Now that the weather is turning colder and the kids are back at school/daycare, it’s that time of year when we can all use a little immunity support.
Anything I can do to avoid the runny noses, hacking coughs, and sore throats, I’m there.
Ever since I started using essential oils in our household (read more about that here), I have a little “tool chest” of things I can do to keep us feeling well. People in the essential oil world call it “above the wellness line”. If a pesky runny nose comes home, I am often able to nip it in the bud with the help of some home remedies.
One of my go-to helpers is an immunity support roller. Keep reading for the full recipe below!
Immunity Support Roller (for adults):
Make your own in a 10mL glass roller bottle with:
- 10 drops of Young Living thieves essential oil
- 10 drops of Young Living lemon essential oil
- 8 drops of Young Living frankincense essential oil
- 6 drops of Young Living oregano essential oil
- 6 drops of Young Living tea tree essential oil
- Top bottle with carrier oil of choice (I use grapeseed oil)
There are about 200 drops in a 10mL roller. So in this recipe, we have 40 drops of essential oils to 160 drops of carrier oil. That makes the roller about a 25% dilution, which is actually quite strong if you are using quality essential oils (there is a huge difference between essential oils you can buy at Walmart versus ones from a company like Young Living who own their own farms).
If you have a 15mL roller bottle (for some of mine I use a leftover 15mL bottle from an essential oil and add a roller top to – like in the first pic), then simply increase the number of drops for each oil so that you get to that same 25% dilution ratio.
Immunity Support Roller for Kids:
The recipe is more or less the same for kids, but with reduced potency.
The amount of drops you put into a roller bottle for kids is dependent on their age. The younger they are, the weaker you want the roller to be (ie. fewer drops and more carrier oil).
Here is the dilution chart from AromaTools that I follow with every roller bottle I make. These are general guideline suggestions from a panel including Dr Robert Tisserand, a very well-known essential oil educator.
Use it to guide your recipe for your kids specific age(s). We have an adult version and kids version of this roller at the ready, all the time.
How to Apply:
Apply your roller topically on the bottoms of feet, along your spine, and on your back of neck and lymph nodes. You never want to apply essential oils to any kind of mucous membrane – so never inside your ears, mouth, etc.
The bottoms of feet have large pores and allow essential oils to get into the bloodstream easily, but also have a tough surface with skin that won’t be as sensitive as elsewhere on your body. If you are nervous about using essential oils on kids, this is a great way to start and make sure they tolerate the oils well!
For me, as soon as I feel any kind of hint of something coming on, I’ll use this roller every hour throughout the day. It works amazingly well at nipping things in the bud.
I also apply in a preventative way on both us and the kids – especially if I know there are things going around school at the time.
The other thing I do is to diffuse thieves, frankincense, and lemon around the house. It’s amazing how well these work! Thieves – which is a powerful blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary – is honestly like a little miracle bottle, which can be used to relieve coughs and colds (among other things!). If you chat with anyone who is into essential oils, they will tell you the same!
Want to know more about Essential Oils?
Head here if you want to read more about the Young Living essential oils I use (and love!!!).
I never thought I’d be a crazy essential oils person, but once you try them out, you soon see why they are so amazing! You may even end up with a drawer in your kitchen that looks a little like mine …. ;)
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