Our kids today are growing up in a intense, fast paced world. It is anything we can do to slow things down and get them in step with what they need to be in tune with. Many times kids need us to gently guide them to a place where they can be calm, focused, and get a sense of themselves in a way that they are comfortable. Every child is different, and each path for parents is different too. But, there is an intuitive link between us and our kids that is something that is only heightened when we turn to natural remedies as a means to communicate. We are taking the ball into our own hands in dealing with our familial situations, realizing that tie that binds us is a source of much healing and understanding between us.
I have referred to the energy of essential oils and the profound effect they can have. Another way to harness the positive aspects of plants' energy qualities is through flower essences. Flower essences are a gentle way to guide our mental and therefore physical health to a more balanced state. The morning dew from specific plants is harvested and captured in essence form and added to an alcohol or other base. As we administer the drops of essence, we may be transformed and calmed by the specific effects of each plant. Like essential oils, the flower essences cover much ground and have several uses. This quality is called being heterogeneous, meaning they are very diverse in their effects and can perform several different functions. Unlike synthetic chemicals, which basically have one action, heterogeneity covers much ground and therefore can be interpreted in many different ways. This is why there is so much information about the results of many natural remedies.
In my experience, the best way to approach natural remedies is to first, do your research, second, find what you are naturally drawn to, and third, approach administering the remedy with heightened awareness and paying attention to results. Trust yourself to adjust accordingly to achieve your desired results. Be patient. Let your body tune into the language of what these things are trying to say to you. After time and practice you will find your circle of remedies that speak to you and your family's needs.
Find the things that are first and foremost about your child's concerns and begin there. Lack of focus? Anxiety? Fears? Lack of confidence? Weak immune system? Begin where you feel the strongest pull and educate yourself accordingly. Consider the possibility what they need, you may need too! A great guide to flower essences is Bach Flower Essences for the Family. It is one of the best, most basic guides to open you up the the beauty of flower essences. The guide I use for essential oils is Reference Guide for Essential Oils by Connie and Alan Higley. It has a wealth of information that you will see me repeating here frequently because it refers to Young Living oils which is what I use. I trust them to work at a therapeutic level safely. Keep in mind always when using essential oils that they could cause skin sensitivity and test accordingly. One of the great things about natural remedies and kids is that there is so much less of a chance of adverse effects because they are working in such a gentle way. But in anything administered, always take care and caution for each specific person and their unique makeup. Paying attention to every detail is where you will find more answers to lead you on the right path.
Some examples of using flower essences for your family
I have asked a trusted friend to share some of her own personal products that concern children, more notably highly sensitive and intuitive kids. Diana Pepper from Tree Frog Farm makes her own wonderful flower essences and has specific formulas for different concerns. One of the nice things about Diana's products is she offers essences in either a brandy base or non-alcohol base of red shiso that she makes herself. Here are a few examples of her flower essence products.
For highly sensitive children and adults-
Calm, Clear, Centered-assists cognitive and sensory integration.
Angels of Light-relaxes you and releases worry and fear
Golden Armor-instills grounding with appropriate boundaries
For grieving parents-
SOS-for physical, emotional and spiritual first aid
Transform Ease-eases transformational life processes
Clear the Air Spray-encourages clear communication while experiencing grief or sorrow
visit www.treefrogfram.com for more detailed product information and ordering info.
Some examples of using essential oils for your family
I am going to start with some basics that we use in our home. These are oils we use most frequently by either diffusing or topical application.
Young Living Tranquil Oil Blend-essential oil blend highly regarded for their calming and relaxing properties. Eases tension and anxiety, reduces restlessness, balancing physically and emotionally. When the nighttime crazies set in, I apply this at the back of the neck or wrists for quick focus and calm, and SLEEP! Gentle enough to use anytime, anywhere. Contains lavender, cedar wood, and roman chamomile.
Young Living Thieves Oil-helps protect the body from the onset of flu and colds. Keeps the immune system strong and stable. Can be diffused or rubbed on feet at night. (Your feet have the largest pores and can get things topically into your system quickly) Contains clove, cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary. First sign on a sniffle, get this stuff going. Try at the beginning of the school week and at the end for immune upkeep during school. Also, Thieves Hand Spray in the purse for after school and public germs. Doesn't kill off all bacteria like hand sanitizer does.
Young Living Sacred Mountain Oil-creates a feeling of protection, empowerment and grounding. Helps to find security and sacredness within oneself. Also a great antibacterial, we used it outside the mouth when there was an infected gum inside the mouth and for new teeth coming in. Now my daughter asks for it nightly. Great on feet for when you need grounding. Contains spruce, ylang ylang, fir and cedar wood.
As I mentioned before, all of these products have multiple uses and work differently for everybody, these are only a few examples. My whole point of sharing this information is not to display all my personal knowledge...its sole purpose to empower YOU to use all the knowledge available to you to help heal you and your family. Find your inner voice that guides you to the wisdom and healing knowledge now being offered in more places than we could imagine. I only began this path because of knowing that I had the power and great people around me to keep me going on my path. This is only the tip of the iceberg, there are many avenues to explore and be enlightened by. Let your heart tell you that the healing offered through earth medicine and ancient ways are something that have been co-existing for centuries, and let the light in!! Enjoy your journey!!
Much Peace and Love,