Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Autism Awareness Month

As many of you know our son has Asperger's Syndrome.  Last year we were very excited to Light It Up Blue and have once again been excited to be a part of that movement this year.

We are also excited to help raise some money for Autism Speaks this year.  This is an amazing organization that is a very huge part of the Autism movement.  Our goal is to raise $250 for Autism Speaks.  

Please visit our fundraising site for more information and to make a donation. We are directly connected to Autism Speaks through www.LightItUpBlue.org


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

RSV in babies - assisting recovery with oils.

Charlotte is 5 months old and was diagnosed with RSV last week.  We had no idea, it just seemed like a little cold.  I honestly only let them test her snot, because I didn't want to seem like a bad mother (since I'd just received the immunization lecture).  I was shocked to say the least.

There isn't much that can be done for RSV except helping to keep the snot cleared out and keeping any possible fevers down.  Many infants get placed in the hospital to be taken care of and watched.  What appears as a common cold in older children and adults can be fatal for infants.

What we know about essential oils though and what has been proven through various studies is that essential oils have anti-viral properties.  This means that they can enter the cell, where the virus is hanging out, and can help to kill that virus and boost the immune system.  Modern medicine cannot penetrate the cell wall, so this is hugely important.

Because of this we have been using essential oils to help combat our daughters case of RSV.

What we have been doing:
  • Applying On Guard, Breathe, Eucalyptus, and Frankincense to either her feet, chest, back or all three.
  • Running On Guard, Breathe, or Eucalyptus is the diffuser for 50 minutes at a time, right next to her.  We also run it all night long, usually with Eucalyptus or Breathe.
  • Giving her breathing treatments with the nebulizer and 1 drop of Breathe with some water.  Each breathing treatment lasts about 15 minutes and they are given ever 3-4 waking hours.
  • Putting saline drops in her nose at every diaper change (or whenever else it is needed) and using the bulb syringe to suction the snot out of her nose.  I wish we had the Nosefrida though.  I might go get one this week.
  • We adjusted her mattress so that it is tilted slightly to make breathing easier at night.  Her bed can be adjusted as such, but you can also place blankets and/or books underneath the mattress to tilt it (it doesn't need MUCH to get a good enough tilt).
To be honest we didn't do these things as often as we intended, but we were pretty diligent about the Eucalyptus, On Guard, at least 1 breathing treatment each day (usually at night), and always using the saline (we had to stop using the bulb syringe at one point because my son bit the tip off.  Ew.  I know.).  

I believe we could have conquered it faster if we had been more consistent, but the point is that we made it through. It's only been 1.5 weeks since her diagnosis and she hasn't coughed in 3 days!  She would have these coughing fits that could last up to 15 minutes while she was breaking up all the mucus.  They were terrifying, even though I knew they were doing something, and one day she even cried every time that she coughed.  :(  Poor baby.  Now she is left with a runny nose and that is all.  YAY!!!  We are out of quarantine as well - thank goodness!

I am so grateful for my oils.  Without them I just know we would've ended up in the hospital.

Monday, February 4, 2013

GX Assist blend OR How we fought off Strep

As you all know, we don't appreciate antibiotics in this house.  We are not opposed to Western medicine, but we prefer to use natural sources of medication as much as possible to prevent and heal illness.  Over Christmas break we had Strep throat running it's course through our family.  My sister got it, then my husband and daughter, and then my brother in law seemed to be coming down with it - fever, chills, super sore throat, aching body - the works.

So, I did what any good sister in law would do.  I called my upline and asked for advice.  I got exactly what I needed.  She said that she knew of someone who would take the GX Assist capsules whenever she felt she was coming down with something in order to kill it off and/or prevent it from getting worse.  Well, I didn't have GX Assist with me, but I had empty bottles and every oil in the blend, so I created my own GX Assist Blend.

You can use any amounts, but you use half as much of the hot oils and the other oils, for example:

10 drops Oregano
10 drop Lemongrass
10 drops Thyme
20 drops Lemon
20 drops Peppermint
20 drops Melaleuca

My husband was feeling a bit better since he'd been on antibiotics for a couple of days, so he slept on the couch with my BIL and helped by having him put the blend on his throat and feet whenever he woke up in the night.  The next morning he was good enough to go to work and when I saw him that afternoon I wouldn't have been able to tell he had been so sick the night before if I hadn't known.  His wife took the blend the work with her...

I used this blend, along with some extra Lemongrass (because I scanned for it the day before) to fight off my nasty flu bug or whatever it was.  I healed a lot faster than my friends and family experiencing the same illness.

We used a plain blend of fractionated coconut oil, melaleuca, and oregano (amounts unknown) on everyone's throats on the drive home from AZ to prevent them from getting strep as well.  No one else got it and my sons red, swollen throat and green snotty nose cleared up within a couple of days.

These are my new favorite blends for attacking nasty ailments.  I hope you'll enjoy them as well.