03 Oct Natural solutions for immunity and childhood conditions
I started using essential oils in May when my daughter was 8 months old and she got her first cold. A friend recommended 2 oil blends, EasyAir & OnGuard. We diffused these 2 oils together and applied topically (diluted) to the bottom of Bella’s feet, her chest and back of her neck. Within 24 hours her breathing had improved significantly. Since then we have been using essential oils to boost our immunity, enhance our wellness & detoxify our lives. It’s great to have these natural solutions in our lives, especially as I am breastfeeding.
So what oils do we use to boost our immunity?
I make my own rollerbottles to make it easier to apply the oils topically. I apply my ‘Immune bomb’ roller to the bottoms of our feet every night after a shower/bath before putting socks on. In a 10ml rollerbottle I put 1 drop of each of Oregano, Frankincense & OnGuard, then top the bottle up with fractionated coconut oil. Oregano is an amazing top shelf immunity oil. Oil of Oregano is popular in Canada. It is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is quite a hot oil and should be treated with respect as it can burn when misused. Frankincense, the king of oils, is a fantastic all rounder oil. Amongst it’s many uses is immune system support. OnGuard is a doTERRA proprietary blend of Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus & Rosemary. It is called the protective blend.
These oils are highly concentrated and potent so not much is needed to make a difference and experience the therapeutic benefits. We have been doing this for a few months now to protect us against environmental and seasonal threats. A little boy coughed in Bella’s face at the playground and she didn’t get sick 🙂
Since studying The Red Tent’s A-Z home remedies course for kids, I have developed an action plan for Bella & myself for a few conditions.
Cough or cold
Diet: Cut out damp mucus forming food such as banana and avocado. Add in broth to every meal if possible. Eg. cook scrambled eggs in broth
Diffuse: dōTERRA EasyAir. This is a blend of Laurel, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Lemon, Ravensara & Cardamom. This blend really supports our respiratory system. To me it is the natural version of Vicks.
Oils: Apply my ‘immune bomb’ roller to the bottom of the feet, back of the neck and down the spine. Also for myself drink 1 drop of Oregano (no more) & 1 drop of Lemon essential oil in a glass of water. I also gargle with OnGuard at the first sign of a sore throat and use the OnGuard throat drops.
Acupressure: Apply butterfly wings massage & Gua sha to Bella’s back to help shift mucus.
Rest: No activities
Other: Fess saline nose spray for Bella. Saline rinse for myself. This is like a neti pot and works wonders.
Gastro or upset tummy or vommiting
Apply a rollerbottle of DigestZen clockwise to bubba’s belly. I did this last week after Bella did a small vom. Within 10 mins of applying she did 2 huge voms to get it all out and then she was fine. Smiling and running around as if nothing happened. Game changer. I’m not sure what it was but a friends bubba was also sick but he was vomiting for 12 hours before she used DigestZen and then he stopped. These are little bottles of natural magic. 🙂
I apply a rollerbottle of Lavender behind Bella’s ears and under her jawline. Lavender is a lovely soothing and calming oil. When Bella is teething this bottle goes everywhere with us and helps soothe a sooky baby. I also rub it on any scratches Bella has on her legs along with Frankinsense as they are both good for skin.
A friend of mine loves her rollerbottle of Lavender and Frankinsense that she made at my recent Make and Take workshop. She rolls it on the bottom of her bubba’s feet to help her sleep.
Bella fell off her scooter today and scratched her knee. There was blood. After cleaning it with water I diluted some Tea Tree oil in coconut oil and rubbed it on the wound. Tea Tree has antibacterial properties. It is renowned for its cleansing and rejuvenating effect on the skin. I then also applied some Lavender essential oil. Lavender soothes the skin.
There are heaps of other essential oils that are great to support other childhood conditions. These are just the ones I have experienced so far. I highly recommend an app called Modern Essentials. When you type in a condition into the app it suggests a whole bunch of oils &/or blends. This app will empower you with so much info ready to use.
Many of the oils also have multiple uses. For example I have been applying Frankincense to the little scratches on my chest from Bella’s little fingernails when she tries to grab my boobs. Frankincense is really good for the skin for stretch marks and scarring. It is a very holy oil and is good for the mind body spirit connection. When I rub it on my chest over my heart chakra I say a little prayer of gratitude. I have written a post highlighting some of the oils we use in our daily routine. Although every day is different and the oils I diffuse are always changing depending on our mood and intention.
This article on Protecting our Immune system by Dr Hill on pages 22-23 of this online magazine has some more tips on how you can take proactive measures to enhance the body’s ability to protect itself.
If you are ready to have these oils in your life to start building your own home remedies kit so you are empowered with natural solutions then this post explains how to buy the oils.
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Here are some other natural solutions using essential oils. Sorry it is so small.