It is such an honor to be a guest blogger for The Boy Box! Liz and I first became friends at our Mommy and Me group about seven years ago!
She was a supporter of mine (and still is) when I first launched my doTERRA business. Launching a business can be hard work, but it is SO rewarding! So when she asked me to guest blog for her new business, I immediately said, “yes!”
Liz asked me to give you my top 5 FAVORITE essential oil recommendations for for kids. These are oils I cannot live without! I, too, have three children and rely on our oils for emotional, physical and spiritual health.
I am going to break down my recommendations into categories that I believe are the most prevalent for younger children.
Healthy Immune Function
Kids get sick! A LOT. And then they pass it around. They are always on top of us, smothering us with drool or snot, and putting their grimey fingers in our noses and mouths. It’s cute at times, and at others, definitely not.
THANK GOODNESS there is a way to boost your child’s immunity as well as your own, so those bugs don’t take hold as easily.
You can even use these oils to help the body get better faster when it is sick. On Guard is the oil you want to have in your home to use EVERY SINGLE DAY, to provide a first line of defense against unwanted threats.
I dilute mine and apply to my kids spines or feet every morning while they are eating breakfast and are less likely to run away!
You know how that goes – the second you want to brush their hair, put their clothes on or brush their teeth, suddenly they disappear!
To dilute, put about a quarter size of coconut oil in your palm and add 1-2 drops of On Guard. Then rub hands together and apply to spine and feet. You can also make you own roller bottle by putting about 10-20 drops of On Guard in and filling the rest with fractionated coconut oil. Then it is easy to apply consistency each day.
The reason why On Guard works so well is that it:
- Supports healthy immune and respiratory function*
- Protects against environmental threats*
- Supports the body’s natural antioxidant defenses*
- Promotes healthy circulation*
- Energizing and uplifting aroma
On Guard can also be used as a safe all-purpose cleaner for your counters! Just add 5-10 drops to a large spray bottle with water, spray, let sit for 2 minutes, and wipe!
This is the reason I got started with doTERRA! I had been on a search for a natural teething remedy that actually worked.
My son would wake up about every hour for quite a few nights in a row as that tooth was trying to break through. Trying to give him the syringe of Advil and Tylenol was the worst!! Especially in the middle of the night.
That’s one of the many reasons why I love to use essential oils in my home – because I have OPTIONS with placement on the body.
For teething, I highly dilute Clove oil (about 2-3 drops in a 10ml roller bottle, then fill half way with organic olive oil), and apply directly to the gums. The clove helps to numb the gums, releasing the irritation!! I just roll a little on my index finger, then rub on one side of the mouth and repeat per “teething” area.
Since essential oils are metabolized very quickly, you can repeat as often as needed. It may be every 15 minutes, or every few hours. I always reapplied right before middle of the night nursings as well.
If you didn’t want to apply directly to the gums, you could apply along the outer jaw line and/or use Lavender oil topically that way as well.
Now, we don’t necessarily experience magical, sleep-filled nights with every application, but the irritability associated with teething is definitely improved a majority of the time.
Tantrums and Sleep
Oh boy! Tantrums and restful sleep. These are the things parents either have too much of, or not enough of! Fortunately, there is one POWER oil that can be helpful for both!
This oil has been my saving grace. It is the Super Hero of all the oils that promote calmness.
When the kids are going nuts, I grab Serenity and put just a tiny drop on the back of their necks,
or any flesh that is peeking out from their clothes (because you know they are flailing their tiny bodies around with vicious speed).
Then, I apply it to myself. Just a drop or two on the back of my neck. Lord knows, I need to regain composure just as much as they do.
Within a short period of time (maybe 2-10 minutes), the edge has been taken off and we can all handle ourselves a little bit better.
I also put a few drops in the palm of my hand with some baby bath soap and disperse in the tub before bed, dilute and rub on our kids’ spines or feet, and put about 6ish drops in their diffuser to promote restful sleep.
Serenity has such a grounding aroma, that I use it to calm my own emotions on any given day, just as much as I use it for the kids or sleep.
Everybody poops. And sometimes we need a little extra effort to get things moving.
For times such as these, my family relies on our trusted friend, Digestzen. Just a drop rubbed onto the belly as needed, and the body is reminded of what it needed to do. 😉 This is good for ALL ages, just dilute more with younger children (about 10 drops of essential oil in a 10ml roller bottle and fill with fractionated coconut oil).
We also use Digestzen for daily healthy digestion. I find that it makes digestion easier, soothes an occasional upset stomach, and reduces uncomfortable gas and bloating in all members of my family.
We also use it diluted in a roller bottle for our youngest son (2 years old) at every diaper change. He struggles with some food sensitivities and we have found this to be a good daily protocol for aiding his digestive system.
Starting around 3.5 or 4 years old, our kids start having growing pains a few evenings a week. I always feel so bad for them when they wake up crying and in pain!
With our first born, we didn’t have any natural solutions for him, but with our daughter we are able to put on Deep Blue Touch (it’s pre-diluted by doTERRA) either before she goes to sleep, or re-apply if she wakes up in the middle of the night.
She feels relief within minutes and is able to go back to sleep easily. We just keep the roller in her room on her nightstand, and roll it on her shins and thighs and rub it in briefly.
Essential oils are such an easy way to support any body of any age or size!
Remember, with essential oils, as with anything in life, consistency is key! Use them regularly and you will experience a life of great health!
If you haven’t incorporated essential oils into your life yet, NOW is the time to get started! Message me through our Facebook page, Firefly Rebel or Instagram @fireflyrebels to receive a special gift from us when you mention “The Boy Box!”
To learn more about doTERRA, purchase oils and connect with me, go to mydoterra.com/fante.
Much “oily” love to you!
– Jenna Fante
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.