Outstanding Teachers Aides ~ Essential Oils for the Classroom: Bolstering Immunity (Part 1)

by Cynthe on September 23, 2008

The first of a three article series:

School’s in! Leaves are donning autumn hues. Dusk and dawn steadily pinch light from both ends of our days. Surely as year-end holidays approach, seasonal colds & flus will threaten when temperatures drop.

Elementary school teachers, along with preparing classrooms and coursework, fortify themselves for common illnesses which impact their students every year. One friend asked recently if therapeutic essential oils might help support his students’ health, assist with focus & concentration for learning & taking tests, settle them down in the mornings and perk them up from after-lunch ‘sleepies.’

Absolutely! Essential oils and essential oil blends have the potential to do all that and more.

I’ve assembled individual essential oils & EO blends from Young Living Essential Oils’ current selection, which I feel are appropriate for elementary school classrooms and for families at home. Several of these serve dual purposes of being anti-infectious AND calming, or aiding concentration AND being relaxing…so read through the descriptions to see what you may be interested in trying out.

Preventing Illness by Bolstering Immunity with Essential Oils

Versatile ANTI-INFECTIOUS Essential Oil Blends for Aromatic Diffusion
*See diffuser notes at the end of the article

CITRUS FRESH 15ml (@ $20)

A relaxing, calming blend loved by children and adults alike. Rich in the powerful antioxidant d-limonene, it supports the immune system and overall health, while promoting a sense of well-being, creativity, and feelings of joy.

It also works as an air purifier. (This combination of citrus oils is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, an effective disinfectant & insecticide.)

Ingredients: Orange (Citrus aurantium), tangerine (Citrus nobilis), mandarin (Citrus reticulata), grapefruit (Citrus paradisi), lemon (Citrus limon), and spearmint (Mentha spicata).

HOW TO USE: For aromatic use.
- Diffuse at home or in the workplace. Or inhale directly from the bottle. (Avoid contaminating the uncapped dripper nozzle.)
- This blend may also be used to remove chewing gum & adhesives from your fingers or surfaces.

CAUTIONS:
- May damage plastics / painted surfaces. (Test a small area, first.)
- Keep ALL essential oils out of  children’s reach.

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EVERGREEN ESSENCE™ 15ml (under  $29 ~ out of stock)

Evergreen Essence takes you back to nature by combining the scents of a variety of aromatic conifers – pine, cedar, and spruce. Crisp and invigorating, it refreshes the senses. This blend varies slightly from year to year. A seasonal item usually available in the winter months.

Ingredients: Blue spruce (Picea pungens), Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris), red fir (Abies magnifica), Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata), white fir (Abies concolor), black pine (Pinus nigra), pinyon pine (Pinus edulis), lodge pole pine (Pinus contorta), and other conifers.

HOW TO USE: For aromatic use. Diffuse or inhale from bottle.  (Avoid contaminating the uncapped dripper nozzle.)
- Diffuse at home or in the workplace. (This combination of conifer oils is antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and a good disinfectant. It relaxes the body and stimulates the mind.)

CAUTIONS:
- Keep ALL essential oils out of  children’s reach.

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RC 15ml  (under $29)

Contains powerfully invigorating therapeutic-grade essential oils. A wonderful blend to diffuse during winter.

Ingredients: Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtus communis oil, pinus sylvestris (pine) leaf oil, origanum majorana (marjoram) leaf oil, eucalyptus radiata leaf oil, eucalyptus citriodora leaf oil, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, cupressus sempervirens oil, tsuga canadensis leaf oil, and mentha piperita (peppermint) oil.

HOW TO USE:  For aromatic use. Diffuse or inhale from bottle. (Avoid contaminating the uncapped dripper nozzle.)
- Diffuse at home and workplace.

CAUTIONS:
- Keep ALL essential oils out of  children’s reach.
- Do not use near fire, flame, heat or spark.

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DIFFUSERS

It’s best to use a quiet, fan-driven diffuser rather than a heat-dispursed model or light-bulb ring. Heat destroys essential oils’ volatile therapeutic molecules and alters the wonderful aromas.

I use a convenient, light-weight, hand-size diffuser that either plugs into an outlet or runs on 4 AA batteries (convenient for the car or camping trips). It’s available from www.abundanthealth4u.com
NOTE: Classrooms may require two diffusers to cover the area effectively.

This particular diffuser comes with 5 absorbent pads to use for the essential oils. I write the name of the essential oil or blend in pencil on the back of the pad, so each pad is always used for the same essential oil / blend. It’s a good idea to buy sets of extra pads (5pads/$1) when you purchase your diffuser.

When using the diffuser, put 4-10 drops of essential oils on the pad. EOs evaporate at different rates (ie. vary in volatility). As you use the oils, you will learn how much to apply depending on the length of time you plan to diffuse and the area to be affected.

RESOURCES:
Outstanding Teachers Aides ~ Essential Oils for the Classroom: Focus & Concentration (Part 2)

Outstanding Teachers Aides ~ Essential Oils for the Classroom: Settling Down & Calming (Part 3)

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used Young Living & Original Swiss Aromatics essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

Personal Consultations pre-paid on an hourly basis.

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