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Spring Ahead Naturally

How to conquer daylight savings time!

Anyone will tell you that hands down, the WORST two events ever created by humans are 1) when we ‘spring ahead’ and then 2) when we ‘fall back’ for daylight savings time. Parents typically struggle as it is to get their kids of all ages on a sleep schedule and then we add something to make it a little bit more difficult. Ughh!

This year, we had great success easing the transition for everyone in my family back on to their normal sleep schedules with the use of essential oils.

So what are essential oils? My husband calls them ‘magic in a bottle.’ Essential oils are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Most of you are familiar with their smells. Essential oils have also been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices.

Why are essential oils safe to use? Essential oils capture the plant in its most natural state. However, since they are super concentrated, please be sure to check the quality of the essential oils you use. The effects of essential oils can vary dramatically depending on the quality. Here are the essential oils I use for my family.

How can you use essential oils? There are three ways to use essential oils: aromatically, topically, and internally. Aromatically simply means by smelling the essential oil by using a diffuser in your home or car or putting some in water in a spray bottle to refresh rugs or upholstery. Topically means the essential oils are absorbed by the skin. The typical places of application are: bottoms of the feet, neck, wrists, forehead and temples (please be sure to check the guidelines for appropriate dilution, if necessary). You can also put a drop in lotion and apply or add to a bath. Finally, internally means you ingest the oils either while cooking, adding to water, smoothie or other liquid and drink it, or place the oils in a veggie capsule and swallow.

Once again, please be sure to check the quality of your essential oils! Due to possible skin sensitivities, you may need to use a carrier oil to dilute the essential oil and whichever method of application you choose, please follow the recommended guidelines for use.

To ease the transition back to the normal sleep schedule for my whole family, this is what I did:

First, I added a drop of lavender essential oil to all of our pillows before we went to sleep. For my 3 ½ year old, I then flipped the pillow over so she could still smell the lavender essential oil but it wasn’t super strong and in her face. For my 11 month old, I add a drop of lavender to a glass spray bottle of water (about 4oz) and then sprayed the curtains in her room.

Lavender is such a wonderful oil which promotes calming and relaxation. Plus it smells amazing!

**Krista Long has been a member of FIT4MOM Lorton/Springfield/Burke/Woodbridge/Kingstowne NoVa since December 2015 and is currently our Operations Manager and Springfield Playgroup Captain. She is also mom to Christine (3-1/2) and Abigail (11 months). Additionally, Krista is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. To find out more, follow her on her Facebook Page, Winning At Wellness - A Natural & Simple Lifestyle, or on Instagram.

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