I hate when my kids get sick…it’s so hard to see them so miserable and when they’re really young, it’s hard because they can’t always tell you what’s wrong. And then everyone gets sick and it wipes the whole family out for a couple of weeks.
Last winter, my youngest got a cold from his older sister…he was only 3-4 months old at the time and it turned into RSV. He had trouble breathing, we had to take him to the ER to have all the mucus sucked out (gross! and miserable for him,) and we ended up having to give him breathing treatments for several months! It was awful and giving breathing treatments every four hours wasn’t fun either. I hated having him on the medication for so long, and for several months there we were ending up in the doctor’s office at least once a week…no joke.
So…I’m all about prevention this year! I’ve recently discovered the benefits of essential oils and have begun to use them for a variety of things, and one of those is to build immunity, as well as to help with natural healing when sick.
Why essential oils? Essential oils are 50-70 times more powerful than herbs. They can kill viruses and bacteria and they work fast. They are extracts from plants and are 100% natural.
Some commonly known ways to boost immunity can be aided and enhanced with the use of essential oils:
1. Get enough sleep. To help me relax and fall asleep at night instead of laying there with my mind racing about all I need to get done, I use Lavender essential oil and a blend called Serenity. I make a spray mist with some water and Lavender and mist it over my pillow and sheets before bed or I rub a few drops of Serenity on the bottoms of my feet. For kids, I put a couple drops of Lavender on a tissue and tuck it into their pillow.
2. Reduce stress. Again, Lavender essential oil is a great stress reducer, along with the blends Serenity and Balance.
3. Add lemon to your water daily to build immunity over time. I use Lemon essential oil when I don’t have fresh lemons on hand. Make sure you use a high quality brand however, because not all essential oils are pure enough for ingesting. (I use a brand called doTerra because they offer Certified, Pure, Therapeutic Grade oils). Read this post about more on the immunity benefits of adding lemon to your water.
4. On Guard Essential Oil. This is one of my favorite blends. It contains Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary and it smells like Christmas. It can be used as prevention or as soon as you feel a cold coming on. This blend can be taken internally by putting a couple drops in water. Or, for kids I rub some diluted On Guard on the soles of their feet. For daily immunity rub on soles of feet every night before bed or diffuse in a room regularly to eliminate airborne pathogens. It can also be diluted in a spray bottle and used to clean doorknobs, telephones, or anything that comes in contact with everyone’s hands on a regular basis.
Of course, don’t forget washing your hands regularly and all of the other commonly known ways to boost immunity.
Breathe-this is a respiratory blend made up of Laurel Leaf, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Ravensara, Melaleuca (Tea Tree), and Lemon. It strengthens and fights infection in the sinuses and bronchioles. When my kids have a cough or congestion I rub Breathe (diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil) on their chests and the bottoms of their feet. It really helps eliminate coughing throughout the night. This blend can also be used for asthma and other breathing problems.
Lemon-add a drop to honey to soothe a sore throat.
On Guard-rub (diluted) on the throat externally or take a few drops internally to relieve sore throat.
Eucalyptus Radiata-use for congestion, sinus infections and to open airways. Dilute with carrier oil and rub on chest and neck for respiratory problems.
These are just a few of the ways to use essential oils for health and wellness in your family!
This post is part of the Home Remedies Carnival at Keeper of the Home.