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At the start of the year at time when there is a lot of attention on looking well and eating right, we can often underestimate the importance of caring for our emotional health. Stressful environments, hormonal imbalance, upsetting relationships and traumatic events are some of the many factors impacting our everyday emotional health. Eating well to nourish the body and brain can help to balance moods and using natural remedies is another great tool to help care for our emotional health. Our sense of smell is incredibly powerful and aromas can elicit strong and rapid emotional responses. Here are 5 essential oils to help with emotional health and balance.

  1. Juniper Berry

Juniper Berry when used topically or aromatically can help alleviate tension and stress from the body. It is a useful oil to use post trauma, when struggling to overcome fears or if suffering from nightmares or night terrors. Diffusing juniper berry in a bedroom at night is a practical way to promote a tension free sleep and experience the therapeutic benefits.

  1. Patchouli

Incredibly versatile, patchouli’s antidepressant properties make it a good selection for emotional health. It can help to uplift mood and relieve tension in the body. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac for hundreds of years. It helps to improve circulation and is often used to help increase libido for both men and women.

  1. Frankincense

Used throughout history by many cultures, Frankincense is renowned for its restorative and healing properties. Often used aromatically or placed under the tongue to combat depression, it is known for its anti-inflammatory and antidepressant properties. Frankincense oil helps to promote feelings of peace which makes it an ideal oil to help balance emotions after trauma, unexpected events or dealing with grief. Commonly used for focus & meditation it is a wonderful oil to use topically and aromatically to ease mental fatigue and help balance emotions.

  1. Wild Orange

Uplifting and invigorating, wild orange is a wonderful oil to use every day to combat stressors and boost moods. The aroma of wild orange can help with feelings of anxiety and fear. If feeling nervous about a situation like flying or speaking in front of a group, inhaling wild orange can have a calming effect. Use wild orange topically and aromatically daily to feel calmer, more optimistic and less reactive to stressors.

  1. Lavender

Incredibly calming and useful, Lavender is renowned for its soothing and sedative properties. It is often used aromatically and topically to help balance emotions and in particular to improve the ability to express feelings. Lavenders calming properties can help with feelings of impatience, agitation, defensiveness and sadness.

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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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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