Friday, October 25, 2013

Essential Oils

I'm a bit of a skeptic when people try to sell me things or convince me that I need a certain product. Especially when it is labeled "all natural", "organic" or involves spending a pretty penny. One of the latest trends and current fascination in my circle of influence is essential oils. They are said to treat a large variety of symptoms and illnesses.

I tend to lean more towards natural remedies in general, especially for common sicknesses like a cold or the flu. Upon researching essential oils and their origins, I decided to get a few basic oils and give them a try. From our experience as a family with oils so far, we believe that they are a great alternative to over the counter drugs and medications. 

How I used essential oils this week:
This past Saturday Baby Girl started sneezing a lot and sounded a bit wheezy the next morning when she woke up. A friend who is an "oiler" suggested I mix lemon oil and tea tree oil (also known as melaleuca oil) with coconut or olive oil (some oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil before applying to the skin). I mixed the oils in a small container and have been applying to Baby Girl's feet and chest every time I change her diaper. We also got a humidifier for her room that has a tray to put medicine in. I put a few drops of eucalyptus and lemon oils in that medicine tray and run the unit at night and during her naps. We are on day 4 since the symptoms first appeared and she seems to be feeling much better. I accredit the oils and lots of prayers!

EDIT: Since first posting this, it has been brought to my attention that there is conflicting views on whether or not to use melaleuca oil on children under the age of 6. Though the concoction worked for us, I want to advise caution. Always research and do what you feel is safe and right for you and your family. Another reminder that just because something is natural does not always mean it is the right thing to use for every situation.

Recently I had what seemed like postpartum insomnia. I was unable to fall asleep at night or would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to go back to sleep. Someone recommended I try lavender oil. I'm not a huge fan of the smell, but I applied it to the bottoms of my feet and across my shoulders before bed(The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists) I also put a few drops in a spray bottle with water and misted my pillow. The first night I tried this, I slept amazing! I thought it was a coincidence and tried it again the next 2 nights, both of which I slept great. Since doing this I have been sleeping soundly and through the night.

I love how God created things with a design and a purpose. It's always fun to me to discover new natural remedies using God made things. What an amazing Father.

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