Aromatherapy—the use of essential oils to affect physical or mental health—is accessible to everyone these days. Essential oils are common, and there are many ways in which you can add them to your daily routine.
The rise of aromatherapy’s popularity comes at a time when more and more people are concerned about the chemicals that are put into everyday products. For instance, cleaning products and beauty products are often filled with chemicals that are harmful to health. Additionally, many of the ingredients used in the United States are banned elsewhere in the world.
As parents raising children, do you really want your kids to grow up exposed to some of these more harmful chemicals? Making aromatherapy a family practice is fun and easy. Teaching your children about natural health will allow them to grow up with the ability to create their own bath and beauty products and will keep your home chemical free. Adding essential oils to your daily life can also help promote feelings of peace and tranquility within your home.
Diffusing Oils in Your Home
Do your children love the scent of fresh citrus fruit? What about flowers or a pine forest? Having an assortment of oils on hand makes natural fragrance fun and easy. Teach them how to use a diffuser, or if they’re too young, allow them to choose the scents while you do the rest. Every morning, diffuse an oil or blend of oils like Ocean throughout your home to start the day on a positive note.
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Ending the day with diffused oils can also help everyone wind down and prepare for sleep. Try a blend of lavender, frankincense, and ylang-ylang to relax the mind. If your children have trouble falling or staying asleep, lightly spray their bed linens with a spray bottle of water and lavender essential oil.
DIY Cleaning Products
Replacing store-bought cleaning products with essential oils is easy. When you get the whole family involved, it can turn into a fun afternoon. Start with an all-purpose disinfecting spray and some tea tree disinfecting wipes. If you’re lucky, your kids will get excited to help you clean using the products they made themselves.
Make an easy disinfecting spray by mixing 10 to 15 drops of lemon essential oil into a spray bottle with about 50/50 water and white vinegar. Use this on any hard surfaces, especially those in the bathroom and kitchen.
Store-bought disinfecting wipes can be pricey, but they’re easy to make at home. Start with an empty mason jar, one cup of white vinegar, 10 to 15 drops of tea tree essential oil, two teaspoons liquid Castille soap, and a roll of paper towels. Mix together the white vinegar, tea tree, and Castille soap. Add the paper towels one by one into the mixture until the jar is full. These can be used on hands or hard surfaces.
DIY Bath, Beauty, and First Aid
Bath bombs, body wash, salves, and scrubs are all fun and easy to make. To get children excited about the process, add some natural coloring into the mix. Here’s a recipe for easy DIY bath bombs that kids will love:
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup Epsom salts
- 1 to 2 tsp essential oil of your choice
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 1 tsp water
- Natural food coloring
Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and whisk until evenly mixed. In another bowl, whisk together all the liquid ingredients. Slowly add the liquid mixture into the dry mixture one spoon at a time. Once well-mixed, pack into tight balls in a bath bomb mold (simply a plastic sphere that can open). Let it dry, then enjoy!1
Alternatively, a natural healing salve is an easy and cheap way to heal minor injuries. Simply mix together olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and an antibacterial essential oil blend such as lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus. Use on minor scrapes, burns, cuts, bites, and bruises.
Adding essential oils to your daily routine can bring the whole family together. Allowing your children to be a part of the process—whether choosing the scents, mixing together cleaning products, or simply adding a few drops of oils into a running bath—can help them appreciate natural health and gain a passion for learning.
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