If you haven’t heard of essential oils before, you might be thinking, “Say what?” Here’s a brief description about what essential oils are:
“Essential oils, known as nature’s living energy, are the natural, aromatic volatile liquids found in shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. The distinctive components in essential oils defend plants against insects, environmental conditions, and disease. They are also vital for a plant to grow, live, evolve, and adapt to its surroundings. Essential oils are extracted from aromatic plant sources via steam distillation, and are highly concentrated and far more potent than dry herbs.” (Content derived from the Young Living Essential Oils site.)
I was initially introduced to them by my dear friend Kumari of KumariHealing.com. She uses them with all of her clients and uses them personally, too! We were talking one day about headaches (I was getting severe migraine headaches while pregnant with Willow) so she mixed me up a headache blend and shipped it to me. Not long after that, I signed up for the starter kit at Young Living Essential Oils and received my peppermint and lavender essential oils in the mail.
I’ve since been using the oils in a variety of ways and have loved the effect they have on myself, my husband, and Willow without relying on Western medicine. It is an easy, gentle way to soothe most ailments without being worried about the chemicals you are putting into your body. Since all of the ingredients are all-natural, it is safe to use around children. However, please treat them like medicines and don’t leave them lying around. It is not so safe as though to say that a baby could ingest a whole bottle.
Essential oils are not as mainstream as they should be but it isn’t stopping mainstream outlets from blogging about them! Thieves, one of the Young Living blends, was featured in Mothering Magazine.
I’ve complied a list below of the top five essential oils that I would recommend for mommas and their babies / children.
1. Peppermint Essential Oil
Steve (my husband) mostly uses the peppermint essential oil. He uses it prior to his workouts and in the mornings when he needs a “pick-me-up.” The peppermint aroma alone is enough to give you some pep in your step and it is really invigorating. Kumari told me that it can also be used to help with upset stomachs and as an all-natural energizer.
From Young Living’s website: “Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has a strong, clean, fresh, minty aroma. One of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for soothing digestion, it may also restore digestive efficiency.* Jean Valnet MD studied peppermint’s supportive effect on the liver and respiratory systems. Other scientists have also researched peppermint’s role in improving taste and smell when inhaled. Dr. William N. Dember of the University of Cincinnati studied peppermint’s ability to improve concentration and mental sharpness. Alan Hirsch MD studied peppermint’s ability to directly affect the brain’s satiety center, which triggers a sensation of fullness after meals.”
2. Lavender Essential Oil
The lavender essential oil is definitely one of my favourites. I use this all of the time. I find that it calms me down, takes away headaches, works as a de-stressor and helps with moments when I feel like I have an upset stomach. The things I didn’t know you could use lavender for are in the description from Young Living below – soothing and cleansing cuts being one of them.
From Young Living’s website: “Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. Because it is the most versatile of all essential oils, no home should be without it. Lavender is an adaptogen, and therefore can assist the body when adapting to stress or imbalances. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime, yet has balancing properties that can also boost stamina and energy. Therapeutic-grade lavender is highly regarded for skin and beauty. It may be used to soothe and cleanse common cuts, bruises, and skin irritations.”
3. Peace and Calming Essential Oil Blend
The peace and calming essential oil blend is one that I just ordered. I find as Willow gets older, she also gets frustrated much more easily so I have ordered this in the hopes that it helps in those moments. If she starts to melt down, I’ll just dab a few drops on her feet or her spine and hope for an insta-calm.
From Young Living’s website: “Peace & Calming® is a gentle, fragrant blend. When diffused, it helps calm tensions and uplift the spirit, promoting relaxation and a deep sense of peace. When massaged on the bottoms of the feet, it can be a wonderful prelude to a peaceful night’s rest. Peace & Calming may be especially calming and comforting to young children after an overactive and stressful day.”
4. RC Essential Oil Blend
When I asked Kumari about the must-have essential oils for moms and their babies, she recommended the RC essential oil blend as it is perfect for colds. She said that it’s great to use on the chest in place of Vick’s Vap-o-rub or anything that you are using that acts as a decongestant.
From Young Living’s website: “R.C.™ contains powerful therapeutic-grade essential oils that are invigorating when applied, especially to the chest and throat area. R.C. is a wonderful blend to diffuse during winter.”
5. Joy Essential Oil Blend
The joy blend is one that I’ve added because the description alone was, to me, something that all mommas could use. The idea of infusing more energy and joy is so needed, especially in long winters, and the romance side of it can’t be all that bad either 😉
From Young Living’s website: “Joy™ is a luxuriously exotic blend with uplifting overtones that creates magnetic energy and brings joy to the heart. When worn as cologne or perfume, Joy exudes an alluring and irresistible fragrance that inspires romance and togetherness. When diffused, it can be refreshing and uplifting.”
Interested in Getting Oils for Yourself?
If you’re interested in getting essential oils for use in your home, you can purchase them retail or you can become a Young Living member and purchase one of their starter kits and save some money in the process! You’ll save somewhere between 20-30% if you go that route.
For example, I just purchased Peace and Calming (for Willow) and saved $10.00 on the bottle because I’m a member. There are few requirements to keep your membership – I think the only one is a $50 order per year – but even if you don’t place an order, the starter kits will save you money too!
If you are interested, you can go to www.youngliving.com and click “Member Sign-Up.” If you do, my member # (to use as your enroller ID) is 1345718.
If you have any questions, leave them as a comment below and I’d be more than happy to help!