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Top 5 Essential Oils for Back to School

by Jodi Cohen

As my kids are gearing up to return to school next week, I’ve been thinking a lot about the best essential oil blends to support their mental, physical and emotional health this school year.  I’ve included my favorite’s blends for the 5 Essential Oils for Back to School concerns below.


Essential Oils for Back to School

Staying Healthy
My kids have had a pretty good stretch avoiding the cold and flu.  I give full credit to our Immune Support™ blend.  A few drops on the bottom of the feet before bed both prevent the flu and help nip it in the bud.  For sore throats and any breathing difficulty, the Breathe™ blend diluted and applied to the chest helps support optimal respiratory function.   Our new Thymus™ blend help strengthen the immune system to ward off colds and flu.  You can apply the Thymus blend directly over the thymus (in front of the heart) and lightly tap with your fingers to help stimulate optimal immune function.


Restful Sleep
Between early mornings, late nights working on homework and myriad of extracurricular activities, it seems that sleep always suffers.  To ensure that you and your family are getting optimal rest, consider the Circadian Rhythm™ blend when you are too wired and tired to fall asleep or the Sleep™ blend, Calm™ blend or Lavender™ for general relaxation.   All of these blends can be added to a warm bath with Epsom salt to help relax before bedtime.


Homework Help
I don’t know about your family, but in our house homework is more dreaded then beloved.  I personally find that the hardest part is often just getting started.  Our Focus™ blend and Brain Boost™ blend, applied on the temples, back of the neck or just inhaled, can help kick start the concentration fest so that we spend our time actually doing, instead of complaining about, the homework. Our Attention™ blend can also be useful in grounding ADD/ADHD behavior to help optimize focus.  Citrus blends like Lemon™ and Orange™ are also great for aiding in concentration and my kids and their friends really seem to enjoy the smell.


Anxiety Prevention
I don’t know why, but the start of a school year always seems to bring up all sorts of anxieties – What if none of my friends are in my class?  What if I don’t like my teacher?  What if the homework is too hard?   My favorite blends for calming anxiety is the Calm™ blend applied over the heart.  It instantly settles down worries and nerves and our Adrenal™ blend when anxiety and tension is high, either applied over the adrenals (low mid-back) or inhaled.   Frankincense™ can also be great for calming feelings of overwhelm and boost mental clarity(Just apply on the base of the neck or inhale).


Lice Prevention
Every year it seems we get the dreaded email that our child’s classroom has been inundated with lice.  Instead of fearing the inevitable, I have learned to just fortify ourselves against it.   We keep a spritz bottle with water, Lavender™ and Tea Tree™ oil by the door to spray hair and prevent against the threat of lice.


I hope these are helpful as you wade back into the school year.  Please feel free to leave a comment below or share these tips and ideas with anyone who might benefit.



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About The Author

Jodi Sternoff Cohen is the founder of Vibrant Blue Oils. An author, speaker, nutritional therapist, and a leading international authority on essential oils, Jodi has helped over 50,000 individuals support their health with essential oils.

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