Wouldn’t you love to teach your kids to take responsibility for their own health?
Now you can!
This handy list of 25 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy with Essential Oils makes the perfect oily training tool for your children. Covering basic oily protocols for common winter concerns such as immune support, stuffy noses, sore throats, and more, this list will arm your budding oilers with simple solutions they can carry out themselves.
**For best results, grab the free printable provided below!**
If your child isn’t reading yet, print out the list for your own reference. You’ll still be training them by example until they’re old enough to do it on their own.
>> Grab the version for grownups here: 20 Ways to Support Your Immune System with Essential Oils.
Tips for Success:
- Print out several copies. Free printable provided below.
- Consider sliding each printed list into a plastic sheet protector to guard against spills.
- Stash around the house–in bathrooms, bedrooms, the kitchen–wherever you keep your oils or wherever your child will be most likely to actually use the list. Tape inside cabinets or closet doors, keep in a handy drawer, or post on the fridge.
- Create a personal stash of diluted oils for your child. Involve your child in creating diluted roller bottles and help him select a box, bag, or basket to hold his collection.
- When your child experiences a common health concern, teach her to check this list. Soon she will know just what to do to keep herself healthy!
Winter Wellness: 25 Ways to Keep Kids Healthy with Essential Oils
Hey Kids, here are 25 ways you can use essential oils to to keep your body healthy during the winter months. (Plus 5 more things that will help, too.)
The first section is what you should do every day to stay well. If you’re already feeling under the weather, try to do one thing from this page at least every hour. Remember: use less oil, more often!
DO THESE EVERY DAY
- Diffuse On Guard or another oil from the list below. Add 3-8 drops to your diffuser in the mornings, after school, or overnight.
- Make a diluted On Guard roller (or use doTERRA’s On Guard Touch roller) and roll it onto the soles of your feet and spine every night.
- Pop an On Guard beadlet in your mouth.
- Wash your hands often with On Guard foaming hand soap. Be sure to wash your hands after sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, or using the bathroom, and also before eating.
- Carry On Guard hand sanitizer in your pocket or your backpack for those times when you can’t wash with soap and water. You can buy doTERRA’s new sanitizing spray or make your own.
- Take two a2Z chewable vitamins every day: one with breakfast and one with dinner. (age 4 and up)
- Take 1 tsp IQmega fish oil every day.
DO WHEN NEEDED
- If your mom or dad says it’s okay, take an On Guard+ softgel.
- Diffuse Breathe oil overnight to keep your airways clear.
- Use the immune support roller blend on your feet and spine several times throughout the day. Ask a parent to help you dilute it properly for your age.
- Use your favorite sleepy oils to help you sleep at night. Serenity is a good choice. Dilute and rub on your feet, spine, and back of the neck. You can also add it to your diffuser.
WHEN YOUR CHEST FEELS CONGESTED
- Diffuse Breathe + Frankincense oil overnight to keep your airways clear.
- Dilute Frankincense + Lime and rub on your chest.
- Dilute Marjoram + Thyme and rub on your chest and feet.
- Rub the Breathe vapor stick on your chest.
FOR A STUFFY NOSE
- Rub diluted Lemon oil on the bridge of your nose.
- Add 1 drop Lemon oil to a cup of warm tea. We like Traditional Medicinals Cold Care for Kids.
- Rub diluted DigestZen across your sinuses and behind your ears. Try doTERRA’s Touch roller.
- Rub the Breathe vapor stick on your check and neck.
- Take a Breathe respiratory drop.
- After using a tissue, rub Correct-X around your nose to keep the skin from getting dry and painful.
FOR A SORE THROAT
- If you can, add 1 drop On Guard + 1 drop Lemon + 1 drop Melaleuca to a cup of warm water and gargle way back in your throat. More details here.
- Rub diluted Melaleuca all over your neck. Try doTERRA’s Touch roller.
- Take an On Guard protective drop.
- Add 1 drop Lemon oil to a cup of warm tea. We like Traditional Medicinals Throat Coat for Kids.
BONUS: these will help too!
- Ask a parent to make elderberry syrup (or to teach you how to make it—it’s pretty easy). Take 2 tsp every day to stay well. Take 2 tsp three times each day when you’re feeling lousy.
- Ask a parent to keep homemade bone broth on hand. Freezing works well! When you don’t feel well, sip on warm bone broth.
- Skip the milk! Try to go easy on dairy products until you’re feeling better again.
- If you’re really brave, ask a parent to make a kid-sized amount of this apple cider vinegar tonic. Take it at least once per day until you’re feeling better.
- Get plenty of rest! This is one of the best things you can do to help your body return to normal.
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Kathleen Henderson is the Yankee behind the Homestead, where she keeps up with Mr. Native Texan, three busy boys, a large dog, an assortment of chickens and an organic garden on three beautiful acres in Northern Virginia. Yankee Homestead is where she organizes her tips, tricks and resources for a healthy life. Favorite topics include real food recipes, gluten-free living, essential oils and home remedies, all things natural and nontoxic, plus mommy musings and homeschooling resources. Find out more on the About page