If you are a WAHM managing house, family, and career, then you likely have any number of things going on at once. Right this minute, for example, I am tutoring a student, baking a loaf of sourdough, doing the laundry, and writing this blog post, and that is only because my Little Mister really wanted to watch Sesame Street. This morning consisted of countless other tasks involving my online teaching job, my natural wellness business, and my role as wife and mother.
And that is just how my day goes from about 5:30am until 11:00pm. I have a feeling you know what I mean. It takes an enormous amount of what teachers call withitness to work from home with children around, and it takes just as much withitness to be the moms we want to be while work is around. Withitness combines commitment, focus, organization, flexibility, and of course, eyes and ears all over your head. Thankfully, CPTG® essential oils have the ability to enhance those facets, so we can be goddesses of withitness who our families adore and the other mommies admire.
Why CPTG® essential oils? Well, the fact that you can sometimes find essential oils at Dollar Tree should alert you to the fact that there is a wide range in price and quality of oils. We only use dōTERRA in my home because we trust their practices. These oils are harvested at the right time from plants that are grown in their native environment by experienced growers, and they undergo lots of testing throughout the process to ensure they are unadulterated. dōTERRA was founded upon these principles, and that is why they adopted the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade label. When I shop with dōTERRA, I know that I am getting the highest quality oils on the market.
Below, in no particular order, you will find my top recommendations of essential oils and oil blends that every WAHM needs within reach.
- Peppermint: Peppermint is an essential oil that no one should be without! It is stimulating, so it is wonderful to diffuse or apply topically, especially in the afternoon when we need to reenergize. It’s also helpful when we have to wake up early after being up all night with one of the little ones. It is “essentially” the eyes and ears all over your head piece. Peppermint keeps you alert to you know what is happening in the kitchen, the kids’ room, and the office all at once! Peppermint is fantastic for relieving headaches and fever, too, so it is a great alternative to acetaminophen, which research indicates is not as safe as we once thought. Finally, peppermint regulates the digestive system, so it can be used to prevent and treat all sorts of tummy issues on patients big and small.
- Lemon (or other citrus): Citrus oils are incredibly valuable for many reasons, especially when used throughout each day. Aromatically, they are energizing and mood elevating. I love to mix wild orange and peppermint and just breathe it in when I need a pick-me-up; the combination is just divine. In addition to being uplifting – and I would argue that lemon tops them all – citrus oils are also very cleansing, so they help detoxify the body when taken internally*. I keep dōTERRA lemon and peppermint oils in a big pitcher of water and pour from it all day. A glass pitcher is really important here because essential oils (especially citrus) will pull the chemicals right out of a plastic container and into your drinking water. Yuck! A drop of lemon on the chest can also eliminate heartburn, and it will really brighten up those homemade fruit snacks you’ve been wanting to make for your kids.
- InTune: One of the hardest things for me to do as a WAHM is to devote my full attention to a project when there are so many distractions around me. When I do get a moment to work alone, it seems that I suddenly remember everything I’d been meaning to do for the last three months or so! I could list the myriad of oils that, when combined, come together to help you maintain focus, but I lean on a proprietary blend of oils that is specifically designed for this purpose. InTune is a blend of frankincense, lime, Hawaiian sandalwood, patchouli, amyris, Roman chamomile, and ylang ylang. Besides being a fabulous all natural perfume, it is wonderful for enhancing focus and supporting healthy thought processes. Parents of children with ADHD are finding success using InTune to reduce or even replace medications. Usually by the time the kids are in bed and I really need to get busy, I would much rather bury myself in a blanket in front of our Netflix series of the month. These are the times when I find InTune so beneficial. Often, I can focus well enough to be super productive and still have some TV time before turning in.
- Balance: “You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm, you gotta stay together…” You guys remember Des’ree, right? You gotta love that song! And that line is what I think of when I want to describe Balance, which is pretty much what the name implies. This blend of blue tansy, frankincense, ho wood, and spruce is very grounding, so it helps you maintain (or regain) a level head when feeling anxious or overwhelmed (For example, you’re trying to make an important phone call and your two-year old is yelling and chasing the cat all over the house. Or, during a trip to Walmart, with or without the kids – take your pick!) . Balance is also a good one to help promote sleep, so it is great during the kids’ nighttime baths or on their feet just afterward. Finally, Balance is helpful for healing diaper rash! I would be lost without my Balance.
- On Guard: We all know that kids are a magnet for germs and viruses, and you cannot be your best “with it” self if you or your loved ones are sick, can you? It is important to do what you can to guard against illnesses that might slow you down. Just a couple of drops on the bottom of everyone’s feet every day, and dōTERRA’s Protective Blend of wild orange, cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, and rosemary will strengthen the immune system to protect you and your babies against whatever strikes. And in the event that someone does get sick, you can apply it several times a day to shorten the duration of the illness. The oils in On Guard can make it warm to the skin, so it is always a good idea to dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or olive oil to slow absorption. (Applying oils to the feet in another way to avoid issues of skin sensitivity.) On Guard is great for a sore throat; just dilute with water to make a throat spray or with honey for a kid-friendly dose. You can clean with it too! Studies have found it highly effective against MRSA, so it is one of the most powerful natural antibacterial and antiviral cleaners you can use. It has been so popular that dōTERRA has put it in convenient gel caps, toothpaste, cough drops, beadlets, foaming hand wash, cleaner concentrate, and laundry detergent!
- Calming oils: Being a WAHM can take a lot out of us, and we all need good sleep so that we can recharge and do it all over again every day. Oils like lavender and chamomile are great for promoting relaxation and healthy sleep. Vetiver is another oil that many people find helpful for a good night’s sleep. I list several because sleep is so personal, and each person’s experiences will be unique. My son responds to a blend called Serenity, which also includes sandalwood, marjoram, vanilla, and ylang ylang. I apply it to his back, his neck, and his forehead (and depending on how much help he needs to relax!) just as he is climbing into bed. By the time we are through a story, he is ready to turn out the lights. Serenity is also known for soothing anger, so the hubby gets a good dose once in a while, too. I love it with coconut oil and my homemade bath salts in a warm bubble bath, which I would say that every WAHM needs at least once a week. Experiment with some essential oils for relaxation until you find the right one for you.
- Elevation: You Southerners out there might relate when I say that sweet tea is perhaps the most comforting thing there is for me. I grew up on it – we didn’t know people drank plain water. My mom probably made a pitcher of tea every day, and it was much more sugar than tea. I don’t drink it that often these days, but when I do, it takes me back… woven baskets and church picnics, cocker spaniels chasing squirrels in the yard, floral wallpaper in shades of mauve and peach and country blue…to the bountiful love of mom’s kitchen, where the only expectation is that I’m there. That’s Elevation for me. It’s a delicious blend of Lemon myrtle, Melissa, tangerine, ylang ylang, and then some. I would love to say that I do not need this essential oil blend at all, that I only wear it for the lovely scent, but that is not the case, friends. Sometimes, the pressure and the expectations that I put on myself leave me feeling inadequate, exasperated, and even resentful. It’s not every day, thankfully, but it does happen. And Elevation helps me get back to the comfort of mom’s kitchen, where smiles and love and sweet tea abound.
*I do not recommend internal use of just any essential oil. dōTERRA CPTG™ oils are rigorously tested by a third party for purity and potency, so that I feel safe recommending them for aromatic, topical, and internal use. Please read labels carefully and only use the highest quality essential oils available to you. You can shop with me for dōTERRA oils and products at http://mydoterra.com/theessentials.
So, there you have it, folks, a rundown of the best oils around to help you maintain that elusive withitness that makes you the WAHM that your family and clients depend on. Remember that essential oil usage and preference varies by individual experience, so it is important to go into this venture with an open mind and a willingness to experiment to find what works best for you. The most important thing is that you DO go into this venture! Give oils a try, and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know how it is going!
Lindsey Beth is an online high school teacher, a consultant for dōTERRA, a wife to her beloved partner of 14 years, and a mother to a very active toddler. As a natural wellness consultant, Lindsey Beth teaches classes each month regarding how to use essential oils to manage health and wellness, as well as classes on whole food nourishment. She chronicles all of her experiences in natural wellness and essential oils on her blog at http://thepith.weebly.com, and she posts tips and ideas her Facebook page as well at http://www.facebook.com/EssentialPerspectives. You can also follow her on Twitter @LindseyC79.