Monday, September 29, 2014

Healthy Living

I'd thought I'd write a short post about how effective essential oils have been for us recently.

We are not generally unhealthy, but the run-of-mill colds, allergies, and flu's will sometimes get us down, with the best of them. Unavoidable. Years ago, when Kenna was up-all-night (she was around 2 years old I think), I knew she had an ear infection, and I was just hoping to make it through the night with a liiiiittle bit of sleep. I remembered reading about the effectiveness of garlic in such situations, so I searched for the magazine in my livingroom stash of magazines, found it, and made a batch. She slept through the night. I posted about it here. 

I have used this tincture VERY effectively since then, and although not a "cure" in extreme cases, if you catch it in advance, you certainly will cure it and avoid the dr's and a prescription. I've used honey, cayenne pepper and garlic to swallow for sore, sore throats - red and swollen - but never turned into anything requiring medicine.

In fact, Brooks is 7.5 years old, and has never had a prescription in his life. I find this amazing, and contribute much of this to the "mixtures" of natural health things I've made him eat or apply when he's feeling bad. Kenna has had her share of ear infections, but most of them were prior to discovering some alternate ways to help her.

Grey has a weakness for the croupy cough - a normal cold for us seems to go straight to his chest. We've been here before - coughing so mightily and frequently, he can't sleep and neither can I, trying to help him. He's had bronchitis before and in August, we were rapidly heading down that path - it was happening again, just like it had in the past.

He had a fever since that Saturday night. I was managing it with Tylenol, but also trying to let the fever do it's job, so I wasn't over medicating...but it wasn't working really well. I was using some over the counter cough and cold meds fairly aggressively, especially at night to try and help the continual coughing. That wasn't working. It hit the point, in the middle of the sleepless Tuesday night, and I knew he would have to go to the doctor's in the morning. It was just too bad, and it was only getting worse. Somewhere in my no-sleep delirium, I remembered essential oils - friends of mine have been using them for a long time, and I wondered if they could help. First thing in the morning, before calling the Dr, I contacted a local person who I thought might have some oils I could try. She did. We drove over and got Thieves. (I already owned Young Living's Peppermint oil)

Thieves: It's a Young Living essential oil blend (therapeutic grade), and is 99% effective at killing all bacteria. I was warned that this is generally better at maintaining good health and prevention than it is at curing a full blown sickness, but it can improve health overall, and cure sickness also - and I had nothing to loose, except a Dr's appointment and a round of meds, so I thought we could try it just for 1 day and see how it worked.

I mixed about 15 drops of Thieves into extra virgin olive oil. I applied this to the bottoms of his feet and massaged it in every hour-ish, and then put socks on. Every few hours, instead of Thieves I would do Peppermint oil, neat (undiluted) on the bottom of feet. I also mixed about 10 drops of Thieves into organic honey, along with a  few drops of lemon oil and peppermint oil, for taste (The lady who sold me her Thieves gave me a few drops of lemon, thankfully, as I didn't have that one). I had him eat the honey also every hour-ish, just about a teaspoon at a time.

He'd had a fever since Sat evening, and by Wednesday at noon, after about 4 hrs of oil treatments his fever broke, (and it never came back). By Wed afternoon his cough had so noticeably diminished it was shocking. That night, he slept through the night without a single coughing fit. I was AMAZED. Within 48 hours, he never coughed again, his cold AND cough completely gone. I couldn't believe how sick and miserable he has been - compared to how quickly he got over it! I have never seen anything like it.

A few weeks later my friends son got a really high fever (103) with no other symptoms for a day. I gave her my Thieves and Peppermint to try. It worked for him too! Fever gone in record time, and whatever he was getting didn't turn into anything - he was all better.

So I was pretty convinced:-) Haha!! Brian, who calls this witchcraft (in jest), also is kind of amazed at how Thieves and Peppermint have lessened his brutal head cold - it's not completely gone yet, but almost is, and all the symptoms are alleviated when he places a drop of undiluted Thieves under the tongue! He just finally "gave in" to the "hype" and tried it Friday for his cold, and today (Monday) he actually is keeping the bottles in his pocket so he can re-apply all day long, as he can feel it working.
Honey: with Thieves, peppermint and lemon. It doesn't taste terrible! In fact, it tastes WAY better than the honey, garlic and cayenne pepper I used to make the kids eat, so they are happy:-) And in the dropper bottle, Thieves in olive oil, to apply to children's feet.

Young Living Essential Oils are safe for babies, children...and everyone! (The application may be different based on age). Please don't ingest or apply another brand of oils, unless you have done THOROUGH research. Young Living oils are safe for consumption, and at this point, the only ones I trust. They are carefully distilled and not cut with any synthetic properties (an oil saying "pure" on the bottle does not mean it's the only thing in there).

If you have any questions about using these oils for your kids, or health, please feel free to ask! I do not know everything (or much!) outside of my personal experiences with this, however, I do have quite a few good sites, and resources at my disposal to help.

(Thieves is a Young Living proprietary blend of Clove flower bud oil, lemon peel oil, cinnamon bark oil, Eucalyptus radiata leaf oil and rosemary leaf oil)

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