Where are my oily mamas at?? I am so SO excited to have Kristen on the blog today of @well.balanced.home on Instagram, she is going to share so many Back TO School oil tips with you so let’s get right into it!!
Hi! Thank you for stopping by to read The Natural Mama’s Guide to Back to School! Labor Day
has just passed, and here in the Northeast, that means that school is starting this week for most
families! I post a lot about natural living, essential oils, and non-toxic living hacks over on my
Instagram @well.balanced.home and I was so excited to be able to team up with Natalie to
bring you some of my favorite tips for the season! I would love to be friends on Instagram so
please follow along and say hi if you’re on there! I share a lot on stories about our behind the
scenes wellness routines and I love helping other Moms feel empowered on their journeys as
well, so don’t be shy to ask me any of your questions over there!
I first started my journey with essential oils when I had 2 boys under 2 in 2016. I initially just
wanted my house to smell yummy for the Holidays. I knew how some candles can burn off
some nasty chemicals, and I wanted to switch over to using beautiful diffusers throughout our
home instead. I did my research on different brands and decided on Young Living not only due
to their quality but also because they made it SO easy to transition our home to being chemical
free. The wide range of non-toxic products I could get (think deodorant to toothpaste to diaper
cream and even toxin-free make-up!) all in one place without having to run errands or research
ingredients was a huge win for me as a busy Mama of 2 active little boys.
From there, I dove in to learning about how essential oils do SO MUCH MORE than just make
your home smell amazing! When my oldest son was about to begin preschool, I got serious
about using our oils for immune support. At the same time, I had been swapping out my
household products like all-purpose cleaner and glass cleaner and things like handsoap and
laundry soap to the Thieves Line of homecare products to further support our family’s
immunity and remove toxins from our home. Traditional cleaning products can do harm such as
suppressing our immunity, disrupting our hormones, and causing respiratory irritation and
swapping in clean and safe products as I ran out of our old stuff was super easy and not
overwhelming- it is an incredibly empowering feeling!
This year I will have 2 in school and I can hardly believe it! My youngest is now 3.5 and is
starting preschool and my 5-year-old is starting Pre-K! It definitely feels like the end of an era
But, I digress…supporting little immune systems is my #1 concern bc we all know how nasty the
germs can be in preschool. My go-tos to stock up on for the season are the Thieves handsoap,
the travel mini Thieves Spray, and the Hand Sanitizer! We have mini hand sanitizers in
backpacks and in the car- we use them immediately in the car at school pick up. Kills 99.9%
percent of germs just like traditional hand sanitizers but contains no triclosan or other sketchy
chemicals, also smells so good and doesn’t dry out your hands! Then, we wash hands as soon as
we get home using the Thieves handsoap- getting the Thieves oil blend on us in as many ways
as possible, and I will have them change clothes too. The mini spray is great for shopping carts,
restaurant high chairs, and if you’re travelling- airplane trays and doorknobs. I have wellness
rollers for my boys too that we swipe on feet and spines daily! I will get into that a little later! If
you are unfamiliar with the Thieves blend- google “Pubmed Clove” + “Pubmed Cinnamon” +
“Pubmed Lemon” + “Pubmed Eucalyptus” to read about the research on what the oils in this
one blend can do to support our bodies.
Lots of you reading this may already be oily, so let’s get to the essential oil tips!! The easy
button for kids is the Kidscents Line of oils- they are prediluted and ready to go for kids ages 2
Ingredients: Sacred Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Cedarwood, Melissa, Idaho Blue Spruce, Palo
Santo, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Sweet Almond oil, Bergamot, Myrrh, Vetiver, Geranium,
Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Hyssop, Coriander, Rose.
Mamas, this blend is full of all the high sesquiterpene oils (think brain food) that will help
kiddos be the little genius they were born to be! Apply this oil topically to base of skull, crown
of head, behind ears, and over forehead.
Ingredients: Idaho Balsam Fir, Tea Tree, Helichrysum, Elemi, Cistus, Hinoki, and Clove.
ALL the happy skin and restorative oils!!! This has replaced Neosporin in our home. I also love it
as a spot treatment for breakouts for me- google skin benefits of Helichrysum!
Ingredients: Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine, Fennel, Anise, Ginger, and Cardamom. Apply to
little bellies and on bottoms of feet and have them inhale from the bottle for any tummy
Ingredients: Eucalyptus Blue, Palo Santo, Lavender, Dorado Azul, Ravintsara, Myrtle, Eucalyptus
Globulus, Marjoram, Pine, Cypress, Black Spruce, and Peppermint.
Like seriously, how can tiny humans produce SO MUCH MUCUS when they have a cold????
Thank you sweet Jesus for SniffleEase. It does just that- eases the sniffles. We apply this to feet,
chest, back, behind ears, and base of skull. I also love to diffuse it with lemon!
Ingredients: Lavender, Geranium, Roman Chamomile, Tangerine, Bergamot, Sacred
Frankincense, Valerian, and Rue.
Sleep. Sleepy. Sleeping kids. The only time of day us parents can eat our snacks and watch
reality TV in peace lol. I suppose more importantly- kids need a good night’s sleep for their
emotional and physical well being ;) Sleep is restorative, nourishing, and fortifying for the body
and making sure kids get their full nine to 13 hours of sleep Is important. Rub this on feet,
wrists, back of neck, and put it in the diffuser. Night night wee ones.
Who loves roll-ons? I know we can make super cute oily roll-ons ourselves, but the premade
ones are my jam lately! It is just too easy to whip these out when I need them! I use all of these
on my 3 and 5 year old except for the Breathe Again- it is pretty strong, and I prefer to use that
one for me (total miracle for opening you up!) I love the Sniffleease blend for the kiddos for
easy breathing! Here is a quick guide to what they are used for. The calming and sleep blends I
like to apply behind their ears and down their necks. The Thieves immune support roller we
apply to spines and feet DAILY. Using oils is all about daily support, not waiting until you have a
problem to use them!
We can’t talk about essential oils and not give some diffuser recipe ideas!! Here are some of my
favorites just from using my starter kit of oils!
Rise N Shine
5 drops Stress Away
2 drops Peppermint
2 drops Valor
4 drops Lavender
2 drops Peace and Calming
5 drops Thieves
4 drops Citrus Fresh
4 Stress Away
There really is a lot more I could say! There are recipes for sprays you can make to protect their
hair from cooties (every parents nightmare!!), sleep/linen sprays, natural hair detangler and
hair growth promoting sprays,+ rollers for everything imaginable lol! Maybe we can do a future
post for all the DIY Mamas! I do want to recommend the book Oil + Glass from Amazon for your
all your DIY needs- it is a lifesaver to have such effective recipes all in one spot! But for now I
just wanted to cover how easy it can be to support immunity, make simple swaps for less toxic
living, and how to use oils safely topically and in the diffuser around kids I am a total open
book so you can always DM me on Instagram @well.balanced.home to chat more about any
specific needs that you have! If you wanted to grab anything that I mentioned today, reach out
to me and I will help you along, and I have a special gift for Natalie’s readers! Thanks again for
taking the time out of your busy day to read this, Mama! Bring on the school year- we’ve got