Emotional wellness with essential oils for autism

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Have you ever considered how to use essential oils for emotional wellness for autism? If not, you are not alone. This is not something that many people are even aware is possible. Yet emotional wellness with essential oils is not only possible but is one of the best ways to use essential oils. What happens in your brain when you smell your favorite cookies? What about the smells of fall? What about the smell of your favorite perfume? Something happens in your brain that creates a certain mood or feeling. The same thing happens with essential oils only they are much more powerful than many other smells. Have you ever tried cutting open an orange and smelling it? What about the smell of lemon in a clean kitchen? These smells have a tendency to make us feel happy and uplifted. Essential oils work in the same way. If you are feeling a bit gloomy, or sad, then there are essential oils that can help. People with autism often struggle with their emotional wellness more than those who are not on the autism spectrum. Emotional wellness with essential oils can help to provide a natural and healthy solution instead of turning to chemicals. To get a better idea of how essential oils can help with emotional wellness, watch the following video.

One of the main things that essential oils can help with is to help reduce meltdowns and temper tantrums. As any parent of a child with autism knows, these are one of if not the biggest problems that parents experience. It can also be difficult for people on the autism spectrum of manage and control their emotions. Personally before I used essential oils, I used to struggle with temporary bursts of crying over silly and petty things or I would get moody without any real reason. Using essential oils for my emotional wellness has mostly eliminated this problem. While there are lots of ways to control emotions, smells are one of the most powerful and essential oils have strong and powerful smells.

How have you used essential oils to help with emotional wellness? Share with me in the comments below. If you haven’t tried them yet and want to, contact me and let’s chat.

The Ulimate List of Healthy Eating for Autism Tips

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Does trying to make healthy eating for autism drive you nuts? If so, here are 25 of the best tips for healthy eating for autism to help you.

1. Go slowly. Avoid trying to force your child to give up all unhealthy foods at once.

2. When eliminating foods, eliminate one food at a time.

3. Don’t be afraid to sneak in vegetables into foods your child likes. For example, you can blend spinach into tomato sauce for pizza, or you can blend broccoli into cheese sauce for macaroni and cheese.

4. Try getting your child to drink fruits and veggies. You can make delicious juices and smoothies your child will love.

5. While too much gluten free breads, cookies and cakes are not the best choices, when first beginning a gluten free diet with your child, it’s better to start with them rather than create caos by not allowing them at all.

6. Pinterest and blogs can be life savers when it comes to finding healthy eating and recipes for your child with autism.

7. Don’t be afraid to use bribery and rewards to encourage your child to try new foods.

8. Involve your child with the cooking.

9. Show your child pictures of fruits and vegetables and ask him or her which ones he or she wants to eat.

10. When it comes to healthy eating for your child, you the parent are ultimately responsible. If your child is a brat who only wants fries or cookies, you created the problem whether you realize it or not.

11. Healthy eating or unhealthy eating with a child with autism can be at the root cause of allergies, asthma, digestive issues, behavior troubles and sleep issues plus much more.

12. You may not be able to do it all on your own so don’t be afraid to reach out to a health coach like me, a nutritionist or other professional for help.

13. If you fall off the wagon, don’t stress and just get back on.

14. Having the full support of the rest of your household including other children who aren’t on the autism spectrum is a must.

15. Taking the extra time to look for store specials and sales, find coupons and deals and exploring online options such as Amazon and Vitacost is worth the effort to same money on healthy foods and on gluten free and dairy free options.

16. Think simple. A one pot meal of sauted veggies and chicken can be a delicious and healthy option that is simple to prepare and serve.

17. Get a crock pot and rice cooker and learn how to use them.

18. Avoid having your child watch food commercials as much as possible.

19. Find other fun activities to do that don’t involve food.

20. Teach your child how to cook healthy meals so that he or she will know how to cook and will enjoy healthy cooking.

21. Realize that all children and adults have taste preferences. Once you know your child doesn’t like a certain vegetable, stop forcing him or her to eat it. That said, you need to make sure first that your child really doesn’t like it and that he or she has tried it at least a few times.

22. Plan ahead with a grocery shopping list and menu plan.

23. Having a costco and or sams club membership can be a life saver especially if there are more than 4 people in your household.

24. Plan ahead. Then plan ahead again. Seriously though planning ahead will save you a lot of time, money and headaches. It will also make it more likely that you stick with healthy eating with your child even when it’s hard.

25. Think about the big picture. Why are you doing this? What do you hope to accomplish with healthy eating for your child with autism?

Which tip is your favorite? Have any healthy eating for autism tips to share that I missed. Share them below in the comments.

How to Deal with Autism Meltdowns Without Going Crazy

What do you do when you child with autism has a meltdown? Do you know how to handle them without losing your hair? Do you know how to parent your child with love without turning him or her into a spoiled brat by always giving in in order to avoid an autism meltdown? If you are a parent who could use some help in learning how to deal with autism meltdowns without going crazy then keep on reading.

Yes I know autism meltdowns are awful. I remember having several when I was young and I’m sure they were really bad for my parents. One time in particular I cried on the kitchen floor for hours until I feel asleep because I refused to do the dishes because they were “yucky” and I didn’t like the feel of them. However, I survived and so did my parents. The reality is that like it or not, autism meltdowns are okay and in fact, if you always try to avoid them, you will end up with a brat for a child. Furthermore, what young child without autism doesn’t throw fits from time to time? None. All normal children have fits too.

That said, there are ways to limit and control meltdowns.

1. Teach your child that he or she will not always get everything he or she wants. Make sure that you don’t give in, no matter how hard it may be. Your child will learn over time that having a meltdown is not a solution to the problem.

2. Encourage your child to use words rather than over-reacting. This is even more important if your child is older and is verbal.

3. Establish a system with rewards for good behavior. Avoid overdoing it with bribery but know when to offer your child a reward for being good.

4. Know that many meltdowns are caused by sensory overload and as annoying as they are, they are a normal part of autism.

5. Find ways to stimulate your child’s senses. There are sensory toys and activities that can work well. Things such as balls, play dough, and silly putty can work well.

6. Consider using ear phones to help block out too much noise if loud noises are bothering your child and contributing to his or her sensory overload.

Keep working with your child slowly and you will over time watch the meltdowns happen less frequently.

Why a Health Coach for Your Child With Autism?

Have you ever considered working with a health coach for your child with autism? Many parents haven’t and yet a health coach can help you and your child in ways you never thought possible. Watch the video below about why and how a health coach for your child with autism can be life changing.

Check out these other blog posts for more details on health coaching and why you should consider it for you and your child with autism and really for your entire family.

Why Hire a Family Health Coach

Why working with a health coach can change your life

7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Health Coach

Want to chat? Schedule a time now with me at: Free Wellness Consultation

What to do when it all goes wrong with your child with autism

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1. Breathe- yes really take time to breathe deeply and inhale and exhale.

2. Reconsider your options. If you are trying to follow a special diet with your child and have him or her involved in multiple therapies at once, you may want to reconsider what you are doing with your child with autism. You may be overwhelming yourself and your child.

3. Explore your options for respite. There are options in just about every state that you may not be aware of. You can search online for respite and the name of your state and find resources you can use to give yourself a break of caring for your child with autism.

4. Consider your options for getting help with your other children. If you have one child with autism but you have four children total, then you might find some relief by seeking help with the care of your other children. Doing this will give you the time and energy you need to focus more on helping the child with autism.

5. Join a support group for moms of children with autism. You may or may not be able to find one in your area. Some places to look include Facebook, meetup.com, and simply searching in Google. You can also ask around at your church and at school. If you can’t find one in your area, consider starting one. Many other parents will be glad you did and will usually volunteer to help.

6. Take a break. It’s okay to take a break every once in a while. For your health and for the health of your child you may need to relax for awhile.

7. Schedule a girls night out with a few friends and stick to it no matter what. Find someone to help you with your child whether it’s a friend, neighbor, family member, respite worker or other person.

8. Make sure you are getting all the help you need. I’m happy to help with the health and diet area. Go to schedule a free wellness consultation and let’s chat.

9. Use some essential oils from the emotional wellness collection. These can help you to refocus, recharge, improve your overall sleep, and more. I’m happy to send you a free sample as well.

10. Last but not least, know that you can do it. You can raise a happy, healthy and successful child with autism. Yes it will be very hard at times but if you do your best, you will make it happen.

How to Solve the Autism Sleep Problem Without Going Nuts

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Does your child with autism sleep at night? If you are like most parents with a child with autism and or sensory challenges, sleep is often one of your biggest challenges. Yet there are simple and effective things you can do to help your child sleep each and every night and without going nuts as the parent. Here are some ways to virtually guarantee effective autism sleep.

1. Prepare your child for sleep well in advance. Begin a nighttime sleep routine with your child with autism at least 2 hours before bed time. Make sure he or she stops eating and drinking. Avoid having your child do any sports or exercise. If possible shut off access to computers, TV and other electronics. Doing these things helps prepare your child with autism’s brain to slow down and prepare for sleep.

2. Use music. You can play some nice soothing classical music, lullabies, Disney songs or other calmer relaxing music. Music has a power to help with sleep that nothing else does. I also really like the Sleep well for kids under the sea and relax at bedtimeCDS by Jeff Gold. These are great for including hypnosis with music to help your child with autism sleep.

3. Minimize distractions in your child’s bedroom. Make sure there are no pets, no TV, no computer, no bright lights and anything else that may distract and cause your child to focus on other things that do not involve sleep.

4. If sleeping is a major problem, consider the role that diet and or food allergies may be playing. Many people do not realize that sleep problems can be related to diet and or food allergies.

5. Consider using an essential oils diffuser. Diffusing oils can help your child to calm down and promote a more restful sleep while also helping to boost your child’s immune system and keep him or her healthier. Lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, On Guard immunity blend, Breathe- respiratory support blend, Serenity- relax and calming blend, and combinations of these are some of the best oils to use. You can also try rubbing 1-2 drops on the bottoms of each foot of your child to help promote a more restful sleep.

6. If your child is verbal, ask your child why he or she thinks that he or she isn’t sleeping. You may get valuable insights from him or her that can help you solve the problem.

7. Use a sleep journal to keep track of when your child is or isn’t sleeping.

What else have you tried to get your child with autism to sleep each and every night? Share below with me in the comments.

How an Essential Oils Business Can Help You and Your Child with Autism

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Have you ever thought about starting an essential oils business? Many people are finding that an essential oils business is a great way to make a little extra money each month, replace a job, or in some cases even make a lot of life changing income. But what if you have a child with autism? Could an essential oils business help your child? Absolutely.

Here are some of the ways an essential oils business can help you and your child with autism:

1. Essential oils can provide a natural solution to help you improve you and your child’s overall wellbeing.
2. Essential oils can help you as a tired and stressed out mom of a child with autism to relax, feel more calm and enjoy a more restful sleep. At the same time they can also help your child sleep better and as any mom of a child with autism knows sleep for you and your child is a must in order to keep your sanity.
3. Essential oils are increasing in popularity and one of the keys to a successful business is that you need to sell a product or service that is in high demand and that people are willing to pay for.
4. An essential oils business can be started at a low cost and as a mom of a child with autism, chances are good you don’t have lots of money to start a business.
5. An essential oils business can be worked part time while your child is at school, asleep, or at a therapy appointment. You can work it for 10-15 minutes at a time several times throughout the day.

What questions do you have about how you can make an essential oils business work for you and your child with autism? Ask in the comments below or schedule a time to chat with me.

5 Blog Posts from my archives every mom of a child with autism should read

5 blog posts from my archivesyou must read if you have a child with autism

Do you have a child with autism? If so here are 5 blog posts from my archives that every mom of a child with autism should read and why.

1. What needs to happen to stop the autism epidemic This is a heartfelt and bold post that also contains a few controversial things, however, I feel like what I wrote in this post is true. Autism has hit an epidemic status in the United States and in other countries around the world and there are certain things that must happen in order to for it to stop and for our children who are already effected to begin healing and to live happy and productive lives.

2. 7 Ways to Improve Focus and Concentration in a child with autism Does your child with autism struggle with focus and concentration? Duh? What a stupid question for me to ask? While all children struggle with this from time to time children on the autism spectrum have even more challenges with this.

3. 10 things you must do to make sure you will have a happy and healthy and functional adult on the autism spectrum. I wrote this blog to offer parents my opinions and some advice based on my experience as a child on the autism spectrum who is now an adult.

4. How to Create a Simple and Healthy Autism Diet Menu Many children on the autism spectrum are on special diets whether it’s because they have food allergies and or food sensitivities, or because they just feel better on one. Yet actually implementing an autism diet can be really tough for moms of a child with autism for various reasons. Read this post to learn how to prepare a simple and healthy autism diet menu for your child.

5. 7 Steps to Improve the Digestion of Your Child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Does your child with autism have digestive troubles? Duh? What child with autism doesn’t? Read this article to learn how to help your child calm and ease his or her digestive system.

Which post did you find the most useful and helpful? Please share with me in the comments below.

How to Handle Food Allergies and Autism Without Going Insane

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Do you have a child with both food allergies and autism? If so, it can be doubly challenging and overwhelming at times. However, it is possible to manage both without going nuts. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this:

1. Take inventory of what kind of help and resources you need. I recommend hiring a health coach, or nutritionist to help you with the nutrition and meal planning part. You can of course hire me. Check out what I offer on my coaching page. Otherwise I can provide you with referrals for pretty much anyone or anything you might need.

2. Take time to breathe and focus on your needs and health as well as those of your child. Too many parents who have a child with health issues and or special needs don’t do this and you really must or you will crack and lose it.

3. Get support from others who have been there, done that. You can find groups on Facebook, blogs and other online places for support as well as offline groups. I have a group on Facebook that you can check out as well. You can also search meetup.com or ask for recommendations from friends, family, neighbors, your church and doctor.

4. Take things one step at a time. If food allergies are causing more problems than the autism or sensory issues, then focus on learning to live with and manage those first. If sensory issues are a bigger problem than work on those first.

5. Plan ahead on Sunday night for the week to come. Do meal planning, gather snacks to use throughout the week, and be prepared for any situations you will encounter throughout that week.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course

7 Steps to Improve the Digestion of Your Child With an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Do you have a child with an autism spectrum disorder? Does your child struggle with digestive issues? If so, know that is is a common problem with children on the autism spectrum. There is a connection with your brain and your digestive system and since children with autism have a brain disorder, they very often if not always have digestive troubles as well.

However, there are things you can do to help and make your life and the life of your child less miserable. Here are 7 of the best ways in my opinion and experience.

1. Identify what foods are causing problems. This can be challenging and there are a variety of ways to do it. If you have the budget and you suspect that your child’s problems are severe and that you may need to give up more than just the usually culprits of gluten and or dairy then I recommend you try the ALCAT test. Your child must be at least 5 to try this. My experience with the alcat test

2. Begin eliminating foods. For most children you will need to start with one food at a time and eliminate that food for about 2 weeks before you will notice any difference. I recommend starting with gluten. However, if you suspect you child may have celiac disease, you should do a celiac test first. Autism and celiac are more common than many people realize so you want to do this first. Then I recommend dairy. Then you may need to try soy, corn and or some nuts. You also want to do a complete and detailed food journal with symptoms and take note of what happens when your child does not eat that food for 2 weeks.

3. Continue until all top 8 allergy foods are eliminated. This includes gluten, dairy, corn, nuts, shellfish, and soy. In some cases you may need to also eliminate other grains such as rice.

4. Begin probiotics. Probiotics help to improve the overall bacteria in the gut and can help in more ways than many people realize. I wrote a post with a large list of links on probiotics at: 30 great articles on probiotics

5. Keep a food journal. You will need to continue doing this for at least a year or longer.

6. Keep re-evaluating. You will want to evaluate every few months how things are going and take note of the improvements that you see or that you don’t see.

7. Find other ways to calm and soothe digestion. Personally a few drops of peppermint or ginger essential oil or a cup of peppermint, ginger, or digestion herbal tea are my favorites.

While you may be able to do this on your own, it is tough. I highly recommend you work with me for 3-6 months and let me help you through the process. Schedule your free wellness consultation now and let’s talk about it.

Need more detailed help? Check out my Healthy Eating for Children with Autism Online Course