This is our very first full-time school year. There has been a lot that has already come with it and we are only three days in. However, one of the tools that I the MOST thankful for is that we have our oils to help guide us through and lean on this year. We will use them for both our physical and emotional needs this year and I wanted to share some of the ways we will be doing so...
For Physical Health:
Our #1 tools to help support immunity and have a healthy year are by far the OnGuard Oil as well as the OnGuard products.
Every single morning before Audrey heads out the door, we roll her little feet and along her spine with the OnGuard Roller.
Now that we are also coming into a season where more germs are generated, OnGuard will be in our diffuser almost daily. But on top of that, we also use the other OnGuard products so that our system is continually supported by these powerful oils and the benefits they offer. These include the OnGuard Toothpaste, the Hand Soap, Cleaner Concentrate and Laundry Detergent. I also love that these were things that we were using and purchasing anyways, except now instead of the chemicals that can make us sick, we are actually making ourselves even healthier through our daily, necessary actions!
Because sometimes viruses and colds can't be avoided, these are our favorite tools for when we need to support our respiratory health. The Breathe Oil and Vapor Stick. The first goes into our diffusers or even a few drops into the shower steam. I have even boiled some water on the stove, poured it into a bowl and with a towel gently draped over my head, breathed in the steam with a drop of Breathe Oil. It can be quite intense, and I don't recommend it for the little ones, but it works wonders on myself and my husband! The breathe stick is what we use on Audrey, especially at night if she is congested. It goes right on her chest, and often her back and she sleeps like a babe...which is strangely much better than a 4 year old sometimes! There is also a pre-diluted Roller as well as Cough Drops for those old enough to use them!
These are probably some of my favorite tools for keeping Audrey healthy this year. Every single morning after her breakfast she takes a spoonful of IQ mega which is filled will Omega 3's a rich fatty acids for brain health, the a2z chewable vitamin that is filled with B vitamins combined with important nutrients, vitamins A,C, E and botanical extracts. And finally, her favorite, is the PB Assist Jr Probiotic Powder. It includes 5 billion live cells of a unique blend of six different probiotic strains, specifically selected for their benefits among children. You can mix it in water or a smoothie, or as Audrey does, pour the entire contents straight into her mouth right from the packet!
For Emotional Health:
In all honesty, I could list Oil after Oil in terms of emotional health. They ALL have some kind of benefit, but for us, we really go straight to the Kids Collection when we are looking to support some of the less tangible, more felt needs of beginning a new school year. We have been using them long before school, but with a new routine in place, it offers an opportunity to implement them in a new way. Each morning Audrey chooses her oils. Today she decided that she needed Calmer and Steady in fact. She then chooses where to wear them on her body, and this often leads to us "drawing" hearts on each other, either on her hands, her arms or right over her heart. Sometimes it's her belly and feet as well. She then puts her oil(s) of choice in the front pocket of her backpack and knows that they are there throughout the day, should she need them. These six oils in particular are incredible tools for teaching our children how to care for themselves in honest and powerful ways. There is so much that comes with a new school year, and it's equally as important to care for those little minds and hearts as much as their little bodies. We are helping to grow, nurture and inspire a brand new generation and I wholeheartedly believe that teaching our children that what they feel and think matters, we will create an earth shattering change that will be felt for generations to come!
Stay Tuned for some recipes on how to create other tools that will be useful for the school year ahead!
is a Mama, Wife, Teacher, Writer and Creator of One OM at a time. She has been teaching and studying yoga since 2008 and has taught at studios in Syracuse, Boston and New York City. For two years her hOMe was wherever she, her husband Justin, their daughter Audrey and pug Oscar find themselves as they traveled for Justin's job on the national tour of Matilda the Musical. This way of living has really taught Sara that yoga and mediation requires nothing more than some time and a space for your mat. You can find Sara teaching regular classes in NYC, workshops and retreats all over the country as well as in her very own online studio right here!