Tonight as I was putting my oldest son to bed (7 year old) I put a combination of lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oils on his feet. This has become a daily habit for us since his nasal allergies have been so bad lately. I was delighted when he asked if I would show him how to put the drops on his feet. He asked to do it himself. I put a drop of each on his left foot and then let him do the same on his right. (It may have been an overload of oils tonight, but hopefully those allergies will stay at bay through the night!)
It caught me off guard that he asked to do it by himself, but the more I’ve thought about the prouder I am! This is exactly what I hope for for my children! I think that one of the best gifts we can give our children is teaching them how to take care of their bodies and health. Hopefully by teaching them early on about good health, wellness, nutrition and exercise they can avoid many of the problems some of us have experienced as adults.
In my adult years (I’m 32), I have taken crash courses in vitamins, supplements, chiropractic, essential oils, nutrition, and naturopathy. The path I’ve been on with my own and my children’s health issues have lead me to explore all these areas of wellness. It’s been a long, windy road with many ups and downs, successes and failures. It is a fact that through all of our experiences and all I’ve learned that we are healthier because of it. I hate to imagine what condition we all would be in if God had not led us down the road we are on.
My kids have been on various supplements since they were infants. Taking vitamins is a normal part of life for them. We’ve had to be extremely mindful of the foods we eat. Now we’ve taken up essential oils as part of our healthcare regimen. I am continuing to learn about nutrition and am working to feed my family the best I can give them. We never stop learning and I am really enjoying this crazy roller coaster ride because of how much I’m growing in my knowledge and experience. I love that my family is healing and becoming healthier.
It is my hope that I can teach these things to my children and spare them many future health problems and from having to relearn to care for their bodies as adults. Start guiding them from the ground up. Be a good example. Teach them that their bodies are a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and to love and care for them appropriately. To be their best selves. It has become a big goal for me as a mom and I am overjoyed that I can see the fruits of my labor every once in a while!