As a homeschool parent, you are likely always on the lookout for ways to make school time easier on yourself as well as the rest of the family. After all, there is absolutely no reason why learning should be a daily challenge—yet all too often, it seems to turn into exactly that.
If this is the case for you, there are a great many things you can do to try to improve upon the mood of your children and yourself during schooling hours. Many parents find that a simple change in schedule or curriculum can work wonders for restless little ones. Others discover that moving schoolwork outside has a dramatic positive effect.
Here at The Loop, we firmly believe in the power of essential oils and highly recommend using them as a way to enhance the mood of your child’s learning space. Whether you are looking to help your young student focus or hoping to help them de-stress before their big test, we are certain there is an oil out there just waiting for you to take advantage of it.
If you are unsure which oils might work best for your family, why not try some of the popular options below? These are all tried-and-true oils that we are certain will help improve your life as a homeschool parent.
If your student has a hard time focusing during longer study sessions, you may find yourself wondering what on earth you can do to help them pay attention. Fortunately, there are a number of oils that can help solve this very problem.
Next time you sit down to a focus-intensive project or study session, consider diffusing bergamot or cypress. Either of these two oils can provide the brain with the proper stimuli to remain alert and focused throughout the session.
Does your child turn into a ball of stress when they don’t understand a concept? Are tests a trigger for anxiety in your household? If so, you may need to consider using a few drops of lavender essential oil on your child’s feet at night. Pair this with a drop or two of vetiver for astounding results.
Students who feel drowsy the minute they sit down to work may not be sleeping well at night. Therefore, you may want to set bedtimes a bit earlier or consider sleeping in a bit later in the mornings.
However, if these options don’t seem to be helping, it is very likely your child just needs their senses to be stimulated as they work. There are quite a few oils that can be used in order to keep energy levels high. Some of our favorites include orange, lemon, and peppermint. All of these give a nice energy boost when inhaled, and peppermint even has headache-relieving properties.
That said, it is important to note that peppermint may not be safe for children under the age of three. In the case of younger children, consider using spearmint instead.
Of course, nobody can write a good paper or put together an incredible science fair project when they just don’t feel inspired. The energizing oils mentioned above will often provide the inspiration needed for a student who is feeling particularly uncreative. However, when those oils fail, there are an endless number of other options.
Some other favorite oils for this purpose include patchouli and grapefruit. However, different people find that different oils work for getting their creative juices flowing, so follow your child’s lead on this one and find what works for your family.
If you would like to learn more about incorporating essential oils into your family’s life we would love to speak with you. Please feel free to contact Cheryl or attend one of our upcoming essential oils classes listed on our calendar.