When I was re-introduced to essential everyday oils earlier this year, I had high aspirations to start taking classes to learn all about essential oils, make my own blends, and fill my closet with many single oils because surely, I wouldn’t need a pre-blended mix with my amazing essential oil skills!
One day I will remember that I have small children, and taking classes is very rarely a luxury I have the time to afford. I still use many single oils, but I do depend on blends in many cases as well. Please feel free to stop by my Doterra Shop to check out the oils and make an order for those that seem fitting for your family!
Remember, for all single oils, I dilute them! I never use undiluted oils on myself, and definitely not my children. There are various schools of thought on the use of essential oils and what’s best practice, but I err on the side of caution and dilute my oils: 3 drops to 10ml. You can find 10ml roller bottles online, or at health food stores.
Also, my recommendations here do not replace medical advice. Seek medical attention for any serious ailment or injury.
My Aamina (almost 4 years old) really likes using oils, so she will often say she has itchy skin, or some other ailment that would prompt the use of oils. For simply itchy skin, I give her lavender, which is great to calm your skin from various ailments. Now, if she has an actual rash, I first apply melaluca/tea tree and normally follow up with lavender if it’s still itchy, or just to give it a more pleasant aroma. For more serious rashes, I mix oregano, tea tree, and lavender in a roller bottle (diluted, of course). If the rash feels warm for more than one day, it’s time to head to the family physician and find another way to attack the issue.
Cough or congestion
Here’s where I count on a blend to help our family work through a sickness. Amatullah recently was quite congested, so I applied Breathe blend to her shirt, and on my chest before she would nurse so she could breathe it in without it being applied directly to her skin (there are sources that discourage use of essential oils on the skin of children under 3 years old). Alhamdulilah, it helped her sleep better through the night, and therefore everyone else slept better.
Oh, how one person puking turns into the whole family puking. Alhamdulilah, we now live in a larger home with three bathrooms, but just last year four of us were puking one day and we only had one bathroom! Ah!! That was a bad day. Not long ago, after we had moved to our new home, Amatullah was throwing up one night and while taking care of her I was wondering how far it would spread. How many people were going to be puking in the next 24 hours? The next morning I put OnGuard blend in my diffuser, and alhamdulilah, even though Hubby and I both had rumbly stomaches, no one puked.
Crabby kids, crabby mom
I was re-introduced to essential oils this past winter/spring, during a time where I was feeling very on edge, and generally burnt out. I needed some respite, but nothing was on the horizon until the end of the school year. I remember feeling really frazzled when I was at my first Doterra home class, and trying Balance blend and I didn’t think much about it after applying it, but after a couple minutes, I took a very deep breath and felt so much more relaxed. Balance blend is my go to blend for calming my nerves when I’m feeling rushed or anxious. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen I was using it in my diffuser as I was anxiously awaiting our central AC to be replaced during the hottest week of the summer.
For my kids, I’ve noticed Serenity blend works nicely. If they’re a bit rowdy, I’ll put a couple drops in the bathtub as I’m filling it up, more so they can breath it in than anything else, and it helps, alhamdulilah! Now that I have the diffuser, using that rather than putting it in the bathtub would be more efficient.
Now with my preggo fatigue, I need a boost sometimes, and if I’m really needing a nap, coffee won’t do it for me. Citrus Bliss blend has been my coffee replacement many days, plus it smells amazing! Sometimes I’ll wear it just so I smell nice when Hubby gets home from work.
Like I said earlier, when I was re-introduced to essential oils earlier this year, I was burnt out, and my main goal was for emotional and anxiety support. I purchased the Mood Management Kit (search for “Mood Mgt Kit” on the online store; for some reason, it’s hard to find just browsing), which comes with their four emotion balancing blends (Citrus Bliss, Serenity, Balance, and Elevation), plus three bottles of their unscented lotion to mix them with. This kit has really come in handy for both bringing me down from feeling anxious, and lifting me up to get me going, alhamdulilah.
I know I’m not the only one who forgets laundry in the washer for a couple days. It’s gross, and regular detergent doesn’t always get that musty smell out! I find an item in the wash that wouldn’t be awful if it got a little bleached (though, I’ve never had it happen, still, I don’t want to be surprised with something I like!), and put 3 drops of Lemon on it, then run the wash on rinse. This works too, if you have a load in the dryer that didn’t get completely dry and smells musty after a couple days!
Michelle Westbrook says
Thanks for linking up the the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! Your post has been pinned to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.
I have been hearing a lot about essential oils lately. I didn’t know there were so many uses for them.
Oh our post are similar in a way today. Mine is about how my essential oils got rid of the smell in my cloth diapers. I also use Dotterra!
Shannen Espelien says
Awesome, that’s so helpful! I will definitely be giving your tip a try on our diapers.
Susen Malkowski Kuchta says
just starting to educate myself on essential oils and this post was great, pinned!
Essential oils are so versatile! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!
Oh, thanks for this post. I am going to bookmark it to read with a cup of tea later on after homeschool time. Visiting from Thank Goodness It’s Monday
Shannen Espelien says
You’re welcome! I love how essential oils have improved our life, and I hope you can find benefit also!