Adolescence is a time of great change. Tension is often high, communication becomes more difficult, emotions run rampant and bodily changes feel overwhelming, and at some time through this stage most teenagers will experience a sense of imbalance.
The introduction of essential oils can be a subtle and simple way to help bring them more stability and peace of mind. We've got some ideas that could provide support for your teen.
Helping your teen studyAs children reach their high school years, students are pushed harder and harder academically. The amount of homework and study that is required to meet expectations are now higher than ever. This extra pressure comes at a time when teens are at some of their most vulnerable stages. Aromatherapy can provide welcome support to ensure a clearer mindset and relief during this overwhelming period.
Scent and memory have a very strong physiological connection whereby certain aromas evoke strong and specific memories. This can be very useful during exam preparations. Connecting with the aroma of an essential oil during study time then smelling the same oil in the exam room will assist in retrieving stored information and help recollection of precise details.
Some popular oils for study include - Grapefruit, Lemon, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Niaouli, Peppermint, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Orange Sweet, Petitgrain, Sandalwood and Ylang Ylang.
Select 1 to 5 applicable oils to make up your blend. Use the blend in a vaporiser while studying and then put a few drops of the same blend on a tissue to use during exams.
Dealing with hormonesAnother challenging part of adolescence is dealing with hormonal fluctuations. Growth spurts, major changes skin quality, heightened emotions and getting use to female monthly cycles can be difficult. Aromatherapy is commonly used for balancing hormones and can provide great results supporting these changes.
A supportive blend for adolescent girls is Geranium, Lavender and Rose and for adolescent boys you can try Rosemary, Lavender and Frankincense.
One hormonal side-effect that is paramount during adolescence is the disruptive influence it has on the skin. Despite it being normal for teens to experience oily skin, acne and blackheads during this time, most will find it impacts their self esteem. Even though some of their friends may be experiencing the same issues, keep an eye out for feelings of isolation, insecurity and being judged by others.
To support a fresh complexion, we recommend a gentle, natural skincare routine. Avoid drying soaps or harsh cleansers and encourage the development of daily habits of cleansing and moisturising.
Consider using Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Tea Tree and Lavender oils and possibly Calendula Infused oil for healing properties.
Aromatherapy is an excellent too to use in the home. Essential oils not only smell fantastic, but also have wonderful benefits for the whole family, Try our tips for your teen today and really see the difference!