Learn How to Manage Child Behavior Issues with Essential Oils


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The sense of smell is amazingly strong. It has the power to trigger memories and affect how we feel. Realtors recommend using the scent of freshly baking cookies to help sell homes. And who hasn’t arrived at the beach, took in a deep breath of ocean air and immediately felt calmer and more relaxed?

It comes as no surprise that essential oils have been used throughout history as a means to manage behavior. Going back thousands of years, consider the Christmas Story. The wise men presented Frankincense and Myrrh as gifts. We continue to use essential oils today to calm and sooth.

Michele “Midge” Noble, a Licensed Professional Counselor with Carolina Counseling Associates in Asheboro explains that pure essential oils are effective because they work with the body to address issues and root causes at a cellular level. “Where traditional interventions can't always get to the issue, essential oils can penetrate the cell membrane to create change,” she explains.

Overly active children, anxiety and anger issues are all concerns that essential oils have been able to address and for which parents have seen positive changes occur. Using this type of aromatherapy comes without the side effects that some children experience with traditional interventions. 

How Does it Work?

Oils can be applied directly to the skin, on reflex points. They can also diffused into the air. The oils then work to naturally help the child experience a state of calmness and control. “That’s when children start to realize they do have value, because they start getting more positive reports instead of those dreaded phone calls from teachers,” explains Noble.

What To Look For

Make sure the essential oils are 100 percent natural. You also need to look for the Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade, which assures that they are not filled with fillers, synthetics or chemicals. 

Want to Learn More?

Noble will be hosting a free workshop on December 10 from 7-8:30 p.m. for parents entitled “Essential Oils Meet Focusing Issues.” During the workshop, she will address how essential oils can help your family and your child, especially as they deal with school life, social pressures to succeed and issues with focusing.

About Midge Noble

Michele “Midge” Noble is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of NC. She currently works at Carolina Counseling Associates in Asheboro as a child and family therapist. She has worked with children and families since 1985 as a school counselor, a counselor for terminally ill children and their families and as a mental health therapist. She works extensively with children and families who have lived through abuse, neglect, loss, foster care and adoption. Midge believes that any trauma can be overcome by choosing happiness, and by choosing to be a survivor and not a victim. Midge held the office of President for the Licensed Professional Counselor's Association of North Carolina in 2005. She is currently a member of that association, LPCANC and a member of AMHCA, American Mental Health Counselors Association. Noble is a vegan who enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking and advocating for animals. She and her wife and their four-legged “children” live in Asheboro. Visit her website at midgenoblesecondchances.com.

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