Help your students focus and study better with essential oils
During a MeetUp group event this week, I met Ben, a teacher who was expressing his frustration about the ever increasing gap between the needs of his students and the school program. This echoed a conversation I had the previous day with a friend who is a supply teacher. Both are deeply concerned about the lack of focus and agitation of their students, all causes considered. As the discussion went on with Ben, I suggested that he try lavender essential oil in an electrical diffuser in his class. He was really interested in this simple method. Certainly less tiring on the teacher than exercising authority.
So Ben and Satkiana thank you for inspiring this article. I hope it helps you and other teachers looking for non-intrusive solutions. It is my hope that your principal authorizes this expense but even if he doesn’t you’ll find the investment worthwhile. Visit you local health food store for the best quality. I personally recommend the brands Alixir, (QC), Divine Essence, (QC), Floracopia , (CAL., USA), and Young Living , (UT, USA). Cheap ones may smell nice but are often low grade perfumes that don’t have the good properties and their smell are too strong and decays over time. Also know that the risk of allergy or sensitivity to these oils is almost nil compared to perfumes and detergents commonly used in schools.
Simple pottery diffusers won’t likely be accepted in the classroom because you need to use a candle to warm up the water that will diffuse the essential oil. That is why I recommend an electrical one. Of course, you need to put water (or hydrosol) in it. Add 6 to 12 drops of the essential oil depending on the size of the classroom. Aside from the benefits listed below, most of them have both anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and some even have anti-fungal properties which will benefit everybody. Once a day, before starting class may be enough but if more is needed, wait until recess or after lunch.
Low grade agitation and anxiety:
Lavender essential oil is soothing for the mind and emotions. Also extremely useful in the first aid kit to disinfect cuts, reduce the pain of burns (and scars) if the school allows it.
Restlessness and twitchiness:
Vetiver and orange essential oil mixed together will both help ground and uplift your students. Will also benefit during tests and exams. My mom, a Grade 1 and 2 teacher of many years, used to comment that windy weather always exacerbated her students’ restlessness. It probably still does.
A fight at recess:
When kids are back in, use tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil. It will help bring back peace of mind to those involved and to the witnesses who may have been affected emotionally. It is also a great disinfectant for scrapes and cuts. Australian Native peoples used it in treaty ceremonies after battles with opposing nations.
Eucalyptus will alleviate symptoms of cough, nasal congestion and sneezing. However, ravensara (same family) is better when some of your students have asthma. Turmeric will boost everybody’s immune symptoms limiting the spread of the disease. And adding turmeric powder to your own lunches will provide additional protection.
Tension in the environment: (eg. high temperature, heavy noises, vibration, high barometric pressure)
Mint or lavender will alleviate the symptoms caused by these sources of discomfort, especially in the summer time. For the teacher, you can also apply both or either in a bit of almond oil on your temples, neck and shoulder. You’ll love to use mint the same way if you have to deal with hot flashes.
For girls with difficult moon cycles: (especially around the full moon)
Clary sage is most efficient used diluted in oil and placed in the belly button. Of course, you can’t do that in class, but wile help when diffused with bergamot essential oil. And I promise it will not affect the guys negatively. If anything, they’ll feel more calm and cheerful, which in turn will help the girls.
If you have children, teenagers and partners at home, you will obtain the same benefits. However, use less drops as your rooms are likely smaller than your classroom.
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