The first question most people have when they hear the idea of using essential oils in their special needs home is “How are essential oils going to help me?”
This is a very broad question, as there are hundreds of essential oils and essential oil blends all with the potential to help those with special needs in different ways.
So today, we are going to discuss the four key support categories of essential oils when it comes to using them in your special needs home.
The struggle is REAL.
Parenting a child with special needs can be a challenge.
We understand. We do it everyday.
Children with disabilities and disorders can require special support for even the most basic daily tasks and routines. Staying calm, getting enough rest, managing their mood and focusing on the task at hand is not something that comes easily to our special needs children.
Deficits in these areas combine to create a perfect storm of stress, overload and overwhelm – resulting in an inevitable meltdown.
It’s a hell of a way to live. Yet this is our daily reality. It’s the same for many other children and their families.
Support comes to us in many forms – dedicated therapists who teach our children (and us) strategies to cope, supplements and dietary intervention that do their best to assist struggling little bodies, plus we also use essential oils.
Essential oils can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications, but we want to stress that essential oils are not meant to be a replacement for medical drugs and/or professional therapy.
The reason we use them is simply this: our kids do better with them than without them. And with all the struggles our special needs children face on a daily basis, we are up for anything that can help them out!
What sort of benefits should you expect from using essential oils?
An essential oil’s supportive benefits are the result of a number of factors including its chemical composition.
Floral essential oils are composed primarily of monoterpene alcohols, which exhibit toning and calming properties.
Tree, herb, and grass essential oils are rich in sesquiterpenes, esters, and oxides, which are grounding, soothing, and renewing.
Mint essential oils have high concentrations of ketones, which are energizing and uplifting.
Citrus oils are generally composed of limonene and beta-pinene, monoterpenes with strong uplifting characteristics.
Phenols, the primary chemical constituents of many spice essential oils, are recognized for their warming properties.
These properties and characteristics enable essential oils to offer excellent support with Calming & Grounding, Rest & Relaxation, Mood Management, and Staying Focussed.
Consider using essential oils in your special needs home if your child’s challenges fall into any of these categories.
The four key support categories of essential oils.
We here at Support Essentials have created four categories to discuss the support you should expect from essential oils. (This is not to say that these are the ONLY benefits essential oils provide, but with regards to special needs, we believe these are the KEY supports people are seeking.)
Any essential oil or blends may belong to one or more category. You will see these categories displayed throughout our educational material to help you identify the oils that will offer you the best support in your special needs home.
Calming & Grounding
Floral, tree, herb and grass essential oils are prevalent in this category.
Our favourite calming and grounding essential oils include Frankincense, Copaiba, Lavender, Vetiver, Melissa, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Neroli, Marjoram and Ylang Ylang.
We also recommend the following doTERRA essential oil blends: Peace, Serenity, Elevation, Balance, Console and DDR Prime.
Rest & Relaxation
These are the essential oils known to support a good night’s sleep.
Essential oils in this category include Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood, Bergamot, Copaiba and Neroli. Melissa, Frankincense, and Marjoram are recommended too.
Our go-to doTERRA essential oil blends for this category are Serenity, Peace, AromaTouch and DDR Prime.
This category includes those oils that may reduce uneasy feelings, energise and uplift, or promote a positive outlook.
Our favourites are Frankincense, Bergamot, Ylang, Ylang, Copaiba, Vetiver, Melissa, Neroli and Cedarwood.
DoTERRA have some amazing blends for mood management. Consider doTERRA’s Balance, Citrus Bliss, Elevation, Peace, Console, AromaTouch and DDR Prime essential oil blends.
Mint and citrus oils are common in this category as they are uplifting and energizing, perfect for invigorating your mind and restoring your focus. Herb oils help to renew the mind also.
Try Peppermint, Wild Orange, Lemon, Rosemary, Basil, Copaiba or Frankincense to support focus.
DoTERRA’s InTune, AromaTouch, Citrus Bliss and DDR Prime are also highly recommended.
Examine the four support categories we have listed, Calming & Grounding, Resting & Relaxing, Mood Management or Staying Focussed, and make a note of which of these you need support with in your special needs home.
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