Equip Your Child with Immune Support, Mental Clarity and Enhanced Memory, Concentration and Creativity
With the start of school, families face new challenges. School bells ring, and so do early morning alarm clocks. Shorter autumn days bring afterschool and sports events, and cold and flu season becomes a parent’s constant worry. The best way to ward off infection and stress is by building immune systems that help your children cope with the onslaught of new germs.
You may not realize that essential oils can help build your child’s immune system. Certain essential oil blends are proven through research to combat germs, infections, viruses and bacteria. In the doTERRA line of essential oils, On Guard is the recommended blend; in the Young Living line of oils, a similar blend is Thieves. On Guard, for example, has been scientifically proven to kill MRSA, a deadly form of staph that is very resistant to antibiotics. Research has also shown that On Guard, a blend of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, is 90 percent effective at inhibiting viral replication of the H1N1 flu virus.
To help kids with mental clarity throughout the school day, peppermint oil works well when applied to the temples, at the base of the skull or a drop on the tongue (with an oil graded for internal use). It will help perk up the senses and can improve memory and alertness. This is a great oil to use prior to exams, and it doubles as a first aid remedy to calm stomach aches and pain relief for various aliments such as headaches and bruises when applied topically.
For children with ADD and ADHD, the application of vetiver settles a child’s brain waves back to normal patterns, which can help improve school performance and behavior patterns. It can be applied topically or taken internally and has very fast results. Homework Help When your child returns home and starts on homework, try diffusing and applying to the base of the skull rosemary and lemon oil. Rosemary has a long history of increasing memory, concentration and even creativity. Modern Japanese research confirms that rosemary acts as a brain stimulant. In addition, one interesting study showed that people using lemon oil made 54 percent fewer typing errors.
Finally, when it’s time for bed, consider starting with a warm bath and add a drop or two of lavender, which will help calm and relax your child. You can also use lavender in a room diffuser or use diluted lavender in a spray bottle to spray a little on a pillow. Applying a little lavender on the bottoms of each foot will help your child experience a restful night with lots of sweet dreams.
Ashley Stone is a nutrition and health coach who promotes the use of doTERRA products to restore health, recover from deficiencies and address disease. She is a master herbalist of 20 years and healed herself of stage 3 cervical cancer 15 years ago. For more information about Stone and doTERRA products, visit www.stoneoils.com or call 210-843-5179.
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