Homework time again!? Parents and students alike can have so many emotions when it comes to getting studies done. Fortunately, we are blessed with options to help assist our bodies to settle down and our minds to tune in. Let’s explore my favorite study time essential oils for the diffuser beneficial for kids and parents.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
Oh for the love of sweet orange! This is my all time favorite essential oil to add to the diffuser while the kids are pulling out their homework from their book bags and getting ready to prepare their bodies and brains for thinking! The sweet orange tree is smaller than the bitter orange tree and also has a sweeter pulp. Hmmm, smaller fruit, sweet in the middle… totally equals little, sweet, smiling, snuggly, children right!?!
Sweet orange essential oil, in most cases, is cold pressed from the rind of the fruit. It has a lovely and sweet orange aroma that is not too stimulating nor too calming, thus it can be diffused any time of day. So whether you have a fifth grader needing to do homework at 6 pm or a high schooler doing homework at 10 pm after sports, this essential oil can be diffused during study time without worry of overstimulating the nervous system and losing out on a good night of rest.
Have more than just sweet orange essential oil? Let’s make it a blend! Two other essential oils that I like to add to the diffuser for study time are Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Lemon (Citrus limon).
I love to grab the lavender and add a few drops along with sweet orange when I notice the school and homework tension and anxiety building in the kids, or even when the kids are just super energetic and aren’t up for studies. Lavender can be calming, for most, in lower amounts. Thus, adding too much can actually stimulate the nervous system, so only add a few drops. This is a beautiful smelling blend that can assist to bring upon a calmer energy, prior to getting started, without losing all motivation to get the studies done.
On the other hand, for days when the kids are overwhelmed with thoughts and need clarity to concentrate, I add Lemon to the mix. Lemon is said to be energizing, uplifting, and helpful for producing clarity and thought. Lemon is cold pressed, in most cases, right from the lemon rind. Lemon should not be used after 6pm as it is a stimulating essential oil.
Can all three of these essential oils be adding to the diffuser at once? Absolutely! You may also try Lavender and Lemon. Have fun with all the different combinations and start to enjoy study time!
The Directory of Essential Oils, Wanda Sellar, Copyright 1992 & 2001, Pg’s 100,101
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