Welcome to our Back to School Survival Guide! Your tour guides are Brooke and Amy (with the amazing Roger Horne III providing ASL interpretation)! At present, Brooke homeschools both of her kiddos (some online as well) and I currently have two in college and one in public school. I will say that we (Amy's family) have tried everything at least for one year. We have done online school, many years of homeschool, private school and public. All are good and come with their own set of challenges. We want to equip you with all the tools to have a fantastic school year with your family, wherever you find yourselves!
Essential oils have the power to change the atmosphere and mood in any room! Your sense of smell is directly connected to the limbic lobe of your brain, which is the emotional control center. It is responsible for your mood, memory, behavior, feelings, and emotions. Diffusing essential oils in your home provides far more benefits than just a nice smell!
If you aren’t sure what to diffuse, try Lavender, Peace and Calming or Stress Away. With diffusing, there is no wrong answer. Start with a few drops in the diffuser and increase from there.
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Back to School Segment 1: Calm Classrooms (ASL)
A new school year is upon us, and everyone in your home has a lot of adjusting to do—from new schedules, unfamiliar teachers and classmates, more strict routines, and even HOMEWORK—the new school year can bring a lot of uncertainties. That’s why Valor Roll-On is the PERFECT oil blend for you to include in your kids’ backpacks as they head back to school.
A top-selling Young Living blend, Valor combines Black Spruce, Blue Tansy, Frankincense, Geranium, and Camphor Wood essential oils. Each essential oil in the blend was carefully selected for its unique aromatic and topical benefits:• Frankincense for its uplifting, earthy aroma and skin-smoothing properties
• Black Spruce for its grounding, woodsy fragrance
• Blue Tansy for its inspiring aromatic profile
• Geranium for its sweet, floral aroma
• Camphor Wood for its skin-benefiting properties and strong, herbaceous scent
Valor can be used to encourage uplifting feelings as well as feelings of bravery and strength. It is an essential part of Young Living’s signature Raindrop Technique and was one of D. Gary Young’s favorite blends.To use Valor• Apply it on the wrists, chest, nape of neck, or bottoms of feet for an uplifting and empowering aromatic experience.
• Apply when needing an added boost of courage or to empower yourself in times of need.
• Directly inhale the scent of Valor from the bottle for a refreshing aroma.
• Wear Valor as a bold, inspiring personal fragrance to inspire feelings of confidence.
• Inhale it deeply before conquering a tough day at school or starting homework.
Another great way to give your kiddos control of their school day is to equip them with diffuser jewelry to ‘wear’ their oils. There are lots of styles for both boys and girls! Some that we love are leather diffuser earrings, diffuser necklaces and bracelets. When oils are applied, you can smell the calming aroma for many hours without re-applying the oils.
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Back to School Segment 2: First Day Jitters
No more zoning out when it’s time to do homework. Help your kids stay at the top of the class with these essential oils! Try diffusing them while your kids are studying or doing homework to create a focused, balanced atmosphere that is supportive of concentration and staying on task.
You can also apply these oils topically to the base of the skull, along the feet, or make your own roller that you can send with your kids to school. (Make sure to dilute with a carrier oil like V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex when applying on young children.)
GeneYus essential oil blend: GeneYus was created with kids in mind! It is already prediluted for kids ages 2-12. Use this blend for a focusing aroma that helps kids concentrate on projects and stay on task. This is a great oil to put in your kids’ backpacks, so they can apply it on their wrists or neck when they are reading, taking a test, or need a little help staying on task.
This blend includes powerful essential oils that are very high is sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are a classification of essential oil constituents. They have a lighter aroma and have been studied extensively.
This blend includes coconut oil, Sacred Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Cedarwood, Idaho Blue Spruce, Palo Santo, Melissa, Northern Lights Black Spruce, sweet almond oil, Bergamot, Myrrh, Vetiver, Geranium, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang, Hyssop, Coriander, and Rose. It also includes almond oil as a carrier oil; the other KidScents oils do not contain almond oil.
Vetiver essential oil: Let Vetiver’s complex and uplifting aroma help calm your mind, so you can focus on the tasks that require the utmost attention. Perfect for study, difficult work tasks, or even curling up with a long novel, Vetiver’s fragrance creates a relaxing atmosphere where distractions lose their power. Vetiver’s aroma is grounding, calming, and stabilizing. It is also incredibly thick and can sometimes be slow to flow from the bottle; but don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with your oil!
Brain Power essential oil blend: This essential oil blend lives up to its name and contains essential oils such as Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Melissa, Blue Cypress, Lavender, and Helichrysum, many of which are high in sesquiterpenes. These oils help create an environment to clarify your thoughts and deepen your focus.
Rosemary essential oil: This woodsy aroma can help create an energizing environment and promote a sense of clarity. Its aroma is great to diffuse to help you study. In fact, you can find this powerful oil in Young Living’s Thieves and En-R-Gee blends.
Clarity essential oil blend: Do you want to create an environment for focus and clarity? Whether it’s diffused or applied topically, Clarity’s refreshing aroma can provide the perfect setting to get things done. Clarity is a blend of Basil, Cardamom, Rosemary, Peppermint, Coriander, Geranium, Bergamot, Lemon, Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, and Palmarosa essential oils. Together, they make the perfect combination to brighten and refresh any space or situation!
Whether your kids need a space to do homework, study, organize their rooms, or maybe you need to get through your to-do list, try using these essential oils to create a clear and focused environment!
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Back to School Segment #3: Homework Helpers (ASL)
Who wants more sleep? Well, if you have children, you know that the faster you can create a calm environment for them, the faster you can relax! SleepyIze essential oil blend is formulated just for kids and is already diluted for kids ages 2-12. SleepyIze helps create that peaceful aromatic environment your kids need at bedtime.Try diffusing SleepyIze in your kids’ rooms, massaging it on their feet, or applying it on their backs.SleepyIze includes:
• Coconut oil
• Lavender, which is soothing and calming to the mind and may help reduce occasional nervous tension
• Roman Chamomile, which has a relaxing, gentle, and peaceful relaxing aroma
• Sacred Frankincense, which adds a grounding, balanced aroma
• Valerian, which helps create a relaxing environment; the herb has been used for centuries
• Rue, a key oil in RutaVaLa Roll-On and my favorite bedtime oil
Summertime means later bedtimes, so help create an atmosphere that supports peace and relaxation to help get your kids ready for school's early mornings.
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Back to School Segment 4: Bedtime Routine
Supplements are an important part of the preventative side of living well-even for our kiddos. We are literally investing in their health in order to keep them well!
Lets start with Ningxia Red! Ningxia Red is a powerhouse of antioxidants that fuel the brain, immune system and cells of the body. For those who aren’t familiar with antioxidants-free radicals are the ‘bad guys’ that attack our body on the daily as a result of toxins (food, toxic chemicals, toxic air, stress, etc). Antioxidants are the good guys that come in and eradicate the free radicals. We can get antioxidants from food, but it’s hard to get enough to keep us well above the wellness line. Ningxia Red is packed with Ningxia wolfberry juice which is one of THE most antioxidant rich foods on earth. Since it’s in a juice form, it’s very easy to absorb and tastes great, too! More info on NR stats to follow!
Next up-Kids ages 4-12 yrs will benefit greatly from our kids’ multi-vitamin, MightyVites. Most people, kids included, don’t eat enough variety of fruits and veggies to get the nutrition they need from food alone. The new and improved KidScents® MightyVites™ include a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients. They are designed to bolster your child’s general health and well-being. These vitamins are formulated with Orgen-kids®, a nutrient-dense, foodbased superfruit, plant, and vegetable complex. To be taken with food, MightyVites are free of preservatives and artificial colors and flavors.
Many kids-like adults struggle with digestive issues. Enzymes simple help us to break down food and especially proteins, carbohydrates and fats. This supplement is great for children who have occasional gas, bloating or tummy aches. Also great for children who struggle with food sensitivities and/or allergies.
One of the most important things we can do daily for gut health is to reinoculate with probiotics. The gut’s microbiome is made up of 100 trillion bacteria that include 10,000 different species. These bacteria play an important role in the overall health of the body. They aid in sleep, help with detoxification, help the immune system, aid in digestion, help with hormone response, and help control inflammation pathways in the body. If the microbiome is unhealthy, then we can easily see that this may cause severe problems in the body. Taking a probiotic is just as important as eating good, healthy foods. Do not be fooled by thinking you can get enough probiotics from yogurt. The amount in the yogurt is not enough to help, and most yogurts contain milk fats and sugar, which disrupt the gut’s microbiome.
MightyPro is a unique, synergistic blend of prebiotics and probiotics in a supplement specially formulated for children. Packaged in easy, one-dose packets that can be taken almost anywhere you go, this supplement features over 8 billion active, live cultures to support digestive and immune health.* MightyPro supports gastrointestinal and immune health and maintains gut health in children, keeping kids up and active.* That means fewer missed days of school, day care, and playing with friends. It is so beneficial for our children to be taking MightyPro to help keep them active and healthy.
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Back to School: Segment 5
One of the hardest things about the back-to-school season is getting back into a morning routine!
To help with the transition, try adding some NingXia Red to your family’s daily routine to support energy levels, fortify and replenish the body, and support normal eye health and overall wellness. A daily shot of 2-4 ounces helps support overall wellness with powerful antioxidants.
Below is one of our favorite ways to whip up a breakfast smoothie with the powerful superfood benefits of NingXia Red:
• 1 large banana (frozen if you like your smoothies extra thick)
• ½ cup organic mixed berries (frozen or fresh)
• ½ cup almond or coconut milk
• ½ cup organic Greek yogurt (if you’re using full-fat coconut milk, you can skip this ingredient)
• 60 ml (1 pouch) NingXia Red
• 2 teaspoons Blue Agave (or natural sweetener of choice)
Blend ingredients in a blender on medium to mix and then on high for a full 30 seconds or until completely smooth. This simple, blender-ready breakfast treat is so easy to make and tastes great with any mixed berry blend. Try swapping the mixed berries for frozen or fresh strawberries or even pineapple chunks! To clean up, run your emptied blender on high with warm water and a few drops of Thieves Dish Soap.
Have you tried the new Einkorn Cereal?? Or Einkorn Granola? It’s a mom #easybutton because it’s healthy, nutrient dense and a quick breakfast for busy moms! Great paired with some almond milk and fruit or yogurt!
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Back to school: Breakfast
Try these simple, delicious, Vitality oil infused recipes you can pack in your kids’ lunchboxes! A win for you because they’re simple and healthy.
A win for your kids because they are delicious! Strawberry-banana roll:
- 1 mashed banana
- Strawberries, thinly sliced
- Tortilla of your choice (a homemade Einkorn tortilla is a great option!)
-1 to 2 TBS almond butter
- Citrus Vitality oils of your choice (Orange, Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit)
Mix 2-3 drops of your choice of Vitality oils in the mashed banana. Spread almond butter and the mashed banana over the tortilla, place the sliced strawberries on top, roll the tortilla and cut in rounds.
Kid approved parfait:
- Organic plain Greek yogurt
- Fresh berries (if using strawberries, make sure to slice them)
- Dried Wolfberries
- Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Granola or Gary’s True Grit Einkorn Flakes
- Citrus Vitality oils of your choice (Orange, Lemon, Lime, or Grapefruit)
Mix 2-3 drops of your favorite Vitality oil (we love this one with Orange Vitality) in the yogurt. Then layer the yogurt, fruit, and the dried wolfberries in a container. Pack some of Einkorn Granola or Einkorn Flakes (or both!) in a separate small container so that your children can enjoy their crunchy texture as they are eating them at lunch time.
Tips: If you want a fun twist to this recipe, feel free to mix in some Ningxia Red in the yogurt before layering the parfait. This will add benefits to the recipe as well as a delicious, tangy flavor!
Pack a sachet of MightyPro probiotic complex in your kids’ lunchbox and teach your child to pour the content in the parfait before eating!
Savory and Sweet Kabobs:
- Lean meat of your choice (such as cooked chicken or turkey breast – skip for a vegetarian option)
- Cubed vegetables (cucumbers, zucchini, mushrooms, beets, or sweet peppers are great options!)
- Cherry tomatoes
- Organic cubed cheese
- Black Pepper and Lemon Vitality oils
- Pink Himalayan salt (optional)
- Olive oil Make a mixture with the olive oil, salt, and 1 drop of each of the Vitality oils.
Drizzle the mixture over the vegetables and toss until they’re all coated. Alternate the vegetables, meat and cheese on a wooden skewer.
- Cubed fruits (mangoes, peaches, and cantaloupes are great options)
- Berries Alternate fruits in a wooden skewer for a naturally sweet treat!
We know these recipes will be a hit at home because they are simple and taste amazing!
Lunch box packing tips:
• When you are packing the lunches, make sure to add a packet of Ningxia Red (kids love to drink these with a straw!)
• Try a Wolfberry Crisp bars for a healthy, sweet treat.
• Balance out their meal by offering extra veggies when you pack a sweeter meal and pack extra fruits when you send them a more savory dish for lunch.
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Back to School Survival Guide: Segment 7 (ASL)
FUN After School Snacks
Try freezing your Ningxia Red in popsicle molds for an energizing and refreshing treat this summer! You can also try blending NingXia with fruit before freezing for an extra superfood boost. NingXia Red energizes, fortifies, and replenishes the body and mind with a proprietary blend of pure essential oils and wolfberry, a known provider of antioxidants. Other vitamin-rich superfruits in NingXia Red supply the body with vital antioxidants and phytonutrients for a whole-body nutrient infusion, while helping prevent oxidative stress. NingXia Red not only tastes amazing, but it supports overall health, contains powerful ingredients that are involved in many natural antioxidant processes, and supports normal eye health.
One cup of NXR contains (based on antioxidant value and juice concentrate reconstitution) is equal to approximately:
•4 cups of purple grapes
•1 cup of wolfberries
•5 whole cherries
•½ cup blueberries
•75 pomegranate arils
•¼ cup aronia berries
Need a perfect on-the-go snack for your kids? Try making these yummy NingXia Red jellies! They are the perfect replacement for snacks that may be filled with synthetic coloring or flavors. 🙌
Here’s what you need:
•1 cup NingXia Red
•1½ teaspoons agar powder (vegan gelatin alternative)
•4 teaspoons honey
•3 drops Grapefruit Vitality essential oil
•3 drops Lime Vitality essential oil (or Vitality oils of your choice, we just love citrus Vitality oils!)
To make: 1.Combine the NingXia Red, agar powder, and honey in a saucepan. Mix with a metal spoon until fully dissolved and heat on medium-high.
2.Once boiling, remove from heat immediately and stir in the essential oils. Taste for sweetness. The mixture should be almost too sweet, since the flavors will mellow during cooling.
3.Pour the mixture into silicon molds.
4.Let your molds cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour until set.
5.Keep leftovers in the fridge or a cool place.
6.Enjoy!Check out the YL Blog for a video showing how to make this treat!
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Back to School: Segment 8: After School Snacks
One of our favorite #momhacks is to make labeled roller bottles for different needs and have them ready and waiting for our family! Everyone is busy-can I get an AMEN??!! When we have a roller labeled ‘Night-night’ or ‘Breathe Easy’ that are darlings can grab quickly-it’s easy for everyone involved!
Here’s some ideas to get you started!
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Back to School Survival Guide: Roller Ball Blends: Segment 9
For more roller bottle recipes-click on this link to take you to www.oilinspiredliving.com and get some more!
Anyone love DIY?? This was one of my very first DIY items because I really wanted to get the anti-bacterial hand soap out of my house ASAP and didn’t have the budget to fill all my bathrooms with Thieves hand soap from YL just yet! We use a mix of both DIY and YL prepared soaps and love them both 😊.
This is a great way to protect our family from unwanted germs! We all know that Thieves is a powerhouse blend and whether you make your hand soap or buy it from YL, you are miles ahead if you are using one of these instead of purchased soaps from the big box stores.
Another great DIY is the Stinky Kid Spray! I feel as though I am familiar with odorous rooms and shoes with having a husband and a boy! For those of you that aren’t familiar with Purification blend-it is THE odor eater. #enoughsaid
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Back to School Survival Guide: Segment 9 Germy Kid Soap and Stinky Kid Spray
Any momma of girls knows the struggle with the hair brush. These little girls are born with tender scalps and we all can appreciate a detangler that makes this event less traumatic! This is yet another way to get the toxins out of your home and use great products on your little ones without the compromise.
Speaking of great products-were you aware that YL has a Kidscents line with Shampoo, Conditioner and toothpaste just for kids??? On the topic of self care products, all of our products of this nature are very thick and it takes a great deal less than typical products to get the job done!
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Back to School Survival Guide: Segment 11 (ASL)
We don’t want to forget our teachers in this class! A great way to share the YL Love with your childs’ teacher is to gift them some amazing Thieves products like these to start the school year off right.
Thieves Hand Purifier, a bottle of Thieves Cleaner and/or a Thieves spray for dirty desks is a great way to share with teachers how important it is to keep the classroom clean and yet to NOT compromise on how we accomplish that!
Thieves Hand Purifier is a great item to send with your kids to school in their back pack. It is one more way to help them fight germs and avoid some toxic chemicals!
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Back to School Survival guide: Teacher gifts
Thank you for joining us!
We hope you enjoyed the class and learned some new things to add your your survival guide
(whether you have kids or not!!!)
We pray that this school year is filled with good health and lots of learning!!!