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Essential Oil Survival Guide for Mums

You spend all day every day making sure everyone has what they need. The children are fed, bathed, cuddled and soothed. But what about Mum? Who takes care of you when you’re feeling anxious, exhausted, sad or sick? Chances are, you’re not taking proper care of your own needs because you have so many others to attend to.

But you must start now!

When you don’t take care of your own emotions and well-being, it’s much more difficult to take care of anyone else’s.

If you’re an “oily mum,” you’ve probably found recipes for the perfect concoctions for runny noses, restless toddlers, upset tummies, cuts and scrapes. And that’s lovely. We love those, too! But today, let’s talk about taking care of you.

Anxious Emotions

Anxiety is a common problem for mums. If the children are home, you might deal with arguing, screaming, crying…just noise! Sometimes it can wear you down and test your patience. Not to mention the fact that you’re likely short on rest!

But with essential oils, there’s hope for every cause.

The essential oils that help:

  • Lavender
  • Cedarwood
  • Bergamot
  • Frankincense
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang ylang
  • Chamomile
  • Clary sage

You can treat anxiety with essential oils in a few ways:

Aromatherapy: diffusing any of the essential oils above for 15 minutes every hour is a wonderful way to de-stress the entire family, as well as keep your emotions from spiraling out of control. You can choose to diffuse only one oil or opt for a combination. If tensions are really running high, try the following blend:

Anxiety Diffuser Blend:

  • 3 drops lavender
  • 3 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops bergamot

Another type of aromatherapy is direct inhalation. This method also works very quickly, but will not have the continued effects that diffusion will. To do this, you simply sniff the essential oils directly from the bottle. You can do this with one oil, or make your own combinations and store them in glass bottles to keep on-hand.

Topical Application: This method is also extremely effective and can be used as often as needed. Simply mix a few drops of one of the essential oils listed with approximately 2.5 ml of a carrier oil (such as grapeseed or almond), and apply to any or all of the following locations: wrists, behind ears, back of neck, bottoms of feet, or palms of hands. Blends can also be made ahead of time and stored in glass roller bottles.

Immersion: This method works as both aromatherapy and application. You simply drop 10-15 drops essential oils into your hot bath. Stay in the tub as long as possible for maximum benefits.

Depression

Mums can get the blues, too. Even though we may not show it, or think we have time to feel anything, anxiety, lack of sleep and hormone imbalances can contribute to general feelings of moodiness or even full-blown depression.

While there are certainly times to see a doctor, sometimes taking a few minutes for a quick pick-me-up can be all you need.

The essential oils that help:

  • Bergamot
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Clary sage
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang ylang
  • Lavender

The same methods can be used with depression as with anxiety: aromatherapy, topical application or immersion. And it’s quite helpful to use at least one method first thing in the morning to start your day right.

Depression Diffuser Blend:

  • 5 drops bergamot
  • 5 drops ylang ylang
  • 2 drops frankincense

Begin diffusing first thing in the morning and diffuse at least 15 minutes every hour throughout the day. For best results, also add a few drops of this blend to a hot bath every evening.

Exhaustion

Fatigue is possibly a part of everyday life for you, but it doesn’t have to be. With the proper rest, nutrients and a little help from some essential oils, you could have the energy to keep up with even your 3-year-old!

The essential oils that help:

  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Grapefruit
  • Bergamot
  • Eucalyptus

Any of the methods above can be used to treat exhaustion as well.

Wake Up Diffuser Blend:

  • 5 drops peppermint
  • 3 drops orange
  • 3 drops lemon

Diffuse as needed for a quick pick-me-up or an all-day energy boost.

Fighting Germs

During flu season or when everyone has the sniffles, we mums do our best to make sure our little ones are protected from pesky germs, but if we don’t keep them at bay for ourselves, we run the risk of becoming too ill to tend to their needs or spreading the germs to the whole family.

The essential oils that help:

  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Lavender
  • Tea tree
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lemongrass
  • Frankincense

To banish germs or keep them at bay, diffusing and cleaning with essential oils is a must.

Flu/Cold Season Diffuser Blend:

  • 5 drops eucalyptus
  • 3 drops cinnamon
  • 3 drops frankincense

For best results, diffuse all day for at least 15 minutes every hour.

Germ-Fighting Cleaner:

  • 10 drops tea tree
  • 10 drops cinnamon
  • 5 drops frankincense
  • 3 drops lavender

Drop essential oils into a spray bottle. Add 50 ml rubbing alcohol. Fill bottle with purified water. Use this cleaner to disinfect surfaces and the air daily.

Insomnia

If you’ve ever thought you were too exhausted to sleep, you probably know what it’s like to be an over-worked mum.

The essential oils that help:

  • Lavender
  • Sandalwood
  • Cedarwood
  • Frankincense
  • Ylang ylang
  • Chamomile
  • Bergamot

Lavender is the most commonly studied and used essential oil for sleep. It can be used alone or with any of the others for maximum effect.

Sleepy Time Aromatherapy Blend:

  • 7 drops lavender
  • 5 drops sandalwood
  • 2 drops frankincense

Diffuse by bedside at bedtime or drop into a hot bath in the evening.

In Conclusion

Essential oils and blends have wonderful properties and uses for everyone in the family, but make sure you don’t neglect yourself.

Take care of yourself so that you can take care of everyone else!

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