Hey good mommas! Today I want to tell you about what’s on my favorite shelf in my kitchen. It’s the shelf where I keep all sorts of treasured goodies that no one, and I mean NO ONE, in my house is allowed to touch. Well, that is, except for me.
And, no, it’s not my secret stash of sweet treats or gourmet chocolates. I keep that in a highly classified location, haha! This amazing shelf has all of my essential oils for my family and home.
Essential Oils and Your Family
My favorite shelf in the kitchen is the one where I keep all my essential oils! Tiny, amber colored vials, full of intoxicating scents and purifying properties are all lined up, neat and orderly. Ready to be pulled out when the next emergency for them arises. And, yes, since I have begun using them let me tell you how I use essential oils in my home.
When Vomit Happens
Vomit does happen, especially when kids are involved. I know that for a fact, I am mommy to seven cherished ones, and hardly a week goes by where vomit doesn’t come up (and out!) from someone in this house. And when it does, I have a special cleaning spray that we use to deodorize the dreaded smell of vomit. It’s a recipe that combines Young Living’s Thieves EO and citrus EO that I found here It’s also pretty good with other odors that are hard to stifle.
When Sleep Doesn’t Happen
When sleep doesn’t happen when it should, I use essential oils as part of my strategy to send off any lingering night-owls into dreamland. Diffusing lavender oil in a diffuser, by itself or, as part of a blend of sleep-promoting oils, at bedtime can encourage children to drift off to sleep peacefully. I use Frankincense and Chamomile oils in the diffuser along with Lavender. We’ve used the blend often enough that when I put the combo in the diffuser, one of the kids says “it smells like sleep.” Which is delightful, because the more the kids sleep, the more I sleep.
When Stress Happens
When stress manifests as a tension headache in myself, my older kids, or my husband, we find relief with soothing peppermint. Inhaling the invigorating scent of applying a diluted version directly to the skin is a calming way to alleviate headaches.
When Bugs Happen
Ukus, or headlice, have become a persistent problem in schools. Treating them is no easy feat and can take hours for complete removal. While essential oils are not useful for treating a lice infestation, they are good for preventing them. Ukus are not fans of strong scents of several essential oils; tea-tree oil, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lavender are known to send them scurrying. Adding a few drops this Uku eliminating blend to hair conditioner will help deter them from making your child’s head their home.
You will be amazed at all the different things around your home you can use for every day uses!
Essential oils and their uses for families are numerous; we use them in our home, and I feel good about the benefits we’ve experienced from them. But, essential oils can be harmful if misused, especially around children and animals. I recommend leaving oil usage to be done by adults in the home. If administering any essential oil remedy to a child, it should be done by someone who is educated on the oil they are applying and knows how to do so safely.