Being a parent has its challenges and I am not hear to preach about what we live, even though it is awesome to know that we are not alone on the parent front. Learning a couple of tools that you can have in your Mama Bear and Papa Bear toolbox is handy, especially items that pack a punch without much effort beyond using them.
I have been using essential oils since before I got pregnant with our first son. I had read some really neat articles in the early 90’s about the benefits of oils and really put them into use when we moved to Italy. I was wanting to create natural face and body washes and lotions because I couldn’t find anything on the market that I liked. What started out as self-care interest soon turned into a greater desire to learn more. When we decided to start having children I turned to herbs and essential oils to assist in the process, discovering what really made me relax. It was great!!!
Then my baby came along and I forgot everything… I became consumed with items on them market rather than following what I had been doing for the previous two years. Yes, it happens to the best of us. It took my second son to come along to help my brain remember to use essential oils. When I began using them again it was in the boys’ bath at night.
O.M.G… What a MAJOR difference it made to bedtime. We had a calmer bedtime routine that created minimal stress. I LOVE IT!!!
Happy Mama = Happy Family!
I wish I could say I didn’t forget to connect to the fantastic energy that using oils brought into the house once again but I did when we moved to Virginia. The flow became stagnant and bed time became a difficult trudge once more and by this time we added our daughter to the mix. The "witching hour" was multiplied by 3 and made me tired, cranky and ready for bed by 8 pm each night. Ugh… not fun! You would think I would have learned but I didn't. This time it took a few years of walking around half asleep and unable to see the possibilities. Oh boy, we all have lessons to learn and here I was at the threshold of hell all because I forgot the power of smell.
As with most lightworker’s walking in a fog I forgot my basics when it came to living life and especially when it came to parenting…life just got in the way and the white noise just kept coming from all directions. Rather than expanding to enjoy and embrace life I was crumbling inside. On the outside I looked perfectly normal, all put together, physically fit, but inside I was struggling to find inner peace all because I was focused on the wrong thing. Thankfully I snapped out of my fog and began to connect to what really mattered to me...
It wasn’t until my friend reminded me of Frankincense that it clicked… “Hey, I’m missing something in our routine here, but what is it?” that it actually dawned on me and my AH-HA moment occurred. A couple of days later I was at the A.R.E. Edgar Casey Foundation in Virginia Beach, browsing through their store, that a most beautiful scent caught my attention. It was the most fabulous incense EVER!
(Archangel Incense - Natural incense) I immediately picked up 2 packages and drove home like a bat outta hell so I could burn these luscious sticks. I remember the kids walking in from the bus all buzzy with school energy and watching them melt into a calm and relaxed state. It was heaven!!! My “witching hour” was no more…screaming and shouting turned into giggles and laughter. The kids went from being overwhelmed balls of energy to calm and happy kids. It was, and is, FANTASTIC. Over time I moved from incense back to essential oils, mainly because oils lets me create and I LOVE to create!
My second MUST HAVE is just as simple as the first…
Oil diffuser with essential oil....
Not all essential oils are created equally and one of the things I have learned over the years is you get what you pay for and it became more and more clear to me the deeper I dove into learning how to use the essential oils in all aspects of my family’s and client’s lives. Since I use oils in different ways I invest in high quality essential oils. Over the years I have learned that some oils are best used internally while others need carrier oils to be applied topically. Don’t let it discourage you from introducing essential oils into your home. Using a diffuser is the easiest and most effect way to get start. The diffuser I currently have downstairs runs for 6 hours and has and LED light that changes color. The colors bring another layer of awesomeness in to the house. Upstairs we have the diffuser that came with the doTERRA kit that I got, it too runs for about 6 hours. Depending on what energetic vibration needs to occur where usually depends on the oils I run in the diffuser.
Here are a couple of recipes I use for the kids that really helps to keep them happy and smiling. In the morning we put in uplifting essential oils into the diffuser to assist with getting everyone out of bed. ‘Rise and Shine’, as my husband loves to sing. During homework time we have oils for focus and calming since school is pretty full on for them. At night, after dinner I change things up a bit to get our minds and bodies ready for bed and run a sleepy time recipe that really helps everyone to sleep restfully. When we move later this year back to the US I will get a diffuser for each bedroom so that I can focus on using the oils that best suits each of us. As with anything in life what works well for one of us doesn’t always work the same for another. Thankfully we haven’t had too many incompatibilities. As a matter of fact I am finding that the kids are wanting to explore more about what each of the oils do, and find the reach for them rather than others items when something is bothering them. It has been a beautiful experience. Recently my husband has discovered the benefits of essential oils as well, especially when it comes to headaches.
Here are a few recipes that I use in our house that are winners!
Morning Wake Up recipe: Homework/Work Focus:
3 drops On Guard 4 Peppermint
3 drops Wild Orange 4 Wild Orange
Sleepy Time recipe:
3 drops Serenity
3 drops Balance
3 drops Lavender Peace
These recipes are all created with doTERRA oils…they are my primary go to at the moment. Although here in Australia I have fallen in love with Perfect Potion essential oils as well, especially their Chakra blend. If you want to know more about the oil’s I have mentioned email me and I will send you my personal link (I have also included at the bottom of this post).
Should you have questions please feel free to ask! In the next blog post I will share my LAST ULTIMATE MUST have for Happy & Healthy teens, with a BONUS item.
Until next time, remember NOW is the time to let your soul sing!
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Krista Ducharme, is an Intuitive Life Coach, Energy Healer and Teacher who has combined her love of health and fitness with her passion of Mind, Body and Soul balance to create a SPARKLY love of life. Join me on my adventures around the globe...