I’ve used essential oils for awhile now, but it wasn’t until this past year that I began collecting and mixing my own blends. I came across a wonderful book, Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child which is what really set this preoccupation in motion. The book covers how and what to use essential oils for, touching on nearly every condition or circumstance. I was on the hunt, researching storage, brand comparison, and organic vs non-organic and have saved you some time by putting the links at the bottom of this post.
Through my research I was most impressed with Mountain Rose Herbs, being that the majority of their oils are organic or wild harvested. Organic oils are more expensive, but worth it in so many ways. It makes sense to use organic oils when you think about it. Essential oils are one of the most concentrated forms of a plant and something we intentionally inhale, massage into our skin or bathe our bodies in. Our children’s skin is far more permeable then our own, so using oils guaranteed to be grown without harsh chemicals, pesticides and GMOs is really important. You often hear the words “pure” and “therapeutic grade”, these do not mean organic and are often misleading. So far I have been very impressed with the quality and customer service. Here is a list of the oils I have so far in my collection, based on the recommended must-haves and first aid kit in the Aromatherapy for Healthy Children book and those I’ve found most valuable.
I was on the hunt for a diffuser that wasn’t all plastic or an eyesore, which so many are. I found this simple and modern ceramic diffuser, the Casa Aroma Genie by Toast Living. It has two timed settings, an optional night light and a nice sized reservoir. I seriously love it. We also have a traditional candle diffuser we use in the bathroom. Find more informations regarding diffuser types and reviews at the bottom of this post.
Aromatherapy has become a part of our everyday life. Both at home and work, when sick and healthy. I use the stress and thieves oil blends on almost a daily basis, and have found great success using blends for Coltrane’s ear aches and teething. Another great success I had was using peppermint oil mixed with coconut oil to help alleviate fevers. A couple months back Coltrane had a high fever and between cool baths and rubbing the peppermint oil blend on his feet we were able to bring it down considerably. It’s an amazing thing to watch our bodies do the jobs they were created to do, fighting off illness and healing with the aid of natural remedies.
Blending essential oils has become a ritual I relish, I’ve listed some of my favorites here.
Thieves Oil // Antibacterial, anti-viral…we use this anytime there’s a hint of illness or while fighting a cold or flu
40 drops clove
35 drops lemon
20 drops cinnamon
15 drops eucalyptus
10 drops rosemary
Sleep // There are so many sleep blends, but this is my favorite so far
2 drops lavender
4 drops petitgrain
Ear Infection // This is a strong smelling blend…
5 drops thyme
3 drops lavender
10 drops camomile roman
3 drops palmarosa
Stress // I use this at work daily. Mix with a base oil of your choice (I use almond oil) and keep in a little bottle at your desk. Prior and during stress, rub into your neck, shoulders, temples, etc. It smells divine.
6 drops bergamot
2 drop geranium
2 drop frankincense
Headache // Rub on temples of use in diffuser
10 drops lavender
4 drops camomile roman
10 drops eucalyptus
Do you have a favorite aromatherapy blend/recipe? Please share!
Essential Oils //
Mountain Rose Herbs -Where I order majority of my oils from
New Millennium Essences -Friends have said they really like this brand as well and often found at coops
Aura Cacia -They have a limited selection of organic oils, a little hard to find on their site but I have several and like them
Other Helpful Information //
The quality of essential oils -great info on how to find quality oils, safety, etc
Information regarding “therapeutic grade” claims -another good article
Aromatherapy safety -great safety info
Disclaimer: This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. This information is simply an opinion.