowed in your place of work or your child’s classroom, you can diffuse at night while the person is sleeping. The goal is to get the oils into the body regularly, so diffusing at night is great. You can also apply the oils to the bottoms of your feet while you sleep.
Have a wonderful school year everyone!
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