I used to Dread the kids going back to school, and that is Dread with a capital D. For one, it’s so hard being away from them all day once we’ve gotten to stay home together all summer. But secondly, back to school means back to germs. Before oils, my kids seemed to have chronic colds during the school year. We’d have a snot free couple of weeks here and there, but for the most part, I should have bought stock in Kleenex. Yuck.
It used to drive me crazy because our kids eat a clean diet and were on immune-supporting vitamins/supplements throughout the year… why did they have to catch every single cold that came their way?? I will say, fortunately, it was really just colds we usually battled, nothing more serious. But with the colds came the inevitable runny noses and coughs that seemed to go on for weeks (and kept momma up at night!).
Enter Young Living
Last school year was the first time I had Young Living essential oils from the beginning of the school year. I knew about using Thieves to help protect them from germs, but I had decided to try ImmuPower as well since the reference guide says it is a complementary oil to Thieves. Because of our results, Thieves and ImmuPower very quickly became my 2 Must Have oils. You can read more about it in my post, but I believe these two oils helped my kids stay SO much healthier this past school year. I would rub ImmuPower on their feet and diluted Thieves up and down their spines in the morning and at night on school days.
Two other changes I made last year were replacing our hand soap with Thieves Foaming Hand Soap and sending my daughter to school with Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. I can’t help but think these two things were helpful as well!
I sent her with Thieves Purifier in her lunchbox in case they didn’t get to wash their hands before lunch (thankfully they did!), but she ended up using it AFTER lunch every day, haha! It kind of defeated the purpose I guess, but in some ways I thought maybe it could protect her against germs in the 2nd half of the day!
Then every day after school (or after returning from being out and about), they would wash their hands using the Thieves Foaming Hand Soap. I have read about people thinking this soap has made a difference in keeping germs at bay, and I have to agree!
I cannot believe how much healthier my kids were this past year, especially my daughter! It was her first year in all day school, and I just knew beyond the shadow of a doubt she was going to be home from school again lots. Guess what!!?? She did not have a single day we had to keep her home because of sickness! She ran a few low grade fevers throughout the year, but they were always on breaks. She had a few minor runny noses, but nothing serious, and nothing to keep her up coughing at night!
What About the Lavender?
So if you can see in my photo, I’ve talked about the Thieves Essential Oil Blend, ImmuPower Essential Oil Blend, Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier, and Thieves Foaming Hand Soap… I bet you’re wondering how I used the Lavender!
When I first started using the oils, Lavender for Allergies was one of our first success stories (click the link to read about it!). This year, before spring allergies hit, I decided to start using the Lavender oil on the bottoms of my kids feet (along with the ImmuPower) to see if it would help with spring allergies.
I honestly thought, “Gosh, spring allergies must not be bad for anyone this year. My kids aren’t even showing a hint of a problem with them.” Little did I know that it was an awful allergy season for many! I had no idea because my kids were COMPLETELY and TOTALLY fine. I KNOW it was the combo of Lavender and ImmuPower on their feet. And I think keeping their allergies at bay has allowed their bodies to better fight off other things (like germs!) they come against.
Our Back to School Germ Protection Arsenal
So as a wrap up, this is my Young Living arsenal to help keep my kids healthy when they go back to school…
- Thieves Essential Oil Blend – diluted and rubbed up and down their spine morning and night on school days
- ImmuPower Essential Oil Blend – one drop on each child, rubbed on their feet morning and night on school days
- Lavender Essential Oil – one drop on each child, rubbed on their feet morning and/or night during allergy season
- Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier – sent to school so they can use it when they need (or want!) to
- Thieves Foaming Hand Soap – put in our downstairs bathroom and in the kitchen, where everyone can use them when we get home from being out and about
I’m still not looking forward to school starting, but now it’s just because I’ll miss my little ones instead of being overly anxious of anything and everything they might catch!
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Read the full disclaimer here.