As our children are getting ready to head back to school, we as parents may be dreading some of the typical issues that come with that – lice, ADD and ADHD, focus, fear and all those bugs that they like to bring home and share – coughs, colds and stomach bugs. We have a natural alternative for these issues that are as easy as A, B, C.
The most common remedy for lice (pediculoisis) and their eggs (nits) is lindane (gamma benzene hexachloride), a highly toxic polychlorinated chemical that is structurally very similar to hazardous banned pesticides such as DDT and chlordane. It is so dangerous that Dr. Guy Sansfacon, head of the Quebec Poison Control Centre in Canada, has requested that lindane be banned.
Essential oils offer a safe, effective alternative. A 1996 study by researchers in Iceland showed the effectiveness against head ice of the essential oils of anise seed, cinnamon bark, thyme, melaleuca (M. alternifolia), peppermint, and nutmeg in shampoo and rinse solutions.
Head Lice Recipe:
4 drops thyme
2 drops lavender
2 drops geranium
Combine oils in a glass jar (never plastic). You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oils that are used. Add 1 tsp. of oil recipe diluted 50/50 to shampoo and massage onto entire scalp.
Cover with disposable shower cap and leave on for at least ½ hour.
Rinse well using 1 cup of Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash massaged into hair and scalp. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing out.
Note: whenever diluting Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils use organic, cold-pressed olive or coconut oil. If you use something else it will prevent the YLEO from absorbing properly and penetrating the cells to provide their therapeutic effect.
Terry Friedmann, MD, in 2001 completed pioneering studies using essential oils to combat ADD and ADHD. Using twice-a-day inhalation of essential oils including vetiver, cedarwood, and lavender, Dr. Friedmann was able to achieve clinically significant results in 60 days.
Researchers postulate that essential oils mitigate ADD and ADHD through their stimulation of the limbic system of the brain.
Because attention deficit disorder may be caused by mineral deficiencies in the diet, increasing nutrient intake and absorption of magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals can also have a significant, beneficial effect in resolving ADD.
Recommended oils are: (singles) Vetiver, lavender, cedarwood, sandalwood, cardamom, peppermint, frankincense; (blends) Brain Power, Peace & Calming, Clarity, Ruta Vala, and Tranquil Roll-On; (supplements) MultiGreens, Master Formula HIS or HERS, OmegaGize, Mineral Essence, NingXia Red, Power Meal, Balance Complete, Essentialzyme and Detoxzyme.
Application and Usage:
Diffuse your choice of oils for ½ hour 4-8 times a day as desired.
Put 2-3 drops of the desired oil in your hands and rub them together, cup your hands over your nose, and inhale throughout the day as needed.
Put 2-3 drops of oil on a cotton ball or tissue and put it in an air vent in your house, vehicle, hotel room, etc.
You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oil or oils being used.
Ingestion or Oral:
Each bottle of Young Living Essential Oil states on the label whether or not it can be digested. If it says “Dietary Supplement” on the label, follow those guidelines. Young Living Essential Oils are the only brand that is safe to ingest. Do not use any other brand you may find in a health food store, etc., as they will state on the bottles “do not ingest”, “for topical use only” or something similar, letting you know there is something other than essential oils in that bottle.
We want our children to be able to focus and learn, and Young Living Essential Oils have the ability to help with focus and concentration.
Some of the single oils suggested are: Cedarwood, cypress, juniper, lavender, lemon, basil, helichrysum, myrrh, orange, peppermint, rosemary, sandalwood, and ylang ylang. Some of the blends are: Brain Power, Clarity, Highest Potential, Common Sense, Awaken, Gathering, Dream Catcher, and Magnify Your Purpose.
Did you know that if a person smells peppermint (or other essential oil of choice) while they are studying something, and then are able to smell that same smell when they are taking a test, it will help them recall the information they were studying when smelling that same smell? Aroma helps with memory recall – think about how many times you have smelled something and been reminded of a childhood memory. Peppermint is usually not an offensive smell to anyone, so having your child put a few drops on their wrists on test day (or any day) will typically not offend anyone.
Fear can be very debilitating to anyone, especially a child, and prevent them from learning. Essential oils have the ability to enter the limbic system, where emotions are stored, and clear out negative emotions. Some of the essential oils that will help with overcoming fear include: (singles) Palo Santo, cypress, Roman chamomile, geranium, juniper, myrrh, spruce, orange, sacred frankincense and bergamot; (blends) Valor, Present Time, The Gift, Release, Hope, White Angelica, Trauma Life, Gratitude, Highest Potential.
Use your oil of choice and put 2-3 drops of the desired oil in your hands and rub them together, cup your hands over your nose, and inhale throughout the day as needed.
Oils may be applied topically. You may apply single oils or blends neat or diluted, depending on the oil or oils being used.
Avoiding Colds and Stomach Bugs
Keeping your immune system built up will help you avoid catching the latest bug or cold making the rounds. A great essential oil for not only keeping your immune system strong, but also helping to eliminate cough, colds and stomach bugs, is Thieves Essential Oil blend. When applied topically on the bottom of the feet daily, it will keep your immune system built up and help you avoid catching what everyone else is dealing with. Diffusing it at home on a daily basis will keep the whole family healthy – it only needs to be diffused a few hours a day.
If you do end up catching a cough or cold, add a few drops of Thieves to a small glass of water, gargle with it and swallow if desired. You can also put a drop or two under the tongue, but since Thieves does have a spicy flavor, most young children may not like this, so applying to the bottom of their feet would probably be best for younger children.
Other great options for coughs and colds are: (singles) eucalyptus (E. globulus), eucalyptus (E. radiata), peppermint, myrrh, goldenrod, ledum, spruce, ravintsara, cedarwood, marjoram, hyssop, copaiba, and Idaho balsam Fir. Some recommended blends are: R.C., Breathe Again Roll-On, Raven, Thieves, Melrose, Peace & Calming, and Exodus II. Recommended supplements include Inner Defense, ImmuPro, Super C, Super C Chewables. Young Living also has Thieves Hard Lozenges, and Thieves Soft Lozenges, as well as Thieves Spray, that would all help.
Please note, all the citrus oils, including bergamot, are photosensitive, so please, if applying topically, make sure to avoid sunlight for at least 12 hours, or apply on an area that will be covered by clothing, or on the bottom of feet, otherwise you risk getting a severe sunburn quickly.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me by email. I look forward to helping you with your family’s back-to-school needs.
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Information was taken from Essential Oils Desk Reference, 5th Edition (Life Science Publishing)
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent diseases.