I’m sure you’ve heard about essential oils. I’ve wanted to learning about how they can be used in the classroom, so I reached out to a friend of mine who is very involved in the “oils community.” (If you’re familiar with Young Living Essential Oils, you’ll know my friend by the name, Lucy Libido. She’s written essential oils books for women and babies/kids) She connected me with a few teachers who use oils in the classroom. They have agreed to share their experiences with oils in a few guest posts. So here’s the second post about oils, written by preschool teacher, Nanette. Please note that she discussed the use of oils with the parents of her students. Click here to get started with your own oils kit!
As a preschool teacher of 19 years, I have always taken pride in looking for the best materials and items I can provide for my kids in the classroom. When I discovered Young Living Essential Oils in 2016, I decided it was time to incorporate these oils in my classroom. Our director had already begun using Thieves Household Cleaner for our everyday cleaning needs throughout the preschool. I communicated with the families in our classroom that we would like to introduce essential oils and asked if any of them had any questions or concerns. Many of them had questions and concerns regarding the use of essential oils around their kids. I was able to put their mine at ease that this would benefit their child’s preschool experience. I began to introduce the oils that they were probably more familiar with, such as Peppermint, Lavender, Orange, and Lemon. Once we had been diffusing oils for a while in the classroom, I introduced additional oils, such as Thieves, Cedarwood, Sleepyizes, Purification, and Lemongrass. I may eventually add more oils, but these ones seem to be meeting our needs.
Daily, we use Thieves Household Cleaner to clean our tables, floors, bathrooms, windows, cots, and any other surface that needs cleaning. We also diffuse oils on days that we feel it is needed. This may be during moments when unique smells occur (which can be quite often in a preschool), when the class seems to need an energy boost (which usually occurs without help from oils), when nap time comes around, and the class needs to slow down, or just to add a nice smell to the classroom.
Our preschool will continue diffusing oils and cleaning with Thieves Household Cleaner. We know that these oils are the best, and that using non-toxic products is the only way to ensure that our children grow up in a healthy environment.
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About the Guest Blogger
Nanette Arnold I have been a preschool teacher for 19 years, a mentor teacher for 5 years, and am currently acting as a director for my center while my director is on maternity leave. I have worked with children ages 6 months – 5 years old. I have been using Young Living Essential Oils since December of 2016. In my spare time, I can be found reading, playing pool, trying new foods, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with my boyfriend, friends, and family.
Note: Content on this blog is not intended as medical advice.