As a trained engineer, I believe in science and scientific procedures. However, I also believe that each of us must do what we can to support ourselves and our families. The support that we find that works for our families may not be in the medical mainstream, like essential oils, but then, we are dealing with children who are outside the medical mainstream.
As a parent of two children with Learning Differences, there were many years when my family was under huge amounts of stress. Children with Learning Differences tend to be under more stress than children who learn as others expect. This stress comes from the frustration they feel at being ahead, being behind, or being bullied for being different. Parents of children with Learning Differences also experience stress. This stress comes from the judgment people place on their parenting, stress from dealing with a child in stress, lack of support from friends and family, etc.
For generations, people have felt that stress impacted not only their emotional well-being, but also their physical well-being. Now, scientists are producing studies that indicate the type of physical impact stress can have on our emotional and physical well-being.
My massage therapist introduced me to essential oils in 2001. My family and I have used these oils to help us get through some very tough times. We have found them to be a great support for our mental and physical well-being. So, what are essential oils?
Essential oils have been in use for their healing properties as far back as recorded history. Essential can mean many things, but in this case it means the essence of something. For example, lemon essential oil contains the essence of lemon. To get an idea of what I am talking about, squeeze the peel of a lemon between your fingers and then smell your fingers. The oil from the lemon peel leaves its essence behind on your fingers. When looking for an essential oil provider, you want to find one who uses farming, harvesting, and manufacturing techniques that do not introduce toxins or synthetics into the oil. Also, look for a product that is therapeutic grade. This means that the oils have been produced to maintain the healing properties of the plant itself. The company that I used, and still use, is called Young Living. Click Seed to Seal to find out more about their methodology/philosophy.
Before you use an essential oil, make sure you understand how to use it. Oils can be diffused, placed on objects, placed on the person, used in a bath, smelled, taken orally, or used in a massage oil. How it is used depends upon what you are trying to accomplish and the type of oil it is. There are even techniques that involve a series of oils that have been found to have a healing effect. If you want to diffuse the oil into a room, make sure that you use a diffuser that does not include heat. The heat can destroy the healing properties of the oil. Young Living has several different kinds of diffusers to disperse the oil into a room. You can also use a glass bowl in the room with several drops of oil.
Now that I have explored my geekness and lived up to my “I have a masters…in science” …Let’s get down to how to use essential oils to support you and your family. I thought I would list all the oils that we found useful, however, when I made the list, it was almost the whole catalog. So, here are a few oils that my family has found useful:
Lavender – My daughter liked to use this oil at bedtime to aid in calming and sleep.
Peace & Calming - My son liked this oil at bedtime to aid in calming and sleep. He would often put it on his pillow so that he would breathe it in all night long.
Valor – We all used Valor to help us face tough situations. I would use it before I went to IEP meetings. My daughter would use it when her anxiety was high.
Acceptance – When my daughter’s or son’s actions became difficult, I would use acceptance to help me accept them where they were in their process. At times, my daughter would use this oil to help her accept who she was and that it was okay to be different.
PanAway – My son thinks that this is the best stuff ever. He liked to (and still does) throw his body around. Many times leading to aches and pains. PanAway really helped to take the pain of sore muscles away. Everyone in the family used this oil to help with sore muscles.
Purification – This is one of my favorite oils. I use it to eliminate fever blisters and to help keep colds away when I start to feel one coming on.
Thieves – Another one of my favorite oils. Also, very good to help keep colds away and combined with a couple of other oils is a natural antibiotic.
Raindrop Technique – My body does not eliminate toxins very well. My massage therapist uses this technique to help draw impurities out of my system and to balance my energies.
As I was finding the links for these oils, I found that Young Living has create two new collections:KidScents and Reconnect. KidScents is a kit of 6 oils especially formulated for use with children. The names are so kid friendly, like GeneYus and Owie. I would have liked to have had these when my kids were little. Reconnect is a collection of 4 oils. Many parents have found that applying the oils as directed has helped their children with autism, ADHD, and other challenges.
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For Further Reading
The Gianelloni Family has a 5 part series of Testimonials on their website, they are:
If you are interested in the emotional release aspect of essential oils, the book Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils by Carolyn L. Mein, D.C. is essential (pardon the pun).
To find more references, simply Google “essential oils for _______”. You will get some very good references that may be able to point you in the right direction.
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