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It’s September and for our home and others in my state, we have made it thru a successful month of Back To School. For others, September is their Back To School. I remember growing up in NJ and we started the day after Labor Day. Where I live, my children started August 9th !!!! Crazy. Well regardless of wrapping up a great month or getting ready to begin the journey of Back To School…I leave you with a few things that I have found to be beneficial and necessary. For those who are reading this for the for the first time, I encourage you to check out the previous posts for excellent information, recipes, and more.
I have given recipes about germ prevention, immune boosting remedies, diffuser blends galore, healthy after school snacks, and homemade products..what more can could there be? Let’s discuss nutritional supplements. Yes..you read it correct. Essential oils can be placed in a veggie capsule to be taken internally and the benefits are astounding. Of course I only recommend a company that has the purest oils and is labeled GRAS along with having a supplemental label on the bottle. (If you are interested in learning more about said company and or the oils..feel free to contact me. I would love to help you learn more or even send you a sample to try.)

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Let’s look at the basic vitamins you find in the store. You have the most common ones that are tailored just right to market and pull in the parents with young children. The Flintstones, SpongeBob, Dora The Explorer, Lil Critters.. And they are shaped in a way that entices children such as stars, sea animals, teddy bears, etc. Any of these sound familiar? Read those labels..if you don’t know what to look for..research them. Don’t you want to know what you are giving your child? What is in the vitamins listed previously are some harmful ingredients. GMO’s, Aspartame, Artificial Flavors and dyes, High Fructose corn syrup, gelatin (boiled down animal skin) and many other synthetic fillers. Numerous studies have linked artificial colorants with symptoms such as ADHD in children.
In the European Union, foods that have artificial dyes MUST carry a food label warning stating ” may have adverse effects on activity and attention in children.” In the U.K. , the same artificial colorants have been banned. Yet the FDA here in America did not feel there was any link between the two and no warning label was issued. May I point out, that dietary supplements (broad term for vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, probiotics and amino acids)….is a big business. A $26 billion industry to be exact . That has grown by 27 percent in the last 5 years. Pediatric supplements are at $573 million….so naturally..if the FDA was to issue warning labels that those said supplements can cause ADHD, Autism and more…that’s a LOT OF MONEY LOST…same principal as BIG PHARM…I will save that for another post tho ; )

It shocking and disturbing when I found out what I was craming down my children’s throats..in the attempt to give them better nutrients. For more information and to read scientific studies regarding what is in the supplements you are giving your children, I encourage you to go to www.collective-evolution.com. So what is a parent to do?? Our household utilizes supplements that contain NONE of the harmful ingredients listed above or found in almost all supplements on the market. For my little ones they take an IQ Mega…This is an excellent brain function supplement, as well as cardiovascular, immune, and joint function. My daughter Dannie swears that it is, ” brain food,” and feels that it gives her the support she needs in the morning.
My children also take the chewable A2Z tablet which is specifically formulated to be used with the IQ Mega for vitality and wellness. It gives my children the nutrients they need for optimal health. For myself I use a combo of 3 . The LifeLong Vitality pack or LLV. It is offered in a form for Vegans as well : ) It is all whole foods plant-based as well as infused with minerals and essential oils. I love that I am getting my full potential of nutrients not just thru my Vegan diet but in combination with these supplements. My energy level is amazing despite having a full plate. Once again, NO harmful ingredients and it is Gluten free/GMO free. Of course there are other supplements as well through the company that give support for digestive issues, muscle joints, women’s vitality complex and mens vitality complex as well. Again if you are interested in learning more about SAFE, HEALTHY supplements for yourself and or family, let me know how I can help.

DEEP BLUE RUB

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Deep Blue Rub giving support to my daughters’ calves after a long game.

In the last post I touched base on some ideas and recipes for the older teens and adults. Lets continue with that. My oldest daughter plays lacrosse and she’s amazing!! She is a mid fieldier..so she is constantly running. At the end of the day her muscles are sore. We optimize her game skills as well as recovery by utilizing compression socks, muscle roller and an essential oil called Deep Blue. It also comes in a rub which she prefers over the bottle of oil. It smells like Icy Hot or BenGay..but has NO CHEMICALS AND TOXINS. This rub has been a savior for her, providing soothing effects and targeted benefits. Use in combination with ice packs and if you ask her, she will tell you it cuts down her healing time. My husband also swears by it for his neck and shoulder pain. I prefer to use it on my lower back when it’s that time of the month. It really takes that back labor feeling away.
I also gave a sample to a co-worker who used it on her neck and shoulders. Not only did it release tension from her neck and shoulders, but the aroma of the Peppermint and Wintergreen (and more) relieved her of her headache as well. The Deep Blue rub can also be used on smaller children in elementary school who suffer from “growing pains”. Rub a small amount on their legs at bedtime for relief. This is also perfect for the teacher who has some tension in the knees,legs, back, shoulders, neck after a long day at school. I highly recommend this oil/rub. Would you like to try a sample? I would love to introduce you to Deep Blue. You will fall in love with the benefits. Just leave a comment if you would like a sample.

Emotional Wellness

While staying on the subject of teens ..lets focus on our girls. Nothing personal boys just it’s a girl thing. Does your daughter or yourself suffer with menstrual cramps? In our house we use a monthly blend intended for women. Clary Calm is packed full of essential oils that help with cramps and helps soothe the emotional roller coaster of heightened emotions. It comes in a roller ball for easy application. It also smells amazing. I recommend this for the teens and us adults too. It is an excellent tool to utilize for the women who also suffer from menopause. Apply to the back of the neck, writs, over heart, and lower abdomen for soothing, calming, cooling effects. I love that it is in a convenient roller ball..it is so small it can fit in your pockets, book bag, purse, your desk or a drawer in the office..Wherever basically. Why not naturally use herbs and botanicals that are well-known and studied to help ease the discomfort that our teens must face, along with us older women too.

Since we are on the “emotions” aspect of things…..lets discuss Emotional Wellness. I plan on discussing this more as we head into the winter months, where lack of vitamin D gives us feelings of depression, but also the frantic holidays stress us out! For now, let’s discuss it briefly. There are some parents out there who are for the first time placing their child on the bus..Kindergarten came too fast didn’t it? I know..it hurts. I have been there. It’s ok..You go right ahead and cry..worry….It’s comlpetley normal for you to have those emotions and do NOT let any one tell you otherwise. How about the parents who are watching their baby(s) enter into highschool? That one also made me cry. Again..Do it..Feel that Emotion. Its ok…or lets not forget the ones who are sending their baby(s) off to college…UGH..i can’t imagine. My oldest graduates in 3 years and I have been emotional off and on already. Let us also not forget the emotions we are facing with just being back on a schedule due to school. It’s a lot to try an juggle it all.
I do find myself over worked…stressed….frazzeled…..and I do have moments where I just want to run away…but I don’t. Although I have plenty of friends in countries all over the world who would love to take me in for a few….dreaming…. Sorry…..Ok… My point is learning to control our emotions and know how to do it is the key. I live by my beliefs that :

It is ok and perfect to have emotions,
to feel them…
to recognize them…
but …
NOT to BECOME THEM.

This is so hard to do!! I can feel stressed, realize why I am, but it doesn give me the right to allow that emotion to take over…… My emotion does not determine my reaction. I fail short from time to time..but again..Im not perfect, who is?? Who would want to be?? I love that I am perfectly flawed.

Everything I have Ever learnt in Life..I once failed.

So what do I do when I’m stressed, angry, irritable, upset, sad….just plain emotional??

Essential Oils That Increase Negative Ions

 

I inhale Essential Oils………

Yup..and so does everyone else in my house..and you know what?? IT WORKS!!! When you place certain essential oils in a diffuser, the aroma from the oils reacts with the ions in the room..whether its your home or office. Picture a bunch of dots floating in the air. They are called positive ions. And their name is misleading. Positive ions are actually pollutants. Positive ions make us feel tired, irritable, depressed and anxious. They do NOT live up to their name. When Essential Oils are diffused in a cool mist (water) diffuser, the oils are released into the rooms atmosphere. The oils react with the positive ions (negative energy and pollutants) causing them to turn into Negative ions (positive). You did NOT read it wrong. Diffuse away!! The overload of positive ions overload our system with free radicals upsetting and disturbing our well-being.

Here is a diffuser blends that I highly recommend utilizing to help. Tested , Tried and True… to bring instant relief of anxiety, irritability, anger and create a grounded effect…so the schedules and the constant go-go-go can get done and we remain…

……..BALANCED………………….

Balance Diffuser and Roller Ball Blend

I really enjoyed being able to reach you, wherever that may be, and have the opportunity to give you the PARENT or you the TEACHER the ability to use ALL Natural products that will help give you, your children or even students …a healthy start to a new school year……..Mind..Body..and Soul.

If you have any questions on learning more about the oils I have mentioned in this post or the several other ones on this page, feel free to reach out to me. I would love to help you either with purchasing an oil or simply learning to understand oils as well as  learning more about all the ways you can use Essential Oils in your everyday home and life. I also encourage you to leave a comment, question or criticism here on the post or any other of my blogs…We can not grow or Learn if we do not Engage and Inquire. I hope parents you will find this months posts about Back To School helpful…share it with other parents..and with the Teachers too!!! Stick around..the next few months are going to be filled with LOTS of info and recipes!!

Walk in Love & Appreciation….. Today & Ev’ry day!!!!

~Namaste~

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With Back To School (either here for some of us or fast approaching for others) there are a few things we can do to keep our little ones safe.  I  have discussed how to make so many all natural products to combat things like seasonal threats….germs…oils to boost our immune system…household cleaning …healthy after school snacks…and oils known to help with concentration… and let’s not forget oils to help you  Quit Smoking…What more  could I possibly have to say ??

I have a few more tips to give you. As our children (especially the elementary ones) come in close contact with other children..at some point..there will be an outbreak either in the classroom or school itself..an outbreak that just makes me cringe….Yep..You know it…….LICE !!!!!  Ugh …. The thought of it automatically makes me itch. We can explain to our children not to use other people’s combs/brushes, hair ties, hats, etc. but at some point it happens. So how can you protect your child/children and household from lice? Easy…….

Keep the Lice at Away

This recipe is amazing at protecting your child/children..and others in the household, as it is contagious. The reason why this recipe works so well, is the ingredients itself. The oils!!!! They work as an insect repellent. Lice are attracted to clean hair..and our smell. Melaleuca oil has an antiseptic properties and it is used in several countries as a lice repellent. Clove oil has been known to kill parasites. Which is EXACTLY what lice are!! Lavender, Peppermint, and Rosemary oils also have antiseptic and insect repellent properties..and they have a floral scent. Which can mask the strong oder of the Melaleuca and Peppermint. Simply spray on your child’s hair and comb thru. Do this daily before school..this way nothing is brought home !!!! No infestation!!!

Now that we’ve gotten past the gross stuff…well sort of. I have discussed a lot of ideas and tips that can be used on your child/children…now let’s focus on the older ones….the TEENS!! Whether you have a teenager yourself or know one though family or friends….they too can benefit from essential oils. If you have a teen who plays sports you know the dreaded smell right?? The stinky shoes..cleats, gym bag etc.

Introduce….Stink Be Gone….

May I also add that this spray can be used in so many ways actually..not just solely for teens. Stinky house…stinky car…(stinky clothes left in the washer after being washed that someone forgot about until you go down stairs and find them sitting in washing machine..smelly..but no one claims they know anything about it)…sound familiar? I know I’m not alone…Anyway what ever stink you are trying to get rid of…try this recipe.

Stink Be Gone

Please allow me to explain  a little more on how using Essential Oils is by far…hands down…Safer than the chemical cocktails that are advertised on T.V or other media outlets..as well as lined up in the stores we go too. For example, Febreeze and other air fresheners claim to freshen the home and target oder molecules. Trap and remove them. Right? You’ve seen the commercials. Here’s the thing. Farthest thing from the truth. The odor molecules are not trapped and removed. They are still there. Just masked by the “smell” of a chemical cocktail…that you just sprayed in your house. The scary part is that Febreeze for example, does not disclose all of their ingredients. They only claim 3, yet the Environmental Working Group or EWG found 87 chemicals!!!! Take a look at some of the ingredients found:

• The chemical 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol has been linked to cancer.
• Methyl pyrrolidone is toxic to reproduction and development.
• Gerinoil irritates skin, eyes, and lungs.
• Hexyl cinnamal is an allergen.
• Propylene glycol also causes cancer, causes allergies, and is toxic to the immune system.
• Ethyl acetate is linked to neurotoxicity.
• Alcohol denatured has been known to cause organ system toxicity.
• Ethylhexanol-irritates skin, eyes, and lungs and is toxic to reproduction and development systems.
• Linalool is an immunotoxin

Again. The scary part is this in not the full list of known chemicals inside a can of Febreeze. These chemicals are being inhaled by you..your child/children and pets. For those that suffer from respiratory issues and or allergies. Spraying these chemicals in your home is just asking for an attack..or worse. For a full list of the chemicals in Febreeze or other cleaning products check out the EWG website and prepare to be in shock(www.ewg.org). Don’t think your off the hook by using the Plug In’s, Carpet deodorizers, candle burning scents or by burning incense. Highly carcinogenic chemicals are still released when heated up and burned. In addition, did you know that the air quality in our homes according to the last several years of scientific research by the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA, shows evidence that the air in our homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than outdoor air. This is because our homes are not well ventilated.

Improve the Air Quality in your home and office

You can still have a home or office or classroom that provides an aroma of cleanliness or invigorates the senses. Apply 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or I recommend alternating Purify, Wild Orange and On Guard to your filter in the AC/ Heater duct system. I also recommend diffusing oils in the home as well..Remember each oil not only has a distinct aroma..but medicinal benefits as well. What a deal…2 for the price of 1!! Here is a favorite recipe that gives the home or office a sense of pure clean and a pleasant atmosphere. Give it a try the next time you burn dinner or cook something stinky…Let me know what you think?

Freshen Up Diffuser Blend

It’s scary and yet disgusting that companies are allowed to produce products that are strategically designed for consumers to buy and use. Knowing all the harm the chemicals can do. And yet…Do you hear that???………………………………………………….Nope….not one peep about the disclosure of chemicals and dangers the products pose..Otherwise..who would buy them?? How much money would they loose?? Again, it is no news where I stand when it comes to chemicals in my food, water, air, cleaning products, hygiene, cosmetics, etc. etc. I was blown away when I first began researching and learning of the horrors. I can’t stop what is meant to be will be. However…I can make sure that I do my best as a Mama and EarthChild…to bring others into the light.

I look back at times in my life and find myself amazed at how much I’ve grown. Grown into this health conscious woman.. A divine creature…I honestly do not know how I survived prior..but I did…However…I feel much more healthier, happier, wiser, connected, grounded, conscious..than I ever have felt in my life…and the beautiful part is that …my journey is far from over!!! I absolutely love being apart of a company that gives me the ability to take charge of my health..my children’s health and more. A company that has high standards, the purest oils, co – sources and gives so much of volunteering and help to communities WORLD WIDE. If you are interested in learning more about this company or how essential oils can and will change your life, leave me a message or contact me directly. I LOVE helping people and I’m never too tired to talk about the Power of Nature Captured in a bottle.

Getting back on subject. Lets see…where were talking about gross smells…Ah yes!! For the teens and quite frankly for us adults too….the dreaded bad breath!!! Why chose mints or gum that AGAIN have animal ingredients and packed full of GMO’s and chemicals??? Why?? They are chosen because it is convenient (as that is the type of society we live in) and also because people do not know better. They simply are not aware…Or are you?? And yet still chose those products???? Regardless, there is a safe way to get rid of bad breath by……..yes…….you guessed…Essential Oils (que in music).

Funky Breath Spray

Bad breath can be eliminated by utilizing Peppermint. Peppermint oil is actually used in several gums and toothpaste to provide fresh breath. Add a drop of Peppermint oil and Lemon oil for a clean, fresh mouth rinse. Another favorite of mine is using the On Guard I talked about in the last post. The immune boosting components plus the cinnamon, clove, Wild Orange and more. Provide fresh breath all while boosting the immune system..kinda of a 2 for 1 deal. Both of these oils also are made into a beadlet form that is quick and easy for traveling, keeping in the purse, office desk, or your teens book bag. Another option is a breath spray as shown above. A 2 oz amber bottle will do the trick. What ever method you decide to use, you can trust and know that there are no chemicals and you are naturally freshening your breath as our ancestors once did. They were connected with Mama Earth..Grounded……Knew which plants did what and were not afraid to use them…they were not afraid to Release their Inner EarthChild..For they were just that.

I enjoyed giving you healthy options that are so useful for Back To School and in general. It really is liberating to make your own products..giving yourself and others (if you gift them something) a sense of FREEDOM. Freedom from being tied down to a system that is not concerned with your health. A system that is out to make money. Regardless of the cost of your health. Your child’s health. Your pets health. Or the environments health. I implore you to take the steps on eliminating your carbon footprint…on shifting your consciousness to another level you never thought possible..to become an example that our youthful generation can look up too…Be The Change…Chose products that are safe for the environment. Safe for human and animals. Products that are free from animal derivatives and cruelty free…Pay more attention to your food label ingredients.. Question. Research…Release your Inner EarthChild!!

I hope you enjoyed learning some new tips on how you can benefit from using essential oils. Be sure to check back next week for more amazing tips for the teens and us adults. I will discuss muscle relief oils, PMS relief, daily supplements and an oil specifically for the TEACHERS out there. Have you ever tried the tips I wrote about? What worked for you. What didn’t? I would love to hear and maybe give some pointers…..Or learn something new. I always encourage feedback..it’s the only way we grow…Feel free to leave a comment or reach me directly. You can find Inner EarthChild Solutions on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and of course right here! See ya next week!!

*Don’t forget…Monday August 21st,2017….is the SOLAR ECLIPSE!!!! As I’m sure your probably already laughing at how EarthChild is all amped up about it…Well I AM!!!
A total solar eclipse…I find it amazing how our ancestors used the sun, moon and stars. And the importance of their alignment. Take a moment from your busy schedules…look up in the sky. Take a drive if you can, to watch. Sit or Stand..Stare in amazement..Think about how small and vulnerable we are in this vast Universe. Be mindful with every breath.*

Walk in Love and Appreciation….. Today & Evr’y day….

~Namaste~

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Back To School Week Part 2

 

Has your child/children started school yet? Last week was the start of a new school year for my girls. I still can’t get use to how things operate in my current state. I’m from NJ and we didn’t start school until the day after Labor Day….not so much here.. August 9th was the  1st Day of School!!! In any case, whether they have started or you are lucky enough for them not to start just yet…I have some more recipes, ideas and information to share with you as a parent. I’m hoping this reaches some teachers too!! If you haven’t had a chance to look at last weeks post please do so after reading this one… there is very important information and recipes included to kick off that 1st Week of School!

Our 1st week went great. Extremely happy with our teachers so far…getting back into the schedule was a breeze…and yes…I’m still emotional…Listen Up!!! WE ONLY HAVE 18 SUMMERS WITH OUR CHILDREN!!! Then they graduate..and go off to find themselves and CONQUER THE WORLD….so yea mon .. Be emotional.. Own it.. It’s ok…

Are there any teachers reading this right now that can relate to watching a favorite student grow up?? Do you have feelings of nostalgia?? Every parent teacher conference or Open House that my 2 elementary children have, my oldest daughter always makes it a point to go with us to see her favorite teachers that she had…and of course they remember their favorite student too! They give her a hug and get a little sentimental when conversing with her and myself about the years that have flown by, saying things like..How big she is..How much they miss her etc. It is bittersweet…Can you relate?

Whether or not your child/children start this week.. last week or in September…it is important to understand that our babies will now be introduced to all kinds of germs (in which they are kind enough to share by bringing home) or for the teachers out there .. Germs will make it into your classroom. So how do we keep them well?? Placing the OnGuard Essential Oil on the bottom of your child/children’s feet before walking out the door (as we discussed in my last blog), will help strengthen the Immune System. It might sound silly to place Essential Oils on the bottom of your feet.. but here is why.. You see, the pores on our  feet are thicker than anywhere else on our body. This allows for the oils to be absorbed very quickly AND reach the bloodstream faster. In addition, the Sebaceous glands are NOT located in the hands and feet. What that means is that the hands and feet are free from Sebum (an oil substance that helps keep the skin lubricated)….therefore ABSORPTION IS ACHIEVED.

I also recommend On Guard beadlets. This is a quick and convenient way to obtain all the Immune Boosting benefits of On Guard Essential Oil.. And its perfect for travel or on the go..and..the flavor has a freshening breath effect too! The beadlets are super small and easy to swallow or disintegrate under the tongue. I also implement Lemon Essential oil in our water. Lemon oil is a must have!! Not only is it a non toxic cleaner but when added to a glass of water.. You have a refreshing.. clean.. healthy boost. When taken internally, Lemon oil can provide cleansing and digestive benefits and also supports healthy respiratory function. My kids love them some Lemon water!

In addition, I can only speak for the company I LOVE and TRUST. It is backed by a CPTG certification as well as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe)…you will know if an oil is safe for internal use if it has a Supplemental Facts label from the FDA.

All Purpose Cleaner

Staying on the topic of GERMS…in the last blog I discussed making homemade hand sanitizer using On Guard Essential Oil. Now I have a recipe that I use in my home faithfully  to clean and sanitize my home. There are several studies on the effectiveness of certain Essential oils in regards to their antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antiviral properties. If you are interested in those reports/studies feel free to reach out and I can help you.  To hold the solution, I buy my glass Amber bottles online from Amazon.com.

This is just one of the reasons I am extremely passionate about Essential Oils. As I have always stated in my blog posts as well as in person…my house is CHEMICAL FREE!!! I am able to use Essential Oils to do all of the cleaning …and use for personal hygiene products…replace my medicine cabinet etc. Not only do I save money on not having to buy products but I can rest assure knowing there are no chemical toxins in my products/house. It is extremely self satisfying to make your own products. It is a fun activity to include your child/children with and friends and family love receiving them as gifts. I seriously could not imagine life without my oils. Here is my recipe..feel free to use this in your home, office, or classroom to get rid of those GERMS.

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SEASONAL THREATS

When our children head Back To School. The seasons start to change. That usually means lots of discomfort, sneezes, itchy eyes and throat, nasal drainage, fatigue etc.
What can we as parents or you as a teacher do to help combat those Seasonal Threats??
Try this recipe in your diffuser. I also use this recipe in a nasal inhaler for on the go relief. You can find nasal inhalers online and they are super easy to use. Just make sure you are using safe Essential Oils. Otherwise you are inhaling chemicals…and do not place the inhaler directly into the nostril. Here is a trusted recipe that our home uses to combat or gain relief from Seasonal Threats.

Seasonal Relief

While I am on the subject of diffusing Essential Oils, here is also another one of my favorites to use in the home, office or classroom. Boost the Immune system with this recipe…and believe it or not…the aroma is wonderful. A perfect air freshener.. FREE FROM CHEMICALS…and the blend gives a pleasant aroma that  once inhaled begins protecting the ones we love.

Immune system strength diffuser

Healthy After School Snack & Homework

Once my kids come home from school they want a snack. As I have mentioned before, we are an Organic/Vegan household..so healthy snacks..Yes Please!!! My kid’s love these and I do too.
AFTER SCHOOL SNACK
This recipe is super easy. Simply slice the apples up. Place aside. Take a glass bowel and fill 2/3 with water. Add the On Guard Essential oil(more immune boosting) to the glass bowl. The cinnamon, clove, wild orange, rosemary and eucalyptus give an Apple Pie taste. Add the apples you already sliced to the glass bowel and let them soak for a few minutes. Place the apples on a plate and ENJOY! They really are delicious and nutritious!! Another recipe my girls and others love is this smoothie. I have also incorporated it into a breakfast smoothie as well. You can use it any way you like. Whether its for breakfast on the go…lunch…or a snack here is a recipe that is  super easy to make.. delicious.. nutritious. And beneficial to the health of the body. Simply blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Healthy Treat

While my children are eating or drinking their snacks I will start to diffuse an oil blend that is tried and true in our home..perfect for studying and working on homework. Education is so very important.  I can’t begin to express how important it is to have parents actively involved with their child’s/children’s education. If my children come home without homework, I will have them work on a few subjects like spelling words, flash cards, math etc. I do this because I want to know if they need additional help. After all..it is not the sole responsibility of the teacher to teach our children. PARENTS YOU HAVE A HUGE ROLE TO PLAY!

In addition there is a great tool that my children’s school uses. Check out www.schoology.com. Ask your child’s teacher if they are interested in or even aware of such a tool. I swear by it. I can print out worksheets that they are currently working on for that week and so much more. It’s extra practice and the kids get excited to show me how smart they are. After their snack or if they choose to eat/drink while working on their homework or studying for a test, I will diffuse this blend. TEACHERS…this is also a GREAT blend for you to diffuse in the classroom as well.

study blend

I do have to point out that this is great for us adults too. Lots of work to do…lots of papers to grade…working on a project…even as you are reading this, I crafted this post while diffusing the Study Blend. It is a great blend and aroma that helps with concentration. One final tool I also implement for my children and myself is a diffuser necklace. I have mentioned using this necklace in my prior posts. The diffuser necklace is a great tool to have. Most schools are strict on what your child/children can bring into the school. Bringing in rollerballs of essential oil may be permitted by some..unfortunately my children’s school does not allow such a thing. Hence. The Diffuser Necklace. I place a few drops of Essential oils known to help with concentration, self-esteem, calming, ADHD/ADD  etc. on a wool ball or lava bead (numerous colors so that you can color coordinate). The necklace adds as an accessory and yet you can inhale the oils and immediately feel the relief, comfort, mental clarity and the benefits from the oil you have chosen.

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My daughter wearing her diffuser necklace.

I enjoyed giving you some recipes that I know work and will benefit your children and or students. A special THANK YOU to all the teachers who still have passion in their hearts to teach our youth and give them the tools and ability to one day BE THE CHANGE! I would love to help answer any questions you may have. If you are interested in learning more about Essential Oils or where you can find the safest and best oils. Reach out.. I love to help share the POWER OF NATURE CAPTURED IN A BOTTLE with you. Please feel free to share these recipes and ideas with others and don’t forget the teacher friend you may know! Let me know what you think about these recipes. Have you tried any of them before?? Do you have your own recipe that you would like to share and have a spot light on this blog? I would also love to read your comments, thoughts, and or concerns. Feel free to leave a comment. You can also follow Inner EarthChild Solutions on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Make sure to come back next week. This whole month is based on BACK to School. I have plenty more tips, ideas and recipes.

 

Walk in Love and  Appreciation..Today & Evr’y day

~Namaste~

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Back To School Week

I can’t believe it is that time again!! For me it is bittersweet. Time flies by so quick..seems faster with every passing year. For those who do not know me, I am a Mama to 3 beautiful daughters. My oldest Heaven-Lee will be starting this school year as a sophomore!!! As if that didn’t make me feel like the time has flown by..DannieMarie (9) and Sophie(7) aren’t to far behind their big sister. I get emotional just thinking about it. I sit and think about how much they have grown..and keep growing. I look at their homemade hand print sitting on my t.v. stand..how tiny their little hands were..how it felt to hold their little hand in my hand..walking with me..their little legs trying to keep up with me…UGH!! Now I walk slower just to savor a hand to hold..because one day DannieMarie and Sophie will be “Too Old” to hold my hand like their big sister or “Too Old” to have a bed time story read to them… My children have been the greatest accomplishments I have ever made.

I wanted to share some ideas as we give our babies away again to their teachers, some helpful all natural tips as Back To School approaches. This post is not directed at just parents..it is for the teachers too. After all, they have our babies all day (totally jealous). I wanted to share with other parents and teachers as well, some awesome recipes, back to school ideas for snacks, increasing focus, alertness, and creating a safe, clean and calm environment. For all involved. So please share this with other parents..and a teacher or two…

Getting back into the swing of things and being on a schedule again. Isn’t easy. In our house we “practice” a week before school starts with setting our alarms. Waking up early. Going to bed early etc. This way it is easier to transition when it’s actually time to do so. Here is a great idea to try in the morning during the week. Not only for our child/children..but for us as well. Have any ideas on what??? Well…. If you haven’t noticed by now or you are new to my website/blog…I’m all about being  NATURAL.. ORGANIC.. AUTHENTIC.. sprinkled with a conscious amount of ONENESS….so………………
The best Wake Me UP comes from a few favorite choice Essential Oils.. here’s my recipe..

Wake Up & Seize the day

Diffusing these oils in the morning…. I will set the diffuser up and have it running at least 10 min prior to waking my girls up…this way the aroma is already hitting their subconscious and doing its magic…when they do open their eyes…stretch and get dressed. They have now had a full 20 -30 min of aromatic benefits. They are ready to take on the day. This is also a great Wake Me Up for us parents and or teachers as well. I actually stopped drinking coffee by using these  oils in the morning. It’s amazing. I always felt I needed the coffee to get moving and stay moving. Not the case…it’s been 3 months..no coffee. And I actually have more energy. Without the dependence of caffeine..

Back to the subject of diffusing Essential Oils….TEACHERS LISTEN UP !!!!!! What better way for you to keep germs out of your classroom…What better way for you to control your environment?? What better way to promote a calm, peaceful, focused driven students (while given yourself peace) then by diffusing in the classroom????

Teacher's Must Have Essential Oils

Lets get down to business…GERMS… Bacteria and viruses are on pretty much everything including floating in the air. Every sneeze…Every cough…Every hand….desk…etc..etc… So what are we told to do by mainstream media and society??? Buy hand sanitizer, right? WRONG !!!!!! The main ingredients in hand sanitizer is alcohol. Studies have shown that the Ethyl alcohol (found in hand sanitizer) has been found to be absorbed into the bloodstream with every application. Another route of reaching the bloodstream is by inhalation of the vapors. To further add to this, Isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol (key ingredient) is a known neurotoxin…meaning it is toxic to the nervous system. Another ingredient is Glycerin , which for our household is a NO NO !!

Glycerin is a product made from the melting down of animal fat. FYI: it is commonly found in cosmetics, toothpaste, medicines, vaccines, and processed foods. As far as toxicity..it is low, but does cause a dry skin effect. Carboner is another ingredient found in hand sanitizer. Basically,  it’s a generic name for a product made from petrochemical acrylic acid…Currently there is not enough research regarding the toxicity. That raises a major concern as a mother. Finally we have the fragrance. Or lack of. This fake fragrance is made up of just about anything. Here’s great news….it is unregulated in the U.S. and typically made from dozens of chemicals known to be toxic..
Many of the above chemicals have been studied to affect sex hormones, asthma related issues, and much more. The hand sanitizer that boosts ” Alcohol free” are no safer than the ones containing alcohol. Do the research for yourself…It’s insane… I know adults who use hand sanitizer 24- 7…and yet are sick 24 -7..Wonder why???? Same thing can be said for children. So how do you ask, can we keep our children from picking up germs and or giving germs to others???

First of all, proper hygiene including hand washing is the #1 way to prevent the spread of germs. Another way is by making an ALL NATURAL HAND SANITIZER. Parents this can be a fun activity to include your child/children…Teachers this to can be a fun activity to make in class…and in addition. WHAT A GREAT WAY TO MAKE A HOMEMADE PRESENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS…options are limitless. Here is a trusted recipe.

Essential Oil Cleaning Gel

 

I absolutely LOVE OnGuard essential oil. Its a must have in our home. OnGuard has been shown in studies to be a powerful immune supporter. It has a warm and spicy aroma. The oil is used in so many ways. I make an all-purpose cleaner with it(come back next week for the recipe). I also use it in our foaming hand wash, homemade bubbles…I diffuse it…We take it internally…and I also place it on the soles of our feet before walking out the door. OnGurad is an AMAZING oil. In fact… here is a great article to read regarding how OnGuard attenuate Influenza (www.manchester.ac.uk). Teachers this is the oil you must keep on hand to protect not only the classroom but yourself as well. Since converting our home to strictly Essential oils and Homeopathic ways. Our home is not only CLEAN but is FREE from chemicals. Yet we have not had ANY sickness in home.

Its is a super easy recipe to make. And trust me the Vitamin E oil and Aloe Vera gel WILL come in handy for more than just this recipe. The bottles and rubber holders can be found online at places like Amazon.com. Follow these steps to make some All Natural Cleansing Gel using Essential Oils. Are you ready?? Combine the Aloe Vera Gel, and Vitamin E oil…..add the 10 drops of the On Guard Essential oil…add the water…Mix…if more water is needed for consistency. Add a little more water. Pour into the container. THAT’S It….Super Easy right?? It’s so easy in fact, there really should be NO EXCUSE as to WHY your child/children or classroom use a chemical hand sanitizer. Again. This cleansing gel is a great gift idea as well.. **HINT**

I’m really excited about this weeks blog and the following weeks to come. I love sharing the POWER of Essential Oils. Have you ever tried any of these blends, ideas, etc.?? Are you interested in trying them or learning more about Essential Oils? Interested in finding out where you can purchase the best oils? Feel free to reach out, I would LOVE to help you. Don’t forget to check back next week for recipes about making an All Purpose Cleaner for the house and or classroom… recipes for diffuser blends to battle Seasonal Threats…How to give yourself and child/children daily PROTECTION and some delicious and nutritious after school snacks. I hope you enjoyed these recipes and ideas. Please share with other parents and those TEACHERS. Like, Follow, Share, Heck..Print them out and send with your child to give to their teacher even. It is our job as parents to Protect our children. And it is also the job of the teacher to Protect his/her students. As always you can find and follow Inner EarthChild Solutions on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Walk in Love & Appreciation …Today & Ev’ry day….

~Namaste~

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How safe do you think the most common products you use on your child are? Most all of the bubble baths and bath oils out there on the market…contain harsh chemicals and even cancer causing chemicals such as formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane.  With that being said, 61 % of children’s bath products contain these two ingredients. Which the EPA is not exactly sure of the risk of cancer through absorption through the skin. In addition, WebMD states that “Formaldehyde undergoes rapid changes in its chemical components immediately after absorption”. Remember our skin is the LARGEST organ we have!!  As if that wasn’t enough to make you QUESTION EVERYTHING… Autisim Speaks.org reported a “greater emphasis on studies that examine the link between chemical pollutants and Autism. The studies show that exposure can affect the developing brain in ways that may lead to autism. The scary part..There is NO FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS on allowable levels of chemicals in body care products!!!!!!

Seriously?? I’ll take that ”not sure” and go right ahead and protect my babies and loved ones with all natural homemade products.. It is absolutely DISGUSTING that these chemicals and many others are allowed. These artificial chemicals and fragrances can cause irritation to your skin and bodily system. These same chemicals and more are found in our laundry detergents, dryer sheets, shampoos, household cleaning supplies, etc. Choosing to make your own products is just as important as changing your diet and buying ORGANIC. So how can you have body products CHEMICAL FREE????

The answer is simple. Make yoye own. This Bubble Bath recipe is gentle enough for all..including a baby (cut the recipe of course). I love this recipe !! Again..its super easy to make. Balance, Lavender, Serenity and Ylang Ylang are a few of my favorites. These oils are very well-known to reduce feelings of anxiousness, tension..as well as reduce stress and promote relaxation.

 

NOTE: Dr. Bronner’s makes unscented or scented soap..If you do not have a certain oil..let’s say Lavender…You can buy Dr. Bronner’s Lavender scented Castile Soap. It has a wonderful aroma, and is free of chemicals and is cruelty free : ) You can also purchase the vegetable glycerin at most health food stores.

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Directions:

  1. Combine the castile soap, the vegetable glycerin, and the water into a bowl.
  2. Place 15 drops of your favorite essential oil and stir until throughly mixed.
  3. Pour into a glass container.
  4. When it is time to use, simply add 1/2 cup of the Bubble Bath into running warm water…and ENJOY!!!

It is important to understand that this recipe will  not produce the BIG FLUFFY BUBBLES you may be use to with other products like Mr. Bubbles for example. The reason is quite simple…The mixture you made does not contain the harsh synthetic chemical ingredients. This chemical free bath will however, give you or child, the relaxing and therapeutic benefits  needed to cleanse, calm and help transition into bedtime. After any bath or shower, you need to moisturize. This is very important. What better way then with a light massage over entire body with an Essential oil known to promote a restful sleep?? Try a few drops of Vetiver with a few drops of either coconut oil or Sweet Almond oil or Jojoba oil..all great for the skin. For best results…rub on bottoms of feet.

For those who do not want a Bubble bath feel…try this bath oil. This recipe uses Serenity..an amazing Essential Oil blend that helps reduce feelings of anxiety, tension, stress, and calms emotions. The aroma is sweet..If your not interested in floral smells, reach out to me and I can help determine an oil that accommodates your particular preference.

Bath Oil using Essential Oil

Ingredients:
15 drops of Serenity essential oil
4 oz. F.C.O. ( that’s oil talk for Fractionated Coconut oil…or Jojoba oil).

Directions:

Combine the two ingredients and place in a container of choice. When ready to use, just pour 1 TBSP or 2…into the running warm water.

Sit back…Take a DEEP breathe…

and Relax : )

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My dream bathroom

 

I have one more Awesome recipe/idea to give. Homemade bubbles. This is a fun activity you can make with your children. Using different oils gives you and your child the ability to discover different colors, scents, and textures. Enjoy this fun and CHEMICAL FREE activity for you and your child!

 

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Mix the sugar in some warm water the sugar has melted. Add the OnGuard Foaming soap and stir. I would love to hear how much fun you and your child had with this activity!!!

Again..I really can’t tell you how liberating it is to make your own products that are safe for your family and friends.. And also safe for MAMA EARTH. Not relaying on store bought products that contain harmful chemicals..pushed by chain stores with disregard to public health, safety and environmental concerns. Even if you purchase Vegan and or Organic products…your still not feeling that FREEDOM. In addition, you get more BANG for your BUCK when you make your own products.

I really enjoyed sharing some information on how to help parents or even yourself with finding creative outlets for ADD/ADHD/Autism. As well as create learning tools and Therapeutic tools  with  Essential Oils. If you missed the earlier posts, I shared some thoughts and recipes for homemade Play dough using Essential oils. I hope you enjoyed the recipes today and please give them a try..If you are interested in learning more about HOW ESSENTIAL OILS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE…or where to purchase the best oils..feel free to contact me. I would love to help you or a loved one. As always I encourage your thoughts, questions, concerns, and criticism. You can also find Inner EarthChild on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Check back soon…BACK TO SCHOOL WEEK is up next!!! Lots of helpful tips for parents..lots of fun recipes to protect our children with.. as well as our home from INVADERS!!!

 

Walk in Love & Appreciation ..Today and Ev’ry Day

~Namaste~

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References:

www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/news/20090312/report-toxins-common-in-baby-products

www.autismspeaks.org/science/science-news/top-ten-lists/2012/deeper-understanding-link-chemical-pollutants-and-autism

www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/causes-prevention/risk/substances/formaldehyde/formaldehyde-fact-sheet

 

 

 

 

 

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Essential Oils and ADD/ADHD/ Autism and more

                               Essential Oil Play Dough

 

What are some relaxing ways to calm your child down or support a fun activity when the weather isn’t cooperating?? Aromatherapy Play Dough. This recipe is super easy to make and a great way to introduce your child to Essential Oils. I always feel that being truthful with our children from day one..is the best way to handle any situation. If you are looking for a natural way to help calm your child and also help with focus and mental clarity, etc….why not help them learn about how they can have a part in their healthcare?? Teach your child how Lavender can help calm them down when they feel anxious, irritable….or how Roman Chamomile or Vetiver can help with anger management.

If the child is able to “sense” when they are having those feelings…then… they are taking control over the situation in a mature and responsible manner. My children ages 15,9, and 7, are able to….well for the most part…. sense when they need to use an oil for calming down. By teaching your child this skill, it will equip feelings of FORTITUDE…..and if not…well, there’s an oil for that too ; )

Essential Oil Play Doh

So how can Play Dough do that.. you may be thinking?? Here are just a few benefits…

Fine Motor Skills
Hand muscles can be strengthened, along with coordination and dexterity. You can also hide a bean or penny in the Play Dough (just please be careful placing items in the play Dough..if you know your child is going to place the penny or bean in his/her mouth…DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD UNATTENDED)…Place these items in the Play-Doh and have the child find them and use their pincher fingers.. or set a goal to be able to use pincher fingers to retrieve the hidden item. .AND MAKE IT FUN!!!

Social Skills
Some children with certain behavioral disorders do not have the necessary skills for socializing. I really don’t like to use that term..” lack the necessary skills…” I do not believe they “lack” the skills. .I think they are just hidden beneath the surface. Incorporating Play Dough can help. Try with the family all at the table playing with the Play Dough together. Allow the child to become comfortable with the touching of the Play Dough (as sensory can also play a part)…Maybe invite a good family friend over and bring out the Play Dough…or bring it to the next family event. Have all the cousins, aunts, uncles, grandma/grandpa…whoever else there may be…sit down and PLAY!! First thing.. you are NEVER to old to play with Play Dough..and what great family laughs and bonding..as developing social skills are attained.

Communication
Sometimes language or when its hidden …can create a barrier. You can still teach colors and to make requests. Ask what color is this?? Or point to the BLUE color.. the BLUE lid…the BLUE circle..etc. If you are using the molds to make animals or food items, what another wonderful way to incorporate learning..” Can you point to the YELLOW DUCK?? So many ways to incorporate learning and communication. Which the Communication skills also coincide with the Social skills as well.

Anger Management
Play Dough is an EXCELLENT stress/anger reliever. Smush it, Hit it, Pound it, Smack it…do all of the above while crying.. while expressing frustration…what ever it takes to GET  IT OUT!! I use this technique with my middle child.
When DannieMarie is frustrated and she can not sense it.. or she is not sure why… We use Play Dough. The oils in the Play Dough (hence the importance of adding them ) are activated with every pound, knead, roll, tear apart action she can muster up.. Eventually, the aromas do their magic, and she is noticeably calmer and more precise with her Play Dough.. She is willing to even open up and discuss the problem. .I am able to help her.. guide her as to why she is upset,frustrated,mad…and develop ways to try not allow our self to get there again. That’s what are job as parents is to do.. guide them…Did you happen to see any similarities?? No?? The Play Dough calmed her down…it allowed her to process her feelings. Communicate those feelings…and give her a sense of FORTITUDE…And YES…I have even tried it myself when I was mad…It’s pretty amazing.

Are you ready to give this a try?? Here is the super easy recipe….

Instructions:

1. Place a few drops of Organic Vegan Food Coloring into separate dishes and then add 2 cups water to each dish. NOTE: you can find the all natural food coloring at Trader Joe’s, Fresh Thyme, WholeFoods, or online.

2. Combine all the ingredients (except the Essential Oils) into a large saucepan. Stir until mixed thoroughly. NOTE: 1 colored water dish per recipe. This allows for several different colors.

3. Place over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to continuously sit the ingredients together until a ball forms. NOTE: Be careful to not over cook as this will lead to very dry Play Dough.

4. Remove from heat and place on parchment paper to cool. Typically 20 minutes.

       5. Add 5 drops of Essential oil and knead dough until combined.
Recommended Oils to use: Lavender or Vetiver, Ylang Ylang, Roman Chamomile, Balance, Wild Orange, and Peppermint..are my favs.

That’s it!!! Super Easy. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
Do not force the child…give him/her the ability to make the decision to participate. Even if it is brief.

I really enjoyed sharing this recipe and my thoughts with you. Have you ever tried Play Dough therapy? I would love to hear your experiences, thoughts, struggles or criticism. I grow. .you grow.. We grow. It’s a pretty cool mindset. If you are interested in learning more or where to purchase the best Essential Oils, I would love to help you. Leave a comment, Like, Share and Follow Inner EarthChild Solutions on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Later this week….Bubbles using Essential oils and a calming bath soak/oil.

Walk in Love & Appreciation…Today and Ev’ry Day…..

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Essential Oils and ADD/ADHD/ Autism and more

National Therapeutic Week

National Therapeutic Recreation week was designed to raise awareness of the therapeutic programs and services, to improve the wellbeing of individuals with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. Essential Oils can do just that! Essential Oils and Therapeutic touch is something I highly recommend parents looking into.
So what is an Essential oil? How can Essential Oils benefit someone struggling with a learning and or behavioral disorder like ADD/ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s etc.

Essential oils are a natural extract of the protecting fluids of natural vegetation. Nature is so beautiful..mysterious.. and everything was created with Purpose. EVERYTHING.. including YOU!!  With that being said, depending on the plant or its parts (the stem, roots, flowers, rind, leaves etc.) are distilled using a steam process. These oils are highly concentrated. Many of the oils have very strong antibacterial as well as antiviral and antifungal properties. The oils enter our body via Aromatic , Topical use and  Internal use. Studies have shown that the oils penetrate the cell membrane. Therefore altering DNA….just as studies have shown in those participating in mediation. Our brain is our “control center”…if we want to assist in controlling our moods/ emotions…go to the source.. The Limbic system. Which… if you guessed correctly, controls moods and emotions. It’s important to state that “not all oils and or oil companies are the same“. You want to avoid chemicals, synthetic fillers, GMO’s etc. when deciding on an oil/oil company. I would love to help you understand more about the company I put my trust in.

Now that you have a shortened version of what an essential oils is and the basics on how they work. Lets discuss ways in how we can use them to assist in alleviating certain feelings associated with some common disabilities. Remember each person and each child is unique (hence the beauty in the world)…but yes, due to our specific uniqueness, not everyone will re act or respond to an oil the same way. If your reading this, you are looking for a natural way to help your child, or maybe a family member, or maybe a close friend, or maybe even yourself. So lets look at Aromatic (inhalation) and Topical (speaks for itself).

Focus and mental clarity is one of the concerns/wishes that I am asked most about . Next would be feelings of anger, irritability, anxiety, and self-esteem. There are many oil blends that help enhance focus and assist in a productive thought process. Remember many with disorders are highly sensitive to odors and or touch. Never force the application of oils if a negative response is shown. Try allowing the child to participate in the selection of oils. Here are some ideas to help……

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You can also try Rosemary, Frankincense, Peppermint, and Wild Orange to increase focus, concentration, or mental clarity. There are also oil blends in which contain several of the oils in one bottle that are meant for Focus and Balancing/Grounding. Oil blends are when two or more oils are “blended’ together creating enhancing effects. There are also numerous oils that help with feelings of anxiety, anger, irritability, and have calming effects. I love the oil blend Peace. This blend promotes feelings of ..you guessed it..PEACE..along with reassurance and contentment.

Diffuse the oils in the morning and or throughout the day, and at night.
Topical application is also a must. This can be done by either placing a few drops of the particular oil in the palm of your hand or create a roller ball and apply behind the ears, wrists, bottoms of the feet and along the spine. I also recommend on the back of the neck, over the heart/chest. Topical application allows for oils to quickly enter the bloodstream and circulate through the body. The largest organ we have is??? Our skin!!! This is why it is so important to monitor the products you put on your skin. Avoid products that contain chemical agents !! Topical application is also in itself soothing.. If you have ever had a massage….. then you can understand how relaxing and soothing and good it makes you feel…Right? That’s because it is Therapeutic.

I have some amazing recipes to share with you that focus on ADD/ADHD/Autism and other disorders/disabilities that will benefit from Essential Oils. Here’s a sneak preview….I have a recipe for making homemade clay diffuser necklaces, essential oil enhanced Play-Doh, bubbles and bath/lotion ideas. Please be sure to check back and or share with a friend. If you are interested in learning more about how Essential Oils can help, here is an excellent article from Dr. Josh Axe regarding a study that was done on the oil Vetiver and ADD/ADHD (www.draxe.com/vetiver-oil). I encourage you to read the article or share it with a friend or family member who could benefit. In addition, I also recommend checking out the Autism Parenting Magazine at www.autismparentingmagazine.com/essential-oils-for-autism-adhd-add. Amazing article on the Best Essential Oils for ADD/ADHD and Autism.

In addition, if you are interested in learning more or where to find the oils mentioned, I am more than willing to help. I LOVE educating people about Essential Oils and their benefits. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. This website is a safe place for all. No question is too silly.. And we grow by positive and negative criticism. Like, Follow, Share. Or find Inner EarthChild Solutions on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Walk in Love & Appreciation…Today and Ev’ry Day…..

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~Namaste~