As most parents of school aged children (5 years and up) are aware, sometimes getting little ones out of bed in the morning is not as sugar coated as it seems because let’s be honest, getting ready for school isn’t always as nice as staying all cozy in your warm comfy bed. I know with my 7-year-old boy at times it can be tough, he is not such a morning person and if he could, he would prefer to get up later than school allows. Alas, school is a must, so how can we call on our plant friends to help, what essential oils are beneficial and how can we administer them into the body?
Every Day Is For Flowers
As I mentioned in my last article, Supporting Salve to Help Little Ones through the Wintry Months, once a child is past the age of 5 most (but not all) essential oils are generally regarded as safe to use. With this in mind and to err on the side of caution, this recipe is suggested for children 5 and up, only. If you want to use essential oils on a child younger than this age, I suggest reaching out to a professional aromatherapist for guidance. Due to the chemical make-up of some essential oils, there are a fair amount which should be avoided until a child is older, and considering dilution rates is also imperative in this situation.
All essential oils are made up of varying and species-specific constituents that, just as they are able to help a plant survive and better themselves, can also help humans with a variety of ailments. Within the realm of aromatherapy, we call these therapeutic benefits.
If a child is tired and grumpy in the morning, we can look at essential oils that are considered stimulants, meaning being able to increase activity, as well as energizing, to bring forward energy. As well, we may also look at essential oils that are considered antidepressants, which lift one’s mood and bring happiness. To me, using these kinds of essential oils are a fantastic combination to help with getting one out of the bed each morning with a smile on the face – team this with a big cuddle and kiss to really enhance the vibe!
Aromatic Synergy for Diffuser
Here is a custom synergy that I created to help get my little boy up-and-at-em on mornings where he is extra tired and having a hard time. This creates a 5-ml (approximately 200 drops) amount, which can then be used in a diffuser first thing, preferably just as a little one is waking up.
|Botanical (Common) Name||Therapeutic Benefits||Amount|
|Antidepressant, & energizer (helping with mental exhaustion)||42 drops|
|Antidepressant, & energizer||36 drops|
|Stimulant, & energizer||44 drops|
|Antidepressant, & energizer||48 drops|
|Stimulant, antidepressant & energizer||30 drops|
Other essential oils that you can consider using, instead:
- Stimulant – Juniper Berry, Elemi, Catnip, or Nutmeg
- Antidepressant – Bergamot, Lemon, Lime, or Red Mandarin
- Energizer – Silver Fir, White Pine, Coriander, or Black Pepper
To make: combine drops into a 5-ml dark colored glass bottle like this.
Aromatic Shower Discs
Another way to use this synergy is in aromatic shower discs, as per fellow aromatherapist, Amy Anthony’s post here. If your child showers in the morning, add between 10-20 drops of blend to a disc and pop one in for an effective way to obtain bright-eyed and bushy-tailed status. Additionally, this is also a fun activity for little ones to help you make in the kitchen. I know my little boy enjoyed it when we made some, recently!
With much appreciation to the green nation, thanks for reading this article, and happy blending.
Written by: Libby Vlasic
(Aromatic Studies Instructor)
Elisabeth Vlasic, please call her Libby, is a clinical aromatherapist, and a certified essential oil educator. Additionally, she is currently undergoing a 3 year Herbalism program at ‘Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism’ in New York City. Her love and profound respect for Mother Nature started as a young child growing up in Australia, running around the foot of eucalyptus trees, always in awe of the beauty our mystical world provides. Fast forward to now, and what has manifested is a love of essential oils and all the benefits plants offer one+all in support of a healthy and happy life. Libby spends her time between upstate New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley, and bustling New York City, with her husband, her little boy, baby girl and 2 dogs. Learn more at Wythe and Berry.