We all have emotions: Joy, grief, excitement, depression, anticipation, terror, love, anger, pride, sadness, hope, guilt, relief, etc. When you have a child with big emotions – be it toddler life, teen life, or trauma life – don’t underestimate the power of aromatherapy! Therapeutic grade essential oils can be a powerful addition to your child’s therapy sessions, daily routines and coping method practices.
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We have read books and attended training classes about the behaviors we may see with drug-exposed infants as they get older. Boy have we seen a fair share of these huge meltdowns and high-anxiety episodes where he is nearly inconsolable, sometimes for well over an hour. On top of that, we have dealt with many sleep issues with our little guy, even in the short three years he has been in our lives.
We are so grateful for the advice we have received from books, training classes, other foster parents, our licensing worker, therapists, and many more people who are walking this journey with us. We have also found essential oils to be a great addition to our toolkit in helping our child to calm and self-regulate. We will dive into some other tools in a future blog post, but today I want to talk about aromatherapy with trauma-exposed children. (You can see some explanation in our post called: 12 Must-Haves Before Accepting An Infant Foster Care Placement)
Whether you foster or have adopted a substance exposed newborn, you are dealing with abused teens, or anyone in-between, I believe you may find this information helpful. We can never have too many resources when it comes to helping our children heal, and we pray that these essential oils will bless you the way they have blessed our family!
I cannot speak highly enough about using essential oils with foster babies and children. Time and time again, we have seen the positive benefits of integrating essential oils in our lives and, time and time again, we have seen essential oils nearly stop our son in his tracks when a meltdown is on the rise. I have read a few books on using essential oils and have learned about how to use them for emotional freedom.
Here are a few books I recommend, so you can do more research yourself:
Jen O’Sullivan’s book The Essential Oil Truth: Facts Without The Hype
I love how straightforward and to-the-point Jen’s style is
Lindsey Elmore’s book Essentials: 50 Answers to Common Questions About Essential Oils
Lindsey is a pharmacist and firm believer in essential oils! That should tell you something. I love her ability to take really difficult to understand terminology and simplify them so we can feel confident taking control of our health.
Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern is a handy resource to learn about how you can properly use essential oils with littles.
And of course some essential oil books about this very topic we are discussing today:
A couple facts that sit at the front of my mind every time I think about their many benefits with foster and adoptive children are these:
1. How FAST they work! In a matter of seconds, essential oil molecules can reach the brain. In just a couple of minutes, they will be found in the blood stream. And within about twenty minutes they will have affected every single cell in the body. That’s incredible! Whether you are using essential oils for your physical, mental, or emotional well-being, you will be able to notice a difference FAST!
2. Essential oils are lipid soluble and small enough to pass through the blood brain barrier. This is huge when you are dealing with emotions and mental health.
There are multiple ways you can help support you and your family’s mental and emotional health.
Here are a few essential oils that are recommended to use with big emotions. Young Living’s founder, the late D. Gary Young, formulated each of these for a specific reason and to perform a specific purpose.
Wow! Are these powerful or what? Do you see an essential oil blend your child or teen (or you!) could benefit from? Integrating 100% pure, high quality, therapeutic grade essential oils can do wonders in your family’s lives!
There are two ways you can get started with essential oils. You can purchase as a retail customer. Simply visit Young Living’s Website and select Retail Customer. You can purchase all the oils you need directly from this site. (Read more here about why Young Living is superior to other brands and why you want to purchase directly from their site!)
Click on the picture to the left to learn how get the best deal of your kit! You can also get started with a Membership and save 24% on every purchase.
To do this, you can purchase a Premium Starter Kit which includes 11 essential oils you can start using with your family right away!
From there, you can continue adding additional oils to use with your children and family as you go. My recommendation? Get signed up with Essential Rewards right away! You will save even more money and earn free products just by purchasing your additional oils and products through their monthly autoship program. Be on the lookout for a blog post about using macro-nutrient, whole-food, essential-oil-infused supplements to help support your child’s gut health and brain health!
Thank you for your time reading this post. I hope you have found some of this information helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions!
** DISCLAIMER** I have to say that I am not a medical professional! The information and products shared in this class are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose, or prevent any disease, nor is it meant to replace professional medical attention or advice. All information applies to Young Living brand of oils specifically. Use and application of this information is done solely at your own risk.