Let’s take the FEAR out of FEVERS

Today was going to be a post on misconceptions and bullies with regard to recovering children from Autism, but instead some real life stuff happened recently and it is on my heart to share. The other post shall have to wait.

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About a year ago I finally released my fear and timidity of natural medicine, but it was a very long journey. Reversing something I have known my whole life is a very BIG change. When our boys were first diagnosed with Autism and we ventured into more “natural” means it was definitely foreign. For two years big brother was sick a lot; his entire system was wrecked and far from a state of homeostasis. I can distinctly remember a period of 6 months where we spent 3 nights a week in the emergency room receiving breathing treatments and steroid inhalers. There was a “fear” instilled in me each time we visited urgent care, the hospital or the pediatricians office. Fear that if I did not start dosing toxic synthetics into my son he would surely never get better. I didn’t question or research, but I should have. We would have saved ourselves a lot of time, money and emotional distress given even a basic knowledge of God’s intelligent design. Since then, I have come to know one very important fact:

Medicine is not Healthcare – Nutritious food and plants are Healthcare.

Medicine is sickcare. Let’s all get this straight for a change.

Present day finds me extremely confident in treating my children at home with the most effective natural medicine available. I had to put on a different set of lenses to see our bodies for what they are; immaculately made with complete precision by our Creator. He does not make mistakes, and the inner defenses he established and our bodies response to illness portray it.

I want to specifically target fevers because it is completely misunderstood and treatment is totally “fear” based. Here was our recent experience:IMG_9064

 

Baby girl (23 months) woke up perfectly fine but was harboring a residual dry cough that we had been treating with thyme, lavender and lemon. She ate normal, acted energetic and then around 10 am became listless, with watery eyes and a fever of about 102.

The “old self” would have reached for the Tylenol or even rushed to urgent care for fear that it might be a serious infection. The old self would have been given a prescription for antibiotics or maybe at the very least a large dose of a synthetic fever reducer. Anxiousness and feeling overwhelmed by the thought of “what if it gets worse” would have set in. I would have been chained to my bottle of fever reducer all while destroying my child’s liver and enzymatic system.

Letting go of the craziness is hard and takes a lot of patience, but it can be done and I assure you the outcome gleans more permanent and positive results than modern medicine ever will.

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What I have learned

Fevers are one of the most powerful healing responses we have and an indication that the human body is fighting an infectious disease. Reducing fever is best accomplished by using anti-inflammatory essential oils internally or topically, taking detoxifying baths and just letting go…our body knows exactly what to do.

How did fever come to be seen as so dangerous a condition that we put our child’s well being at risk in order to suppress the temperature?

The Fevers function is to stimulate an immune response and create an environment that is inhospitable to invading organisms. Basically, turn the temperature up to kill invaders. The hypothalamus then kicks in when it gets signals from different lines of defense that are being overwhelmed. It is the hypothalamus that determines what is sufficient to protect our bodies from those bugs.

The Benefits of Fever

  • More antibodies — cells trained to specifically attack the exact type of invader that your body is presently suffering from — produced more specific to that bug than any pharmaceutical.
  • More white blood cells (the good guys) produced, circulating, mobilizing and armed to fight off the invading bugs specific to the general category of invader.
  • More interferon produced (another immune system good guy, which blocks spread of viruses to healthy cells).
  • Walling off of iron, which bacteria feed on.

Increased temperature, which directly kills microbes. (Most bacteria and viruses actually grow better at temperatures lower than the human body, which is why they like our cool noses in the winter.) Parents, it’s not your kids begging for fever-reducing drugs; it’s the germs.

Listen up! In order for a fever to efficiently kill invading microbes, the temperature usually needs to reach 102.7. When we artificially reduce that temperature to oh…let’s say 99 (which is exactly what synthetics do) you have now created a perfect little petri dish in the body allowing the invaders to flourish. Why does it not surprise us when an illnesses lasts much longer than needed? You know that co-worker or friends child who was sick for 3 months straight? Probably used synthetics to suppress and push all of those invaders right back in. Meanwhile, our “intelligent” system is working overtime to flush it out. A struggle that will never be broken until you decide to put a halt to it.

Simply put – The body was tricked! It was never able to do what God created.

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Perking up a little!

Treating Fever the Naturopathic Way

Naturopathic treatment is to support a fever, unless it rises too high or too quickly. A fever of 102 degrees F to 103 degrees F is considered the optimal defense against microbes. Temperatures like these also heal the body most effectively. Supporting a fever means to work with it, not against it. For example, one effect of fever is to slow down peristalsis, which is movement of food through the gut. We should eat less and drink more water when treating a fever and homemade bone broth is a perfect nutrient have on hand.

Our Protocol

Ok, let’s get back to baby girls quick recovery. After she tried to nap but woke within 1 hour and a temp of 102, also pretty unhappy, I quickly popped her in a baking soda bath with lemon and lavender essential oil. This was our first line of defense to help push her body in the direction of healing. The baking soda and lemon pulled out the virus faster and the lavender calmed her nervous system and squelched her “fever shakes” immediately. Of course not knowing the root cause of her illness I chose lemon and lavender because they correct almost any issue. Natural medicine is about listening to our bodies and making the choice to use something that will be powerful enough to self-correct while never result in side effects.

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Seriously these bugs didn’t stand a chance.

After our long amazingly blissful bath (insert sarcasm here) I rubbed peppermint and lavender on her back and the bottom of her feet, gently nudging her body in the right direction it needed to go. Peppermint is critically important for any home medicine cabinet, from vomiting to nauseousness to a fever, it does it all!

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We kept this up for about two hours and then supported her immune system with the application of thieves on the bottom of her feet and internally 1 drop with raw manuka honey (another great natural immune booster). The fever was 100 by then, and gradually decreasing even more. Bye bye little microbes!

Baby girl was eating dinner and sleeping soundly with no fever, cough or sign of a cold by lights out. We will continue to apply thieves, lemon and lavender tomorrow to ensure we prop her immune system up well.

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Playing with brother. All better.

Relaaaaax and let it go!

If you are still under the impression that having a fever or 100 or 101 degrees Fahrenheit is an indication of a dangerous situation, relax! It’s not!

Unfortunately, most parents end up giving their child potentially toxic doses of fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen when, in reality, their child’s temperature is ideal for accomplishing healing. Worse yet, there are parents who administer aspirin at the first sign of fever, which actually poses a far greater health risk than any fever could, as aspirin may cause Reye’s Disease, which can be lethal.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, NIV).

Let’s Re-cap: 

It’s important to realize that fever is your body’s backup defense mechanism when your primary ones – mainly your immune system — fail. Your first line of defense is your macrophages, which gobble up any invading microbes.

We all know that it is far easier to prevent an illness than to treat it. This involves building up and keeping the immune system functioning strong before an illness gets the chance to invade our immune system, we do this strictly with essential oils, completely streamlining our “natural” medicine cabinet. 

Did you know that there is growing evidence to support a Vitamin D deficiency is really the cause of the common cold? So get some more STAT and be sure it is not GMO or derived from soy. I love this brand HERE.

Confidence in the gifts God gave us

I can remember like it was yesterday the absolute fear and anxiety illness played in our home. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless when faced with a child struggling to catch their breath, or a high fever or vomiting and taking constant trips to the doctors office for recurring illness because it was never treated properly in the first place.

My faith in natural medicine can never be broken, and yes, I believe in “trauma” medicine, however, my husband and I witness its strength at work daily in our lives. It is very freeing, humbling and empowering all at the same time.

To read more about the effectiveness of essential oils read HERE

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Click here for circumstances that warrant a trip to the Emergency Room (trauma medicine)

The information on this blog is for educational purposes only and it is our life story. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. The essential oils described on this blog refer only to therapeutic grade essential oils. I only recommend Young Living essential oils. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 

Recovering Autism Part 2: Embracing Natural medicine

To catch up, explore the foundation of our journey here – A Complete immunological Meltdown: Our story of beating Autism

We never thought it would happen to us, and there is not ONE parent on Earth that dreams of being the next in line. Unfortunately with the direction current statistics are headed they will. It breaks my heart. We put our faith and complete trust in Doctors to steer us away from harm and provide us the pros and cons of each decision that affect our health. The latin root of Doctor is “to teach” and that is precisely what they did so well as little as 50 years ago. They taught us how to treat illnesses at home, did not stop until they found the root cause and made good ‘ol house calls. Fast forward to today where we are “told” what to do, handed a prescription at nearly every visit and ridiculed if we mention the word…gasp…Natural!

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Thru our journey of recovering two boys from autism we naturally had every Doctor in “western” medicine turn their backs on us. When our son was suffering from massive digestive issues, it was considered “un-related” and he quickly handed us a drug to mask the symptoms. Then there were the ticks and seizure-like activity that never seemed to end. Nothing showed up on the MRI or sleep study but again we were given a drug to mask the condition.

We searched and searched, with God guiding our path every step of the way, and with each turn and bump he brought just the right Doctor or treatment into our lives. With absolute prayer and trust God gave us our boys back. We absorbed more information in just a few short months, than our entire lives put together. Below is just a part of that process and some of the topics we wrestled with, ultimately finding what we believe to be truth.

The Fallacies of the Vaccine “Triumph”

Do any of us really understand what living conditions were like as little as 100 years ago in this country? Or the Dark Ages when the Black Plague reduced the entire population by a third?

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This was a rear tenement in Wisconsin shared by numerous people with horses, pigs and cows in the same living area. Feces and urine was rampant because of no sanitation or sewage

By the mid-1800s, slums had become commonplace settlements in the western world. New York City had 100,000 slum dwellers living in 20,000 tenement buildings. They were in a crowded and vile predicament. Throughout these unsanitary slums, death was ever-present. Cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, and other infectious diseases were never idle. But during this time, the seeds of change were sown and slowly took root. It was the beginning of the Sanitation Revolution. A new understanding that filth contributed to human illness had come to light. It was also known that poverty was often a result of such illness and not just the cause. Based on this awareness, projects for the supply of clean water and removal of human and other waste gradually began to be implemented. (Dissolving Illusions.com) And because of that infectious disease began to decline before the implementation of vaccines.

Let’s paint a little picture for ya.

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This water closet was shared by 14 people living in a one-room apartment in New York. This was typical of almost all living conditions at the turn of the century.

So let me get this straight, if I let my house look like this, never fed my children nutritious food, or gave them proper rest and never washed our hands with soap, then, yes we would have a whole host of diseases in our home! My child’s life-expectancy would dramatically decline as well because their body would have no strong immune function to fight the disease.

We DON’T live like that anymore. We have sanitation, sewage, fairly “clean” water minus brain toxifying fluoride, good food (try to ignore Monsanto) and trauma medicine.

This is exactly what I had to educate myself on in order to understand where most pediatricians are coming from. A lie. Parents are not getting the whole truth. When I declined the Chickenpox vaccine and asked my pediatrician why it would be so wrong to get this virus, his answer was “why would you want to do that and inconvenience you and your family?” Well sir, because then we would have 100% natural life-long immunity that I can also pass down to my children en-utero and they can then pass it too. That’s WHY.

And no, it would not be an inconvenience, because my child’s long-term permanent immunity is more important than short-term “convenience” that is riddled with possible debilitating side-effects.

If we can truly grasp how perfectly designed our bodies are by God, then filling it with synthetics and man-made substances is completely ignoring his intelligence. I admit medical statistics and research is not my gift so I rely on some very talented people, like this galto bring forth facts and figures. We make our decisions with a little thing called free-will; weighing the risks and rewards and ultimately choosing what aligns with our own beliefs and values. Having a Doctor force you into any decision strips you of your God-given right to choose.

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We had to Ditch the Scare Tactics

Despite many well-documented historical problems, polio and smallpox vaccines serve as the anchor for vaccination faith today. The subject stirs passion in those who believe their ancestors were affected by the dreaded virus or their children could be crippled by it today.

I was that average person. The new mom scared of stirring the pot and challenging my babes Doctor. As we moved down the path of autism recovery it was a no-brainer that I needed to take control of our own families health and build a comfort zone of how far I was willing to go outside the realm of allopathic medicine. Admittedly it was a slow process at first. For a person who perceived natural medicine as a bunch of hippie-chick-cuckoos, I was shackled to modern medicine and all the wonder drugs that it had to offer.

Fast-forward to multiple middle-of-the-night emergency room visits for breathing treatments, the pulmonary specialist who prescribed 3 separate steroid inhalers and casually told us to give our boy Allegra everyday for the rest of his life, the neurologist who said our boy would never be able to function in the real world and that pediatrician who injected my boy with 8 vaccines in one visit, it was all enough for me to completely abandon non-trauma western medicine.

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We had to fight to completely re-build this little guys immune system

I embraced it and religiously put into practice a natural regimen every.single.day.

  • We have not used Tylenol in over 3 years
  • We do not give our children any prescription meds and would only do so as a last resort (it felt pretty great to toss the breathing machine)
  • We have weathered strep throat, flu, whooping-cough, ear infections, pertussis, croup, eczema, digestive distress, heavy metal-toxicity and asthma (that was never present to begin with, but let me go ahead and give my son 3 steroid inhalers because a doc says to anyway right?) – ALL WITH NATURAL MEDICINE

We even live in the epicenter of the so-called measles outbreak. Everyone was “scared” and you cold feel the unease in the atmosphere during that time. We did not get the measles, nor did any of my friends, or their friends or even their friends. The population of Southern California is approximately 3.7 million and this is what happened:

“At least 21 cases of measles in Orange County, California so far this year, including 7 people who required hospitalization, in what the Orange County Health Department is calling the worst outbreak in 20 years. (2014)” With zero deaths.

Yes, you read it correct…21. Wow, that surely is a crazy outbreak. Hurry run and get your vaccine now. Calling this an outbreak is a complete fallacy and a dis-service to parents everywhere.

Why no deaths? Back to point #1, sanitation, sewage, clean water, nutrition, vitamins…

Of course this is not the case in third world countries, but rather than shoot up babies with a 10-in-1 vaccine let’s get ’em some clean water, a balanced diet and safe place to poop!

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I wish my colleagues who discourse so prolixly about the treatment of this disease would recognize that the grass in the fields, inconspicuous as it is, has a greater power to heal this disease than all their fancied wisdom and unsurpassed panaceas. – Dutch physician, Abraham Bogaert, 1711

Why we are not easily swayed into Modern Medicine

Quite simply we currently have a better understanding of how and why God created our systems to function, and the gifts of nature he gave us to treat illness. To see what we rely on in our arsenal of natural medicine read here. Does that mean we completely disregard modern medicine? No. It has its use, and for our family it rests solely in trauma and immediate life-saving interventions.

We have come full-circle from a devastating diagnosis to recovery, and without a doubt at least 75% rests solely on clearing my boys systems of toxic metals with natural medicine; the other percentage, a team of amazing therapists. Each day I witness their systems getting stronger, battling illness with ease and my fears have completely diminished. I am empowered as a Dr. Mom to treat my family with an amazingly powerful collection of safe and effective medicine

As a family we are confident in our health decisions, it may not be right for you and that is ok, we are all on our own journey. What we must NOT compromise on is allowing each person to choose their path without fear of persecution or bullying.

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Naturally Effective Protocols for Stress and Anxiety in Children and beyond ~ Part Two

Catch up on Part One Here: Treating Stress and Anxiety in Children

 

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The stress response is the body’s way of dealing with a perceived threat. The problem starts when the threat never leaves. And this is the kind of stress that modern society is attempting to deal with.

The typical way to deal with stress is through the prescription and use of sedatives. Sedatives create calm but they also dull and depress brain function. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to get a handle on the problem or real cause behind stress and take the necessary steps to deal with it.

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Prescriptions=Side Effects (always)

Essential oils work differently as they contain constituents that are both calming and stimulating. In fact, researchers have found that, depending on the state of the individual, essential oils can be either stimulating or calming. Essential Oils have the ability to “know” what is required. So an agitated patient will find they receive a calming effect from a particular oil, while another patient who is feeling listless may find a restorative effect from the same oil. In aromatherapy, we refer to such oils as “adaptogens” because the type of effect they induce will depend on what an individual needs to restore their balance.

Stress in a person can manifest as agitation, anger, anxiousness, feeling tense or fearful and, given time, an individual can become listless and depressed; hence the value of essential oils in being able to restore one’s balance.

Part two will be focusing on 3 Key Essential Oils to use for Stress or Anxiety in both Children and Adults

First, let’s get a little more in depth as to why pure therapeutic essential oils are the only substance with the ability to create an immediate change in levels of stress or anxiety in the human body.

  • Essential oils are organic substances from the volatile liquid of plants. The essential oils support the body to come back into balance without harmful side effects or chemical based products.
  • Making sure the oils are pure, therapeutic grade is important because a majority of the oils on the market are for aromatic use only, or contain chemicals that may be harmful to the body.

And, the most amazing and helpful aspect when looking for home remedies for anxiety is that….

Essential oils can immediately penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues instantly in a matter of seconds. They cross the brain-blood barrier in seconds reaching the amygdala and other limbic parts of the brain. The amygdala also can influence the hypothalamus which is our hormonal center.

Why is this important?

The amygdala is the emotional center where all the emotions are controlled and stored. Anxiety, anger, fear depression and joy all originate from here!

And, the hypothalamus is responsible for sending out hormones that effect everything. Including our energy, mood, or state of anxiety.

So, just by…

Inhaling essential oils, we can minimize our stress, anxiety or any emotional trauma immediately. This makes them perfect home remedies for anxiety. It is that simple!

What is the difference between Stress and Anxiety?

Stress and anxiety are often confused and can be misunderstood easily! So, I have provided definitions for the readers below.

Many of the essential oils overlap when it comes to stress and anxiety, and the beauty of pure essential oils is they there is no “wrong” oil and they all intelligently work together. Only God can design something so perfect.

What is Stress?

Stress is the body’s response to stimuli which can be from many different sources. And it can be positive or negative. For instance, exercise is very positive stimuli but it can also be negative to the body. It can help release stress from home or work, but overdone, it can place too much stress on the muscles and create over exertion and soreness.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is really fear based emotion which creates an emotional and physical response in the body. If we do not recognize the symptoms of anxiety, or do not learn to manage it, then it can affect our physical and emotional well being.

So, when we speak of anxiety, then we must look at the physical and emotional components. Essential oils are great for this use, because they address the spiritual, physical and emotional components of the body.

The three categories are:

  1. Essential Oils that address Emotional Component
  2. Essential Oils that address Physical Component are Tonics for Kidney and Heart
  3. Essential Oils that address Extreme Fear or Attacks (panic or anxiety attacks)

The Emotional Component

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Peace and Calming

There are five different oils in Peace and Calming Blend. They are listed below along with a brief description of each oil.

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.

Patchouli Essential Oil (Pogostemon cablin) is strongly grounding and centering. Very high sesquiterpenes that stimulate the limbic center of the brain. It reestablishes mental and emotional equilibrium and energizes the mind.

Tangerine Essential Oil (Citrus nobilis) contains esters and aldehydes that are sedating and calming, helping with anxiety and nervousness.

Orange Essential Oil (Citrus sinensis) is elevating to the mind and body and brings joy and peace. A 1995 Mie University study documented the ability of citrus fragrances to combat depression and boost immunity.

Blue Tansy Essential Oil (Tanacetum annuum) is anti-inflammatory and helps cleanse the liver and lymphatic system. Emotionally, it combats anger and negative emotions.

Documented Uses for Peace and Calming Essential Oil:Insomnia, anxiety, depression, nervous system.

Body systems affected: Nervous System

The Aromatic Affect on the Mind: Calming and balancing.

The Physical Component

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Lavender

Genus Species: Lavandula angustifolia

Why is this information important? Well, believe it or not, some companies will substitute a species within the family where the fragrance is similar! But remember, then it will have different properties and uses, so please be aware of this. Also be aware of distillation practices. Companies that do a “complete” distillation are altering the oil to smell “better” and  trap consumers into buying based on sense of smell. Call and ask your oil company their practices. If they cannot answer you then walk away, if they say “complete distillation” then they are not keeping the healing properties of the plant intact.

Plant Properties: Antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, vermifuge.

Documented Uses of Lavender: Insomnia, hair loss, burns, nervous tension, respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions, blood fat/cholesterol reduction, reducing excess sebum on skin.

Did you know that researchers at University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation? The benefits of lavender also included reduced depression and improved cognitive performance.

Did you know that a 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness? Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User

In many alternative schools of thought the Kidneys and the Heart are considered to be out of balance in states of anxiety. This is particularly true in Oriental Medicine.

The oils that will assist with the physical components of anxiety are listed here and are considered tonics:

  • Cypress Essential Oil – Eases loss, creates security by grounding
  • Lavender Essential Oil – Reduces mental stress, one of the most studied for relieving anxiety
  • Lemon Essential Oil – Improves memory, cleanses toxins in kidneys
  • Marjoram Essential Oil – Herb of Happiness. Calms the nerves
  • Rosemary Essential Oil – Brings mental awareness eases anxiety
  • Thyme Essential Oil – Releases fear of known cause. Rebalances water element
  • Vetiver Essential Oil – Very grounding. Restores stability
  • Patchouli Essential Oil – It is sedating, calming and relaxing helping to reduce stress and anxiety. Has a significant effect on sympathetic nervous system
  • Neroli Absolute – Natural relaxant used to treat depression and anxiety. Uplifting.

Extreme Fear or Attacks (panic or anxiety attacks)

Essential Oil that will immediately ground the body and bring the body back into alignment with the mind will help with fear, panic or anxiety attacks.

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Present Time Essential Oil Blend

Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga odorata) increases relaxation; balances male and female energies. It also restores confidence and equilibrium.

Spruce Essential Oil (Picea mariana) has anti-inflammatory properties and helps us combat infection. Emotionally, it is grounding and releasing.

Neroli Absolute (Citrus bigaradia or sinensis) has anti-depressant, anti-infectious, anti-viral, aphrodisiac and sedative properties. It is calming and relaxing and reduces with anxiety and depression.

Documented uses of Present Time:

Anger, anxiety, argumentative, balance, clearing, confusion, day-dreaming, depression (and suicidal depression) despondency, disappointment, fear, forgetfulness, frustration, gingivitis, grief and sorrow, guilt, grounding, irritability, jet lag, loss of loved one, Lupus, moment, mood swings, obsessiveness, panic, past, pregnancy (focus during birth), shock, spacing out, stress, sympathy, transitions and trauma.

Body Systems are Affected: Nervous System

Additional Articles to support the use of pure essential oils for treating stress and anxiety:

Aromatherapy and Stress/Anxiety

9 Essential oils for Anxiety

Additional Young Living Oils for Stress Relief

5 Oils for Stress Relief

Stress does NOT have to be treated with prescriptions and OTC’s! Immediate healing can happen with pure essential oils. They truly are the worlds first medicine, and I believe will overcome all others in time. There is an astounding resurgence in the use of essential oils for disease, prevention and mental disorders, and that cannot be by coincidence. It works and that speaks to the power plants have if properly distilled and used.

Read more about Young Living and its standards (which are the highest in the world, next to France) HERE

Read about how to get started on your journey HERE

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I am a wife and a mom who loves learning about essential oils & sharing with others the incredible things I have learned through my research, personal experiences & the experiences of friends and family. Please like and share the love!

FDA Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The recommendations above are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

 

Those Pesky Molluscum Contagiosum Warts; Powerful natural treatment that worked!

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I don’t think I could be more excited than this post! When it comes to being a testimony for natural health, I feel like we certainly have had our fair share of experiences. From Autism, ADHD, ear infections, fever, sleep you name it. And nothing is more powerful than to see results and experience it in real life.

The start..

About three months ago I started to notice little “bumpies” on little brother (age 4). At first I didn’t think much of it, other than maybe an allergic reaction or a rash that would go away quickly. Slowly it started to get worse, to the point that many of those little bumps were getting larger, redder and multiplying.

We received a diagnosis of Molluscum contagious (warts) and began on a homeopathic treatment called Indigo drops. This was by far the most challenging remedy ever prescribed. It literally tasted like I scooped up a mound of dirt, worms and all, and had to swish it around in my mouth. Absolute torture. But little brother took it like a champ, and it didn’t even phase him, twice a day.

We diligently followed the protocol for 2 months with little progress, and began to worry. I was told it could take up to 6 months, and there really was no full-proof treatment (by a modern Doc). Sure there are a whole-host of pharmaceutical creams with ingredients we would NEVER want seeping into my child, or painful removal procedures, but none of those were at the top of our list.

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The beginning of our journey with Molluscum

A little history

Molluscum contagious (warts) are benign epidermal eruptions resulting from viral infections of the skin. Molluscum contagiosum eruptions are usually self-limited and without sequelae, although they can be more extensive in immunocompromised persons. Spontaneous disappearance of lesions is the norm, but treatment by local destruction (curettage, cryotherapy, or trichloroacetic acid) or immunologic modulation can shorten the disease course, possibly reducing autoinoculation and transmission. Warts result from a hyperkeratotic reaction to human papillomavirus infection. Warts are treated by local destruction (acids, cryotherapy, electrodesiccation-curettage), chemotherapy, or immunotherapy. The choice of treatment varies with the age and wishes of the patient, the potential side effects of the treatment, and the location of the lesions.

  • Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes either single or multiple raised, pearl-like bumps (papules) on the skin.
  • Molluscum contagiosum is a chronic infection and lesions may persist from a few months to a few years. However, most cases resolve in six to nine months.

What Causes Molluscum Contagiosum?

Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a virus of the same name that is part of the pox virus family. The virus is contagious through direct contact and is more common in children. However, the virus also can be spread by sexual contact and can occur in people with compromised immune systems. Molluscum contagiosum can spread on a single individual through scratching and rubbing.

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Little brother about 1 month in

DIAGNOSIS

The typical MC lesion is an asymptomatic, firm, smooth, round papule with central umbilication. Lesions are usually 3 to 5 mm in diameter, In children, the papules typically are found on the extremities, trunk, and face.

Allopathic Treatment-surprise! really no good options

Lesion eradication may be mechanical (curettage, laser, or cryotherapy with liquid nitrogen or nitrous oxide cryogen), chemical (trichloroacetic acid, tretinoin [Retin-A]), or immunologic (imiquimod [Aldara]).

NO Thank YOU

Curettage or cryotherapy is commonly performed in the primary care setting. In children, application of topical anesthetic (e.g., lidocaine/prilocaine [EMLA cream]) under occlusion 15 to 30 minutes before curettage has been shown to significantly reduce pain.

NO thank YOU, again.

Modern Medicine really has no Answer!

All treatments are hampered by wart persistence and recurrence. Warts are only an outward symptom of an underlying infection; topical treatments do not eradicate HPV but merely hold it at bay. So let me get this straight, I can subject my child to:

  • Acids
  • Freezing
  • Burning
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
I say, NOT SO!

We continued our homeopathic regimen, decided to step it up a notch and really, I mean REALLY put these oils to the test. Warts are a virus, and also a gut issue…oils are amazing killers of viruses…win-win.

I made a roller tube with Oregano, Purification, Frankincense and Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oils from Young Living. Mixed with a little jojoba oil. I also used Juva-Cleanse as a complement to support detoxifying the liver and GI tract from the effects of this virus and help expel it from his body permanently.

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Our Molluscum protocol

 

We applied the mixture morning, noon and night. It was super easy with the roller ball and contrary to belief, there was no concern about the solution getting infected from rubbing it on because oils KILL viruses! There was no way re-infection could occur.

After 1 week it looked like this:

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After 1 month (today April 25th) it is nearly back to perfect skin.

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Why did this work so well?

Because healing occurred from the inside out and pure essential oils know exactly where to go. They have an amazing intelligence that synthetics will NEVER be able to replicate. It is impossible.

For starters, we are not just talking about something that smells good (do not be fooled by “yummy smelling things”.

WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN, BY HIGHLY REGULATED DISTILLATION PROCESSES, THE ACTUAL LIFEBLOOD AND ESSENCE OF A PLANT IS EXTRACTED, TESTED FOR THERAPEUTIC GRADE CONSTITUENCIES AND BOTTLED FOR HUMAN USE.

By definition, essential oils are are the vital fluids of plants, (if you take your fingernail and scratch it across a leaf, the “juices” that are released are part of those vital fluids). These fluids are necessary for the life of the plant and contain life force, intelligence, and vibrational energy that gives them healing properties that we can harness and use through distillation. Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules that can penetrate every cell, crossing the blood/brain barrier and administer healing therapy at the most fundamental and basic level of our bodies.

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Oregano Essential Oil -A Phenol Machine! 

With its anti-aging, powerful antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory properties, Oregano essential oil may be used for arthritis/rheumatism, respiratory infectious diseases, tuberculosis, and digestive issues.

Phenols are a specific type of molecular compound found in many essential oils that offer a host of cleansing properties. Phenols create conditions where unfriendly viruses and bacteria cannot live. In addition to their antimicrobial abilities, phenols also promote hormonal balance and healthy bodily function. Their most important feature is that they clean the receptor sites on the cells. If the receptor sites aren’t clean, cells can’t communicate, and with lack of communication your body ends up malfunctioning and sickness sets in. The following essential oils contain phenols, with Anise essential oil being the highest in phenol content.
Anise (90%)
Clove (80%)
Basil (70%)
Oregano (70%)
Thyme (48%)
Calamus (30%)
Cinnamon (25%)
The above post refers to therapeutic grade, genuine essential oils by Young Living.

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Purification

Purification can be used directly on the skin to cleanse and soothe insect bites, cuts, and scrapes. When diffused, it helps to purify and cleanse the air from environmental impurities including cigarette smoke and other disagreeable odors. Purification oil blend contains the essential oils of Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree), and Myrtle.

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Frankincense

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. Frankincense essential oil is anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulant, anti-depressant, and muscle relaxer. It may be used for depression, cancer, respiratory infections, and inflammation.

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Melaleuca Alternifolia

Although it is in Purification, we did frequent application of this by itself, as it is super gentle.

Commonly known as Tea Tree Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia is steam distilled from leaves, and evokes cleansing and purification through its fragrance. It is highly regarded for its wide range of uses against microbes due to high levels of terpinenol-4. It supports the immune system and works against against microbes, fungus, parasites, and inflammation. Melaleuca Alternifolia essential oil maybe used for fungal infections (candida, ringworm), ainus/lung infections, tooth/gum disease, water retention, hypertension, and skin conditions like acne and sores.

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Juva-Cleanse

What goes in, must come out. This is the mack-daddy of detoxifiers!

Juva Cleanse oil blend provides support for the liver through a carefully formulated blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils that supports normal liver function. Juva Cleanse contains the essential oils of Helichrysum, Celery Seed and Ledum. Juva Cleanse was clinically tested in 2003 to remove mercury from the body tissues.

We chose to try natural treatments first. Warts are highly contagious and a sign that something is gong array in the body. Because it is a virus, antibiotics will do absolutely nothing. Viral infections can sometimes be the most challenging to treat, often because they keep coming back.

The reason this protocol worked so well, and so rapidly was because we not only treated the viral infection topically at the site, but also internally with cleansing the liver and gut to permanently restore the health of our amazingly strong boy!

Remember be diligent and use pure oils. Don’t give up after one day. It takes time to kill a virus this strong and have permanent results.

To learn more click here, or contact me! Thank you for reading and please share so others can be empowered with options other than Modern Medicine’s “quick fixes”.

Disclaimer: Please seek advice of a Doctor to obtain a diagnosis. I do not diagnose, but rather offer options and want to empower YOU to make wise health decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning a Natural Medicine Cabinet

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Ok let’s get real, there are more remedies, tinctures, herbs and oils in just one aisle of Whole Foods than there are probably germs in the world. Well, maybe not, but I assume you are slightly interested in this subject because, like me, you want to stay ahead of those bugs and not pump your kids with stuff that teenagers are using to get high. Almost five years ago thru a set of very unexpected circumstances, my husband and I made a commitment to our children that we would provide them safe, natural and effective “medicine”.

So began a “makeover” of the good ol’ medicine cabinet.

For the record, I am not a dip my toe in the water type of momma, I dive in with gusto; which is exactly what I did and have never looked back. Out went the Tylenol, Motrin, NyQuil, Robitussin, Inhalers, Allegra, Neosporin and with God’s protection we have been able to steer clear of prescriptions and antibiotics.

I will not go into why these drugs require caution, you can read up a bit more here and here .

Our shift to the crunchy side was prompted by my husband and I feeling truly convicted by the Holy Spirit to provide our children with medicine perfectly designed by God.

Having a natural medicine cabinet provides numerous benefits:

  • Long treks to the Doctor are no fun when sick and being exposed to a whole host of new germs while you are there is just plain scary.
  • Providing your family with quick and easy solutions that support their immune systems, rather than interfere with it.
  • Spending less on co-pays, ER visits and mad dashes at midnight to pick up pedialyte, tylenol or a script from the pharmacy.
  • The knowledge that natural medicine actually improves your immune system which means you are sick less and your response to illness is stronger.

But can it be done on a budget? I say yes. Initially it may seem like you are spending more, but over time it is pennies compared to synthetic medicine, and you can begin one swap at a time. Learn a bit more here.

Below is a Top 10 list of what we currently have in our natural medicine cabinet, ranked from what we use on a daily basis to what we need less often and based on more rare occurrences of a particular illness. **side note: this was a process of educating ourselves on what we really needed. I have been able to whittle down my massive collection of natural remedies to these 10 and they really are all we require minus a major injury or illness.

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Essential Oils

I honestly do not think there has been a more transformative medicine in our home and the recovery process of our boys from Autism than these oils. I could write and talk for hours on the subject, but because your time is precious I will share a few basic points.

  • They are God’s unique medicine. His design is perfect in every way and that is why oils work so effectively in our bodies
  • Essential oils have the ability to cross the blood brain barrier and promote natural healing in many key areas of the brain due to their teeny tiny molecule size. This has been a game-changer for us with Autism and ADHD
  • Oils can continually mutate and morph to stay ahead of all of those “super-bugs” out there. Oils have been proven over and over to kill pretty nasty viruses and bacteria, where synthetic medicine is the same formula each and every time and does not have to ability to adjust if a virus decides to mutate.
  • There are no side effects and really no wrong way to use them

We use them every day for prevention and when an illness arises I find comfort in the fact that I know “there is an oil for that!” To read more on some specific ways Essential Oils are making their mark in our home: a pretty nasty ear infection, fevers and our Autism regimen. **I suggest the use of the highest quality essential oils. Please do thorough research before buying from any particular company.

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Homeopathic remedies

Specifically, Nux Vomica and Belladonna.

In homeopathy, Nux Vomica is used for allergies, back pain, colds, constipation, digestive problems, emotional stress, flu, hangovers, headaches, hemorrhoids, and menstrual problems. Often our Doctor prescribes this for flu symptoms and upset stomach or vomiting. It has come in handy many times during our bouts with Norovirus.

Belladonna is often prescribed to bring down our fevers. Again, this one was critical in lowering little sisters high temp from a pretty nasty ear infection. This remedy is one replacement for Tylenol and Motrin.

**I find that locating a very experienced Homeopathic Doctor is crucial for the right combinations of remedies. We are lucky to have found a “mainstream Doctor” who turned to Homeopathic medicine, so he bring the best of both worlds and fully understands how the body functions.

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Elderberry Syrup

Oh Elderberry, where have you been all my life??

Elder flowers are a wonder for colds, flus, upper respiratory infections and fevers. Elder has immune enhancing properties and you can make a very potent, safe and effective tea or syrup. Adding echinacea is also a plus. Elderberries support and increase immune function and contain antibacterial and antiviral properties.

I highly recommend you make some and keep it in your house over the winter. Just do it. If I do not have time to make some I always keep a store-bought bottle on hand.

A quick and easy recipe:  ring to boil 1/2 c. dried elderberries (or 1 c. fresh) in 3 c. water for 20 minutes. Strain. Add the liquid back to the heat and reduce to 1 c. of liquid. Add 1/2 c. raw honey and 1/4 c. cherry brandy (optional). Stir well and store in the fridge for up to 6 months.
Take 1-2 tsp daily for prevention, and 3-5 tsp spread out over the day when sickness comes knocking. I often give this every morning to the kids.

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Arnica

Topical creme used for muscle pain or injury, bruises or any type of trauma. We’ve found that it greatly reduced healing time or bruises and sore muscles when used topically right after injury. You can either use a topical cream or pellets to take internally. In the past we have taken the pellets before and after surgery or dental work.

We tend to be searching for this daily with two active boys in the house.

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Propolis

Propolis has proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects. It is a by-product made by bees and they often use it to help make their hives stronger.

“Propolis has been justly called Nature’s premier preventive.  The immune system is supported and strengthened by the ingestion of propolis.  Modern scientific studies indicate that those who take propolis regularly escape winter colds and sore throats and seem to develop a natural immunity to common viruses, including the various strains of flu.” from draper bee.com

This was not a staple for us until a few months ago when we just could not shake that oh-so-persistent cough. Then I remembered my propolis and after one day of giving it to the boys, it was gone! Now it is a part of our 2-3 times a week regimen to keep our immune systems boosted. It does have quite a bitter taste so I cut it with raw honey on a spoon and say, “open up!”

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Bentonite Clay

The great detoxifier!

Once again we are seeing a resurgence in ancient medicine and clay is one of the oldest and most effective when it comes to purging the body of toxins. We use this every time we are faced with a cold or flu, and we used it extensively as part of our autism protocol to pull out heavy metals from our precious boys.

Bentonite Clay is a swelling clay, much like a sponge. As it reacts to water its pores absorb toxins in the body. It carries a negative charge which easily bonds to the Positive charges that toxins carry.

We have seen Bentonite clay be very effective in the following issues:

  • Digestive disturbances like acid reflux, constipation, bloating, gas, etc.
  • Skin and allergy issues
  • Providing minerals for the body
  • To help speed recovery from vomiting and diarrhea (we have taken many midnight baths with clay)
  • Detoxification
  • In oral health preperations
  • Externally for all types of skin problems and to speed healing

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Calendula

Great for healing the body and promoting cellular repair. It is antiseptic and commonly used externally for bruises, burns, sores, skin ulcers, eczema, psoriasis. It is also used internally for gastrointestinal issues and is wonderful for healing the stomach lining. It can be taken in a tea for fevers, cramps, indigestion, diarrhea and leaky gut. It also promotes lymphatic movement.

I use this as a cream for skin issues and also as a tea at least once a week for the littles.

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Stinging Nettle Leaf

Stinging Nettle: This herb is a vitamin powerhouse. High in iron, calcium, potassium, silicon, magnesium, manganese, zinc and chromium along with a host of other vitamins and minerals. It increases metabolic activity and strengthens and tones the entire system. It is useful for growing pains in young children, achy joints and arthritis, reproductive health, alleviating PMS and menopause symptoms. It is strengthening to the genitourinary system including the kidneys. It is also indicated for liver problems or congestion and to treat allergies and hay fever.

This herb was critical in getting us off the breathing treatments and steroid inhalers for big brother. The only solution given to us by modern-med docs was full of icky ingredients and not working! We prayed and felt God speak to us that big brother did not have asthma and the road we were on was only making his behavior and immune system worsen.

We gave big brother daily doses of nettle leaf in a syrup form and saw how quickly the symptoms disappeared, and by the grace of God he has not had an “attack” in about two years.

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Activated Charcoal

For acute use in cases of food poisoning intestinal illness, vomiting, diarrhea, ingestion of toxins, etc. It is always a good idea to keep the local poison control number on hand in case a child ingests a toxic substance and immediately take a child to the hospital if he/she has swallowed anything of concern.

This is something we need on hand for those “middle of the night” occurrences and there is no time to get to the health food store. You will be relieved it is in your medicine cabinet should the need arise.

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Cod Liver Oil

This is actually a “medicine” we use daily and mostly as a preventative. However, when illness does arise I give more doses to increase Vitamin D. Numerous recent studies show how crucial vitamin D is to boosting the immune system and a good high quality Cod liver oil can be very useful.

Additional options for your medicine cabinet:

  • Colloidal Silver Drops (great killer of bacteria, Strep Throat)
  • Otoscope to look for a possible ear infection
  • Echinachea
  • Vitamin C
  • Garlic Oil (ear infections, swimmers ear)

Should we completely turn our back on Modern Medicine?

I personally do not feel the Bible condemns people for seeking practical and scientific help with their illness if they first have their trust resting on God. God wants us to examine any health problem and make wise decisions, while looking to him to lead and guide us in those decisions. That is what God expects us to do in all aspects of this life. Notice Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Yes, in any decision of any consequence we have to make, it should be our way of life and our habit to go to God for help and wisdom — and this applies when seeking medical attention or health advice for illness as well as in any other aspect of life.

God has given us life and that it is our duty to safeguard that life by whatever reasonable and wise course is open to you that does not contravene his law. I do believe that God wants me to learn how to handle the trial of illness as wisely as any other kind of trial and part of that learning for me lies in fully understanding natural medicine.

It has been a long road, but as I look back I can see exactly where God closed doors, but then directed our paths to where we are today.

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Disclaimer – I am not a Doctor (yet, although in school) so these are our experiences. Please use your best judgement and seek advice of a personal Doctor whom you trust. I am in no way prescribing a regimen to use. 

The Bugs are smarter than the Drugs: what we have learned from Ear Infections

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Big brother has certainly had his fair share of ear infections. By the time he hit One we had been on 3 rounds of antibiotics (a tiny amount compared to what is prescribed to many babies and toddlers), but for me 3 is too many. I did what all parents do when faced with the news of an ear infection…run to the pharmacy and begin the antibiotic right away. Maybe out of fear that if I didn’t my son would go deaf or it would turn into something dramatically worse. That is one thing I have come to recognize about modern medicine, much of it is fear based, instead of “options” based. A pharmaceutical is the ONLY choice right? I even went to a ENT and begged him to put tubes in because all I knew as a first time mom was that all the other kids were getting tubes, so it must be just what you do. Thank goodness I never actually scheduled that surgery.

We learned that those rounds of antibiotics really messed up big brothers system and was a contributing factor to his autism. Yes, antibiotics can really wreak havoc. For all the good that is touted, the ramifications are rarely discussed in a doctors office. They need to be used with caution and if you dig a little deeper, you will find that almost every strain of “superbug” that exists today is, in fact, antibiotic-resistant. A great book here to read and here.

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The bugs are smarter than the drugs, and the drugs will never be able to catch up. 

Read more here about the dangers of antibiotic over-use, and here

Ear infections are extremely over-diagnosed and one of the top reasons to visit the pediatrician. I am guilty of it too. Child is fussy, has a temp, touching their ears, etc… must be an ear infection. Could be, but often that same “possible” infection usually clears up in 2-3 days without the use of antibiotics. We treat infections differently in our house now, allowing time for healing; in the event of no improvement (which has never happened) I would resort to a doctors visit.

My top 3 line of defense for an Ear Infection:

  1. Garlic in oil and eucalyptus essential oil. Pretty simple. Cook fresh garlic in olive oil until it sizzles for just a bit. Let it cool and place the strained oil mixed with a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in an amber bottle. Place in the ear every 30 minutes. It is highly effective in killing both viruses and bacteria. Grandma doesn’t lie about this old school method. It works.
  2. Soak a cotton swab in melaleuca essential oil and place in the ear . Rub the outer ear with peppermint and lavender essential oil. Rub Oregano and Thieves essential oil on the bottoms of the feet as often as needed.
  3. A tincture of echinacea, ginger, licorice and red root. One full dropper mixed in juice until the symptoms subside.

I love Dr. Mendelsohn’s book, a well respected pediatrician and sheds light on some great facts about ear infections:

“Pediatricians are taught to diagnose an ear infection if the inside of a child’s ear is pink or red. You can bring in a perfectly healthy baby who has been crying for 30 minutes, stick the ear instrument in their ear, see the color red (from crying), and diagnose it as an ear infection. It’s as simple as that. What happens next? Antibiotics are prescribed.

Antibiotics are used to treat bacteria. Most ear infections are NOT bacterial. When a child has an ear infection that is viral or caused by inflammation or fluid back-up, the antibiotics are not necessary and will not help. However, they are still almost always prescribed.”

In actuality the very antibiotic used for a “ear infections” will actually cause an infection to start, when there was never one to begin with. 

Something to think about

There are multiple studies that show recurring ear infections are often a result of a dairy allergy. Simply removing dairy is often an effective way to reduce the fluid build up in the ear. For more read here and here. Once we took our boys off dairy (casein) we witnessed a significant improvement in their overall health.

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Tubes are a billion dollar a year business with over one million children receiving this surgery annually. Remember how I felt this was my only option? That can be precisely how many other parents feel as well. There is good evidence to show that a little patience and some natural treatments can work in replacement of tubes. Studies also show that at least 50% of recipients of tubes continue to have recurring ear infections. It is just not ok to believe that all of these children need tubes and that having an ear infection multiple times is “normal”. We must change our way of thinking.

There are more than 5 vaccines that list ear infections as a side effect. You can read more here. 

So when it comes to Antibiotics what is to be done?

We use this simple recipe as a very effective and powerful replacement for antibiotics. Remember how all of these superbugs are becoming resistant to antibiotics? That does not occur with pure medical grade essential oils. Antibiotics are incapable of copying essential oils. They just cannot keep up. We use this recipe with great success:

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My children still cannot swallow pills, so we stick to rubbing this on their feet (second brain and gut) and diffusing Thieves and frankincense, in addition to tinctures where I add drops of frankincense inside.

As parents we do the best we can and have all the right intentions. Knowing both sides enables me to make an informed decision; and even in the last year alone, I have changed my way of thinking on a multitude of subjects. We just never stop learning and searching.

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For more information on essential oils you can click here. I only recommend therapeutic, medical grade, essential oils.

 

Weaving Modern and Alternative Medicine together for the benefit of our children

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Yes, I do. He is this old surfer dude who dons a Reyn Spooner shirt and Rainbow sandals. He was an absolute gift from God when we were asked to “leave” two other practices for just spacing out our first son’s vaccine schedule. As I embarked on my own journey of natural and homeopathic medicine, specifically to heal my son’s autism, Dr. S was a great sounding board. He is one of the last true pediatricians. Dr. S does not want to just treat the “sick” kids, instead he strives to get kids healthy and keep them there. He even advises against consuming Milk/Dairy (Love at first sight for me). This is not to say that other pediatricians are inept, but unfortunately their jobs have become managing the sick kids, dishing out vaccines and the pink stuff. If you haven’t noticed yet, sick is all the rage among society.

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The History of Well-baby checks

Mostly beginning in the early 1900s, which is when pediatrics emerged as a specialty, around the time that society began to create laws to protect children. Really taking off was likely in the 40s and 50s coincident with both the motivation to come in for immunizations (the highly-touted Polio) that were becoming much more widely used than previous, and a large number of pediatricians who were previously kept fully busy taking care of those ill from those diseases now had to define a new role for themselves: advising on childhood care in general.

The problem is that the business of being a pediatrician now is hastily scribbling a prescription on a note-pad and vaccines. The “well baby” visits really have nothing to do with just being…well. They pretty much consist of the following:

  1. Vaccinations
  2. Weight/length/head circumference check
  3. Developmental milestones
  4. Health history/relationship

Highlighting of course #1. Well-checks were actually designed by the CDC and AAP in order to get babies into the office for their schedules shots. PERIOD. There was such concern about parents not bringing their children in  and the potential profit loss, that the schedule we know today became, well, “mandated”.

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There is a time and place

Reasons still warrant a visit to the doctor. But, if you choose not to vaccinate, your child is not sick, and there are no red flags then why go?

The problem also persists that even if you suspect something like a speech or developmental delay, in most cases your pediatrician is ill-prepared to give advice or recognize the actual triggers for a disorder such as autism. It is not their fault, but failure in the “world” of pediatrics and what is being taught.

We experienced this first-hand when our original pediatrician dismissed months of my concerns over our first boy.

Should you choose to attend the well baby visits, be armed with confidence and information, knowing you actually do have choice about vaccinating and you do not have to take that prescription for antibiotics, inhalers, Tylenol, Benadryl etc…

There are other options to explore first and you, the parent, know what is best for your child.

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Where we find a balance

So back to my obsessive love for our very own Dr. S. We visited at every scheduled visit for the boys as babies and toddlers and each time it was like chatting up an old friend. He already knew my answer to vaccines so he stopped asking and you know what? He actually agreed! Our visits consisted of talking about some new alternative remedies I was trying and how Milk was terrible for children and said, “see ya next visit”. Our baby girl saw him once after she was born (mostly to make my mom feel better, she’s a bit of a nervous nellie) and once a few months later because I suspected a hip dysplasia. Other than that all I can say is, I miss him. Not reason enough to schedule a visit, drive and pay a deductible when I would rather use that money for a visit to our homeopath. It has been over two years since my boys have been, and over a year for Adeline. We just do not need to see him unless there is justifiable cause.

However, our journey has been just that…a journey. We are very thankful for modern medicines role in our lives. I can think of many occasions where my children are better from it. Our oldest in a loosing fight with a fire-hydrant, requiring a visit to the ER and a massive amount of blood. The many midnight trips to the ER for lung-related issues that, at the time, were very scary. The breathing treatments were a great band-aid, but we are now informed about more powerful and natural methods. Orthopaedic concerns for M that he ended up outgrowing. And, giving birth to our children.

Even more thrilling is to see how homeopathic and alternative medicine has accomplished what modern medicine could not.

  • treating and healing a multitude of issues associated with autism. Our Homeopathic doctor has been able to clear an excess of metals stored up in our son from vaccines and my dental fillings I unknowingly passed in the womb.
  • A leaky gut, adrenal imbalances, enzyme deficiencies, liver processing and an immature gall-bladder
  • A tic disorder that the Neurologist said there was “nothing we could do”. It is now gone.
  • Protecting baby girl in my womb so that she would be protected from environmental toxins
  • Visiting our acupuncturist to cure morning sickness so I would not have to resort to a powerful prescription with side effects.
  • Treating all common illnesses such as the cold, flu, food poisoning, sinus infections and ear infections without the use of a single prescription, visit to the ER or OTC.

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After years of training and experience we now have a powerful arsenal to use when our kids are sick with almost any common illness. Thus eliminating the urgent doctor visit and we certainly do not need to go to a well baby visit when we are “well”.

Understanding my children’s immune systems and how it works became very important. We no longer try to trick their systems with unnecessary toxins, vaccines or antibiotics. The over-prescribing of antibiotics for illnesses that are usually viral in nature causes more harm than the original illness itself. At this point we have been able to treat absolutely every common sickness at home with homeopathic remedies, essential oils and herbs.

It is normal to get regular childhood illnesses. Boosting our children’s immune systems the natural way is exactly what God designed, instead of synthetically tricking it.