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.


Minerals, Vitamins, Supplements…Where Oh Where Do I Start?

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time away as a family, and now it’s time to move on; do laundry, dishes, sleep train, etc. We had an amazing vacation, I just wish we could have brought the maid back with us! I am excited to start exploring and look further into Vitamins and supplements that I think everyone should be taking. A lot of times you walk through the vitamin/supplement section at a store and it is so overwhelming, you don’t even know where to start.

First off..why do we need them? What’s the big deal? Well years and years ago when God made food, He made it with all the vitamins and minerals that our body needs to survive. Overtime, things like pasteurization, freezing, processing, etc. have all stripped, changed, diminished the content of the food we eat. Therefore, our bodies need a little help. We’ve talked before about the importance of eating a whole food diet, organic, and full of protein, good carbs, vitamins, and minerals; but even if we logged every single ingredient in our food; most likely someone, somewhere would be deficient of something.

Why is that bad? Well our cells are like little powerhouse machines….they use different forms of vitamins, minerals, and body energy to run. Depending on what the function of the cell is it runs different mechanisms- energy creation, fat burning, digesting, fighting off infection, etc. Therefore, when we are lacking in one of these micro-nutrients that are so necessary to our innate body function- the whole body suffers. This is one of the reasons I believe everyone should be taking a multi-vitamin every day.

Another important factor to consider when looking at all the options available on the market today; choosing a whole food supplement. One that is literally coming from food; these are the nutrients our body knows how to handle since they are coming from the food we eat everyday. There are so many great brands on the market but if you are looking for somewhere to start; Garden of Life offers an organic whole food multi-vitamin supplement that is great; as well as Mega Food offers a Once Daily pill- however, I am not sure if the food sources are organic or not.

One other note: for those of you pregnant or breastfeeding; of course consult your doctor first. However, whatever you take in your baby gets direct access to their nutrients through your nutrition. So if you aren’t eating an organic diet, choosing high quality food, taking a prenatal or multi-vitamin supplement, in turn your baby is not getting those nutrients needed for growth and development. They rely on you to offer them the best start nutritionally! For those with older children it is equally as important to not only be feeding them a healthy organic diet but making sure they take their multi-vitamin as well. I do not recommend something like the Flintstones chewable as you are mostly feeding them a sugar pill. Garden of Life makes a great kids chewable as well. Talk with your local health food store, I’m sure you’ll find many options that work for you and your family.

While this is by no means an exhaustive list, I feel it is a great place to start- invest in your health now; otherwise you’ll be paying someone else for it later!

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 

Battling the Common Cold and Flu

A topic we hear a lot about at time of year, is how to keep you and your families from getting sick. Since we spend so much time indoors, school is in session, and runny noses are everywhere it seems. There are so many things we can do to fight to stay healthy; however, sometimes our body just needs to build the immunity so we let the little bug run it’s course. In the days where everyone has hand sanitizer and cold medicine, are these really effective and should we be running to them at every waking moment? What about in kiddos? It’s miserable to see kids sick, but is it ok to be pumping them full of tylenol for fevers and cold medicine for a cold. First lets take a look at some basic things we should all be doing to stay healthy.

Of course we all know that exercise, sleep, and a healthy diet are vital in keeping our bodies in optimal shape to fight infections. An interesting article I was reading suggested that there are a few studies that suggest that diet deficiencies in mice led to changes in the immune system, same was true of mice not consuming a whole-food diet. (More on that later) (http://www.health.harvard.edu/flu-resource-center/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.htm) However, we are what we eat- therefore; if we aren’t getting the proper minerals and vitamins from our food we put our immune system- and therefore ourselves at risk for bacteria and viruses to attack. There really is no “magic pill” to keep you healthy- it’s a lifestyle. There are many things that we can and should do- however, since we are holistic we’ve got to keep the whole body in mind.

Back to our question about cold medicine and fever reducers. We need to specifically look at kiddos and young people as well. According the FDA no one under 5 years old should be able to take these things; but due to some pharmaceutical dollars some of the common cold and flu fighters say they are ok above 2 years. There are many studies questioning not only the efficacy of these drugs but also some serious side effects that can occur. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20001764) Just think about it; if you had a 2 year old liver- would you really want the processing center of the body to have to weed through the different drugs and chemicals found in that. The other question we need to be asking is- how have we survived for thousands of years. Our body can make two different kinds of immunity. Natural and artificial. Natural immunity is where we are exposed to a germ and then our body responds by making different cells to attack that specific virus. Artificial is where we are artificially exposed (think vaccine) and then our body makes cells to respond to that germ as well. Very simply put- natural immunity is lifetime immunity; artificial is not. While not convenient or fun it may be necessary for our bodies to be exposed to these germs and then build a defense for them for life. So instead of running to the next cold medicine or fever reducer think about a few natural things you can be doing to boost your immune response even more.

As mentioned above sleep, a good diet, exercise, decreasing stress, these are all important in maintaining a healthy immune system. But there are a lot of supplemental things we can be doing as well. In our house, I use the Thieves essential oil. It is a combination of cinnamon, lemon, clove, and eucalyptus radiata. This combination was developed during the Bubonic plague in Europe. Four thieves were going through graves and didn’t get the disease. (http://www.secretofthieves.com/four-thieves-vinegar.cfm) When asked what they covered themselves in, this was the combination (It has been perfected since then.) I diffuse this when we get sick, or when someone around us is sick, I clean with it, I use it in my toothpaste, and I have even gargled it when battling a sore throat. We also bump up our supplements. I still take a whole food prenatal supplement (through nursing) and fish oil, and you should be taking a whole food supplement if you’re not. I also use echinacea and vitamin C to increase of immunity (but only when sick- not every day). As far as hand sanitizers go- I stay away from ones with Triclosan (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/08/29/triclosan-in-personal-care-products.aspx) This has been linked to some cancers and therefore I don’t use any products that have that in it including hand soap. I use either the thieves hand saniters or an alcohol based one, although I don’t like using the alcohol one on kiddos.

There is a lot of information here- and honestly it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I hope that you have found this helpful. I would love to hear what you do to keep your families well during this time of year!