Whilst the start of the school year is an exciting time for many, it also brings about the start of the playground colds & flus, cuts & scrapes and stress & exhaustion that goes with it.
To help you through these first weeks we’ve compiled a list of our must have back to school essential oils. Over the next 5 days we’ll share these with you along with some tips & tricks on how to use them.
Our first must have oil.
Why we love it.
Not just a pretty smell, Lavender really is a super powerful oil and we especially love it for kids!
Most well known for it’s calming properties Lavender is great if your little ones are feeling a little nervous about going to school. Just add a couple of drops to a roller bottle, fill with a carrier oil and apply to the neck, wrists and chest. This is also a great option to pop into their school bag, if they’re feeling a little uneasy they can re-apply throughout the day. (A drop of Frankincense in the blend is a great addition also).
We all know how exhausting those first few weeks are. Settling into new routines, getting the brain to work again, heightened emotions. If your house is anything like mine, you’ll have a few nighttime meltdowns before the week is over.
Lavender works wonders at calming the mind so you’re able to relax and (hopefully) fall asleep before the melt downs kick in. You might like to try:
* Add 4-5 drops of Lavender essential oil to a bedroom diffuser around 1/2 hour before bedtime.
- Mix 2 drops of Lavender oil with some carrier oil and add to a warm bath.
- Use your pre-mixed Lavender roll on for a nice massage before bed.
Lavender isn’t just about relaxing. It’s chock full of anti-microbial & anti-fungal properties making it a must have for your first aid kit.
Use as an antiseptic for minor cuts, scrapes & bruises.
- Mix 3-5 drops of lavender oil and 3-5 drops of tea-tree oil into a tablespoon of coconut oil (it also has tonnes of amazing properties that are great for your skin and healing).
Have teenagers in the house with a few spots popping up? Lavender has also shown to be beneficial in helping to clear up minor acne, and reduce the redness and inflammation. Again a few drops diluted in coconut oil and applied to clean skin (I know it sounds crazy but if you have oily skin, you actually want to add oil to it to reduce the oil your skin is producing on it’s own….I never believed this…it’s true!)
And the thing we fear the most……head lice. It’s a never ending battle!
There are many essential oils that have shown to help keep head lice at bay. Among them…Lavender!
Mix 100ml of oil (olive oil from the pantry is perfect) with 15-20 drops of essential oil. Combine Lavender & Tea-tree. You can also add oils like peppermint (bugs hate peppermint), cinnamon, eucalyptus, neem, or clove.
Shake well and apply to the hair. Be sure to coat the entire head. If you can, leaving overnight is best otherwise leave on the hair for as long as you can. Then using a nit comb thoroughly comb through the hair to remove lice & their eggs. Be sure to repeat the process in a weeks time to break the cycle.
As a prevention:
Lice don’t like oil. They can’t lay their eggs on oily hair, they don’t stick. Keep a spray bottle of the above mixture pre-made and spray onto hair every other day (without making your kiddos look/feel like an oil slick of course)! Or you can just mix the EO’s with water if you don’t like the idea of oil, the essential oils will still help to keep the lice at bay.
There really is so much Lavender oil can do. It’s our number one oil for back to school!