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Like most parents, I go to great lengths to look after my child’s health and work hard to support her physical and emotional well-being. The world is an exciting place for any growing child but also full of its own challenges for immature immune systems and developing emotions. Essential oils provide a wonderful way to help support a child’s health and in my own home have become a first line of defence for the majority of typical childhood concerns. There are of course occasions where medical attention is needed but for minor injuries and illnesses, essential oils can provide effective relief. Children are very responsive to aromas and essential oils can also be a wonderful way to support children dealing with emotional upset. Here are some tips for beginning to use essential oils with children.

Bumps & Cuts

Cuts & scrapes can sometimes be an everyday occurrence for parents of adventurous kids. Using natural remedies can effectively help with healing and at the same time the aroma of the oils helps to calm emotions. Melaleuca essential oil is a great natural disinfectant which helps healing when applied to cuts & scrapes. I like to mix Melaleuca, Lavender & Frankincense together and spray on cut knees. Lavender is comforting & soothing and Frankincense supports skin regeneration.

Sickness

When a child is suffering with any minor illness, it is difficult for a parent to deal with, especially if it interferes with the child’s appetite and sleep. Once a child attends crèche or starts socialising with other children, illnesses like coughs & colds can become a common occurrence. Eucalyptus, Melaleuca and lemon used topically and aromatically can help with coughs and congestion. Diffusing these types of supportive oils in a child’s room at night is a helpful way to open airways for a more restful sleep. Lavender used topically can provide relief to rashes, earaches, headaches and can also help soothe a teething baby. Diffusing or exposing a child to essential oils like wild orange, clove, cinnamon & rosemary can all help to boost a their immune system in a safe and natural way.

Emotional health

Lavender and citrus oils like lemon, bergamot and wild orange can help manage anger or stress for little ones. Rubbing oils between the palms of your hands, cupping them over a child’s face (without touching skin) and letting them inhale the aroma is a really effective way for them to benefit from the positive effects. Choosing oils like spruce, vetiver and Frankincense can help children deal with mood swings or new social environments like the first day of school.

Study

Create a positive and happy learning atmosphere for a child doing homework or study by diffusing or inhaling an essential oil like rosemary, which helps to balance emotions and combat mental fatigue. Lemon essential oil can help concentration, reduces stress and is a refreshing scent that will elevate a child’s mood.

Sleep

Whether you have an infant who hates nap time or an older child scared of the dark, essential oils with calming and sedative properties can help everyone in the family get a good night’s sleep. Diffusing essential oils is an easy and effective way to help balance children’s emotions and create a more peaceful space for sleeping. Lavender, roman chamomile and vetiver are some of the many oils which can help children to wind down and sleep soundly.

When using essential oils on children, it is important to first apply a small amount of oil to test for skin or other sensitivity. Avoid using essential oil on a child’s hand as they may easily transfer it to their eyes or mouth. Always use 100% pure therapeutic grade oils.

 

‘Calm Child Blend’

Diffuser Recipe

3 drops lavender

3 drops wild orange

 

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support. It is important to select therapeutic grade oils free from synthetics.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

The breathing process is one of the most basic functions of the body and one that we often take for granted. A simple head cold and blocked nose can make a person feel dizzy and miserable. Sinus problems in particular can cause a lot of pain and leave people suffering with headaches, migraines and sleep loss due to congestion. Essential oils can be of great help to the respiratory system and effectively assist in clearing airways and easing congestion in a natural way.

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There are many reasons to embark on a weight loss journey. Some people may need to lose weight out of concern for the many health risks associated with being overweight such as diabetes and heart disease. For others weight loss may be about improving their energy levels, reaching a personal goal or to feel more content with their personal body image. Placing the focus on improving the quality of the foods in your diet instead of calorie counting is a good way to approach a weight loss programme and to avoid feeling deprived. Essential oils can support digestion and help to gently clear toxins from the body. They can also assist weight loss in practical ways such as helping to curb sugar cravings and balancing blood sugar.

 

Top 4 oils for weight loss

  • Grapefruit

Grapefruit essential oil helps to activate enzymes and assists in the breakdown of fat when taken internally either in water or in a veggie capsule. It helps to cleanse and improve kidney function and is a useful oil for an overall body detox. The fresh smell and taste of grapefruit oil along with its usefulness for emotional balance makes it an ideal oil to incorporate into a weight loss programme.

  • Ginger

Ginger essential oil aids digestion and is an effective tummy settler. It also helps to reduce sugar cravings, which makes it a helpful tool for weight loss. Taking ginger internally promotes both healthy digestion and can help ease constipation or stomach cramps.

  • Lemon

Lemon essential oil assists in cleansing the body and aids in detoxification. Taken internally, lemon can help overall digestive health. The uplifting aroma of lemon essential oil is also a great mood boost which can help with motivation when embarking on a new way of eating.

  • Cinnamon

Cinnamon essential oil helps to balance blood sugar levels, which assist in combating sugar cravings and energy slumps throughout the day. Adding cinnamon to food is an ideal way to incorporate it into a healthy diet.

 

Beat Sugar Cravings

-1 drop grapefruit

– 1 drop cinnamon

Mix in a drink or place under tongue

 

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

-Caroline Jackman, Honest about Health

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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Essential oils have powerful healing properties and make a great addition to any first aid kit. Plant remedies in the form of essential oils can provide antibiotic properties, sooth burns, reduce nausea or stop bleeding. Essential oils have a much longer shelf life than over the counter medications which makes them ideal to store and have to hand for your family’s minor emergencies.

Top oils for first aid

  • Frankincense

Frankincense, the ‘king of oils’ is restorative and anti-inflammatory. Some of the top uses for Frankincense include seizures and in trauma relief. It is very effective oil for wound healing and when applied topically can reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. One of my favourite first aid blends is a combination of frankincense, lavender and melaleuca mixed together to treat burns and cuts.

  • Clove

Clove is a powerful anti-inflammatory and people will be most familiar with its antiseptic properties and use for oral health. Rubbing clove on gums will help numb the pain of a toothache. Clove is a powerful antioxidant and ideal for protecting from illnesses and boosting immunity.

  • Lavender

Lavender is a must have oil in any first aid kit. Ease the pain of a headache or migraine by rubbing some lavender oil on the back of the neck and temples. It has soothing properties making it an ideal oil to apply topically on cuts and wounds. Applying lavender to sunburn will both sooth and assist with healing. If allergies are causing distress then mixing lavender with peppermint & lemon can provide quick and effective relief. It is also a useful oil to rub onto the site of a sprain.

  • Helichrysum

Helichrysum oil is renowned for its healing properties and ability to help stop bleeding. Nose bleeds, cuts and wounds can all benefit from the topical application of this powerful oil. It is often used for shock or trauma as it also helps with emotional balance.

  • Melaleuca

Melaleuca has antiseptic properties that make is a practical and useful addition to any first aid kit. It helps to clean and disinfect wounds as well as being an effective treatment for head lice. Hives, gum disease, athlete’s foot, and eczema are just some of the complaints melaleuca can provide effective relief for.

 

Ouch Spray

-20 drops melaleuca

– 20 drops lavender

-20 drops fractionated coconut oil

Spray on cuts/scrapes/blister/eczema/hives as needed

 

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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If you were one of the 15,000 runners who took part in this week’s Dublin marathon, it’s likely your body is in need of some extra care this week. Along with an appropriate amount of rest, using natural plant remedies can prove really helpful to advance the body’s recovery time. Essential oils can prove effective when preparing for an event and when dealing with post event injuries.

Boosting Immunity

The health benefits of regular exercise are well known and given how sedentary our lifestyles have become, physical activity can be both energising and can also provide an important mood boost to help you feel happier and more relaxed. However, given how busy many of our lives are, it is important that the immune system is well supported especially when adding and exercise regime to an already busy schedule. Training for a marathon or sports event can be gruelling and stressful on the body so supporting the immune system is a smart way to reduce the likelihood of colds & flus taking hold the week of a big race or event.

An effective blend of oils to support the immune system are orange, clove, cinnamon, rosemary and eucalyptus. Oregano’s antifungal properties make it a good choice for boosting immunity either taken internally or applied topically.

Energy & Focus

Inhaling Peppermint essential oil can help reduce fatigue, taking it internally with water assists oxygen intake and applying it topically has a cooling effect which in turn avoids overheating. Adding lemon or wild orange essential oil to water is a good way to stay hydrated and inhaling the citrus oil aroma will help to calm pre event nerves.

Recovery

Lemongrass essential oil is often used for ligament pain and to support connective tissue repair. Massaging Majoram, White fir or Lemongrass on over worked muscles will help with recovery time. Cypress essential oil reduces pain; it promotes blood flow and is helpful when applied topically for restless legs. 

Muscle Relief Bath

  • 4 drops white fir
  • 1 drop clove
  • 4 drops frankincense

Fill half a glass jar/cup with Epsom salts & add oils. Mix well & add to hot bath

 

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

 

caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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The ability to focus can be challenging for individuals of any age but can prove particularly difficult for children. These days our senses are constantly bombarded with images and sounds, often making it difficult to switch off the “noise” of modern living. Technology, the foods we eat and a busier pace of life can be just some of the factors contributing to a decline of our attention span.

Essential oils are powerful tools for effectively improving our focus, concentration level and memory. Whether it is to elevate mood, ease tension or to feel more alert, using essential oils can help bring focus to a busy day. One of the best ways to experience the powerful benefits of essential oils and to improve brain function is to diffuse them aromatically or inhale their scent. This is a simple and quick way to initiate a quick physical and emotional response in the brain.

Using the following essential oils can be very effective for achieving mental clarity and can be of huge benefit in a learning environment. Just like adults, children can often be affected by daily stresses so it is important to create a positive and happy learning atmosphere for them.

Top Oils for Children’s focus

Rosemary

Applying rosemary topically under the nose or across the head, aids in improving memory and mental performance. Diffusing rosemary while children are doing homework is an ideal way to combat mental fatigue after a long day of learning. It is also a wonderful oil for emotional balance so an ideal aroma to spread around a busy house.

Lemon

Lemon essential oil aids concentration and also reduces stress. It mixes wonderfully with Rosemary making it an ideal blend to diffuse during periods of study. Simply inhaling lemon essential oil from the bottle can elevate mood, balance emotions and improve concentration.

Orange & Peppermint

One of my favourite combinations, combining these two oils creates a ‘focus blend’ which is both refreshing and a wonderful mood boost. Spritzing this mix on a shirt collar or inhaling the blend at the beginning of the school day helps children to start the day feeling alert and happy.

Vetiver

Diffusing Vetiver aromatically or applying it to the feet, spine and back of neck can be an effective way to improve concentration. It is the ‘Oil of Tranquillity’ which when blended with lavender is helpful for ADHD and overall focus.

Frankincense

Frankincense is renowned for easing tension and assisting with focus. It is commonly used when practicing meditation and is also known for its antidepressant properties. This is an ideal essential oil to use for children who are easily distracted, bored, restless or hyperactive.

Kids Concentration Protocol

  • 2 drops wild orange
  • 2 drops Vetiver

Diffuse or spritz on collar of school shirt.

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Always dilute essential oils with carrier oil if applying topically to children.

Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

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Modern living can be chaotic at times and technology, social media and the feeling we need to be constantly available or ‘plugged in’ can raise anxiety levels and leave us feeling emotionally stressed out. A recent study from the University of Glasgow found that social media & the need to be constantly available online can cause depression, anxiety and decrease sleep quality for teenagers.

Nourishing the body with the right foods, taking time away from technology and meditation are just some of the ways we can combat raised anxiety levels. To help experience healthy moods, natural plant remedies can also prove really beneficial as our sense of smell has a strong influence on our emotions. Inhaling essential oils provides the fastest route into the body where they can then have a significant benefit on our mood. Diffusing essential oils (small device that disperses essential oils into the air) is an effective way to inhale them and it is also a chemical free alternative to air using fresheners.

There are so many oils to choose from to help manage mood. The following are a few of the top oils to help with anxiety:

 

Wild Orange

Uplifting and invigorating, wild orange is commonly used for emotional balance. Applying wild orange to pulse points or simply smelling this fresh oil can help with anxiety and nervousness. It also contains powerful antioxidants to support overall health and is an ideal oil to use for energising the mind and body.

Bergamot

Bergamot is delicate citrus oil used to reduce tension and stress. One of the top uses for Bergamot is insomnia and using it topically or aromatically can help to balance emotions. Diffusing this elevating oil is ideal way to help the body when feeling anxious or when stress levels are high

Frankincense

Frankincense is often referred to as the ‘King’ of oils and has been used for thousands of years by nearly all ancient cultures. It is renowned for its healing properties and is commonly used to reduce inflammation and to relieve anxiety and chronic stress. Frankincense oil helps to promote feelings of peace which makes it an ideal oil to inhale or diffuse when feeling anxious. Applying some oil topically under the nose and on the back of the neck can help ease tension and bring wonderful focus to meditation.

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is hugely popular and known to help with all things calming. Rubbing lavender over the heart and inhaling it can help with anxiety. It is an ideal oil to use when stress or anxiety are causing sleep problems.

Essential oils can offer practical, effective and powerful benefits for our emotional wellbeing. Using the power of plants to reduce stress, anxiety and tension is a safe and effective way to help safeguard our mental health.

 

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

CONTACT CAROLINE:

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caroline@honestabouthealth.com

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When I first began using essential oils I was immediately drawn to peppermint. It is both refreshing and uplifting and to this day it is still my firm favourite. Peppermint is a universally loved essential oil, well-known for its medicinal benefits. Along with Lavender it is probably one of the most versatile and commonly used oils globally.

The peppermint plant is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and was first described in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. Peppermint can also be found in Greek mythology and the ancient Romans would bind the plant to their crowns to stimulate the mind. A good quality peppermint oil will have a high menthol content and can be used to help alleviate stomach upset and to clear sinuses.

How do I use peppermint essential oil? My top 10 uses

  1. Relieves headaches

Rub a little on your temples for pain relief

  1. Improves mental focus

Mix peppermint with wild orange & inhale deeply to feel more focused and alert

  1. Soothes digestive complaints

Rub some on your tummy or take a drop internally if feeling bloated or unwell.

  1. Natural breath freshener

Who needs chewing gum when you have peppermint to freshen bad breath

  1. Energy booster

Before a workout, inhale peppermint or add it to water to feel energised and refreshed.

  1. Sinus aid

When congested or struggling with allergies, inhale peppermint to clear sinuses

  1. Cool down

Peppermint has a wonderful cooling effect so when dealing with a fever or feeling overheated; apply peppermint topically to reduce a temperature.

  1. Anti-Nausea

Add a drop or two of peppermint to water or place a drop in your mouth if feeling nauseous. Great for when you feel car sick!

  1. Muscle Pain

Peppermint can help relax muscles so mix it with coconut oil and rub into calf muscles after a workout or a long day on your feet.

  1. Cravings

Stop the munchies by inhaling peppermint or placing a drop under your tongue

*Beat the afternoon slump with this*

‘Focus Blend’

-15 drops peppermint

– 20 drops wild orange

Combine in a 15ml glass roller bottle. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil. Apply the mixture to the back of your neck, base of your skull, forehead & temples for an energising boost!

When selecting essential oils it’s important to choose 100% pure essential oils for the safest and most effective health benefits. Only certified pure therapeutic grade oils should be taken internally or used neat on the skin. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about using essential oils or where to purchase 100% pure oils.…

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Essential Health Lemon

Sometimes the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle can feel overwhelming. When we feel unwell it’s hard to know where to begin or to find the motivation to make big changes. When I first discovered essential oils, I loved how simple they were to use and how easy it was to add them to my daily routine. Small changes can make a big difference. Did you know there is an essential oil that can give you beautiful skin, boost your mood AND clean your house?

It takes approximately 45 lemons to produce a 15ml bottle of lemon essential oil. Essential oils are natural extracts from the seeds, stems, flowers, roots and bark of plants. Choosing certified pure essential oils that are natural and therapeutic grade; will provide you with the safest and most effective health benefits. Essential oils can be used aromatically to affect mood and open airways; topically for quick absorption into the body through the skin, and internally for immune & digestive support.

Is lemon water part of your daily routine? Instead of chopping up lemon wedges first thing in the morning, I now add a drop of lemon essential oil to my water – much simpler and far more effective! Adding lemon to water aids digestion, helps to rid the body of toxins, boosts immunity and helps you feel energised.

Some of the key therapeutic benefits of Lemon Essential oil:

  • Cleanses and Purifies
  • Supports healthy respiratory function
  • Promotes a positive mood
  • Aids in digestion and metabolism

Here are some ways you can incorporate lemon in your daily life

  1. Energising

Massage over your shoulders & feet for an energising boost. Feels wonderful right after your morning shower plus you’ll smell amazing

  1. Sore Throat

Add to your hot water & honey mixture. The lemon will fight both bacteria and viruses & help you recover quickly

  1. Anxiety

Anxiety is something we all feel from time to time. Rub 2-3 drops of lemon oil in your cupped hands then inhale deeply. The scent will lift your mood and help clear your mind.

  1. Cold sores

When you feel run down and the familiar tingle begins, douse it with a few drops of lemon oil

  1. Beautiful skin

Create your own homemade exfoliant by adding 4-5 drops of lemon oil to oatmeal & water

  1. Detox

Add to drinking water or rub on ears & ankles to cleanse and balance pH. Make some refreshing homemade lemonade by adding lemon to sparkling water.

  1. Cleaning

Avoid harsh chemicals and create your own stain remover for clothes by combining ½ cup white vinegar with 20 drops of lemon essential oil.

Lemon essential oil is a wonderful oil to have to hand at all times. It can uplift your mood and improve your health in a natural and practical way! Essential oils are a great way to improve your health easily and quickly. Drop me a line if you’d like to learn more about getting started with essential oils…

 

Honest about Health

caroline@honestabouthealth.com