Autumn is coming, which means schools are getting back. With the confined environment of a classroom, children are vulnerable to colds, flus, and the like, not to say the pressure is once again being put on these innocent kids.
Hence, the use of essential oils is more urgent than ever to help them get through this hard times. Not only does it promote the olfactory system, the oil’s molecules are extremely tiny so that the bloodstream absorbs them quickly and spreads them to all parts of the body. As a direct consequence, the aromatic essences improve more than just the sense of smell but the whole system.
To get rid of viruses and bacteria in the surrounding and turn it into a relaxing and motivating one, you are encouraged to either make use of an aromatherapy diffuser or spray essential oils, according to your needs and the choice of oils you make.
Lemon (Citrus limonum)
Lemon as an essential oil can be used in conjunction with a room diffuser in order to protect the body against the harm of infection. Among its many prominent qualities, the ability to promote white blood cells stands out. With its refreshing and cooling nature, lemon is said to be capable of clarifying your mind plus emotions and invigorating yourself. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties and fresh aroma, it would be an effective air freshener and household cleanser as well.
Specifically, citrus essential oils should never come in direct contact with human’s skin or use in the bath without the company of a carrier oil.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
Lavender is undoubtedly one of the most multi-purpose essential oils, noticeably is its regeneration nature and exquisite aroma. Known for its treatment in burns, stings and cuts, lavender possesses healing and antiseptic components to cease the pain and fasten the skin’s healing process. Also, due to its analgesic properties, lavender is capable of relieving aching and exhausting muscles, as well as the swelling caused by insect stings.
Same as lemon, lavender is very calming and balance which can improve both sleep and the immune system.
3 to 6 drops of lavender oil can be mixed in with a bath or an undiluted drop spread directly upon the skin.
Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
Well-known for its antiseptic and immune-promoting qualities, tea tree is most useful when it comes to first aid. Cut and scrapes can be treated when applying it directly on the skin, therefore the pain is lessened. Tea tree oil can also take effect in a variety of situations, including fungal infections, blisters, athlete’s foot, burns, cold sores, infected wounds, insect bites, rashes, and warts.
Neither is it poisonous nor irritating. Hence, a direct apply on the skin with or without a carrier is approved. However, it may irritate sensitive people’s skin.
German camomile (Matricaria recutita)
A decent sleep can be obtained by a relaxing bath mixed with some drops of German camomile essential oil. Especially suitable for children, camomile deals with impatience, stress and sleeplessness. Contains excellent analgesic and anti-inflammatory values, it is also ideal to cure headaches, abscesses, allergies, boils, burns, rashes, and wounds. Camomile can produce soothing and balancing effect as well. Skin irritation is likely to happen to sensitive persons.
Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus)
Eucalyptus essential oil diffuser plays an important role as a decongestant in the event of a cold. That is because it consists of antiviral values, making it an outstanding immune-stimulant for individuals vulnerable to exhaustion and colds.
Eucalyptus can be mixed in a bath or used in a massage for aching muscles and pains. It must be stayed clear of people who have high blood pressure, are either epileptic or pregnant.
Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Diffusing peppermint essential oil in the surrounding can promote digestive process, the effect of which can be felt on the stomach, liver and intestines. Moreover, it serves to refresh our minds and emotions, creating a perfect atmosphere for assignments after dinner. Headaches can also be soothed thanks to its pain-killing properties.
No use of peppermint during pregnancy, nursing or under thirty-month children is allowed. It is forbidden when one is taking homeopathic treatment as well. Sensitive skin is subject to irritation.
Nighty-night Pillow Mist
8 drops lavender
4 drops petitgrain (Citrus aurantium var. amara)
2 drops camomile
Procedure: Blend with 60 ml of purified water and pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.
Tea Tree for Toothbrushes
Toothbrushes should be cleaned with tea tree oil once a week or so. Since it possesses medicinal nature, brush bristles can be disposed of bacteria, fungus and viruses. To use, the brush should be well-rinsed of the oil beforehand.