Kids won’t sleep? … There’s an oil for that.

Us mom have all been there … “Okay kids, time for bed.”

But mom:

  • I am thirsty
  • I am hungry
  • I am itchy
  • I am not tired
  • I am afraid
  • My bed is to hard
  • My finger hurts
  • I need my other blanket
  • I need to go potty

You get the drift, bed time for my kids means they all of a sudden get this crazy burst of energy and do not want to go to bed. My kids bedtime is 8 o’clock … My 3 1/2 year old is the hardest. Those good ole bottles of oils I have collected come in handy at time like this.

I wanted to share with you momma’s some of the amazing products I use. 1st of all, if you don’t have a diffuser in the kids room you are missing out! When the room is stinky: Purification. When the kids are fighting colds: Thieves. When the oldest needs to study: Rosemary with Basil. And when it is time for bed: Lavender + Cedarwood.

Let me break down some of the benefits out these bedtime oils.

LAVENDER: Researchers found that lavender increased slow-wave sleep, the very deep slumber in which the heartbeat slows and muscles relax. Very calming and can be good for anxious feelings

CEDARWOOD: relaxing and soothing;  allows the brain to stop processing

Here are a few other great oils for sleep.

VALERIAN: calming to the nervous system and helps with restlessness

VALOR: balances the nervous system and helps strengthen the body and mind; increases feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem; Can also be useful for snoring.

VETIVER: relaxes the nervous system and helps with over stimulation

ROMAN CHAMOMILE: has a warm, sweet, herbaceous scent that is relaxing and calming for both mind and body. Its gentleness makes it especially valuable for restless children.

PEACE AND CALMING: promotes relaxation and a deep sense of peace and emotional well-being: helps release negative emotions: wonderful for children

STRESS AWAY: brings feelings of peace and tranquility; helps to relive daily stress and anxious feelings; promotes relaxation; restores equilibrium

ORANGE: lifts the spirit while providing a calming influence on the body; brings peace and happiness to the mind. It is rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene and aids in maintaining normal cellular regeneration.

ULTIMATE SLEEPY TIME ESSENTIAL OIL BLEND

Ingredients:

  • 12 drops Orange
  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 3 drops Valerian
  • 2 drops Roman Chamomile

doTerra lavender essential oil for sleep kids babies mom's best friend

 

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR SLEEP

Essential oils can be used both topically and through inhalation to improve the quality of sleep.

  1. The easiest way to receive the benefits of essential oils is through diffusing them.  I have a cute little home diffuser that came with my starter kit from Young Living Essential Oils.  It disperses the essential oils molecules into the air and allows you to inhale them.  The molecules of the essential oils are so small that they easily enter the olfactory nerves inside of your nose and into the limbic system, which is the seat of emotions in the body.  Diffuse oils 30-60 minutes before bedtime.
  2. If you do not have a diffuser, you can place a drop or 2 of essential oil in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, cup them around your nose and inhale deeply.  Do this for several minutes.  I have found this an effective way to use many of my sleep oils.
  3. You can also rub 1-2 drops of essential oils on the bottoms of your feet, shoulders,  back of your neck or stomach.  I often use a bit of carrier oil like coconut or jojoba to help it spread.
  4. Mix 3-6 drops of essential oil with epsom salt or baking soda and add to a hot bath water while tub is filling. Soak in bath for 20-30 minutes. 
  5. Rub 1-2 drops on the temples and back of neck several times a day.
  6. Place a warm compress with 1-2 drops of chosen oil on the back.

 

A WORD ABOUT QUALITY

Please note that I am only talking about 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils.  Only about 2% of essential oils sold are considered therapeutic grade.  There is no standard for EOs and so many of the oils you find may be adulterated and can actually contain harmful ingredients.

My essential oil of choice is Young Living Essential Oils. They own their farms and they run a very tight supply chain.  I trust their essential oils above all others because they are pure and unadulterated and are manufactured for therapeutic use not just for smell.

I am a wholesale member, meaning that I save 24% on all of my essential oils.  Becoming A Member

We also use YL’s Tranquil Roll-On : Tranquil Roll-On  is a proprietary blend of lavender, cedarwood and roman chamomile essential oils formulated to calm and relax the body and mind. Using the roll-on application , Tranquil provides convenient and portable relaxation.

And here is a little something for the moms that need help falling asleep; ImmuPro™ provides the benefits of natural immune-supporting Ningxia wolfberry polysaccharides in the convenience of a delicious fruit-flavored chewable supplement. Beta glucan has been shown in studies to enhance the immune system’s response and to help maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range.* ImmuPro contains reishi and maitake mushrooms, which support the activity of antibodies and natural killer cells.* This formula is enhanced with calcium, zinc, selenium, and copper, all needed for proper immune function.* It has a small trace of melatonin.

Why Use Essential Oils?

If you use any of the products I mentioned, let me know how they worked for you and what your favorite oils to use are?

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