The school year is right around the corner for many North American families. If you love gathering up the spiffy new clothes and school supplies, you probably love the idea of a fresh start that goes along with all the bright, shiny new stuff.
This time of year is akin to the official new year for many. It’s a chance to get your child’s brainpower back in gear. Learning new things, challenging themselves to perform to the best of their mental abilities, and tend to disciplines that require thought, attention, energy and focus.
As a parent, you want to see your child do her best. The best you can provide are the basics:
- A healthy diet
- Clean water (lots of it)
- Plenty of sleep
- Proper exercise
- Quality bioavailable supplements
If your child gets these things, he’s going to have the best shot at doing well in anything he pursues as school.
Essential oils support each of these important necessities for healthy brain function.
Boosting your child’s brainpower is the direct result of getting the right combination of each of the above requirements. Did you know that there are essential oils that help children and adults enjoy sharper mental acuity?
Essential oils can be used to help a child manage her energy and sleep.
Growth and rejuvenation take place when the body is at rest, and cycling through deep and light sleep cycles.
There are so many ways to benefit from therapeutic grade essential oils for a good night’s sleep. You can put them in a diffuser next to the bed at night. Spray the pillow before bedtime, with a mixture of essential oil and water. Apply directly to the feet or temples. Add to an evening bath with bath salts. Even treat your child to a gentle shoulder and back massage using diluted essential oils. It’s a wonderful way for both you the parent and your child to enjoy an evening ritual that boosts health and togetherness.
Some oils that help sleep are Valor™, Valerian, Stress Away™, Peace and Calming™, Vetiver, Cedarwood, German Chamomile and Lavender.
They can help her manage stress and deal with negative emotions (it’s stressful when your kid doesn’t love school or has a difficult time focusing!)
Exercise chases away negativity and general anxiousness or restlessness in children and adults. With exercise, oxytocin and endorphins pour through the body and help you feel good emotionally, while clearing the mind and enabling study and focus.
These days kids are consuming tons of caffeine and sugar in the form of unhealthy foods and snacks; it’s doing our kids a huge disservice but it’s so easy to fall into this habit due to all the convenience foods that are loaded with the stuff. Believe me, I’m guilty of giving in to the tendency to provide all the junk foods to my kids, too.
I do know now that a little planning goes a long way to get good foods into your young one. It’s totally worth it, too! You’ll see a better attitude reflected, along with the ability to concentrate and rest when it’s appropriate.
In addition to good, clean food low in sugar and other chemicals, you can support kids with natural energy supplements and drinks. Young Living’s entire NingXia line of products supports brain health and the regulation of energy. Nitro is a cognitive fitness booster, NingXia Red is an easy way to get antioxidant support, and organic dried wolfberries are a snacker’s superfood for the brain. Swap out some great snacks for the bad stuff, and see what a difference it makes!
Essential oils help oxygenate the brain, which supports them as they tackle mental tasks.
Essential oils are absorbed directly through the nasal plate and the brain. Smelling an essential oil means that those tiny molecules are doing their amazing job connecting with the limbic system of the brain. Mental tasks become easier and a happy emotional response occurs. Many essential oils actually enhance the brain’s ability to get and use oxygen. This is crucial for sharper performance while studying, relaxing, focusing, and enjoying life.
Some oils which help the brain function are Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Idaho Blue Spruce, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Ylang Ylang, Lemon, Patchouli, and Brain Power™, a special blend of oils.
And of course, essential oils incorporated in vitamins and supplements, enzymes and nutritional drinks, naturally help small bodies get the most out of their targeted support.
Supplements are a wonderful way to support kids’ diets and body systems. Young Living has a complete and diverse line of products which make a significant effect on the body, and the brain’s performance at school, on the sports field, and in relationships.
Products range from OmegaGize 3, DHA-rich fish oil infused with essential oils; to MightyPro™, prebiotic and probiotics made just for kids; to Mindwise™, a brain-boosting supplement for memory support and cardiovascular health. It’s never too early to get the gut-mind connection on the right track!
When my kids were little, we always had the best intentions for a happy, healthy school year. Some years were more challenging than others, but when our routine was calm enough to incorporate good diet and exercise, everything just seemed to flow more smoothly.
These days, it’s my mission to help other parents best support their kids.
Your child’s brainpower is linked to all the environmental factors at school and home, as well as the training and education parents and teachers strive to give. At the time, I did not know how closely linked these things were to a child’s success, but as I always say, “Know better, do better.”
I am hosting a class here at the house for local friends and community, to teach how to support their children with the best essential oils on the planet. I believe they make a huge difference in happiness and performance of mental tasks and I’m delighted to share whenever possible.
If you’re in the west Austin area, I’d love to have you over to learn more. Contact me if I can give you directions or if you’d like any extra info before attending.