Sometimes when you fall in love with something new it can still be a bit intimidating. The same is true with essential oils and children. As parents we love an protect them and a growing realization of many parents today is that we need to be more aware of what we are actually using on or around our children.
Products today contains all types of chemicals and toxins that we can’t pronounce and many of them we don’t even know what they are. It’s too overwhelming to even begin to think about figuring out what each one is intended for AND if it’s something we want our children to be exposed to.
I understand. Noah came along shortly after my health was radically changed because of diet. With my sense of new found freedom I wanted to know how else my family could change the way we care for ourselves.
Simply put… it was time to get holistic about health.
That’s where Young Living Essential Oils come in. Every one in our family uses them to help maintain their wellness and support their body. So let’s go back to the beginning where I mentioned that although you may already love essential oils or have heard great things about them you may still be a little uneasy about using them on or around your children.
Young Living wants knows you are a busy parent and wants to make things easy on you. That’s why they developed the awesome line-up of KidScents Oils.
Each KidScents oil blends address the most common concerns of childhood. This arsenal of proprietary blends has been formulated in the appropriate strength to meet the needs of children, and they are safe, natural alternatives to comparable products found on many store shelves. Parents and caregivers can safely and effectively navigate children through childhood to become healthy and happy adults.
An excellent blend to diffuse for young minds while focusing and concentrating on projects. (Think neurological support.)
Each oil can be bought individually or at times they can be bought as a collection. Either way these are great essential oil blends to use on children and to help support their little bodies.
Let’s play a little game. Comment below sharing which one you would probably end up using on your little ones the most. For us, it’s TummyGize hands down. Noah uses it nightly to support her digestive system. I love the sweet smell of it and find it a much more pleasing aroma than DiGize.
A couple of years ago I made my first batch of homemade laundry detergent. I was blown away by the cost savings and felt like One Smart Mamma making my own detergent. It’s still one of my favorite DIY cleaning projects to this day.
When I switched to homemade detergent I quit using fabric softeners because of all the unnecessary chemicals I was adding to my clothes each time I washed. Seriously, think about how you breathe in those chemical each time you wear a shirt that’s been washed in a store bought fabric softener.
Anyway… one of the things I didn’t discontinue was the use of dryer sheets. I couldn’t. Michael Luke, my Mr. McDreamy, wears scrubs to work. Scrubs cling to him about as bad as a polyester skirt on a girl. We can’t have that. So with a guilty conscious we would buy the inexpensive dryer sheets from Wal-Mart and call it a day.
Until my friend posted a DIY dryer sheet recipe in my online community, Be Color. I knew then that it was time to change. Join me as we remove one more chemical filled product from our daily household routine.
DIY Dryer Sheets
1/2 cup vinegar
4-8 drops of essential oils (I used 4 drops Lavender and 4 drops Tea Tree (melalueca alternifolia)
old t-shirt cut into squares
Roll up your cotton cloths and add them to the jar. Close your jar and turn it upside down and all around to coat the cloths with your mixture. And you’re done!
Tea Tree has many properties that make it a great choice to add to laundry… specifically scrubs. I encourage to Google Tea Tree so that you too can learn some its amazing properties and wonderful ways to use it.
Lavender is a refreshing oil making it another perfect choice for laundry.
Other oils you may to try are Purification, Lemon, and Joy. Do you have any funny memories of going sans skirt and experience the worst static cling? I smile just thinking about the times I had convinced myself that the static would go away and that their was no need for a skirt. If it clings at home it will cling in public.
One of Noah and Esther’s life ambitions is to have hair as long as Rapunzel. Long hair is beautiful but toddlers play (and sleep) hard and with that comes a mass of tangles at the end of the day. Nevertheless they insist that we keep growing their hair out.
For the longest I used an inexpensive detangler spray spray on Noah but as we’ve tried to incorporate more and more natural products into our daily lives I began to question my decision to buy something loaded with chemicals and artificial scents. Did her hair really need to smell like green apples?
So we used up our last bottle I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own spray. I love Young Living’s blog because they frequently share recipes. One recipe they shared earlier this summer was a DIY Hair Detangler recipe. It was easy to make and I had all the oils so I decided to give it a try.
Put conditioner into a 12-oz. spray bottle. Add distilled water and shake. Add essential oils and shake again. To use, spray on dry or damp hair, focusing on the ends.
It works wonderfully! I love how soft it leaves Noah’s (and my) hair feeling. It is able to undo hidden matted clumps of hair that look like they should be cut out. But most importantly it helps to prevent tears from streaming down my little girls face. Not to mention that it’s also helping her to achieve Rapunzel length hair.
If you don’t have all these oils on hand yet you can try this version which consists mainly of oils form the starter kit. Rosemary can even be excluded if you aren’t ready to place your next order just yet.
Alt. DIY Hair Detangler Recipe
1 TB vegetable glycerin
6 drops Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
6 drops Rosemary Oil
6 drops Lavender Oil
Mix together in a 4 oz. glass spray bottle and fill the rest with distilled water.
optional: a few drops of Peppermint oil or another favorite scent
The oils mentioned above are great for hair and scalp health. I would even encourage you to research Rosemary and Cedarwood to learn how they may be beneficial as part of your hair care routine. The second recipe is a great one for children to use during the year for helping to maintain an annoyance free scalp. Which recipe will you try first?
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