In this post I will be sharing some natural home remedies and little habits I like to keep in mind to help my kids with their focus and concentration, as well as moods during the homeschool day.
When it comes to anything involved in our children’s wellness, I think it is best to take a holistic approach and pay attention to the whole child. With nuanced topics such as focus and concentration, there are many considerations to make and things to troubleshoot. This article isn’t meant to make every consideration, but rather just to offer some suggestions you may find helpful.
This post is not intended as medical advice and I am not a doctor. Please make your own informed decisions on all medical treatments for your family. That said, these home remedies are low-risk and may be helpful!
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Natural Remedies and Wellness Starting Points
Here are some starting considerations. Many of these things you will have already thought of, but it can be helpful to list in case there is something that was overlooked.
Sleep: Children of school age need 9-12 hours of sleep a day. Do they get enough good, restorative sleep so they can learn to their full potential?
Nutrition: Unfortunately many elements of our standard American diet just aren’t nourishing to growing bodies. I follow the Weston A. Price foundation guidelines as much as possible to feed my growing kids.
Another consideration is adult expectations. Are the focus expectations developmentally appropriate for the child? Is the child getting enough exercise? Are they interested in what they are doing? Would standing, or a fidget toy help them focus?
I’m assuming you are getting my point. Our society has unrealistic expectations of children at times, and yet, most children are very capable of focus and concentration in the right circumstances.
For those kids who require a bit of extra support, here is my list of natural remedies for focus and concentration.
Natural Remedies for Focus
1. Acupressure for Focus
Acupressure is perhaps the most simple and accessible of these natural remedies for focus.
So, what is acupressure?
Acupressure is a natural therapeutic method developed over 5,000 years ago as a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Simply put, you use pressure from your fingers to stimulate channels of energy in the body called meridians.
All you need to do acupressure is the information on what point to use and your own hands. You can easily teach a school age child how to do a gentle self-massage on these points. Try the points by making small, gentle circular motions with your fingertip for about 30 seconds at a time.
2. Bach Flower Remedies for Focus
Okay, Bach Flower Remedies may be my favourite of these natural remedies to have on hand. I find these remedies to be simple and helpful for my family.
But, what are they? Bach Flower Remedies are a set of homeopathic solutions developed by Dr Edward Bach in the 1930s. They help with emotional wellbeing.
Here is a remedy chooser to help you find the best remedy for your child. These don’t only help with focus, I also use them for anxiety and I feel the effect almost immediately.
Tip: You can add a drop to your child’s school water bottle to help keep them feeling balanced throughout the day.
3. Essential Oil Blends for Focus
Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts and are next on my list of natural remedies for focus.
I love essential oils for many reasons. These days, essential oils are easily accessible thanks to the promotion of a couple direct sales companies! It is true, they are convenient and adaptable. They can be used for a myriad of circumstances, and they are even different ways of administering them to suit your needs.
For homeschooling, a roller ball blend of whatever essential oils you are using would be convenient for kids to use themselves. For going to school, however, a small aromatherapy pendant necklace may be a better bet (with a safety clasp!).
I really enjoy this kid-friendly essential oil blend that helps with focus.
4. Natural Tea
Tea is yet another form of plant therapy and can be a great natural remedy for focus! Don’t overlook herbal teas for supporting the body and spirit.
A calming ritual of tea, perhaps with a good audiobook or classical music playing can be a great anchor for a busy day of learning and may be just the reset a child needs after schoolwork.
In terms of what herbs to use for focus and concentration, the nice thing about tea is that it is low-risk and hard to go wrong. Here are some suggestions we have used and enjoyed.
- Lion’s Mane Mushroom extract (amazing stuff great for focus and productivity! I get it in powder form from Four Sigmatic)
- Peppermint or spearmint (an old favourite study buddy of mine!)
- Hibiscus – my kids love it because it is pink and fruity! Not only is it great for focus but also for immunity!
- Chamomile – calming and centering (can sometimes make you sleepy so this may be a good one to blend with something else!)
- Lavender also promotes clear thinking – I love this chamomile and lavender blend!
5. Time in Nature
Ok maybe this is the easiest and most natural remedy for focus on the list!
Depending where you live, it can be easy or more challenging to give your kids access to a safe place to play outdoors. Yes, it can take extra effort to get out regularly. But, the benefits are worth it.
Between the fresh air, the full-spectrum sunlight, and the grounding connection to the earth (especially if they can go barefoot!), time outside will generally improve mood and focus. It is time well-spent!
If you are homeschooling, why not move read aloud to outdoors on a blanket?
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That’s all for now folks!
I hope you enjoyed my list of suggestions to naturally support focus and concentration in our kiddos this school year. Our children are amazing, whole human beings and they can be complicated to figure out sometimes. I find it very helpful to have certain tools and resources available to support my family in their general well-being.
If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more about how I use natural remedies with my family, please let me know below.
Best of luck and happy learning!