How To Keep Your Child Focused This School Year: Part 2

by Dr. Heather Manley on September 14, 2014


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Back to School can mean Attention and Focus struggles…Lots of them!

Whether your child is in preschool or college, the ability to quiet the mind chatter and focus on a project or schoolwork is vital to learning and achieving.

Many studies have been done on essential oils and their ability to affect the brain and increase focus and retention, raise test scores, as well as improve the  symptoms of ADD/ADHD and even the Autism Spectrum.

Oils for Basic Focus and Learning:

Citrus Bliss® – Heavenly blend of Citrus Oils that smell like Dreamsicle! (Bergamot, Clementine, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin, Tangerine, Wild Orange, Vanilla)

Peppermint – Invigorating, Stimulating, Great for Mental Clarity and Retention.

•Mix in a roller bottle or spray bottle for use during day, can dilute if needed

•Rub on Temples, brain stem and forehead, avoiding eyes
•Helps Awaken the Senses, Invigorates the mind, and Increases blood flow to brain
•Citrus oils Stimulate but also Calm and Soothe
•Can even improve patterns of memory
• Diffuse this combination during study to improve focus and for mental clarity


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Balance® – Inhale Deeply 3-5 times and Apply morning and night to bottoms of feet

Serenity® – Inhale Deeply 3-5 times and Apply to bottoms of feet and forehead at bedtime

In Tune® – Powerful blend of oils addressing hyperactivity, focus and anxiety

Studies showed previously diagnosed ADD/ADHD children increased                           performance by 53% with lavender, 83% with cedarwood, and 100% with vetiver.

Other Focus Oils: Frankincense, Bergamot, Lime, Sandalwood, Patchouli

Once you’ve selected your focus oils:

•Mix in a roller bottle or spray bottle, or apply to a clay pendant for use during the day

•Rub on Temples, brain stem, forehead and bottoms of the feet

•Inhale deeply as often as needed

•Fill small empty capsule and take internally 2x daily (only suggested with doTERRA        CPTG® essential oils)

Our children are all very different, and so there is not a one size fits all oil for every child. Creating your own unique blend can be fun and involving your child in the process is so important.

Essential Oils can help that journey thorough impulsivity, inattention, hyperactivity, fidgeting, restlessness, and those amazing kids who are so easily distracted. They can help them focus and follow directions, and follow through as well as overall academic achievement and productivity.

Essential Oils can be your greatest tool, and the BEST part is that you can achieve all of this without ANY negative side effects!

Stay tuned for Part 3 of our Back to School Wellness and Essential Oils series where we will address, sleep, anxiety, and calming meltdowns.

Wishing you Health & Harmony


Kim Overpeck

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National Cholesterol Month: 3 Tips to Keep it in Balance

by Dr. Heather Manley on September 11, 2014

In observance of National Cholesterol month, I thought I would write a little bit about cholesterol from what it is, its’ very important bodily functions and some tips to keep cholesterol in balance.


What is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a fat lipid. It is produced in the liver, it is located on the outer layer of every cell  and is an important component to everyday body functioning.

Why do we need cholesterol?

Cholesterol has numerous jobs in our body. Below are just a few of them.

  • it builds and gives integrity to the outer cell membranes
  • it is a gate keeper security guard that will allow certain things in and out of the cell membrane
  • aids in the production of hormones released from certain glands in the body ( ie: adrenal glands)
  • insulates the nerve fibers

How do we keep cholesterol in balance?

Genetics do play a role in cholesterol balance but as Dean Ornish MD states, “ You can’t get different genes, but how you act can change how your genes act.” Below are a few things that you can do everyday to keep your cholesterol levels in check.


This is HUGE. And you first may think, I need to stop eating all the greasy foods, which of course is definitely something to work on, however, I think a much more important challenge is to stop eating so much sugar. Sugar recks havoc in the body on so many levels. I believe sugar plays an integral role in the chronic  ( inflammatory) diseases – like heart -  our society seems to be plagued with.  Below are a few things to begin with.

  1. Stop purchasing processed and baked goods. They are packed with excess sugar, food coloring and other additives. Shop the periphery of the store where you will find whole and real colorful foods.
  2. Eat at home. Although take out is fast and convenient, it is not so healthy. If time is an issue, invest in a crock pot or if you just are too tired to cook, make a protein packed smoothie and some toast with nut butter. Filling, nutritious and simple.
  3. Begin to eat 5 small meals a day. Make the small meals packed with fiber, color and protein. Maybe a smoothie for breakfast, apple with nut butter for a snack, small salad with seeds and nuts at lunch, carrots and hummus in the after noon and then a light dinner.  This will keep you satisfied, and your blood sugar stable.


Keeping your weight within a healthy range is crucial to fend off all diseases. Making changes in your diet and lifestyle can make profound difference that will make you feel better: more alert and less fatigued. In return, this will encourage you to continue taking better care of yourself – everyone wants to feel great!

Physical exercise

If you do not get any daily physical exercise, now is the time to start. Begin with a 20 minute morning or evening walk. Once you begin feeling better you  will want to do more.

Be well,

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