I have been missing for a while!
I haven’t run away screaming (yet), I’ve just put so many, many things on my plate and I’m trying to keep myself focused and organized on all of them. I know, I’m funny.
I have been loving the new aromatherapy course I’m taking, but I had NO IDEA it was so involved. Like, learning about things that I didn’t even know were words let alone concepts I should understand. It’s deep, involved stuff. The fact that I’m still marching through it only proves to myself that this is something I’m passionate about. And that’s a good thing. A time consuming, stressful, good thing. So I apologize that this course has taken me away from you, but it’s only so I have more knowledge to impart and more ways to help spread oily goodness. (Mind out of the gutter, you know what I mean.)
I’m completely in the infancy stages of this course and have already learned a crazy amount of things. Things that can actually be applied to my daily life. Which is probably a “duh” concept for other people, but the skeptic in me still lingers in a corner telling me how crazy this all is and that there’s no way any of this is legit.
Insert science here. So, so much science, you guys.
After a heaping helping of science, I started to rethink the oils we were using for Slugger. Lately, he has been struggling again in school. Part of this struggle is completely psychosomatic in the respect that because we took him off his medicine (about two months ago), Slugger equates this to being able to act inappropriately and blame it on the lack of medicine. The fault in his logic? The behavior he’s exhibiting would never have been controlled by the medicine in the first place. We’ve once again had to have the conversation about why faking symptoms to receive unneeded medicine is a bad thing. It’s a work in progress.
The other part of his struggle is attributed to a complete lack of focus. Rather than the stereotypical ADHD behaivior (i.e. Hyperactivity), Slugger has been almost retreating into his own head rather than working in class. He literally sits at his desk and stares into space. For the entire class. Work isn’t getting done. At all.
So again, I started to rethink his oil regimen. I was originally approaching things based off Slugger’s behaivior at home, rather than his work ethic and I think that’s where I tripped myself up. The behaivior at home is completely different than at school. At home he’s loud and defiant. So naturally, I gravitated towards oils that would promote a calming, focused effect. The problem here is that kid’s with ADHD typically respond better to stimulants. So no wonder Slugger was zoning out in school. I was giving him the polar opposite of what he needed.
After thinking all this through, I immediately made up a roller of the Clarity blend. This blend is great for supporting cognitive function, but the best part? The oils in the blend all tend to have an energizing effect. A STIMULATING effect. Bingo.
Two days later, Slugger’s teacher was raving about how he was a totally different kid in class. He is focused and alert. He isn’t responding with anger when asked to make corrections. He is applying his roller of Clarity about 3 times during the school day and it seems to be giving him the boost he needs.
We just got our bottle of Mindwise in as well, so I have been giving that to Slugger daily to help things along. I have to say, I’ve been taking it as well, and it is DELICIOUS. I definitely think we need to give it sometime to judge the results. But let’s put it this way, taste is a bonus. Slugger takes NOTHING in liquid form, but once we got passed the initial taste, he was onboard. Win.
So that’s where we are right now. Onward and upward. And hopefully more blog posts.