Guest post by Kate at My Journey To Me blog.
Using essential oils daily creates a happy, peaceful home environment.
Did you know that essential oils can make you feel a certain way? Essential oils not only smell good, but they can be one of the most effective tools in your Mindful Mama toolkit!
You see, we as humans have incredible noses. Yep, you heard me right! Through our beautiful nose and sense of smell, our body uses the limbic system which sends signals to the area of our brain where cellular memories and emotions can be accessed. That area of the brain is called the amygdala, and it’s super important. Why? Because of the amygdala, we not only have the ability to tap into our emotions through our sense of smell, but we can actually trigger a response when we do. How cool is that? Think about it. Have you ever smelled something and thought to yourself – what is that smell? And then it triggered a memory and made you feel a certain way?
For instance, every time I smell a certain type of coffee it reminds me of my Danish Grandmother’s kitchen, where everyone would congregate in the mornings before work. I can almost smell it as I’m writing, and it makes me smile.
That is exactly how using essential oils can effectively support our emotions through our sense of smell. Essential oils can be used for extensive emotional work, like digging deep into the storage chest to clear past emotional trauma, or they can be used simply to trigger specific feelings and thoughts when we’re upset, to help ease and calm a situation.
Here’s a great example of how this has worked for my five-year-old son:
Myles was experiencing a lot of anxiety at the start of kindergarten. He liked being in class, participating and engaging with other children, but the idea of saying goodbye to me in the mornings really stressed him out. There were even a few times when the teacher had to pry him off my leg! After a week of continued stress during the morning goodbye – I decided to try something new. I made a roller bottle containing essential oils that promote happiness and confidence and had Myles use it along with an empowering mantra before we left the house in the morning. Then as he stood in line, he said the mantra at the first notion of anxiety. This dramatically and actually instantaneously turned my son’s anxieties into positive beliefs and gave him the confidence to walk into school each morning. Throughout the day, when he smelled his wrists, he was reminded of this mantra and the positive feelings associated with being in class. I can honestly tell you to this day, he has walked into school without any hesitation, frowns or tears.
That remarkable blend of essential oils in Myles’ roller, (which we also call his ‘Superhero Serum,’) contains Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Orange. These essential oils possess chemical constituents that promote grounding, a sense of calm and happiness. It’s an incredibly uplifting blend and I won’t lie – I use it myself all the time! In fact, Myles’ anxiety going into school each morning subsequently created a wrench in my own stomach. I began using a blend of peppermint, lime and bergamot essential oils to combat my own fears and doubts. Together we successfully conquered the negative emotions!
Essential Oils and Mindful Parenting
“Your capacity for loving another person depends on your capacity for loving yourself.”– Thich Nhat Hanh
Two years ago I took Hunter’s life-changing, Mindful Parenting Course. I learned a lot about the value of communicating more empathetically with my children and empowering them to make their own decisions. I also learned how critical it is to fulfill my own needs. As Thich Nhat Hanh so insightfully said: “Your capacity for loving another person depends on your capacity for loving yourself.”
Hunter shared simple techniques for nurturing self-care such as meditation, gentle yoga and journaling. They’ve had a profound effect on my ability to act more rationally and less reactively, to empathize better with my kids (and husband!) and to achieve more overall peace on the home front.
As I began incorporating more self-care into my daily routine, I began using essential oils to support all of our various needs, including emotional support, immune support, sleep support and even physical support. Over time I started to witness major successes in our overall health and happiness. We started feeling better, we were getting sick less and were laughing a lot more! As the saying goes: A healthy home is a happy home!
Using essential oils to support our daily needs has become a lifestyle game changer for our family. And the best part is, they’re natural, safe and incredibly effective when used correctly. Not all essential oils are created the same, so it’s important to do your homework and make sure you’re using a pure, therapeutic grade essential oil. You also want to make sure to follow the label instructions and use the essential oil as indicated. I highly recommend Young Living essential oils as they have a Seed To Seal Promise that ensures their products are therapeutic, pure and safe! This was very important to me when using essential oils around and on my kids.
(All recommendations are suitable for small children ages 2+, however, if you have any concerns it’s best to consult a physician. I’m not a doctor and do not claim to treat or cure any conditions.)
Essential Oils: Peppermint, Lime and Bergamot
Essential Oils: Frankincense, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Lavender, Palo Santo and Myrrh
Stress & Anxiety
Essential Oils: Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Orange
Immune Support – A healthy home is a happy home!
Essential Oils: Thieves (a Young Living blend), Frankincense and Lemon
Focus and Clarity
Essential Oils: Vetiver, Rosemary, Peppermint and Lemon
Essential Oils: Lavender and Cedarwood
As you can imagine, essential oils have an amazing ability to support us in many ways! Mindful parenting is an evolution as we grow with our children and engage in new phases and opportunities. Using essential oils consistently to support the different stages in our lives can dramatically help us in achieving more peace, calmness and happiness in the home environment.
Kate enjoys teaching wellness through the use of essential oils and essential oil-infused products. She writes the blog My Journey To Me centered around wellness and parenting, as well as runs a FB group dedicated to educating people about a non-toxic lifestyle. Her goal is to help others achieve amazing health and happiness through pure and natural solutions. She believes one shouldn’t have to compromise their health to live life fully! Kate has three small children, ages 7, 5 and 3. She enjoys running, yoga, reading, hiking, travel, the salty ocean, mother nature and spending time with those she loves. She grew up in Rhode Island and now resides in Brookfield, IL with her husband, three children and dog Gunther.