Thursday, April 17, 2014
[Part 3] Essential Oils for Children: Allergies
This is part 3 of my series in essential oil use for children. In this segment, I want to provide simple and easy steps for helping children tackle allergies. As I've stated before, there is an overload of information on the internet on what oils and recipes to use. Although each situation and individual may differ, leading us to try several blends before finding the one that works for us, I want to keep these post stripped down to the basic. Recently, I wrote a post on an allergy protocol for adults, but seeing as children may not be ready for ingesting a capsule at their young age, here are some other ideas to try. We will look at three areas for supporting kids wrestling with allergies: inhalation, topical application, and diffusing.
Inhalation is the simple method of placing drops of essential oils in hand and, in intervals, breathing in the aroma. The best essential oils to use for this method are:
The aroma of these oils immediately work to begin opening up areas of congestion along nasal passages and sinuses. They are also emotionally supportive and will aid in decreasing the stress, anxiety, and irritability the child might feel from struggling with allergies. I suggest that your child breath in these oils in intervals throughout the day.
This is a wonderful topical blend of oils to apply externally. Recipe credit goes to Stacy McDonald.
2 Drops Idaho Balsam Fir
1 Drop Wintergreen
1 Drop Peppermint
Mix in hand and rub along hairline, chest, and feet.
In addition, apply the Breathe Again roll-on along chest (may need to be diluted) and Thieves (diluted) onto the child's feet. This will help support his/her immune system while fighting seasonal allergies.
In the words of Stacey McDonald, "I only trust Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils for internal use, as lower quality oils may be toxic -especially when I consider using them on children (internally or topically). Synthetic oils do not contain any therapeutic properties and can be dangerous. Even some oils that claim to be organic and "pure," have no real therapeutic value."
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Check your personal sensitivity to these oils by rubbing them on your feet before applying anywhere else. If you find that you are sensitive, you can blend with a carrier oil before applying to skin.
After topically applying oils, I would highly recommend you diffuse either of these blends or combinations:
Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender,
Last, but not least, the nutrient filled drink, NingxiaRed, by Young Living is another way to help boost our children's immune systems to help fight the allergies. 1 to 2 packs of these a day will help support their system daily. Ningxia Red is an antioxidant boosting drinking filled with essential oils, fruits, and the reputable Wolfberry from China.
Again, every child and family is different. It is helpful to connect with other parents in a community who are familiar and educated on the use of Young Living essential oils. As a wholesale customer in my organization, I invite all new members to part of a Young Living private discussion group on Facebook with hundreds of other members to share and recommend essential oils ideas and testimonies. Learn more about the tremendous benefits of becoming a wholesale customer here.