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Our HealthBY CYD DEANEIt’s that time of year – colds, flu and earaches. When your little one is hurting and you want to try a more natural method to help, here is an es- sential oil earacheblend from the online class Aromathera- py for Natural Living by Andrea Butje.It’s made with a few simple ingredi- ents, including Lavender essential oil – one of the most gentle, nurturing oils in the Aromatherapy world! In fact, if Lav- ender essential oil were a person, I think it would love to run a day care center for children. Lavender loves supporting children (and adults) through all kinds of issues. It can’t stand to see a child hurt- ing and have no way to help them.Oh my aching Ear!Fortunately, Lavender is an Aroma- therapy expert. It’s learned how to calm inflammation and ease pain, while also of- fering emotional comfort. This comes in especially handy when kids get earaches – a very distressing childhood issue.Since we never put essential oils into our ears (even if they’re well di- luted), Lavender created a safe, effective essential oil earache blend.This essential oil earache blend is perfect for kids who are over five years old. It’s made in a base of Trauma Oil. If you’ve never used Trauma Oil for pain, I think you’re really going to like it! Trau- ma Oil is actually a carrier oil that’s been infused with three healing herbs: arnica, St. John’s wort, and calendula. It’s good at easing pain all by itself, and when we add essential oils we really “amp up” its talents!“Lavender +” Earache Oilfor Children(NEVER put this blend inside the ear.) • 1⁄2 oz. (15 ml) Trauma Oil• 4 drops Tea Tree essential oil(Melaleuca alternifolia)• 2 drops Lavender essential oil(Lavandula angustifolia)Pour the Trauma Oil into a 1-oz./30ml (or 1⁄2 oz./15 ml) bottle. Add the es- sential oils and shake gently.This blend is meant to be rubbed around the outside of the ear and into the neck. It works by calming inflam- mation and pain in the area, and helping to reduce any infection that might be present.I know that some of us adults get earaches too. (No fun for us either.) I want to share a blend that’s a little stron- ger (a 5% dilution) for adults. It includes Eucalyptus oil, which I don’t recom- mend for kids. (It’s too strong for chil- dren, but is very effective for adults.)“Lavender +” Earache Oil for Grown Ups• 1⁄2 oz. (15 ml) Trauma Oil• 5 drops Lavender essential oil(Lavandula angustifolia)• 5 drops Tea Tree essential oil(Melaleuca alternifolia)• 5 drops Eucalyptus essential oil(Eucalyptus globulus)Remember, just because you’re all grown up doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow the rules! Don’t drop this es- sential oil earache blend into your ear – apply it around the outside of your ear and on your neck.Andrea’s online class Aromatherapy for Natural Living includes more recipes for kids like this one, as well as lessons on blending for Luscious Skin, Inha- lation, Natural Cleaning, and Immune Support. You can read more about it here at Lavender says it hopes your little ones feel better soon... and so do I!Thank you to Andrea Butje, LMT, Clinical Aromatherapist, Aromahead In- stitute’s director and lead instructor.24 SCENE 4302 I HEALTH & FITNESS

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