Reduce harmful chemicals, your immune system will thank you.
Remember that saying "If momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy!"? That makes me laugh. I agree of course, but more than that I think it's missing the point most of the time.
Generally speaking, as a mom, I can and do put up with a lot. Messes, spills, broken dishes, good intentions gone sooo wrong. I'm patient and kind, forgiving and pretty aware of what's going on for those in my care. But what I know to be true is if the kids aren't happy, no one is happy. If dad and I have to get up in the middle of the night to wipe projectile vomit from all surfaces in my kid's room, do laundry, wipe out crevices of intricate lego creations, relocate other children, bathe the sick child and so on, trust me, no one is happy.
How about the grumpy kid? You can send the unhappy person to their room to have some quiet time, but as a mom, it never strays far from your mind. What about the grumpy tween that makes sure everyone is involved. Do you ever wish you could just strangle, I mean find a gentler, more effective approach?
A grumpy mood, injury or sick kid can take you by surprise and can often come at the least convenient time. So, as with everything else, the best defence is a good offence.
1.Keep harmful chemicals in your home to an absolute minimum.
The fewer harmful chemicals in your home, the happier your body's will be.
You don't need smelly, sudsy, "biohazard" cleaners to kill germs and remove grime. Look for natural alternatives that contain many of the ingredients you would cook with like lemon, clove, peppermint, coconut oil, vinegar etc. These cleaners are an excellent alternative and do an amazing, if not better job at cleaning up. Check out Young Living's Thieves Line as a great place to start. Many of the products come in a concentrated form and end up saving you money and trips to the store.
Another source of harmful chemicals that are often overlooked are found in the bathroom. Cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, toothpaste etc.
Here's an article by the David Suzuki Foundation that may get you thinking twice. As with cleaners, there are so many high quality options available now that there is no need to continue using these products.
#2. Diffuse, diffuse, diffuse!
One of the most basic ways of supporting your family's immune systems, boosting moods, or calming restless sleepers is to diffuse essential oils. The oils will purify the air they breathe while delivering the aromatic components that can help with:
- focus and concentration during homework time
- improve quality of sleep at night
- stimulate alertness and happy feelings in the mornings
- provide a safe and supportive atmosphere when returning home from school and activities
TIP: Young Living has oil blends ready to go in the diffuser for a whole range of emotional, and physical support. For example; RC is great for coughs and colds, Lavender for calming, Peppermint for alertness, Citrus for a sense of cheeriness.
#3. Roll on
Creating simple blends in roller bottles that are personalized has been one of the greatest discoveries I've made. My kids love using the oils and they love being self-sufficient. Depending on the ages of your children, the suggested oils may change as will the amount you will dilute them in a carrier oil.
Use roller ball blends primarily on the feet for:
- coughs and colds
- upset tummies
- bad moods
- hormonal support for tweens/teens
- focus and concentration
Darlene Tindall is a Transformational Life Coach, multi modality healer and teacher sewing the seeds of possibility far and wide. She is available in person or online for coaching, classes, private facilitation, energy work or yoga.