Ep5: Children & Essential Oils

50 April 27, 2016 - Archive, Featured Guests

 

Have you had a moment as a parent where you’ve paused because you weren’t sure about using essential oils with your kids? If so, this episode is for you. There is a lot of conversation around this topic and we wanted to join. We invited Dr. Lindsey Elmore and Royal Crown Diamond Debra Raybern onto Drop of Inspiration—both of whom are experts in their fields.

Lindsey Elmore is the Director of Global Education and Health Sciences for Young Living. She brings with her a distinguished background in pharmaceutics, which includes an undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama Birmingham and a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California San Francisco. Additionally, Dr. Elmore chairs Young Living’s Scientific Advisory Committee and Veterinary Advisory Committee. Among many research interests, she is fascinated with natural products, food as treatment for chronic disease, and integrative therapies. In her spare time, Dr. Elmore enjoys gardening, singing, dancing, and watching her brother play professional baseball.

After learning about natural paths to wellness and earning several holistic certifications—including naturopath, master herbalist, certified nutritional consultant, international certified aromatherapist, and others—Debra Raybern opened a part-time business teaching others about herbs, nutrition, soap making, and bread making. While teaching a class in 1999, an attending student named Valarie Craft introduced her to Young Living’s essential oils. After the unexpected death of Debra’s husband in 2002, she was left in need of a greater source of income without sacrificing time with her daughter, whom she was homeschooling at the time. She prayed for an answer about what she needed to do, and the answer she received was that she had been given the oils. Now through her hard work with Young Living, she experiences better health, more time, and greater financial freedom. “I love sharing the opportunity for both wellness and abundance,” Debra says.

Both Lindsey and Debra add their valuable knowledge and experience to this topic. We were excited to add to this topic and remind everyone take time to learn about the amazing benefits of using essential oils with your kiddos.

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24 Comments

  • Courtney Armstrong April 27, 2016 - 6:40 pm Reply

    I love that they said for the kids to experiment with the oils by making their own blends, smelling them and seeing which they liked best and even making stuff! Thanks for all the great tips =)

    • Donna Burgett April 29, 2016 - 6:38 pm Reply

      Letting the kids make things with the oils is awesome. My son makes his own linen sprays. So far he’s done two. One he said smelled like Christmas and the second one he said smelled like candy. I had to agree with him. I think he might have a future in this. 😄

  • Alicia Elsing April 27, 2016 - 6:50 pm Reply

    Great podcast, especially for those who are brand new to using essential oils! PubMed is a great resource that I never considered using (and I even work in research). Thank you so much!

  • Renee Stewart April 27, 2016 - 7:40 pm Reply

    I never thought to let the kids decide what to “wear” for the day-what their favorite scent may be at that time. I like that idea!

  • Becky April 27, 2016 - 9:44 pm Reply

    Love all the great ideas of how to start with oils around your kids – on cotton balls, in your hair, on you, on a toy. Wow! I also liked the encouragement to empower kids to choose what they like. Thank you for this!

  • Georgia Watson April 27, 2016 - 10:05 pm Reply

    I like it that kids are not all the same so see what works best for them and that oils can safely be used for kids from before birth through their whole life!

  • Pamela Persson April 27, 2016 - 10:10 pm Reply

    This was AWESOME! I only wish these oils were around 30 years ago!! But to hear some of the simplest, wisest information on use for all parents/grandparents, this is SO valuable for sharing with others!! Just the simple P&C on a cotton ball for each child to hold in the car! Starting slow, using best judgement for each adult w/their own child, spraying lightly a little Lavender on Mom’s clothes to calm a fussy baby when holding it, SO many wonderful simple help ideas!!

  • Marisa Phillips April 27, 2016 - 11:28 pm Reply

    I really loved that you mentioned having the kids go through the product guide and look for something they want to try! All three of our kiddos love our oils, but sometimes I forget to have them help me with making things, and to pick out new things! I also loved that you mentioned Tangerine for happiness for the kiddos. My youngest is having a crazy day today so guess what I just put in the diffuser?? 🙂 Thank you so much for all of this awesome information!

  • Heather Burton April 28, 2016 - 9:16 am Reply

    I was not yet using essential oils When my first child was a newborn, but I will be with my second. I love the suggestions about wearing the calming oils on your clothes or on your hair, or adding a drop to a sruffed animal to provide aromatic benefits to babies! With my first getting old enough to realize that she has an “oily” routine, I like the idea of letting her choose the oils she likes most to incorporate into it! Great information!

  • Kristin April 28, 2016 - 9:54 am Reply

    Thank you SO much for this podcast! I’m a young mom and my friends want and need to know how to use oils safely and effectively on their little ones. I love teaching my kids to reach for something natural first, and the fact that they ASK for these means they work!

  • Rachael Larson April 28, 2016 - 3:17 pm Reply

    Love this, Really needed this, I have a few new moms, and haven’t been really able to answer questions- but now I feel I will be able to assist them better. Thank you,!

  • Amy Cornwell April 28, 2016 - 6:43 pm Reply

    This was such a great session! I loved the part about letting your kids choose what they need. I need to do this more with my kids instead of just suggesting what they need. They already ask for them, but I need to let them engage more in what they’re using (they’re 7 & 10).

  • Kari C. April 28, 2016 - 8:51 pm Reply

    This is great and very informational as I continue to educate myself about uses of Young Living oils for my family. Thank you!

  • Penny Harvey April 29, 2016 - 12:20 am Reply

    Two of my favorite people! I love learning from both of them! Something that really interested me was when Debra said they have not always diluted for children. I am one of those who worries about how much and what I should suggest for children. I was very excited a couple of months ago when my daughter finally signed up. She is expecting my 3rd grandchild…first oily baby! 🙂 They diffuse almost daily, but there have been very few times I or they have put any oils on the children. I even purchased all the Gentle Babies goodies last week and can’t wait to watch it with her! Knowing that dilution hasn’t always been “required” eases my mind even more!

  • Donna Burgett April 29, 2016 - 6:35 pm Reply

    I am having a really tough time with my ten year old son. This was good to hear right now for the positive talk. I tried the peace and calming but he didn’t like the smell of that one. I guess I need more stress away. That one he loves and it works. Thanks for the great ideas and the pep talk.

  • Amber April 30, 2016 - 12:17 am Reply

    Great ideas! I’m semi new to YL. I’ve used some oils on my kiddos. My older (14 & 12) aren’t crazy about oils, may just have to get them each a diffuser for their bedrooms. My 4 yr old however, loves them she always wants to smell every bottle when our ER order comes in.

  • Roza P Astapenko April 30, 2016 - 4:52 pm Reply

    Great info. I will definitely use the cotton ball method with kids in a car now. A lot of great information.

  • Michelle Pink May 2, 2016 - 12:18 pm Reply

    Thank you Lindsey and Debra. My granddaughter’s favorite oil is Stress Away. We use it before all naps. She giggles when I rub it on her toes. Thank for you reminding us to let kids take the lead when it comes to oils. Let them choose their favorites, empowering them when they are young.

  • Tricia Bart May 2, 2016 - 5:41 pm Reply

    Listening to Lindsey and Debra share about using eo’s with children was like “listening” to Peace & Calming if that’s possible! Such a calm, safe, nurturing, sensible approach to supporting kiddos at every age with essential oils and a great reminder for being sensible about what we read on-line–thank you both for your sharing your experience and knowledge!

  • Cindy Scholl May 8, 2016 - 1:41 pm Reply

    This was a great resource builder. Many I have talk to fear using oils with children due to random comments about oils. I loved “go low, start slow”. This gives me confidence to share the journey is theirs and it can be fun.

  • Vicki Hathaway May 11, 2016 - 2:11 am Reply

    Great Podcast, thank you for sharing and reading the comments that others write is very helpful.

  • Rafika Banu May 18, 2016 - 2:51 pm Reply

    Great information, ideas and sharing! Thank you so much 🙂 It makes It easier to share the Eo’s and their usages with mums and parents with older children and little ones. I just love YL! Blessings!

  • Anne Kinard May 20, 2016 - 2:28 am Reply

    Hoping to encourage my daughter and daughter-in-law’s to start using oils with my grandchildren. I’mean still new to this.

  • Robin Saunders May 30, 2016 - 8:42 pm Reply

    It’s good to realize just how easy it is. It’s such a nice addition to our lives. Once i am more mobile again (can’t put weight on my right foot due to recontructive surgery) I look forward to having something diffusing all the time. I haven’t been at this that long and my preteen and teens first reaction to the oils was, gee mom, what is the smell of the day!

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