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What moms need to know about essential oils….plus 31 FREE ways to use them right now for better health and natural cleaning! Discover the top 3 questions that moms have about essential oils. Get real answers (and learn then 10 basic oils you need for everyday family life).

Top 3 Essential Oil Questions Answered (+ Free Cheat Sheet)

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Are you totally overwhelmed by essential oils like I was when I first heard about them?

I wondered:

“Which essential oils do moms use the most?”

“How do I use these oils in everyday life?”

“Do they actually work?!”

After talking to other moms, it turns out those were their #1 questions too.

What moms need to know about essential oils….plus 31 FREE ways to use them right now for better health and natural cleaning! Discover the top 3 questions that moms have about essential oils. Get real answers (and learn then 10 basic oils you need for everyday family life).

My big fear was that I would buy them and never use them (or not even know what to do with them!). Can you relate?

However, I’ve been using essential oils for a good 6 to 7 years now and I seriously don’t know what I would do without them. Truly!

I can’t believe how versatile essential oils are, and how much I really do use them!

And here’s the best news: I’ve found that I didn’t need to invest in a ton of different essential oils.

Really!

Looking back, I wish someone had given me a “ultimate list” of what I really needed (and how to use them) as an essential oils newbie.

So that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today!

I want to give you the inside scoop on the 10 basic essential oils/blends that solve a variety of the everyday issues we face as busy moms.

And then, I want to give you my cheat sheets–the 24 health remedies and 7 cleaning recipes I use–so that you can see for yourself how these 31 simple natural remedies can radically impact your family’s daily life!

Pssst…. CLICK HERE if you’d like to grab that right now!

 

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Consider these 10 oils/blends as your everyday natural defenders when the following strike:

  • bad attitudes and stress
  • owies, bug bites, headaches
  • tummy aches and car sickness
  • sore muscles and back pain
  • and so many of those other things we deal with as moms!

I use these 10 essential oils (and these 31 natural remedies) all day long to help my family feel better and to help keep our home clean without harsh chemicals.

And your family can have this too!

Seriously, once you start using them you’ll wonder what you did without them!

Let me introduce you to the basic 10 essential oils I use everyday (and answer your essential oil questions along the way…)

Essential oils are our family's first line of defense when colds, owies, tummy aches or other everyday childhood ailments strike. Great post about which oils work best for which issue and best practices for using essential oils with kids!

10 Must-Have Natural Remedies for Kids: Treat Colds, Owies & More

It’s become a nightly ritual at our house: Teeth are brushed, pajamas are put on… and the aches and pains come out.

“Mom, can you put something on my neck? It’s tight.”

“Mom, my ankle is really hurting again. Can you help?”

“Mom, my tummy is sore…”

“Hey Mom, I have this bug bite that’s really itching me…”

True story. Every. Single. Night.

You’re probably laughing right now because you can relate, right? Your kids are suddenly attacked by these strange body ailments every night too?

These situations can drive us moms crazy because, first, it’s NOT the right time of day to introduce a new crisis for mommy to solve (I don’t know about you, but my goose is usually pretty cooked by the kids’ 8:30 bedtime).

Second, often we aren’t even sure what weapons to pull out of our “mommy arsenal” to help! Many over-the-counter drugs feel like overkill for these issues, akin to putting a full-body bandage on a tiny scratch.

Plus, if you’re like our family, you’d rather use a natural remedy that supports a child’s system instead of one that may simply mask pain or introduce unnecessary chemicals to a child’s system.

These are a few of the many, many reasons why essential oils have become our family’s first line of defense when these everyday childhood ailments strike–whether at bedtime or the middle of the day.

Essential oils are a natural way to help with these everyday childhood issues, and let me tell you, they work (my kids wouldn’t ask for them night after night if they didn’t).

Essential oils are our family's first line of defense when colds, owies, tummy aches or other everyday childhood ailments strike. Great post about which oils work best for which issue and best practices for using essential oils with kids!

Since the birth of our first child nearly fourteen years ago, essential oils have played a regular part in:

  • helping our kids heal from cuts and scrapes
  • soothing upset tummies and other intestinal issues
  • opening nasal and bronchial passages for kids with a chest coughs
  • calming overstimulated bodies so they can sleep
  • reducing itching caused by bug bites
  • relaxing sore muscles

…and the list goes on!

Here’s the good news: You don’t need to be a professionally trained naturopath to use essential oils with kids. You just need a few simple guidelines and recommendations to use natural remedies with kids.

That’s why, before we go any further, I want to send you my Essential Oil Cheat Sheet for Families (25 Remedies for Health & Home) with amazing ideas on how families can use essential oils for everyday health remedies and even home cleaning!

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Let’s chat about some simple, practical tips for how to use essential oils with your kids (plus a list of which oils/blends are helpful for which ailments).

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NOTE: Rocky Mountain Oils is our family’s preferred essential oil company because:

  • you can purchase the oil directly (no need to join a MLM or find a “consultant”)
  • free shipping every day in the US (no matter the quantity purchased)
  • easy, no-hassle return policy (simply return an oil if it doesn’t work for you)
  • the oils are reasonably priced
  • the oils are of the highest quality (read more about their quality standards here)
  • the essential oil blends are some of the best smelling and most effective I’ve found
  • I’ve personally met many of their staff and found them to be highly knowledgeable and incredibly helpful

How to Use Essential Oils to Help Your Kids Everyday

There are three ways that essential oils can be applied: Directly to the skin (topical); via a diffuser (aromatic);  or ingested (oral). In this post, we’re going to talk about topical and aromatic use.

Topical:

When massaged into the skin, essential oils are easily absorbed by the pores and then pass into the  bloodstream. Essential oils are extremely potent, so it’s important to use proper dilution rates.

P.S. Rocky Mountain Oils makes this super simple with their RMO Kids Line Oils that come pre-blended in fractionated coconut oil to the proper dilution ratios. You don’t have to think about which oils to blend together and how much carrier oil to use! Genius!

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Each synergy comes in an easy-to-use rollerball. Just roll a few swipes on your child and go! This is a lifesaver during those “Mom, my ankle aches” conversations at bedtime when you need a simple and effective solution!

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I usually treat my kids topically because it’s fast and easy. It’s also the most effective method when there is one specific area that you’re trying to treat (a scratch or a sore tummy, for example).

Apply the essential oil directly to the place of pain (stomach for indigestion, sides of neck and forehead for a headache, etc). If using the oils for more general ailments (such as help with sleeplessness or poor attitudes), one of the best places to apply oils is the bottom of the feet because the pores of the skin are large here and there are many nerve endings.

Rocky Mountain Oils offers 10 different essential oil blends perfectly formulated for kids. These blends help with the top daily ailments our kids face (and I love the names!).

Essential oils are our family's first line of defense when colds, owies, tummy aches or other everyday childhood ailments strike. Great post about which oils work best for which issue and best practices for using essential oils with kids!

Counting Sheep: This one is out every single night in my house. With lavender, sandalwood and a few other lovely smelling essential oils, this blend encourages kids to relax and calm down. We’ve found that it’s not only great for bedtime (my four-year-old asks for it as part of his routine) but it’s also good if the kids are being wild and crazy during the day.

Ouchie: Here’s another oil that gets constant use in our home (go figure with four active kids!). Simple roll this over a scrape, bump or bruise to bring comfort (and, in our experience, faster wound healing).

Tummy Time: When an upset tummy strikes in our house, this is what I reach for. A few swipes of this on the stomach or intestinal area bring quick relief.

If your kids deal with these on a nearly daily basis (like mine do) you’ve got to check out these awesome Kids Line Oils from RMO! Learn more here

Breathe: When one of my kiddos is dealing with a cold, we’ve found this to be a great natural remedy. It can be applied to the back, the chest or the feet.

Immunity: Who wants to deal with colds and the flu? Yuck. We pull out Immunity (and begin using these other protocols for boosting the immune system during a cold when we’ve been exposed to sickness). We’ve found a few swipes several times a day to be a great immune support.

Bug Away: Tired of bug bites on your kids (especially in the summer)? Swipe this essential oil blend to the places where the bugs like to bite (ankles, back of the neck, etc).

Skin Balance: This synergy helps calm a child’s rough or irritated skin. This is one we haven’t personally tried yet in our family, but since it contains powerful healing essential oils like Frankincense, Helichrysum and Lavender, I’m confident that it would be a healthy support for the skin.

Looking for natural ways to help kids through these everyday issues? These high-quality blends from RMO really are super (and easy-to-use!). Check out the whole line hereRMO-Kids-Line-with-mom-and-child

Muscle Soothe: My kids are always dealing with growing pains in their ankles and legs. My son grew nearly 6 inches last year alone (no joke!) so his muscles were often sore, but not sore enough to warrant a powerful over-the-counter pain reliever. We’ve found that Muscle Soothe is a simple way to bring fast relief to kids’ bodies that are growing or sore from lots of outdoor fun.

Clear Head: Do your kids get headaches? Mine do from time to time too. Apply Clear Head to the neck or temples for a gentle way to bring comfort and calm when a little one suffers from a headache (and have them drink a big glass of water–that almost always helps too!).

Concentrate: Sometimes kids need help to “quiet their mind” and pay attention, especially while doing schoolwork (it’s not just my energetic kiddos, right?). This blend of Frankincense, Lavender, Vetiver and Cedarwood help kids settle down and get the job done.

Which of these blends would your kids benefit the most from?

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Aromatic:

Aromatherapy is another awesome way to use essential oils to help kids with everyday ailments! Simply add a few drops of an essential oil to a diffuser (here are some great ones) with water and let the scent permeate the room (and passively enter the child’s system).

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While essential oils can be used aromatically in a myriad of ways, we find that aromatic use is best when someone is dealing with a cold/cough, indigestion issues or if we want to set a general atmosphere in the home (for example, an atmosphere of concentration, or one of calm/sleepiness).

Here are the oils or oil blends we use to treat each of these issues aromatically. 

(NOTE: We don’t use all of these at the same time but would use each one based on the situation. I’ve linked to each oil or oil blend so that you can make a wise choice about which would be best to use).

Cold or Cough: Breathe EaseDeep BreatheEucalyptusPeppermintImmune StrengthMyrtlePineTea Tree.

Car Sickness/Indigestion: Tummy RubGingerPeppermintLemon

Sleeplessness: LavenderDreamtimeCalmingPeace and QuietTranquility

Concentration: Attention AssistEnergizePeppermintLemon

Poor Attitudes: BalanceLoveCitrus PassionFeminine Aid

Do you have other questions about how to use essential oils with kids? The Rocky Mountain Oils blog has some great resources here.

However, especially if you’re just getting started in essential oils, I’d highly recommend checking out the RMO Kids Oils line. It’s really a great way to easily use essential oils to help your kids through these common childhood issues!

And don’t forget to download the free Essential Oil Cheat Sheet for Families (25 Remedies for Health & Home) here!

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Other Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Family:

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Do you know a guy with a beard? Here's how to make homemade beard oil--for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients (plus has FREE LABELS!) Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)! Perfect DIY Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift!

Easy Father’s Day Gift! DIY Beard Oil for Your Guy

Got a guy with a beard? I’ve got the perfect Father’s Day gift for him!

Beards and mustaches are all the rage right now, but do you know what isn’t?

Itchy, prickly facial hair that makes snuggling like cuddling up with a brillo pad. Not cool.

But thankfully all that manly scruffiness can be easily tamed with one simple item: beard oil.

And the best part? Your guy doesn’t need fancy, expensive creams or lotions to turn his facial hair into something soft and kissable.

I’ve got an ultra-easy DIY beard oil recipe that’s:

  • easy to make
  • inexpensive
  • softens even the scraggliest beards; and
  • leaves your guy smelling great to boot.

Do you know a guy with a beard? Here's how to make homemade beard oil--for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients (plus has FREE LABELS!) Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)! Perfect DIY Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift!

And did I mention it only requires 2-3 ingredients and takes mere minutes to make? Any bearded dude would love this homemade beard oil as a Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift.

You’ll find the recipe (and FREE labels to download!) below.

And remember–if the DIY beard conditioner is for your husband, it’s actually a gift for you too!

Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)!

If your guy is anything like mine, he doesn’t have a lot of beauty products on his side of the bathroom counter.

Guys can be pretty simple like that: soap, toothpaste and a toothbrush and that’s it, right?

beard-oil-number-2But start talking to them about their mustache or beard (and how you can make it better) and their ears perk up.

Hmmm… a better beard? Do tell…”

It’s all about the marketing, ladies.

And, for us busy moms, it’s all about keeping things simple and low-cost.

Who needs to spend $13.50, $19.95 or more on something like beard oil when you can easily make an inexpensive all-natural beard conditioner (with a customized fragrance for your guy)? 

Surprise your guy (and go from scruffy to sexy!) with this simple recipe!

All Natural DIY Beard Oil/Conditioner

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Ingredients:

Dr. Bronner’s – Fresh-Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil Whole Kernel Unrefined – 29 oz. Plastic JarNOW Solutions Glycerine Vegetable, 16-OunceClear Thick Glass Straight Sided Jar – 2 oz / 60 ml (3 pack) + Spatulas and Labels

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Step 1:

Add about 3 tablespoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon glycerin to a 2 oz. small glass container with a lid. It’s important to use glass in order to maintain the integrity of the essential oils.

Step 2:

Add essential oils and mix with a toothpick or small spoon (learn about some essential oils and  combinations below).

Here are a few great smelling essential oils that are awesome for your guy’s skin and beard:

Sandalwood: One of the top essential oils for the skin because it helps regulate the production of sebum and is perfect for all skin types. It’s woodsy scent smells fantastic (and is considered an aphrodisiac). It’s one of the more expensive oils, so I appreciate that Rocky Mountain Oils offers a cost effective alternative. 

Cedarwood: Another excellent oil for the skin (especially for treating acne and dandruff) with a light woodsy scent. It’s also helpful for those with attention issues.

Frankincense: Considered the “king of the oils,” Frankincense has many wonderful applications from skin care to mental well-being. It has a full, clean herby scent that blends well with many other oils.

Tea Tree: One of the best oils for fighting infection and small skin wounds. We use this in combination with lavender as a healing remedy for cuts and bug bites, so it’s also excellent for healing shaving nicks. It has a strong, fresh, pungent aroma.

Vanilla: Vanilla softens the aroma of other oils with its calming, sweet, dessert-like scent. (P.S. This vanilla essential oil blend isn’t the same as the vanilla extract used in baking.)

Clove Bud: This sweet, spicy oil (like cloves) is used in many immune strengthening blends. It can be overpowering (use sparingly and always blend with a carrier oil), but it helps to achieve that certain “manly fragrance smell” that many of our guys love.

Bergamot: Bergamot is another excellent oil for skin care, and has been known to ease tension and stress. In terms of smell, its slightly floral/citrus scent blends well with other oils and creates a lighter, brighter tone (without smelling too feminine).

Grapefruit or Lime: Citrus oils like these add a refreshing, uplifting top note smell to your beard oil. However, citrus oils are phototoxic (meaning that they shouldn’t be used if your guy is in the sun a lot).

These essential oils are amazing and have SO MANY OTHER uses beyond making the DIY Beard Oil!

Check out these oils here on the Rocky Mountain Oils site!

Here are four beard oil combinations my husband and I came up with:

(DOWNLOAD your free labels here–one for each formula below, plus a blank label if you want to create your own beard oil name!)

Rustic

2 drops Sandalwood

4 drops Cedarwood

2 drops Tea Tree

6 drops Grapefruit

Lumberjack

4 drops Cedarwood

4 drops Frankincense

2 drops Vanilla

2 drops Lime

Mountain Man

2 drops Sandalwood

3 drops Bergamot

5 drops Cedarwood

Woodsy Spice

2 drops Clove

5 drops Frankincense

4 drops Cedarwood

1 drop Sandalwood

Step 3: Print the label (download it here!) and affix it to the top of the container using Mod Podge or double-sided tape (Mod Podge will make it waterproof).

Give your beard oil recipe a fun name that your guy will love (you can use the names we came up with or create your own!).

Package this beard oil together with a beard comb (like one of these!) and you’ve got a fantastic gift for Father’s Day, Christmas or a birthday.

You can even make up several of them in bulk and give them to other bearded guys in your life (your dad, brother, uncle, son, etc).

Fun, right?! Enjoy making this simple beard oil for your husband, boyfriend (or another guy in your life).

Here’s to manly men (with soft beards)!

P.S. Don’t forget to grab your free labels!

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Do you know a guy with a beard? Here's how to make homemade beard oil--for a fraction of the cost of store-bought! This simple recipe uses easy to find ingredients (plus has FREE LABELS!) Goodbye scratchy and scruffy. Hello soft, snuggly (and sexy)! Perfect DIY Father’s Day gift, birthday gift or Christmas gift!