Unless you’ve been living in a bunker, you may have heard that Essential oils are alllll the rage! They are quickly making their way into all kinds of products in the marketplace as one of the “must-have” items for the home. And it’s true, they’re wonderful! My biweekly column, Healthy Kids, Happy Home will focus on creating a Happy Home with worthwhile tips on supporting kiddos emotions big and small, projects for family bonding and routines, recipes and crafts! Less toxins = happier homes, and that is our goal in this space!
Before we get going on all of the great things you can do with Essential Oils let’s take a look at some must know terms I’ll be using
Let’s dig in…
Essential Oil/ EO: A naturally occurring aromatic compound found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants.
Carrier Oil: Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. We use Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) as our preferred carrier oil!
CPTG: Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade means that the brand of oils I trust, (doTERRA) uses oils that are sourced from a global network of growers to ensure the most pure and powerful essential oils. They are rigorously tested for standards of purity and potency, free from fillers or artificial contaminants and free of harmful contaminants.
Diffuser: An ultrasonic machine used to disperse the oils into the air in a room. Here's a great one from Amazon.
Roller Ball: A glass bottle with a roller applicator that allows for quick and easy application on kids! ( I literally hold mine out as my boys run by and hope to get it on them!)
Aromatic: Aromatic use is the easiest way to use EO’s! An ultrasonic diffuser will help disperse the oils into a room to help cleanse the air or create a calming or uplifting atmosphere.
Topical: Topical use is as simple as applying where it hurts! Have a bump or a bruise? Apply lavender to the area! Head tension? Rub some peppermint into your temples! We always suggest diluting EO’s with a carrier oil for young and mature skin to avoid sensitivities. See “Carrier Oil” at the beginning of this post. Find more carrier oils here.
Internal: Internal use is a personal choice and can be chosen when wanting to support internal systems of the body. We love using oils internally in a capsule to support digestive function or to boost immunity! You can add EO’s to a veggie capsule, or take them in a shot glass with water.
doTerra is the brand I trust. After researching I found them to have the best quality and safest oils for my family. There are other companies that do oils well, too. A little research will help you find the brand that is right for you! If you would like to set up a time to talk and ask more questions, we can totally do that! Click here to make an appointment!
I’m super excited to share ideas and tips with you in the coming months. So, do your research, grab your favorite oils & we’ll meet back here in a couple of weeks!
Amy Van Dyke has been sparkling since 1978. A transplanted California girl living in the Northwest, she loves all things crunchy, her husband and her two wild boys. She is happily addicted to coffee, podcasts and essential oils. Affirmations are Amy's love language and she is a 9 on the Enneagram! Learn more about Amy here.
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