Currently, we are in the beautiful city of “San Francisco”. Having lived here for many years, visiting it and introducing my son to the beauty of this city brings a lot of joy.
I took my son to Pier 39 where the wild Sea Lions have made a home. It is an amazing site to watch. One of the Sea Lion had an open wound. My 2 year old son noticed it and said ” Mama, Sea Lion ouchi – Oils – Lavender”I had such a proud mama moment. It is such an empowering feeling to know that your chid can ask for their needs to be met. He knew the power of Lavender and he related to how it helped him.
Here he is, running around Pier 39 and ofcourse it is totally freezing. Mark Twain said ” The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”.
Our hotel room smells like a spa with the diffuser going and the all the oils that I never leave without. It is such a relief to know that I can keep our immune system up. And right before we left, the toddler decided to feel under the weather, that is life, right??? So, it was doubly important that I got all the stuff that I use for him to get him back to feeling himself.
Here are just some of the items that I took with me. The diffuser is missing as it is next to the bed. The Thieves Spray is in my backpack. The Lavender Shampoo is in the shower. I can never travel without my oils
Finally, here is a picture of the two handsome men in my life at the Japanese Tea Garden
I recently read this article that my friend Amanda sent to me about items that make travel easy with a child / children. Guess what was one of the items recommended in the list. Yes, you guessed right, Thieves Spray ( #17).
This, my friend is something I never leave the home without. Not only can it be used to sanitize toilet seats ( much needed when your toddler is starting to use public toilets. I am still grossed out if he touches anything in the public toilet setting), door knobs, act as a room freshener, it is wonderful for any surface that needs a good shot of clean. Another plus to this is that it can serve as a mouth freshener if you need one or even soothe your throat ( just spray at the back of your mouth)
My husband who travels a ton has become a big fan on this and insists on carrying one with him at all times. That is the biggest testament one can ever get, given how right brained my husband is.
I carry this with me not only while traveling but also for our regular day to day outings to the park or pick up after day care. It is so easy to do a quick spray of the hands and toys after play. I love it as it is non toxic unlike the popular brands available in the market. CNN wrote an article on how hand sanitizers are not only toxic but can also affect the immune system.
Another article states how Triclosan, an ingredient found in hand sanitizers and anti bacterials soaps and many cosmetics can disrupt the endocrine functioning and may also cause breast cancer. For all these reason, please please do read labels before buying any product.
This is the main reason I choose YL products for my family as they are clean and completely non toxic.
Recently, I have been getting many requests from mamas inquiring about oils that can help school age children with focus and calming. So, I thought of writing something about it. Essential Oils are a source of viable support to the human body, mind and spirit. It does this by restoring natural function without adverse side effects. It corrects and restores proper cellular memory and can be emotionally balancing.
Of course, this in combination with clean food and environment will be the ideal set up for restoring natural balance in the system. So, definitely look at gut health and diet while also using the oils to support the child.
Here are a few essential oils recipes for Focus and Calming
Focus Blend: Cedarwood, Lavender, Vetiver and Frankincense
Cedarwood EO – 15 drops
Lavender EO – 15 drops
Vetiver- 15 drops
Frankincense – 15 drops
Carrier Oil – 60 drops ( V-6, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil)
Roller Bottle – 1
Mix all in the roller bottle and apply on the temples, brain stem or big toe once a day or as needed. You can also diffuse this blend – just reduce the quantity to 2 drops each.
Other Diffuser Options:
Rosemary EO – 3 DropsLemongrass – 3 Drops
You can apply these oils to your temples, wrists, behind the ears or the big toe. These oils are mild enough to apply directly with or without dilution.
So, in summary, here are some ways of using all the oils that I have listed above…
- Cedarwood, Vetiver and Lavender on the back of the neck, Brain Power on the temples and Peace & Calming at night
- Valor on the big toe, on the temples especially during test days.
- Focus Roller on the temples and back of the neck during the day. Lavender of Peace & Calming diffused at night.
- Diffusing Lemon and Peppermint for focus.
- Lavender, Vetiver and Cedarwood on the big toe.
As always, just a reminder that these are only my opinions and the only Essential Oils company that I trust enough to use on me and my precious family is Young Living.
And therefore is not safe to be used on little boys or children? That is the question that I was asked when talking to a friend. It has come up a few times since then and so I thought of writing a blog about it.
The study that was quoted to me was from one done with a sample of 3 subjects who used some product that contained Lavender EO. What the study did not take into account was the other additives in the product that was used. Plus, the purity of the Essential Oil was not cited either.
This study by Robert Tisserand shows that Lavender Oil does not mimic estrogen nor does it enhance the body’s own estrogen. I trust the results provided here.
Since I use it on my kiddo, I personally will not do anything to harm him so I have done so much research on what is safe for him and what is not. In fact, it is always something that I carry with me as it is so versatile. So, this is all to say that it does not concern me to use Lavender on him.
You can read more from other bloggers like this and this on this hot topic.
So, as you probably noticed, I have been on hiatus for a while now. Life has been very busy – moving, toddler, holidays, starting a new business venture, classes, life – you get the picture. And this time has challenged me beyond what I can put down in words, nothing serious like what people are experiencing in the world at this time. It has more to do with being called to trust and have faith in the path that has been chosen for me. I have struggled with being a parent, a wife, a daughter, a therapist to my clients when life has been so chaotic.
What has kept me going is ‘Faith’. I don’t mean that in a religious context, but more in terms of keeping me grounded. My friend Rebecca gave me this mug and it summarizes my feelings on Faith
Oh! have I not fallen and made mistakes. This is where practicing self forgiveness comes into the picture as well.
And of course, Young Living has oils for that. They make the best blends ever – Faith and Forgiveness.
Essential Oils are like energy medicine. Plants have frequencies in them and Gary Young has mastered the art of combining the plants to make the desired frequency. That, to me is amazing as it is so accessible to lay people.
Often, I set an intention as I am applying the essential oil. I also apply oils that target emotions to the brain stem as I set the intention. It targets the amygdala which is the emotion center. It is quite up lifting. What I love about blends like these is that there is no room to stay stuck in an emotional state. There is no room to dwell and once you release the emotion, you get to move on. How cool is that???
I hope you try these amazing oils. Again, please let me know how I can be of service to you.