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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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.

 

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.

 

Naturally Effective Strategies to Treat and Prevent Stress / Anxiety in Children (Part 1)

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One of every eight children suffers from an anxiety disorder, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health state that anxiety disorders affect 18% of the population, making it the most common mental health issue in the U.S.

Anxiety is a general term for a number of disorders that cause worry, fear, nervousness and apprehension. Anxiety disorders can greatly affect how we feel and behave, and they can also manifest themselves into real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety can be a vague and unsettling feeling of unease, severe anxiety can cause extremely debilitating symptoms that have a serious impact on daily life.

When anxiety symptoms begin to interfere with a person’s ability to sleep or otherwise function on a daily basis, this is when anxiety becomes a problem. Anxiety disorders occur when a reaction is out of proportion with what might be normally expected in a situation, and this is exactly what is exponentially increasing in our children!

Symptoms vary depending on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:

Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
Uncontrollable, obsessive thoughts
Nightmares
Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
Problems sleeping
Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
Shortness of breath
Palpitations
An inability to be still and calm
Dry mouth
Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
Nausea
Muscle tension
Dizziness

I want to focus on children for one BIG reason. Babies, toddlers and young children are sick…they are suffering right in front of our eyes and it is because of what society is permitting. I know, this might stir up anger, but every current and future parent must understand the full scope of what is happening to our kids. STOP drugging them up and STOP over scheduling your kids.

We must completely embrace the toxic load that every child is carrying around

Children are vulnerable to stress. Over 30% of children experience some kind of anxiety disorder and many more are just stressed out!

The numbers are going up NOT down

My children are a part of that statistic. Not because we lead an overactive life, in fact we purposely under-schedule our children. Most days you can find us playing games in the front yard or hanging as a family. Our journey has taken us thru the spider web of Autism, ADHD, ADD, Sensory Processing disorder and major Occupational therapy. We did nothing to deserve the stress placed on our children, but it came with a vengeance. My passion is to share with you and provide some practical, easy steps to preventing stress and anxiety. Each of these are readily available and do not need a prescription.

It does require the commitment of a parent to a child to start taking your families health into your own hands. And it pays dividends I can assure you that!

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#1 Say bye-bye to Sugar

A number of studies suggest a correlation between the consumption of refined sugar and anxiety symptoms. Research from Yale University indicates that when children ingest certain types of sugar, they experience a 10-fold increase in adrenalin levels; adrenalin, also known as epinephrine, is a hormone released by the body when it feels stressed or threatened.

When simple sugars hit the blood stream, glucose levels skyrocket, creating a short burst of energy. Soon after, glucose levels crash, creating a condition known as hypoglycemia, with symptoms such as dizziness, insomnia, irritability and anxiety. Roller coaster glucose levels result in uneven hormonal levels, like adrenalin and cortisol, which exacerbate the anxious feelings.

Break out the Raw Honey and go to town! This gift from nature pack powerful enzymes and healing “propolis” for your child’s system. Often air borne allergies will lessen dramatically plus their immune system will strengthen over time. **do not give honey under the age of one

Are you giving your child an abundance of sugar and processed food because it is convenient for them or you?

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#2 Hello Cod-liver oil

You may have heard of the many disease-prevention benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids, but these nutritional powerhouses also provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the brain. A 2006 meta-study in the Journal of Clinic Psychiatry concluded that omega-3 fatty acids have a protective effect on the brain.

To complicate matters, diets that contain high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, found in vegetable oils, meat and egg yolks, can interfere with omega-3 fatty acids’ anti-inflammatory properties. Cutting back on the consumption of vegetable oil and refined, processed foods can help the body process EPA more efficiently. By the way, ditch the Olive Oil too; Do everything with Coconut Oil!

If you do not have cold-pressed Cod Liver Oil then check these great sources out:

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil
Fatty fish and seafood such as salmon, cod, sardines, halibut, shrimp and scallops
Walnuts
Leafy greens like kale, collard greens, spinach, romaine lettuce
Vegetables like winter squash, Brussels sprouts and green beans
Fruits like strawberries and raspberries

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#3 Neurotransmitters

Though anxiety has a number of different triggers, some children with anxiety have unusually low levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid or GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a calming effect. Also known as the brain’s “peacemaker,” this amino acid is naturally produced in the body. However, when levels become low or imbalanced, anxiety, stress, insomnia and depression can result.

Low or imbalanced GABA levels may be caused by:

Deficiencies of vitamin B1 and B6, iron, manganese or zinc
Insufficient sleep
Chronic pain
Chronic stress
Excessive consumption of caffeine
Exposure to lead or mercury

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#4 Polyphenols

Fortunately, a study in “Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity” suggests that the consumption of dietary polyphenols – or naturally occurring substances found in some plants — can alleviate the symptoms and effects of anxiety and depression. Scientists believe that polyphenols work by reducing the biochemical changes that stress and anxiety hormones produce in nerve cells.

AND on that topic of plants…the most effective, safe and powerfully healing medicine you can utilize are pure therapeutic essential oils.

Therapeutic grade essential oils may offer a powerful and safe form of therapy for healing the brain without the dangerous side effects of anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications.

There is NO OTHER form of supplement, medication, drug or herb that is as effective as essential oils. This is due to the complicated and ever changing chemistry of the plant itself. When properly grown and distilled, each oil has a unique set of constituents (like Phenols – remember that from above) that can pass thru areas of the brain, like the blood-brain barrier, and often begin to permanently heal damaged areas.

  • Quickly penetrate the skin
  • Raise the frequency of the body, therefor putting it immediately into a state of balance
  • Essential oils embody the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune-strengthening properties of plants
  • Essential oils contain oxygen molecules that transport nutrients to starving human cells. We are ALL oxygen deficient due to our environment and diet. We NEED all the pure oxygen we can get
  • They are very powerful antioxidants, more so than any food you can consume. Antioxidants prevent cell damage, fungus and oxidation to the cells
  • Essential Oils are powerful anti-fungals, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti tumor, and restore balance to the body

This is significant! There is literally no other component on Earth that can do this.

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A major part of Stress and Anxiety is manifested in ADD, ADHD and Autism spectrum disorders.

“More than 10,000 American toddlers 2 or 3 years old are being medicated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder outside established pediatric guidelines…. A vast majority are put on medications such as methylphenidate (commonly known as Ritalin) or amphetamines like Adderall, which often calm a child’s hyperactivity and impulsivity but also carry risks for growth suppression, insomnia and hallucinations.” Full article here 

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“The US represents 5% of the world’s population, yet 90% of the world’s ADHD prescriptions are written for American kids” – Frank Lipman MD – that is a problem and a “side-effect” of our suppressive, I-Want-it-now culture.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference states “Terry Friedmann, MD, in 2001 completed studies using essential oils to combat ADD and ADHD. Using twice a day inhalation of essential oils including vetiver, cedar wood & lavender, Dr. Friedmann was able to achieve clinically *significant results in 60 days”.

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Essential oils recommended for ADD and ADHD are vetiver, lavender, cedar wood, roman chamomile, sandalwood, ylang ylang, cardamom, angelica, frankincense, and oil blends including Brain Power, Peace & Calming, and Stress Away. EODR: 5th Edition.

There are numerous testimonials on the use of essential oils and ADD/ADHD and Autism:

“Since refusing to give my son ‘Concerta’ for the label he has been given, ADHD, I’ve chosen only changes in his diet, consistency with his routines, and rewarding instead of punishing behavior. But most important was a combination of essential oils such as Peace and Calming, Brain Power for his temples, behind ears, and behind the neck. Valor on his wrists, Purification (area of liver), Cedarwood, Grounding, Bergamot, Vetiver, Rosemary on the bottoms of his feet every morning. – (Oil-Testimonials)

Since each oil has the innate ability to heal, there are numerous combinations of oils where success is achieved.

Here is an example for a Daily Anxiety or Stress Protocol

Daily Anxiety Protocol

Oils used: Stress Away, Valor, Frankincense

Stress Away

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Those suffering from chronic stress tend to have weaker immune systems and more susceptible to premature cell aging. This blend is specifically formulated to help relieve everyday stress and tension! It has Copaiba (major anti-inflammatory) Lime (elevates the mood and targets over-exhaustion) Cedarwood (calming) Ocotea (emotional balance) Lavender (promotes health and a relaxant)

Valor

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Valor is a mecca of an oil blend. The oils used in this exclusive blend where used by the Roman soldiers as they went into combat. Massage 2 drops into the soles of each foot. Also rub 1 drop on each wrist and rub your wrists together. Both of these application points help to realign your body’s energy centre. Carry a bottle of Valor with you so that if you come to a point in the day that your anxiety level begins to rise, you can inhale the oil and or apply more to your wrists to help calm you. Valor contains Spruce, Rosewood, Blue Tansy and Frankincense.

Frankincense

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Frankincense is one of the oldest known essential oils. It is the healer of all healers by specifically targeting the brain. For anxiety release, drop 2-3 drops under the tongue twice daily. By placing under you tongue you allow the oil to enter your blood stream through your mucous membranes at lightning speed.

Why not take a New approach to your families health and well-being. What do you have to lose? Millions of people are returning back to ancient medicine because of its perfect design. Natural medicine will always beat man-made synthetics each and every time, there is simply no way we can replicate such an intricate and complicated design.

I do not recommend the use of low grade essential oils. They provide no healing or therapeutic power and will be toxic to the system. For more information on Young Living Medical grade oils please click here.

If you want to get a great introduction to oils then please contact me, I am offering two HUGE free gifts this month with a starter kit. Click here for more details.

In Part 2 of this Series I will be exploring more extensive uses of essential oils for Stress and Anxiety

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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.

 

 

5 Important Essential Oils for Babies and Beyond…

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Babies and Children

We can go thru life with regrets or realize that people, places and things are put in our lives at exactly the right time. Do I wish that  natural remedies would have been my first choice as we started having children…of course! Or when my babies experienced their first high fever and ear infection I would have had essential oils and herbs at my disposal….why yes!

There is something very empowering and freeing when you have complete control over your families health. To know for almost any illness, there is powerful yet gentle “medicine” that provide peace and comfort to parents, especially when there are so few things that are safe for babies when they are hurting.  I would have loved to have a stash of oils to get me through some of those tough times. Better late than never!

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My knowledge and desire to be Dr. Mom came in its own perfect timing and has been a crucial part of healing our boys from autism. To be able to equip parents with options (other than pharmaceuticals and synthetics) is an absolute passion. I WILL change the world… more specifically our approach to modern medicine and the “quick fixes” that our society craves in all facets of life.

So let’s focus on babies for a moment. They are our most valuable gift and that first few years are a critical time to establish a life of good health and immune function. 

Below is a list of essential oils for babies, along with protocols for common issues that babies experience.

simple things to keep in mind: always dilute on babies with coconut oil or jojoba oil. Do not expect results from inferior oils.

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#1 – Lavender

My top pick is lavender because it is one of the most versatile oils. It instills a normal sleep pattern, and what mom doesn’t need that in the first three months?? Lavender cleanses skin irritations, releases tension in the mind and body, among a long list of other things! Lavender is known as sort of the Swiss Army knife of oils, and has traditionally been known to balance the body and work where there is a need. When in doubt, use lavender is what you will always hear me say! **caution to know and trust your source of lavender. It is one of the easiest to make synthetically which provides zero therapeutic effect. Your essential oil company should have a S.E.E.D. to seal guarantee in place.

Can be used for: Cradle Cap • Crying Baby • Diaper Rash • Clogged Tear Duct • Fever

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#2 – Di-Gize

What do I hear more than anything (next to eczema) that pretty much every baby is suffering from? Constipation, gas, colic, or diarrhea, and IT IS NOT NORMAL…so don’t let your pediatrician get away with telling you it is and handing you a prescription for a drug that will cause life-long immune dysfunction. I have personally seen many infants suffering from gut issues, only to have it worsen with OTC’s and Drugs; in each case, a small amount of Di-gize offered immediate relief….and stay away from the pasteurized milk people!

Di-Gize is a blend containing tarragon, ginger, peppermint, juniper, fennel, lemongrass, anise, and patchouli. These oils help with problems related to the digestive system. Simply rub a little over the belly or the bottom of the feet.

Eczema anyone?? The new “fashion” for babies and kids now. A combo of Di-gize to heal the gut and lavender to nourish the skin is a powerful one-two punch to nip that in the bud.

Can be used for: Colic • Jaundice • Constipation • Diarrhea

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#3 – Thieves

A powerhouse of germ killing! Even superbugs like MRSA and C-diff are no match for this blend. Thieves contains clove, lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus radiate, and rosemary. It is highly antiviral and antiseptic. I use it any time there is evidence of germs attacking!

Can be used for: Coughing • Teething • Fever • Hand, Foot, Mouth Disease

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#4 – Melrose

Melrose is a blend containing two types of melaleuca, rosemary, and clove. It has strong antiseptic properties and can fight infection. It also helps with tissue regeneration. This oil is also very gentle with little to no “hot” feeling on the skin.

Little did I know how common molluscum contageousum and warts were until it happened to our middle son. This blend has been a part of our oil regimen to heal molluscum permanently! 

Can be used for: Ear Infection • Cradle Cap • Thrush

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If you have both lavender and Melrose, this combination of oils is useful for pink eye, baby acne, eczema, dermatitis and warts. (never put oils directly in the eye)

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#5 – Peace and Calming

Peace and calming is a blend containing tangerine, orange, ylang ylang, patchouli, and blue tansy. It offers up the most deep relaxing sleep you will ever experience! Peace and calming also helps with insomnia, and can reduce stress and anxiety. Mom also needs this oil, as it works wonders after a busy day and you find that your mind just won’t shut off.

This oil is a HUGE part of our Autism Protocol!

Can be used for: Crying Baby • Sleeplessness • Coughing

Finding it hard to begin? Below are some simple protocols to use for many common childhood illnesses. They only apply to the use of Young Living Essential oils. 

COLDS

Thieves, Melaleuca, Lemon, or Lavender. Diffuse 2 drops of either at bedtime or during the day. Mix 1 drop of either with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and massage the upper chest and back at each diaper change.

COLIC

Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil. Gently massage a few drops into the abdomen in a clockwise direction following the natural movement of the colon.

CONSTIPATION

Lavender or Roman Chamomile. Add a drop of either to 1 TBL of good carrier oil and massage in a clockwise motion on the tummy.

COUGHING

Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of a good carrier oil and rub a small amount on the chest and back.

CRYING

Place a small drop of Lavender or Roman Chamomile on your hand or a tissue and just let the baby smell the oil.

DIARRHEA

Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile with 1 TBL good carrier oil, gently massage 2-3 drops on the tummy in a clockwise motion following the natural movement of the colon.

DIAPER RASH

Combine 1 drop of Chamomile and 1 drop of Lavender with 1 drop of whole milk. Add to baby’s bath water and swish around before bathing baby. Keep the oils away from baby’s eyes.

FEVER

Mix 1 drop of Lavender with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Massage a small amount onto the bottoms of the feet and apply to the back of the neck and behind the ears, cover the feet with socks.

JAUNDICE

Mix 1 drop of Geranium with 1 TBL of quality carrier oil. Apply to the bottoms of feet and over the liver area. Do not apply oils within 1/2 hr before or after UVA treatment.

TEETHING

Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile or Lavender with a TBL of quality carrier oil. Use a small amount to gently massage outside of the face along the jaw line. Thieves and Clove are also amazing, but dilute well and apply to the gum line.

TUMMY ACHE

Mix 1 drop of Roman Chamomile and 1 drop of Wild Orange with 2 TBL of quality carrier oil. Add 1 Tsp of mixture to warm bath water, swishing around before bathing baby. #2 One drop of Di-gize on the belly or bottom of the feet. Avoid getting oils in baby’s eyes.

Other essential oils commonly used on infants: Grapefruit, Lemon, & Tangerine

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Children:

COLDS

Dilute 1-2 drops of Thyme or Lemon in 2 TBL of quality carrier oil and massage a little on neck and chest. Another great option is Thieves.

CONSTIPATION

Dilute 1-2 drops of Rosemary, Ginger or Orange in a TBL of quality carrier oil and massage on stomach and feet. (Di-gize as well)

CUTS & SCRAPES

Add 5 drops of Lavender and 5 drops of Melaleuca to warm water, use to clean the wound. Apply 1 drop of Lavender to a band-aid and cover the wound. The Lavender may sting if applied directly.

EARACHE

Apply Melaleuca and Lavender to the outside of ear or apply a of each to a cotton ball and set in the ear. Do not apply oils directly into the ear canal.

Read Here about our Ear Infections and how we treat them.

FEVER

Dilute a drop of Lavender and a drop of Peppermint in 2 TBLS of coconut or jojoba oil and massage a small amount on back of neck, behind the ears and on the back.

FLU

Dilute 1 drop of Cypress or Lemon in an unscented bath gel and use in a warm bath.

MINOR BURNS

Cool burn first with cold water. If the skin is not broken apply 2 drops of Lavender directly to the burn. If the skin is broken apply the Lavender on the perimeter of the burned area. Apply 5 drops of Lavender to a cold, DRY cloth and gently hold over burned area.

SUNBURN

Add 5 drops of Lavender to 1 tsp of Aloe Vera and apply to sunburned area.

The bottoms of the feet are really one of the best places to apply oils. Interesting to me is that oils even as hot as oregano can be applied to the bottoms of the feet without discomfort. Be sure to put socks on to prevent getting these kinds of oils on other areas of the body that are more sensitive.

It is truly magical to be able to sooth a burn or calm a distraught child will these beautiful essential oils. They will learn to love them and look forward to their benefits from very early on.

To read more on why Essential oils heal and drugs do not, click here. I have THREE Special gifts to send you for any Premium Membership with Young Living Essential Oils. Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions! Read bout them by Clicking HERE

One last thought. It is time we start taking health into our own hands and stop the cycle of “suppression” that our society has fallen into. What happens when we face anything uncomfortable whether it be illness or just in life? We want to suppress it, rather than heal it. We are taught from an early age that a trip to the pharmacy and some drugs will take away discomfort immediately, and in a time of quick fixes and immediate gratification, this is all we know.

Our bodies, so perfectly designed, are not meant to be “quick fixes”. A fever means the body is fighting germs, but if we trick it and do not allow this natural process to happen, then that virus or bacteria will never go away. There are compounding effects to that as well. Anything with a list of side-effects means those things can ACTUALLY happen!

Natural Medicine does not have side effects. Natural Medicine does not cause other organs and systems to shut down because of their use.  More importantly, natural medicine is ancient in its roots and if you are looking for a medicine with the longest track record of safety, look no further than essential oils.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Should Tonsils, Adenoids and Tubes be left alone?

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If there is one thing I wish I had known more about before having children, it would be an understanding of ear infections and proper treatment. Actually sickness in general, why it happens, and how to investigate and find root causes. Unfortunately I was conditioned like many of us to not question a Doctor prescribing drugs. Take it, follow the directions and that should fix it right? Not so in many cases.

Instead we need to educate and empower ourselves to choose wisely when faced with putting anything into our children’s body. Luckily we still are blessed with a few great Pediatricians and Doctors, like our Dr. S, who listen, support and acknowledge parental concerns. I just wish there were more of them.

When any doctor suggests that a child should have surgery some serious questions need to be asked, especially if it falls under the “oh it’s routine we do it all the time” category. Today this is quite often the case in tubes, adenoid removal and tonsillectomy surgery.

Some current stats:

  • Of those who have tubes placed in their ears, only 25% see significant improvement. The other 75% return to illness within 3 months of removal.
  • Ear tubes remain popular — with an estimated 700,000 insertions a year in the United States
  • Our body knows it needs tonsils and adenoids. They will begin to regenerate, and if surgery is done before the age of 3, studies show than in 75% of cases they come back. Pretty smart.
  • 45% of tonsils regrow as well. Again our body inherently needs them, so they regenerate. Even more so if surgery is done in early childhood.
  • Regrowth of tonsils and adenoids is linked to the continued presence of allergens and or toxins that were the cause of the issue in the first place. Remove the cause and there is no need to remove the tonsils.
  • There is a critical time 6 months after surgery where children’s immune systems are significantly weaker.
  • Just like any part of your child’s health…enlarged tonsils, adenoids or recurring ear infections are a sign that something is going array in the immune system. Explore the possibility of why, before jumping into surgically removing an important part of your child’s body.

Understanding why we have Tonsils and Adenoids

Both of these are extremely important to our entire immune system. Both the tonsils and adenoids act like a trap for allergens, bacteria and toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis-if the bacteria, toxins and dust/mold were to travel deeper into our immune system then potentially more serious reactions could occur.

Our systems are ALL inter-connected:

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Adenoids and tonsils work inside the lymphatic system and process fluid together with the other lymphoid tissues present in the human body. That liquid has lymphocytes (a form of white blood cell), whose job is destroying toxins and bacteria. If these contaminants and toxins miss out traveling thru the adenoids and tonsils, and enter through the skin, the antibodies are produced and travel to attack the invading toxins.

In upper respiratory infections, our tonsils are meant to neutralize by producing antibodies. These antibodies or immunoglobulins are proteins that are found in the bodily fluids (blood). As our tonsils begin to mature they produce five types of antibodies, including specific antibodies against Diptheria, Poliovirus, staphylococcus, haempophilus influenzae and streptococcus pneumoniae.

For those with weaker immune systems, like small children who have not built it completely up, the tonsils and adenoids are critical. With age, the adenoids have less responsibility but still continue to produce antibodies when allergens, toxins and bacteria enter through the breathing pathway.

Where are the tonsils and adenoids:

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And then come infections

If the adenoids get over-worked with a higher amount of toxins, bacteria or allergens entering, then infections can occur. Younger children fall into this often as they are more prone to “ingest” bacteria by putting things into their mouths. Since both work in unison, if one is infected most likely the other is as well.

  • Symptoms of infection or swelling in the adenoids include, difficulty swallowing, sore throat, heavy breathing, mouth breathing (critical to teach your children to nose breathe at it is a first line of defense to trap allergens)

The continual presence of allergens and toxins can cause repeated infections to occur in both the tonsils and adenoids. “A study done in Poland in 2004 showed that 28.6% of the children who had swollen tonsils, in fact had a major food allergy. The tonsils and adenoids were full of the allergen that the body was attempting to trap and thus were completely aggravated and swollen.”

Other studies have also come to this conclusion with environmental based allergies

Often, once the allergen was removed, the child’s adenoids and tonsils return back to normal, doing the job they were designed for.

From our own personal experience, our son was constantly stuffy, often berthed thru the mouth and snored. He was not what I would consider “well”. Many factors contributed to that, but the BIGGIE was milk (casein)! Once that was eliminated, he was significantly better, and so were his ears. Back to our pretty rad pediatrician who would tell me “milk isn’t meant for humans!” I finally listened.

Food Allergies or Sensitivities

Food allergies and sensitivities to food are two different things. An allergy can result in severe anaphylactic reactions, hives etc. Intolerance’s can last a life-time and show up in varying symptoms. Inflammation occurs in both the tonsils and adenoids due to the presence of the food causing the reaction both in short and long term situations. Both can be tested for; one a blood test, the other a scratch test. It is always a good idea to see exactly what you are dealing with. I would highly suggest auricular testing with an experienced Homeopathic doctor, as the intolerance will be 100% accurate. These Docs are far and few between, and I would only go to the BEST, like this one.

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And then there were Tubes

Everything mentioned above can lead to recurrent ear infections-and then often doctors suggest draining the excess fluid with surgery or “tubes”. It is a billion dollar business…if we change the nutrition, health and how we treat infections initially, these too can be eliminated.

Natural Ways to Combat Adenoid/Tonsil and Ear Infections

Explore the idea of visiting a Chiropractor that specializes in children.

If the spine is out of alignment, even in the smallest of ways, it can have huge repercussions on your immune system. Everything is inter-connected to the vertebrae in the spine. Each organ, nervous system, brain, immune response etc…Vertebral subluxations have life-long impacts on overall health and injury. I cannot say enough about Dr. Mac, he is a genius in re-aligning our children’s systems.

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Ear aches/infections/drainage issues can all be greatly reduced and completely corrected with spinal adjustments, as well as the negative effects of swollen tonsils/adenoids. The main reason being tied back to the inability to efficiently drain toxins and allergens, already illustrated above.

Young children are especially susceptible to spinal issues right from birth ( birthing itself can cause a whole series of subluxations), and if not corrected will continue to cause problems into adult hood. We’ve talked a bit about the fact that the tonsils and adenoids are part of the immune system, the ears are as well. Ear wax is part of our immune systems way of draining the foreign invaders of toxins, allergens and bacteria in our body.

Being that the tonsils and adenoids are a part of the lymph system; if you take a look at the diagram showing their placement in the body, you will notice that the Eustachian tube from the ears drains directly near the adenoids and the fluid flows past both the adenoids and tonsils.

A vital part of the lymph system is the ability to drain away the “dead” invaders as waste products. The drainage of the lymph system relies on the muscle groups located near each lymph node-for the adenoids and tonsils these are the muscles of the neck and upper body (think shoulder blades and up). If there is a subluxation of the upper spine, the ability for these muscles to contract properly and allowing for the lymph nodes to drain can be blocked partially or completely which results in these areas swelling and ultimately becoming infected by the waste products.

Often, even on the first visit to a Chiropractor, relief can be immediate, Here is a great study on Tonsillitis.

Homeopathic/Natural Treatment of Infections

When an infection in the tonsils, adenoids and ears is present the normal course of action is to prescribe an antibiotic. BUT the over use of antibiotics can have significant health issues especially in younger children. Antibiotics are completely UNABLE to decipher the “bad” bugs/bacteria/virus, instead wiping out both the good and bad bacteria found in our entire body, leaving it open to more infection.

Unless a child is prone to seizures, it is suggested to ride out the fever and not treat it with OTC’s (Tylenol, Motrin). The fever is the bodies way of fighting off the infection and is a vital part of the immune system function. Dr. Lawrence Palevsky has the best checklist for handing a fever and illness in a child, it can be found here.

A safe and effective method of treating fevers is to use Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil. The following is a great graphic on how to use essential oils for treating a fever.

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Essential Oils for Strep Throat and Tonsillitis

Young Living Oregano Oil is a fantastic oil that is highly effective for bacterial and viral infections it also stimulated the immune system. By stimulating the immune system in a child dealing with Tonsil or Adenoid issues this will result in the immune system working to “kick out” or remove the trapped bacteria that can create swelling/inflammation.

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Protocol for Oregano Oil

It is always a best practice to dilute oils for young children (under 5). Take 1-2 drops of Oregano oil and mix with any carrier oils like Olive, Almond, Grapeseed, Coconut. A 50-50 ratio Essential oil to carrier oil. Rub onto the child’s feet.

Ingesting oils is highly effective and often the quickest means to recovery (this can be done for children and adult over 5). It is a spicy oil and best to be mixed. I love mixing it with raw honey on a spoon or in a fresh pressed juice like apple/carrot. If you, or your child can swallow a capsule, then this is very effective! Take 2-3 drops of Oregano oil and 2-3 drops of olive oil in an empty capsule and swallow 2-3 times a day. **Keep in mind genuine therapeutic essential oil are completely safe to ingest. But I will only recommend Young Living.

It is best to avoid diffusing Oregano oil due to it being quite strong and my irritate the brachial tubes. 
Adults-Using the same application methods as the above, but upping the dosage to 4-5 drops is highly effective.

 

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A must have…Thieves Essential Oil

Thieves Oil Blend was created using a recipe from the 15th century, when robbers would cover themselves in oil so they would not contract the plague (and they never did!). The combination of oils is incredibly powerful and is a safe and natural replacement for antibiotics. It is also a highly effective antihistamine, all of these benefits combined make it a necessity oil blend to have in your medicine cabinet. 

For small children, you can rub a few drops on the feet or diffuse.

For adults and older children ingesting is very quick and effective. Same type of protocol as above. Mix with honey, juice or in a capsule.

For acute illness it is suggested to take this up to 5 times a day and also rub directly on the throat area. Since the molecules and chemical structure of pure oils are very small, they have the ability to pass directly thru the skin and penetrate affected cells, kill the bacteria and heal at the cellular level. This is not the case with drugs like antibiotics.

Other Oils: There are other Young Living Oils that have been proven to help with Tonsils and Adenoids include Melaleuca alternifolia (also known as Tea Tree), Myrrh, Lemon, Ginger, Dorado Azul, Melrose and ImmuPower. Each of these oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties as well as decongestant properties which can help reduce the inflammation in the tonsils and adenoids. All can be used/applied as shown above.

Vitamin C and D-is vital to proper immune system function. Unfortunately the RDA(recommended daily amount) is set way to low for optimal health.

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Herbs and Sea Salt! An herb that is highly regarded for ear infections is garlic and fenugreek. They are antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and help to relieve pain and discomfort. A simple recipe would be to take 2 tbsp of fenugreek seeds and simmer in 1 liter of distilled water for 20-30 minutes, then add crushed garlic and cloves and simmer for a few more minutes. Strain and add 1 tsp of sea salt until its dissolved. Let cool and gargle frequently. Let sit in your throat, and it is also completely safe to swallow. For additional anti-viral properties add one drop of Thieves essential oil.

Sugar

In short, sugar suppresses the production of white blood cells, and they basically are superman for our immune systems. From the moment we ingest sugar, immune suppression starts. This cycle is even more detrimental on an infant or small child’s immune system.

Milk/Dairy

Milk (Dairy) is known to cause a significant amount of inflammation and mucous. This mucous attempts to get out, and one major source of mucous removal is the sinuses-which are you guessed it directly related to ears, nose and throat. All of which drain past the adenoids and tonsils causing aggravation and leading to infection.

Dairy is also one of the things that is high on the list of food intolerances that many people don’t realize are causing internal issues. Not everyone exhibits lactose intolerance but humans are basically unable to digest lactose after age 6-7 when our body stops producing lactase to digest the milk (breast milk) that we are designed to digest as infants and toddlers. Ingesting large amounts of milk causes our body to go into remove it mode and the mucous is added as a way to flush it out of our system.

If you or your child have a constant stuffy nose, post nasal drip and recurring ear infections, remove dairy from the diet for about 2 weeks and see the difference it makes. ** Note not all dairy causes issues, grass-fed butter is not a true diary product as it’s actually a byproduct, camel, goat and sheep’s milk is much better tolerated in young children as it contains much lower levels of casein and lactose.** Yogurt can also be a good choice in the from of goat or coconut milk as it contains beneficial bacteria to help boost the gut flora and in turn improve immune function.

Health Changes

It will be said over and over again. Putting bad stuff in…will only yield bad stuff coming out. Is it harder to take away milk, sugar and processed foods, or have your child in a continual cycle of illness?

Hard to swallow for many, including me.

In the end, there are ALWAYS natural, safe and effective solutions to try first. Typically, no one needs to rush into surgery for tubes or even begin an antibiotic protocol right away. There IS time to begin a natural course of treatment. In the end, after researching you will know what is right for you and your family and feel confident in that!

Educate, empower and be encouraged! We are all in this together.

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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. 

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/01/30/us-sleep-apnea-idUSCOL06366020070130

http://www.naturalnews.com/012291_unnecessary_surgery_hysterectomies.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2007/11/20/us-tonsillitis-children-idUSL2026646820071120

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Journal of Pediatrics, December 2006

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Journal of the American Medical Association November 17, 2010;304:2161