“Back to school” can create conflicting feelings of excitement and relief, fear and faith – for both parent and child. These feelings can be a result of a number of issues. For parents there are the financial stresses of stationary, uniforms, and school fees, the emotional stress whilst you wonder if your child will cope and the anxiety that comes with getting everything and everyone ready on time each morning for the school run.
Your child may experience anxiety over making new friends, wondering how they will cope with the added workload of a new year and grade, and which teacher they will get.
In this period of adjustment and high stress levels, aromatherapy is a fantastic all-round approach for the whole family to use. Here are some useful tips to bring anxiety levels down a notch, and to help everyone in the family to cope.
At home in the evening: to unwind, soothe, calm and relax
• Make the evening before school starts (and perhaps every Sunday evening going forward) an early night for all.
• Prior to bedtime turn off the television and all tablets, phones and computers.
• Spend ten or fifteen minutes before getting into bed, massaging your childs tummy and feet with Kids Karma Bath & Massage oil. Apply a little oil with slow firm strokes on the tummy to alleviate those “butterflies in the stomach “ feelings. It is reassuring and comforting to the massager and the receiver. This non-verbal communication is much more effective than saying “don’t worry “ – or other negating comments.
• For older children and teenagers massage their back, shoulders and feet using pre-prepared, relaxing massage oils such as Stressless or Silent Nights, and lotions such as our Tea Tree and Lavender Lotion, Lavender Cream or Camomile Cream
• Use aromatic oils, such as Silent Moments and Tranquility in a burner in the communal area of the home, or in the bedroom or bathroom. This generates a calm atmosphere that permeates the air, affecting how everyone feels. Using relaxing and soothing essential oils for their aromas will make everyone in the home calmer and less tense for the next day at school or work. This also aids in a better nights’ sleep.
• Inhalers are wonderful for personal use, to breathe in soothing smells as you fall asleep, or even if you wake up during the night and need something to help you go back to sleep. The combination of lavender, neroli and geranium in our Stressniff inhaler is particularly beneficial.
In the morning and during the day: to uplift, invigorate, aid concentration, alertness and focus
• Prepare lunches, school bags, uniforms etc as much as possible the night before so that the morning is calm.
• Make sure you child knows the morning routine and what is expected of them before leaving the house. Children as young as four can be expected to understand a sequence of events.
• Massage balancing and stimulating oils, such as Energizer or Uplifting bath and massage oils in the morning before school or work onto your arms and legs in the same way as you would apply body lotion. Massage your childs hands and feet with Kids Karma before they get dressed – the act of massage before putting on shoes not only relaxes and creates a calm start to the day but the essential oils are absorbed and have a physiological effect on the body via the blood stream.
• Burn uplifting, stimulating oils such as Fresh Beginnings or Wake up & Focus as you wake up to create a fresh start to the day.
• Inhale invigorating and stimulating essential oils via an inhaler that can easily be taken with you to work or for your kids to keep in their pocket at school. Use our Focusniff mini inhaler when you feel anxious or if you feel a slump in energy and concentration or if you simply need an invigorating boost.
• For children under the age of seven we recommend a “whiff” under the nose of relevant essential oils but for teenagers and adults, deeper inhalation will uplift and invigorate.
• Apply Revitalizer mini roll on to the pulse points (forearm near wrists), on the neck and chest for inhalation of the oils and absorption via the dermis of the skin.
Benefits of massage
Massaging acknowledges that there are stresses and this is a healthy, effective and positive way to handle the stress. Healthy (nonsexual) touch and massage is nourishing on every level. It is reassuring and offers an expression of care and concern. The aroma inhaled during massage will calm and soothe too.
Self massage is also very beneficial – massaging your own arms and legs before bedtime will induce a healthier, more peaceful sleep and reduce the anticipation or anxiety around the next days demands. Using prepared mini roll on’s to apply some relaxing oils on the pulse points (even for five seconds) is also an effective stress reliever.
Benefits of inhalation
The limbic (smell) system of the body influences our feelings, emotions and thoughts. Inhaling essential oils has an effect within a few moments lasting a few minutes or longer, bringing an instant action whether it is calming or stimulating.
The first cranial nerve is the olfactory nerve, the nerve of smell, which has its nerve endings at the top of the inside of our noses. It is the only nerve exposed and is the most primitive nerve (common to many animals), which is why it smell is so inter connected with our emotions and thoughts.
With Aromatherapy, our motto is “Less is more” and discontinue if irritant in any way.
Yours in aromatic wellbeing