Sunday, February 22, 2015

Calm & Focused Child DIY Essential Oil Blend

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Essential oils have become a huge part of our daily routine in dealing with sensory issues, anxiety, and autism. After some trial and error, I have finally concocted the perfect blend for our family. I call it the calm and focused child essential oil blend because it does exactly that. It calms my sons' sensory responses, balances their emotions, and keeps them calm and focused. It has drastically reduced the number of "bad autism days" in our house. It is definitely my go-to DIY essential oil blend!

DIY custom essential oil blend that will keep your kids calm and focused - great for kids with autism too! from And Next Comes L

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A Few Safety Notes About Using Essential Oils with Kids

When we first started using essential oils about 18 months ago, we saw a huge impact in our daily lives. It has been a huge part of how we treat (manage or cope might be better words) with autism. However, I have been hesitant to share our story since there has been a huge essential oil movement in the kid blogging world, especially as of late. I won't get too much into it (trust me, you don't want to get my rant started), but oftentimes, these pushy multi-level marketing reps forget to mention important safety concerns. So here are just a couple of important reminders:

  • I am not an aromatherapist. I am just sharing a blend of oils that has worked well for our family.
  • This blend is meant to be diffused and/or mixed with a carrier oil before applying to skin. Never apply this blend to the skin without a carrier oil.
  • If you haven't already educated yourself on the safe use of essential oils with children, then please read up on their safety first. I recommend these books: The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child
I should also note that this blend does wonders on both children, autism or not. So it is great for all kids.

How to Make the Calm & Focused Child Essential Oil Blend

Here's what you'll need to make this essential oil blend:

I simply add the oils to 80ml of water in our diffuser and diffuse first thing in the morning.

Here's a breakdown of what each oil does. Lavender is great for calming and relaxing. Mandarin orange balances emotions (good bye autism meltdowns!), but I mostly add it because I like the smell. To be honest, I cannot stand the smell of any of the other oils individually. Frankincense has a sedative quality, making it great for reducing stress and anxiety. Cedarwood helps to focus the mind and balances emotions. Finally, vetiver calms the sensory system and stabilizes emotions.

When I diffuse this blend, I find that sensory meltdowns are reduced and that J focuses better on his schoolwork, both at home and at school. On days that I forget to diffuse this blend, J seems more agitated and more prone to autism meltdowns. It definitely helps balances his emotional responses when he is having sensory issues. So needless to say, I always make sure to have these oils handy.

How to Use this Essential Oil Blend as a Spray

Another option is to add the essential oils to a cobalt blue glass spray bottle and top it up with water. Shake before applying. You can either spray it into the room like an air freshener or spray on the skin. I usually spray it in two spots on the skin: back of the neck and on the back at the base of the spine. I apply it to both of my children every morning and it makes a huge difference in our day to day life.

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DIY custom essential oil blend that will keep your kids calm and focused - great for kids with autism too! from And Next Comes L