Living Magazine doTERRA Fall 2017 Living Magazine - Page 19

range of disorders. It is important for us to eat the right kinds of foods to support a healthy gut microbiome. This is not always easy to do with the schedule of family activities and school lunches. PB Assist ® Jr. is like candy in my house. My kids have a tube every day and would have several if we would let them. They love it and I feel confident that I am helping support the brain function for memory and cognition needed for the rigors of school.* Getting Quality Sleep Sleep becomes especially important as we try to learn new information and retain that information for recall. Several studies have shown that lack of sleep leads to worsening memory. Children ages 6 to 13 need 9 to 11 hours of sleep per night. Teenagers ages 14 to 18 need slightly less, about 8 to 10 hours. Adults need anywhere from 7 to 9 hours of sleep. This is often difficult as we lay down at night after finishing homework, studying for a test, or working on a group assignment for class. Our brains seem to want to continue working on the problem at hand despite needing to sleep. Petitgrain, Vetiver, and Lavender oil applied to bedding or pillows as well as applying to the bottom of the big toe, where, in Eastern Medicine, the pineal gland is connected, can help prepare for a restful night’s sleep. There is nothing better as a parent than to take a few moments at the end of the day and sit on the edge of the bed rubbing oils into your children’s feet and talking about their day. This not only promotes sleep, but promotes good relationships in your home as well. Supporting Healthy Immune System Of course, fall and winter are the times of the year we are concerned about environ­mental threats. Previous articles have men­tioned the dōTERRA On Guard ® products. These are especially important as children are now in classrooms with 20–30 other students. As children are not the best at hygiene, problems spread quickly in that environment. Taking dōTERRA On Guard beadlets daily can support your child’s healthy immune system.* dōTERRA On Guard Foaming Hand Wash cleans and softens skin while providing protection from the common threats found in the fall and at school. If your children are too young to take the beadlets, you may include the dōTERRA On Guard oil to rotate into your nightly rub routine with your children. Fall is a beautiful time of year with the amazing color changes of leaves, the crisp air of morning or evening walks, sweaters, bonfires, and being thankful. Summer is fun, but the fall grounds us, allowing us to reconnect with those most im­por­tant in our lives over a cup of peppermint hot chocolate. / 19