Back to School Diffusions for Kids and Emotional Parents

“This morning, I am diffusing rose, sweet orange and bergamot – a happy and heart-supporting combo that gives a nod to my tender heart and another nod to her eager, excited one.”

This morning is bittersweet for me. In about two hours, my five-year-old will be going to her elementary school for a two-week program that begins to prepare her for kindergarten. She will be connecting with her classmates and teachers. She will be learning the morning routine. And she will be learning math. Oh my.

I knew she would go to school eventually. I’ve been looking forward to watching her grow into her independence and into herself. At orientation, we were told that during this year she will change more than in any other year in her childhood. Be still, my heart. I mean, I am supposed to be helping her grow up, right? So why does this hurt a bit? She, on the other hand, is ready and excited to begin her adventure in learning. Why can’t I be as excited as she is right now? Why do I feel sad at the prospect of my baby not being a baby anymore?

Everything changes

This is what parents go through as we watch our kids grow and change. It’s an exciting time for them but a sad one for us. To me, things are suddenly moving at a breathtaking pace. I do want her to go through all of this, of course, but I want it to happen… well, maybe not so quickly.

I find myself wanting to look at baby pictures with her. I want to hold on to her tightly because a time is coming when she won’t let me hold on any longer. I’m told that as the years go by things will be different – summers will draw to a close and I’ll be counting down the days until she and her sister go back to school again. But…

Are we there yet?

I have dreamed of giving her the world and now, here I am doing that with hesitation. I want to take a bit of it back for the sake of prolonging this sweet, sweet time. As she learns to be more independent and aware of the world around her, she is going to become her own person. That won’t be easy or fun or sweet all of the time.

I know she will push against me to define herself. She will test her boundaries and limits in school and in life. I will likely have to motivate her to get up and going. I will have to push her to fly out of the nest. For now, however, she is ready to start and can’t be contained. I, on the other hand, will be crying with the other parents on her first day of kindergarten. I will be sad but I will also be thrilled to watch my little girl take that step and then grow up a whole lot more this year.

For all of you parents on either side of this – maybe you’re happy to get them out the door and going or maybe you’re holding on tightly as they try to wriggle out of your loving grasp – essential oils can help with the emotional balance of it all.

Here are a few suggestions for you to try as you send your kids back to school in the next month.

Back to School Diffusions for the Family

Charlynn Avery
Contributor & Founding Member

An avid aroma enthusiast, I have devoted my career to understanding the connection between mind, body and spirit. I come from a diverse background in education, health and wellness and have practiced and taught in the arenas of bodywork, holistic therapies, yoga and plant medicine. I've been teaching about essential oil usage for 14 years with the last six years at Frontier Co-op educating about essential oils on behalf of the Aura Cacia brand. My passions are my family, reading, writing, gardening, natural healing, yoga, hiking, & travel. I believe the world is made a better place by small acts of kindness.

Share Your Thoughts

Martha M 151053883

October 16, 2018 - 6:29am

I can’t wait to try some of the blends you suggested. Thank you for sharing.

Sandy R 720989580

September 19, 2018 - 8:51am

Please be careful sending teenagees to school with essential oils. I have a student who uses EOs for her anxiety disorder. She got into trouble when she told another student who thought she was using cannabis oil (it was lavender and eucalyptus). She was given 10 days OSS (yes 10) for bringing her EOs to school. She was told it was “an over the counter drug” and we have a zero tolerance policy.

Jaclyn F

August 24, 2018 - 6:45am

Does anyone know a good blend for boosting immunity?

Gail K 1009353805

January 1, 2019 - 11:41am

Any hot tea with 1 drop frankincense, 1 drop peppermint, 2-3 drops lemon and 1 drop young living Thieves or ginger.


August 14, 2018 - 2:28pm

I think every mother understands your feelings.  Essential oils can help you get through the ups and downs of those first days!

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