Staying Healthy in School

Does it seem as if your child is sick all the time? In the early school years, your child's immune system is put to the test. After all, young children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. Here's why infectious illness is so common — and what your child can do to stay healthy in school.

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Staying Healthy in School

Does it seem as if your child is sick all the time? In the early school years, your child's immune system is put to the test. After all, young children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. Here's why infectious illness is so common — and what your child can do to stay healthy in school.

How infections spread

Many childhood illnesses are caused by viruses. All it takes is a single child to bring a virus to school for the spread to begin. Consider this common scenario — a child who has a cold coughs or sneezes in the classroom. The children sitting nearby inhale the infected respiratory droplets and the cold spreads. Or perhaps a child who has diarrhea uses the toilet and returns to the classroom without washing his or her hands. Illness-causing germs might spread from anything the sick child touches to other children who touch the same object and then put their fingers in their mouths.

Why hand-washing counts

Frequent handwashing is one of the simplest — and most effective — ways to stay healthy in school. Remind your child to wash his or her hands before eating and after using the toilet, blowing his or her nose, or playing outside. Suggest washing for as long as it takes to sing the "Happy Birthday" song twice.

How to use Essential Oils in the School settings

Not all schools are open to bringing essential oils into a school setting, usually that is because they are unaware of the benefits of having them in that setting. Another aspect of this is the safe use of the oils in a school setting and that is the most important part of getting them accepted. There will be some children with allergies or sensitivities to smells.

Inhalation

One of the best ways to get the benefits for your child of your essential oils is by inhalation. Just by putting your oils in a small dish in the middle of your breakfast table at home for 20 minutes each morning is helpful. An inhaler: that your child can bring to school is another way to take care of your child without interfering with other children’s sensitivities.

 

Good Essential Oils for school 

Clarity – Spike lavender, cajeput, basils, sweet marjoram, petitgrain, patchouli
Concentration - Cypress, myrtle, thymes, orange, lemon, hyssop, niaouli, eucalyptus, lemongrass, clove bud, rose
Courage – Black pepper, ginger, thymes, yarrow, cedar, rose geranium, sweet orange, fennel
Creativity – Hyssop, clary sage, pine, spruce, rose, jasmine
Frustration – Bergamot, lavender, vanilla
Focus – Hyssop, Texas cedarwood, laurel, rose
Immune System – Lemon, rosemary, ravensara, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus
Memory – Coriander, clove, basil, rosemary, ginger, lemon
Self-esteem  - Jasmine (raises low), pine needle (raises low), grapefruit (doubt)
Transitions – Cypress (death),  black pepper (life changes)
Uplifting – Rosemary, peppermint

How to use this essential oil information.

Because these oils are good for the application listed, doesn’t mean you have to use just these oils. You can use your favorites and add these in. You also don’t need to use all the oils listed.

In the dish (passive diffusion) you would add a total of 3-4 drops.

In an inhaler (similar to a Vick’s nasal inhaler) you would add a total of 10 – 20 drops.  The nice thing about using an inhaler, other then it’s personal, it also lasts a long time and available when needed.

For example, first the first day, I might add oils that deal with courage, self-esteem & uplifting. I would use 3 drops of lavender (my favorite), 5 drops of sweet orange (courage), 5 drops of grapefruit (doubt) and 3 drops of rosemary (uplifting) and put them in an inhaler. This would be perfect for the first day jitters and unknowns.

Or in December, when the flu season is just getting started, I would use the all the oils listed for the immune system (which is already preblended - Resist Blend). I would use them in the passive diffuser on the kitchen table but also in an inhaler.  How many times have you been near that person who is coughing? That is the perfect time to pull out your inhaler.

You could always add these to a lotion, a cotton ball (when you sleep), and an electronic diffuser. When using essential oils, remember that “less is best”.

 

For more information on essential oils and their uses, please visit here.

 

Other school health tips

Common sense can go a long way toward staying healthy in school. In addition to frequent handwashing, teach your child other school health basics:

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Give your child a package of tissues to keep in his or her desk. Encourage your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue — then put the tissue in the trash and wash his or her hands or use hand sanitizer. If it isn't possible to reach a tissue in time, remind your child to cough or sneeze into the crook of his or her elbow.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes and out of your mouth. Remind your child that hands are often covered in germs.
  • Don't share water bottles, food, or other personal items. Offer your child this simple rule — if you put the item in your mouth, keep it to yourself.

Also help your child avoid anyone who has a communicable infection. Close contact with a friend who's contagious — such as play dates or sleepovers — could lead to your child's own illness.

Of course, it's also important for your child to eat a healthy diet and get plenty of sleep. To prevent spreading illness at home, use the same tips for the entire family to keep everyone healthy. Isn’t that what we want?

Hand Gel Sanitizer for Kids Blend

  •          2 oz rubbing alcohol
  •          1 oz aloe vera gel
  •          4 drops Orange Sweet (Citrus sinensis)
  •          8 drops Lavender (Lavendula officinalis)

The Center for Disease Control recommends 70% isopropyl or higher, or 60% ethanol or higher to make your own hand sanitizer. The very best option for killing germs is to wash your hands in warm soapy water for twenty seconds. But, if you happen to be out and you don’t have access to soap and water, this kid friendly hand sanitizer will work to kill germs.

Cold Sore Antiviral Blend

  •          1 drop Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
  •          2 drops Ravensara (Ravensara aromatic)

This is a preventive blend. Use it at the first sign of cold sore outbreak.  Use this blend neat. You can prepare a small batch of the blend and store it in a dark glass bottle. To use, put a few drops on a Q-tip or clean cloth and apply to the sore.  This will reduce the sores and eventually help prevent them from breaking out. Used overtime, the intensity and duration of the cold sores will lessen.

Immunity Boosting Lemon Tea

  •          1-2 drops lemon (Citrus limon)
  •          8 oz hot water
  •          Honey to taste (carrier)

Make this hot tea in a glass or ceramic mug. Mix the Honey and Lemon together first and then add hot water. Drink it several times a day during the flu season. Also add ginger essential oil or grated ginger juice to it.

Fight off the Flu

  •          2 drops Bay (Pimenta racemosa)
  •          4 drops Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum)
  •          4 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
  •          4 oz heavy lotion (carrier)
  •          Inhaler (optional)

Mix the essential oils into a heavy lotion. Apply to chest and throat. Or add just the essential oils into an inhaler for use thru out the day. When using an inhaler, adding a few drops of fractionated coconut oil will prolong the life of your inhaler. 

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References & Disclaimer

Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
        The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.
        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.

Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.  All information, content and product descriptions contained within this site is for reference purposes and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.  Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.

 

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Information and statements regarding Kelley products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health condition or disease.

 

References;
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy; Third Edition the International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2017

Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
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World Wide Web Encyclopedia Britannica. USA, 2014
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