Weekday mornings are always a bit of a rush, but there are a few things I make sure to do every day to help ensure our kids have a successful day. By successful day, I mean avoiding sickness as much as possible, being kind to others and respectful to teachers, paying attention in class, and staying calm and anxiety-free.
- probiotics and cod liver oil: the kids line up before breakfast to get their dose of high-quality probiotics (we use this one) and spoonful of cod liver oil (here is ours). Probiotics help populate the gut with beneficial bacteria and are a natural immunity booster. Cod liver oil is excellent for brain health, focus, and overall nutrition.
- nourishing hot breakfast: I want to fill the kids’ bellies with a nourishing, good-fat-filled, protein-rich breakfast. Here is what I typically make.
- essential oils: while they’re eating breakfast (or sometimes afterward if I’m busy), I put various EOs on the backs of the kids’ necks and/or behind their ears. Here are the ones I usually use:
- Vetiver – we use this to help with focus and ease anxiety/nervousness, and I believe it helps Nate keep his hands to himself because it calms him.
- Valor – a fantastic oil blend (Spruce, rosewood, blue tansy, and frankincense in a base of coconut oil), Valor is one of my personal favorites because it helps with my neck pain (I heard someone call it a chiropractor in a bottle!), but I use it on the kids, too, because it is thought to help boost confidence.
- Thieves – I use a roller fitment and roll this oil on the bottoms of the kids’ feet before they put on their socks. Helps with immunity, and the feet are a very good place to put oils!–distributed into the body and also not a skin-sensitive area.
If I have time or if there seems to be a need, I also use these:
- Joy – I put this one over Lucy’s heart and on her earlobes to help calm her emotions. She loves it.
- Cedarwood – another oil good for helping with focus that I put on Nate.
- R.C. or Raven – these are two good oil blends that contain eucalyptus. If anyone has a stuffy nose or slight cough, they get a good rub-down with one of these!
- final Thieves spritz: right before the kids get out of the car at school, I spray their hair and shoulders with Thieves spray, helping to provide a barrier against lice! Already this school year, each of my kids’ classes has had a lice outbreak, and we have not brought it home at all (knock wood)!
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