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Essential Oils for the Family

Staci B.
STACI B.
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Join Staci Bisset, wellness advocate and essential oil educator, for a Q&A all about essential oils. If you've smelled a rose or a freshly cut lemon, then you've experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. In addition to giving plants their specific smell, essential oils protect plants against predators and disease. Throughout history essential oils have been used for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. Modern scientific studies and trends towards more holistic wellness are paving the way for the use of these healthcare tools in our own homes. Staci is here to answer questions about how to use essential oils to improve everything from stress and anxiety to your bedtime routine.

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Oils for digestiom
KATRINA, PARENT OF 5 YEAR OLD, 3 YEAR OLD

Is there an essential
oil for digestion issues? if so, safe for a 3yr old and how do i administer?

Staci
STACI

Hi Katrina!
Yes, therapeutic grade essential oils are fantastic for digestive issues. My favorite is the Digestive Blend, which has been studied for its ability in balancing the digestive system and soothing many of the digestive ailments we experience. I use it topically on my abdomen, massaging 1 drop with some fractionated coconut oil. This topical method can also be used for children.

Here's a helpful dilution chart:
Babies:  1 drop per Tablespoon (0.3% dilution)
Children: 1 drop per teaspoon (1% dilution)
Adults:  3 – 6 drops per teaspoon (2 – 4%)

We have a few roller bottles made with the Digestive Blend and fractionated coconut oil so they are easy to open and roll on. I use this on my toddler twice daily as part of her morning and bedtime routine.

Other oils for digestive issues: Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Wild Orange, Rosemary (constipation).

ASHLEY

For constipation, do you think it's more beneficial to just dilute Rosemary or to use the Digestive Blend?

Staci
STACI

Hi Ashley!
I have a recipe bend that works great for kiddos with constipation: equal drops Ginger, Wild Orange and Rosemary in a glass roller bottle, topped off with fractionated coconut oil. It's our "Please Poop Blend" and we roll it on my daughter's lower abdomen and massage it in. She has results within the hour!

Then we use the Digestive Blend daily to keep her regular.

KATRINA

where do I buythese rollerballs etc?

Staci
STACI

I buy most of my empty roller bottles, spray bottles, books, extra diffusers, etc at Your Oil Tools. You can order online or shop their retail space in Hooksett, NH: https://www.youroiltools.com/?afmc=TCS

ASHLEY

Ha, "please poop" blend. My oldest gets a little constipated, so this will be a great blend to have on hand. Thanks, Staci!

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Consistent running nose
LUCINDA, PARENT OF 12 YEAR OLD, 3 YEAR OLD

My son is 16months and he has runny nose all the time with no other symptoms. I have heard there are some essential oils that he can benefit from? Would you be able to give me a few tips?

Thank you.

Staci
STACI

Hi Lucinda! I'd be happy to help!

If your son is like me and my family, we suffer from seasonal allergies. A great combo to use is therapeutic grade Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint essential oil, diluted with fractionated coconut oil. I have a glass roller bottle made up of this blend and use it as needed. I roll it on my forehead and chest, but you could also apply it to the bottoms of your son's feet (where the skin is tougher but very porous).

Another oil I highly recommend for the respiratory system and sinus issues, is the Respiratory Blend. Again, always dilute essential oils when using them topically for children and those with sensitive skin. My husband uses the Respiratory Blend daily and was able to eliminate his OTC nasal spray.

In additional to using therapeutic grade oils topically, I highly recommend diffusing these oils. Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint make a fantastic diffuser blend. For bedtime try diffusing the Respiratory Blend and Lavender.

Additional oils for the respiratory system include: Eucalyptus, Douglas Fir, the Protective Blend (which also supports the immune system), Melaleuca (Tea Tree), Peppermint, Cardamom, White Fir.

LUCINDA

Hi Staci thank you for your feedback. Now this would be my first time using essential oils, when I have to dilute them how do I know many drops are needed along with the coconut oil?

Staci
STACI

Here are some general guidelines that moms have found effective and helpful.
Babies:  1 drop of essential oil per Tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil (0.3% dilution)
Children: 1 drop of oil per teaspoon of FCO (1% dilution)
Adults:  3 – 6 drops of oil per teaspoon of FCO (2 – 4%)

More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. If you're not getting the desired results you are looking for, try adding another drop of essential oil or using a different essential oil.

LUCINDA

Wow. This is really helpful. I will definitely use this method to help ease my little's ones runny nose.
Thank you!

Staci
STACI

Great! Thanks for joining in on the Live Q&A!

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Best Essential Oils
MEGAN, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

Hi! My 11 month old daughter is the worst sleeper. I have tried lavender with no luck, any other ideas? What brand of oils do you recommend? Thank you.

Staci
STACI

Hi Megan!
Thanks for your question.
First off, definitely do your research, there are a lot of essential oil companies out there. I think it's important to look into them online and form your own opinion. Not all essential oils companies are created equal!

I personally did a lot of research before jumping into my own essential oil journey. I looked into the company's culture and how they run their business, as well as how they source their oils, how their oils are tested, and if they have ties to the medical community. Those were things that were important to me in choosing the best oils for myself and my family.

I am not here to promote one brand over another, but rather educate about the use of essential oils for holistic health and wellness. Is there a particular brand I use and recommend, yes :) I am happy to discuss it further if you would like to email me: treschicstaci@yahoo.com

When it comes to sleep, it's a topic nearly every mom I know is concerned about. Therapeutic grade essential oils can definitely help!

Everyone's body chemistry is different, so what works for you may not work for your daughter. I always recommend starting with a therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil for sleep. If you find that your daughter needs something a little different, I recommend the Restful Blend, as it includes additional sleep supporting essential oils including: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Hawaiian Sandalwood along with Lavender.

Adding a drop of Lavender or the Restful Blend to your child's favorite stuffed animal, blanket or pillow for sleep is an easy and effective way to use the oils.

We also like diffusing in our bedrooms at night before sleep. Turning on the diffuser on 20 minutes before bed is a great way to set the room up for quality sleep.

Other oils for sleep: Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Juniper Berry.

MEGAN

Thank you! I send you an email :)

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How to use EO
GAURIKA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

Hi I'm just starting to use essential oils, mainly I purchased an EO diffuser and use it occasionally. Can you tell me some effective uses for essential oils? I'm not sure how else to use them other than via a diffuser.

Staci
STACI

Hi Gaurika, great question!

My hope is that you are using therapeutic grade essential oils, and if so there are 3 ways to use them. Be sure to check the label of your particular oil brand before trying these uses. However, the oils I use and recommend to my clients can be used these 3 ways:

1. Aromatically - breathing essential oils in, either through a diffuser, placing a drop in your hands and cupping it over your nose, or even smelling the oil from the open bottle, is an effective way to support the respiratory system, improve mood and cleanse the air (diffusing) of your home, car, office, etc.

2. Topically - with just a couple drops of essential oil diluted in your hands with fractionated coconut oil, you can massage the combo directly on the area of concern, or apply to the bottoms of your feet for overall support. Never apply oils directly in the eyes, nose or ear canal. It's a good rule to always dilute essential oils for children, those with sensitive skin, and the elderly.
You can also make or purchase roller bottles for essential oils. These are typically pre-diluted and ready to apply. Check the label before use.
Citrus oils or blends with citrus oils can increase sun sensitivity. Apply these oils under clothing or on the bottom of the feet, or allow 12 hours between topical use and sun or UV exposure.

3. Internally - Essential oils have fast-acting benefits when used internally. However, not all essential oils are created equal. For internal use, it is strongly recommended that you choose oils labeled CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade). Check all oil bottle labels before internal use, as some are not meant to be taken orally. Oils can go in your water, under your tongue, in a veggie capsule, or be added to recipes.

A little goes a long way with essential oils. 1-2 drops per dose, repeated as often as needed will give you maximum effectiveness.

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Sleep
CHAYLA

My four year old son and 40 year old husband both have a hard time sleeping soundly through the night. Any suggestions?

Staci
STACI

Hi Chayla!
Sleep is a big concern for most families I work with. I always recommend starting with a therapeutic grade Lavender essential oil for sleep. If you find that your toddler or husband needs something a little stronger, I recommend the Restful Blend, as it includes additional sleep supporting essential oils including: Vetiver, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Hawaiian Sandalwood along with Lavender.

Adding a drop of Lavender or the Restful Blend to your son's favorite stuffed animal, blanket or pillow for sleep is an easy and effective way to use the oils.

We also like diffusing in our bedrooms at night before sleep. Turning on the diffuser on 20 minutes before bed is a great way to set the room up for quality sleep.

Adults can also add a drop of Lavender or the Restful Blend to their temples to promote sleep and relaxation.

Other oils for sleep: Roman Chamomile, Cedarwood, Vetiver, Juniper Berry.

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how much is safe?
JANEL, PARENT OF 6 YEAR OLD, 3 YEAR OLD

Hello,

How do I know how much oil used (on my skin) is safe for me? My toddlers? I have read to put a drop in fractionated coconut oil, but how much oil? How much skin "should" this cover? (i.e. if I have 2 bug bites and put a drop of lavender oil in some coconut oil to put on the bug bites...how much?). Thanks!

Janel

Staci
STACI

Hi Janel, that's a great question!
If you are using therapeutic grade essential oils (which I highly recommend) then they are very potent. For example: 1 drop of Peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of Peppermint tea!

More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. Start with 1–2 drops and then increase the dosage as necessary.

I always recommend you dilute your essential oils, especially for children and those with sensitive skin. Dilute them by using with a "carrier oil" like fractionated coconut oil. Other carrier oils: grape seed oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil.

Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils. Because essential oils evaporate quickly, the carrier oil helps them absorb into the skin better and also cover a larger surface area of the skin.

Here are some general guidelines that moms have found effective and helpful.
Babies:  1 drop per Tablespoon (0.3% dilution)
Children: 1 drop per teaspoon (1% dilution)
Adults:  3 – 6 drops per teaspoon (2 – 4%)

Adjust as needed. If you're not getting the desired results you are looking for, try adding another drop of essential oil or using a different essential oil. For acute situations some oils may be used "neat" with no dilution. Two oils that are commonly used “neat” or undiluted are Lavender and Melaleuca (Tea Tree).

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Young living EO
NINA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

Hi Staci,

Firstly, thank you for your response.

My cousin swears by Young living EO. My son has several food allergies and generally has rough winter's (colds, etc) plus, my husband feels skeptical about introducing them.

Any suggestions?

Thanks a lot

Staci
STACI

Hi Nina! Thanks for reaching out.
First off, definitely do your research, there are a lot of essential oil companies out there. I think it's important to look into them online and form your own opinion. I personally looked into the company's culture and how they run their business, as well as how they source their oils, how their oils are tested, and if they have ties to the medical community. Those were things that were important to me in choosing the best oils for myself and my family.

In terms of immune system support, I have had excellent experience using the Protective Blend on my family, on my toddler in particular. We use it topically on her, diluted with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle, and roll it up and down her spine twice daily as part of her morning and bedtime routine.

Before using this oil, she was your typical full-time daycare kiddo, catching and bringing every illness home with her! She was one ear infection away from needing tubes at the time I started using these oils on her. The Protective Blend worked fantastic at supporting her immune system, and not only did we avoid tube surgery, she went a full calendar year without missing a day of school due to illness! Needless to say, it's one oil we cannot live without and one I recommend to all my mom friends and clients!

Husbands can tend to be more skeptical at first. Definitely read my answer to Jenny's "Essential oils vs. modern medicine" question for some helpful info and links.

Thank you!

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Essential oils as a safe insect repellant?
MARIA, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD

Hi, I have been hearing from some mom friends about using a combo of essential oils as a safe mosquito/fly/tick repellant alternative to DEET formulations. I wanted to ask an expert about how well this works and which oils are best to use. If I wanted to make this repellant at home, what would I need? Thank you for your time!

Staci
STACI

Hi Maria, thank you for your question. Yes, this time of year it's been especially busy with keeping ourselves and our little ones protected while outdoors. There's a few essential oils I like and use on myself and my own family, as well as recommend to moms. These are a non-toxic alternative to store-bought bug spray. Be sure to use therapeutic grade essential oils for optimal results.

A personal favorite of mine is the Outdoor Blend for its ability to repel biting insects. I like this blend because I am able to buy it in a convenient spray bottle.

Additional oils for bugs: Basil, Patchouli, Lavender, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Arborvitae, Thyme, the Cleansing Blend, Clove, Peppermint

DIY Bug Blend:
In a glass spray bottle combine:
5 drops Lavender
5 drops Lemongrass
3 drops Peppermint
1 drop Thyme
Top off with distilled water
Shake before use.

You can also diffuse the Outdoor Blend outside.

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Keeping everyone healthy
KARA, PARENT OF 6 YEAR OLD, 3 YEAR OLD

What are some ways I can use essential oils to keep my kids healthy especially during the winter months?

Staci
STACI

Hi Kara!
Since we spend so much time inside during the winter months, using immune system boosting oils daily will help! It's never too early to start, especially as the kids are heading back to school soon. Moms and teachers I know LOVE using the Protective Blend essential oil, as it has been studied for its strong ability to kill harmful bacteria and viruses.

This oil can be diffused into the air, used topically diluted with a carrier oil (like fractionated coconut oil), or be used to clean and purify household (or classroom) surfaces.

I personally use a glass roller bottle with the Protective Blend diluted with fractionated coconut oil, on my 3.5-year-old twice daily (during her morning and bedtime routine). I roll it up and down her spine and it helps to keep her healthy all year. It's rare she is sick.

Another oil we love is the Respiratory Blend, which helps soothe the tissues of the respiratory system and also combat airborne bacteria and viruses.

KARA

Thank you!

Staci
STACI

My pleasure!

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What are Essential Oils?
SUSAN, PARENT OF 3 YEAR OLD, 11 MONTH OLD

Hi Staci! Could you give a summary of what Essential Oils are and the benefits for a family who use them?

Staci
STACI

Hi Susan! Sure, I'm happy to help.

Essential oils are the aromatic compounds found in plants. They are extracted from plant materials including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers, peel of fruit, etc. If you peel an orange and twist it to see the zest, that's an essential oil!

These oil sacks in the plant help protect it from disease. People have been using essential oils for centuries for the same therapeutic benefits.

Not all essential oils on the market are created equal. Be sure you are using therapeutic grade oils to experience the medicinal benefits that they offer. I use oils on myself, my family, and clients that are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oils, that are bottled without fillers, additives or adulteration. These oils are available to everyone, just be sure to do your research.

These oils are potent (50-70x more potent than herbs) so just a drop or two is all you need to experience their therapeutic benefits. The oils work with our bodies on a cellular level to protect us against environmental threats, inhibit virus reproduction, oxygenate the cells, and boost our immune system.

Essential oils are complex in their chemistry, in turn providing us with versatile support. For example, Lavender may be known as a calming oil, but it is also a great oil for: bug bites, burns, mood, fevers, stress, sleep, thrush, inflammation, and the list goes on!
Because the oils are so complex, developing a resistance to them is highly unlikely.

Families use therapeutic grade oils for first-aid, their mood and emotions, sleep, digestive support, allergies, immune system and preventative health care, etc. There really is an oil for everything! They are extremely helpful to have on-hand as a mom.

SUSAN

thank you, Staci! That was very helpful!

Staci
STACI

Glad I could help!