So my youngest child is my only boy. His name is Penn and he just turned one a few weeks ago. He is absolutely amazing but he has been getting sick so often since fall. This is the first child that I have experienced this. My oldest daughter, Taylor, I was lucky enough to not have to put in childcare as an infant. I was in nursing school at the time and I had family that was amazingly helpful. With Charlotte, my three year old, I was able to keep at home with a babysitter until she was almost two. With Penn, that boy was enrolled by 8 months old. I’m blaming Penn’s frequent illnesses on daycare!
One word, GERMS…and tiny immune systems not well equipped to fend them off day after day! Since Penn started back in September that has seldom been a week where he wasn’t sent home a day for “seeming off” or having “labored breathing!”. Me, as a nurse, tend to wait things out a bit with illness…I mean, really, what will a doctor do for a cold?! Runny nose, a little cough…he’s gonna be sick, it’s daycare! But as the months rolled on and one ear infection was diagnosed after the next (now 5 since October!) I realized I had to make a serious change.
I have been using essential oils for a while now but only sporadically until recent months. This brutal winter (health-wise) has motivated me to experiment with alternative modalities for managing symptoms and preventing illness.
I use Young Living Essential Oils! They are the best in my opinion! It is so important to use the purest oils when applying them to your (or your children’s) skin or when ingesting them. That’s why I chose YL. You know that you are getting “seed to seal” essential oils meaning straight from the plant to bottle.
For Penn, I have used several different oils to help him when he is sick. There are so many recipes out there. If you have an ailment, google essential oil for (fill in ailment) and I guarantee there’s an oil for that! When baby boy is runny nosed and seems to have labored breathing, my go to is snifflease. It’s a prediluted blend of eucalyptus, lavender, spruce, peppermint, cypress, dorado azul, marjoram, myrtle, ravensara, and pine essential oils. I put 1-2 drops in my palm and massage gentle onto his chest. Literally within minutes his breathing becomes relaxed and he seems much more comfortable. At bedtime I even add some extra lavender and it always seems to help him sleep through the night. In addition to using snifflease and lavender topically, I use eucalyptus and lavender in the diffuser at night to promote a peaceful, calm atmosphere conducive for sleep. It truly makes a world of difference! On nights I forget due to getting home super late from work after a 12.5 work day and an hour + commute, Penn often wakes in the middle of the night, especially when he is sick. This is rough! Especially when I have to work the next day! Using the diffuser absolutely limits nighttime wakings! Great for mama and also great for baby who needs extra sleep to heal!
For health promotion (or Illness prevention) thieves is a great oil. It’s blend Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary. Using it daily on wrists can ward off germs and help keep you healthy. My mistake has not been using thieves daily on the kids! I made a roller bottle with coconut oil and thieves (thieves must be diluted as it can burn the skin if used neat). I have it on the kitchen shelf above the sink presumably where my husband is sure to see it each morning and with the hope he will remember to roll it on the kids’ feet before getting them dressed. No such luck though! I’m still working on getting that built in to the daily routine! Hopefully soon! 🤞🏼
For now, I will continue to experiment with new blends and enjoy them for all they have to offer. If any of you reading this are intrigued to learn more, message me! I’m happy to share more information! Also if interested in grabbing yourself a premium starter kit and joining this amazing, really life changing oil community, click the link and join my team!
Until next time friends! Have a happy and healthy weekend!