By: Anita Howell
As a hard core skeptic and Mom to a child with special needs, I’m often torn between responsibly managing finances and leaving no stone unturned in helping our son, Ryan. Even with so much chatter about essential oils, I was still skeptical. However, a sweet friend gave us an essential oils starter kit and it didn’t take long for the skepticism to melt away.
We have been using essential oils on our son since September 2014 and I have gone from skeptic to passionate advocate. We apply essential oils topically several times a day, diffuse lavender in his room at night, and let him inhale oils as needed.
Since starting, he sleeps better, he is happier, and he lets me rub his back and hold his hand. Love, love, love holding his hand! We still get the irritated look from him at times but it is far less often. Though he only has a few words and can’t give us specific feedback, his response is undeniable.
While he was stressing on a field trip, I pulled out a bottle of Brain Power and he immediately began to scan visually looking for the bottle and then stopped to inhale once he found it. After inhaling for about a minute, he grinned and let out a sigh. I turned around to see his teacher stunned and wanting to know what was in the bottle. We are forever thankful for Young Living!
If you are considering using essential oils, and I hope you are, here some tips that I’ve found helpful along the way:
1) Just as I am not a doctor and not qualified to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, you must remember that neither are those whom you may find in social media groups. Do your own research and address your concerns with your child’s doctor.
2) For individuals with Epilepsy, there are some smells that should be avoided because they can be overstimulating. This isn’t limited to essential oils but is certainly a consideration. According to Epilepsy.com, the following should be avoided if you have Epilepsy:
- Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Note: Remember to review essential oil blends for single oils that may be included. I’ve found Eucalyptus to be the most common smell that I have to watch out for, since it can be found in items like scented Epsom salt. In addition to natural plant smells, be even more mindful of dangerous chemicals that are found in household cleaning supplies.
3) Essential oils are powerfully concentrated. Most oils should be diluted with carrier oils prior to using on children. Thankfully, this is more cost effective as well.
4) Citrus oils, when applied topically, can make you more sensitive to the sun; therefore, they should not be applied topically prior to being exposed to direct sunlight.
5) I’ve found it helpful to introduce one oil at a time and keep a journal on results. This helps identify oils that are proving to be helpful and determine those that may not be best for his body.
6) Select a company who avoids chemicals and submits their oils to third party testing for purity and potency. In our research, we found Young Living Essential Oils to have the greatest control.
We have found that these beautiful oils can support our muscular system, circulatory system, endocrine system, respiratory system, immune system, hormones, brain health, digestion, rest, and emotions.
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- Affordably replace toxic cleaning supplies with all natural cleaners
- Use essential oils
- Make a spray that stops the mildew that ruins our kiddos’ clothes
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Go to anitahowell.myoilsite.com. We would absolutely love to have you! Even with the struggles we face, we can lead a beautiful life. And even with your crazy special needs schedule…we can fit in a convenient online class to meet your needs.