Yucky Bugs and Helpful Hints

April has turned into crazy month. More on that here. As I’ve mentioned my little one was sicker than he has ever been this last week. Makes a mother’s heart hurt to watch her kiddo that sick. I was reminded that he is on loan to me and I am so privileged to be his momma for however long we are together. With that said, I wanted to review a few of the tips and tricks that have helped us get through the yuckiness this last week.

The back story is that E has been teething for 3 weeks. Hard core. The front two teeth have been blistered, raised, and red for 3 weeks- 3 weeks of misery for all of us. So runny nose, cough, and crabbiness have been a part of our last few weeks thanks to those teeth. I wasn’t really too concerned about the symptoms because I know it really is just all part of teething. A few things we have been doing are; frozen washcloth (sometimes dipped in chamomile tea at night time) to chew on, frozen bananas, strawberries for his raw gummies. Hyland’s teething tablets (these rock!), Tylenol for the really bad nights, lavender oil for sleep and comfort, and lots and lots of snuggles from mommy and daddy. With that said, that about summarizes our 3 weeks of teething with our child who is normally the happiest, smiley, most social baby you have ever met.

This week the ball dropped. E woke up yesterday morning burning up. I knew instantly that he had a high fever. The night before had been awful. We were up most of the night and in the morning I realized why. Poor kid laid lethargic in my arms, burning up all day. If you know my kiddo you know that he never stops moving, so for him to sleep on me all day meant something was really wrong. I immediately started my protocols and prayer. I am reminded that I first and foremost need to go to the Great Physician and ask for health that only He can give. Covering E in prayer is my job and privilege as his momma. Next we started our Lavender oil on his feet and spine, wild orange on his spine (immune boosting and calming), tea tree oil on his feet to fight infection (viral or bacterial), melrose on the back of his ears, just in case. Garlic drops in his ears (only do this if you know the ear drum is not ruptured). Garlic is an amazing super antibiotic that will kill anything and everything. Coconut water and lots of breast milk to replace his fluid losses. A lukewarm bath and compresses to bring his fever down and a few drops of peppermint to help with that as well. Vitamin C tablets to boost his immune system. His fever did rise to 103.5 and at that point I decided it was time for him to be seen, just in case. My instincts were correct and we just need a Rx for more snuggles, loving, hydration, and a little time. So, we continued applying the oils every hour and did intermittent Tylenol to bring the fever under 103 degrees.

Time is the hardest part I feel when you are momma to a sick one. As I’ve talked about before, it’s not about not getting sick. I want him to build up an immune system, which, unfortunately means there will be sickness. It’s about supporting his system so that he can get back on track while we wait out the nasty little bugs. These oils have been that for me. They are a tool to help your child/family/yourself, support that system when you do inevitably hit these times in life. The amazing thing is, the body is designed to handle these times; we just have to provide the best environment for that to happen in.

If you have a little one, sickness if going to hit. You know that, I know that. I am so thankful to be prepared for those times and have these oils on hand when it does come. This is by no means making up for medical care if and when it is necessary but I hope it will provide you some tips on ways you can use these oils.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

We are getting ready to head out of town for some international travel- can’t wait! YAY! But….traveling with an infant….oh man. I’ve never been so prepared in my life. The biggest challenge I have ahead is; how, do we not get sick on the airplane and in our case the cruise line. So, without further ado…here are a few things that I am doing to get us in tip top shape to travel.

1. Thieves- I’ve mentioned it a million times- I am taking my diffuser for the room, rubbing thieves on a cotton ball to put with us on the plane and carrying our little 5 ml bottle with us for airplane travel. We also use the thieves toothpaste so we are getting a daily dose when brushing our teeth as well.

2. Probiotics- we have all beefed up on these. I am taking an extra dose a day as well as giving E some daily with his solids. These are awesome- found a liquid form at Sprouts I love that is mixed with coconut water and uses Stevia so it doesn’t raise your blood sugar levels. So many great things about this product- and the best part is it’s $10 for 30 servings! We are raising our intake because the two biggest areas of susceptibility are our mucous membranes and our gut. Increasing the good bacteria in our gut; raises our ability to fight off infections.

3. Vitamin C- we are increasing our vit. C a few days before we leave so that we have adequate amounts to fight off infection while we are away- we will continue taking this while gone and then back off (other than what is in our daily supplements) so that when sick it is more effective

4. Eating Healthy- While we are not perfect we are trying to stay away from excess sugar and eat clean fruits, veggies, and proteins- giving our bodies the best ability to fight off whatever we may encounter

There are so many things you can do to keep you and your loved ones healthy. It does not guarantee we will not get sick- but hopefully whatever germs we run into will be short lived if any since our bodies are in best working condition before leaving. As far as traveling with a baby, the best thing you can do if nurse. If you’re baby is still nursing that is the biggest dose of antibodies they can get every few hours. Honestly, we should be more worried about ourselves than  them; as they have this amazing God-given immune booster every few hours. A friend recently told me that when we kiss our babies hands our body develops the antibodies to fight off whatever germs are on their hands. Amazing.

So if traveling here are a few things you can do to get your bodies in tip top shape to fight off all of those germs. But don’t let it consume you. Do what you can and then leave the rest up to God and enjoy your time away!

You’ve heard me say this a million times. You can’t just do one thing and expect it to work. We are holistic people and keeping ourselves healthy requires many different things. So take the plung and begin the journey to keeping you and your family healthy!

A Little Catch Up…

Sorry I’ve been so quiet this month..you know how it gets..crazy. 🙂 But I sure am excited about the new things that are happening. I have been mulling over doing some sort of class series for a while. My biggest passion in life is focused on helping people take charge of their families health. Know what you’re doing, and why. It’s part of my calling as a mom and wife and I love empowering people to do that same. Through some encouragement of some lovely ladies in my life I am going to move forward in this calling. I hope to cover a wide variety of topics that could be helpful. Most of these will be in home classes that seek to answer personalized questions and health issues; however, I want to make these available via video as well so that you in the blog-a-sphere can benefit as well.

I actually held my first class in home last week. I recorded this little video about what we talked about. I love oils, and while they will not be the only thing we talk about I wanted to make the information available to all of you as well! This is in no way a marketing ploy- I really believe in sharing what I use for me and my family to stay healthy; and if it works for you- awesome. If not, take the info and keep moving. Thank you for sharing in the journey with me towards health and wellness!

The video can be found here: Intro Into Oils Class 

God’s Gift in Medicine

Something I will look at a lot in this blog are things that I have used myself and am learning about. I will never endorse a product or “health trend” that I haven’t examined myself (the same is true of guest bloggers). Speaking of I can’t wait to show you what my friend is going to talk about this week…oh but I’m getting side tracked. Oils…what’s the big deal? Why is everyone talking about them? What’s the new hype or fad? If you’re like me the conversation has come up everywhere. What’s the big deal? I was the biggest skeptic of all. Yeah, yeah, it’s just another gimmick that is selling really well right now. That’s when my mom handed me my first bottle of peppermint. I thought, ok, I’ll try this but I doubt it works.

As I have said before I had migraine headaches and still occasionally do. Once my Celiac’s was diagnosed and I tossed the gluten they have become EXTREMELY rare.  However, especially when pregnant or breastfeeding you can’t exactly just pop Ibuprofen or acetaminophen without thinking twice. In fact while pregnant I refused to take any of these things. That’s when Peppermint came into play. I remembered I had it and once the headache started to come on I rubbed it on the back of my neck, my temples, and the side of my head that was hurting the most (being careful to avoid the eyes of course). And I’m not making this up, in five minutes; my headache was gone. I haven’t turned back. I really couldn’t believe it. Why in the world would peppermint do that? The analytic in me began to go crazy.

As you’ll also see, I LOVE research. I’m kind of a research junkie. Always researching something. Products, food, exercise, anything with medicine, etc. I really tend to doubt anecdotal evidence. I really want to see the science behind it. So here’s the briefest summary to answer the question, what are essential oils and why do they work?

Essential oils really are God’s medicine. They are naturally occurring oils found in plants that are harvested and distilled and then placed into bottles. Because plants and humans have very similar cell biology these chemical compounds can work on human cells much the same way that they can plants. For example, if a virus is going around and someone sneezes on you, you are a moving target, that virus will not definitely land on you although it may. Plants however are sedentary- and come against all kinds of things; disease, internal issues, etc. So these oils are they natural “medicines” that allow the plants to survive in their sedentary lifestyle. That’s all good and well, but just because the oils work on plants why does that mean they will work on us? I do not pretend to be a scientist or a doctor; but the very little chemistry I understand (and I mean very little) applies here. The compounds found inside these oils work to target different cell structures in our body. A certain structure causes vasodilation (opening of blood vessels), another structure causes the cell to be antimicrobial, another to heal scars; these properties (only when in pure form) transfer directly to our bodies.

So in summary peppermint worked on my headache because not only can it cross the blood brain barrier, it has vasodilatory effects. God’s natural pain killer.(see study: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7954745)  This is the most broad and basic understanding of the oils and why I am using them for my family. I am in no way saying that these oils should replace a medical provider. But knowing that instead of running to a pain killer that can naturally hurt my pancreas and liver (see article by FDA on this http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AdvisoryCommittees/CommitteesMeetingMaterials/Drugs/DrugSafetyandRiskManagementAdvisoryCommittee/UCM164897.pdf); I’m going to start with things that don’t have all those nasty side effects. You do the research…you try them for yourselves, don’t take my word for it. I did, and the more I learn the more amazed I am at how creative and inventive our God really is. I love learning about the way that He heals and restores our bodies while here on earth.

As an aside- This is the broadest of overviews. Over the last few weeks the conversation keeps popping up…what’s with the oils. I wanted to address that question first. And let you decide for yourself. In the future I will doing specific product reviews and how I use certain ones in our home. But I hope this at least gives you a base starting knowledge as you participate in these conversations and learn about natural healing as well!