Growing pains are a very common occurrence in school-aged children. My oldest started complaining about them in the first grade. She typically feels growing pains in the legs and notices them when it’s time for bed and she’s finally still for once. 🙂
My family prefers to take a more natural approach to wellness and we personally feel comfortable seeking out a growing pains remedy that makes use of essential oils. I am not a healthcare professional and I’m not offering any medical advice. If you worry that something other than growing pains is occurring, trust your gut and go see a doctor! Better to have that peace of mind, in my opinion!
So let’s dig into the treatment for growing pains that my family uses. We use Young Living essential oils and if you want more information on why we are extremely brand loyal, check out this post about how I got started with essential oils as a total skeptic. The Seed to Seal process that YL uses is extremely important to me, and I feel very confident using their products on my family. If you are new to essential oils be sure to do your homework about where the oils you are buying are sourced and exactly why “pure” and “organic” mean to the company you are buying from so that you can feel confident that you are getting something with therapeutic benefits.
Here are the products you will need:
- Young Living Marjoram essential oil
- Young Living German Chamomile essential oil
- 10 ml glass rollerball
- essential oil bottle opener (optional, but makes life easier, so nice to have)
- carrier oil of your choice (I love almond oil)
Use your oil cap remover to easily remove the roller ball from your empty glass bottle. Add 5 drops of marjoram and 5 drops of German Chamomile and fill the rest of the bottle with carrier oil. Once the roller ball has been replaced give the bottle a very good shake in order to mix the oils well. Apply as needed to the areas where growing pains are occurring.
One of the many benefits of this oil that is relevant to growing pains is that it can offer some relief and support to muscle spasms. It also can help with pain relief caused by overexerted muscles.
Why German Chamomile?
German Chamomile is also great at helping to relieve pain and inflammation. I also personally like to include it because my daughter experiences her growing pains in the evening, and this particular oil is very calming and relaxing.
I feel comfortable letting my 7-year-old apply this to herself whenever she feels the need. She has watched me apply it and she knows to not cover her entire legs, but only to focus on the area of need. The formula is also heavily diluted, which I think is appropriate for children. Essential oils are very powerful and more does not equal better! I’m amazed at just how helpful quality essential oils can be in such small doses.
Young Living is a referral based business and while you can purchase individual items as a retail customer, you get a 24% discount if you are a wholesale member. If you aren’t a member but would like to try majoram and german chamomile at a discount, simply reach out to me (stuffparentsneed (at) gmail (dot) com and I can include your order with the order I place once a month, no problem (must live in the U.S. for shipping purposes, sorry!).
In addition to essential oils, I do also recommend adding some epsom salts to bath time (1/4 cup should do the trick) as that really helps soothe aching muscles (add a drop of lavender essential oil to the salts to help your child unwind and get ready for sleep, too!).