As parents one of our main concerns is the health and wellness of our children. In order for our kids to stay healthy it is also important that we take care of ourselves first. Department stores and pharmacies are filled with over the counter remedies that claim to treat every ailment. What consumers don’t realize is that most of them also contain harmful ingredients and chemicals that we should not put into our bodies. These ingredients are often overlooked because they are listed as “inactive,” on the labels. Most commonly used inactive ingredients found in OTC pills include:
- Food Dyes
- High fructose Corn Syrup
- Polyethylene Glycol
- artificial Sweeteners
We can easily avoid these additives by simply using natural remedies when we get sick. One of my favorite natural remedies are essential oils.
Essential oils are highly concentrated extracts from plants. They are 50 to 70 times more powerful than herbs and have a wide range of uses. Essential oils are found in cosmetics, foods and natural health solutions. Ancient cultures used them as a natural way to care for their health. Unlike antibiotics, essential oils kill viruses and bacteria by penetrating into the cell membrane.
There are three main uses for essential oils.
People burn essential oils and breathe in the scents for a soothing and calming effect. This form of essential oil use is called aromatherapy. Lavender is popular oil used for aromatherapy. Breathing in lavender helps you stay calm, relieves stress and anxiety and can help with sleep. Lavender can also be used topically to ease ear aches and heal cuts and wounds faster.
When essential oils are used topically they enter the blood stream within 30 seconds and work fast. Many massage therapists use essential oils to help their clients relax and soothe aching muscles.
There are many ways you can use essential oils internally. The most common way is adding a drop or two to a glass of water. The oil will enhance the flavor and may ease your ailment depending on the oil you use.
Essential oils can also be used to help keep kids healthy.
Top 10 Children’s Ailments and The Oils You Can Use to Treat Them
- Ear infections
To treat ear infections you can apply a few drops of Melaleuca or Lavender with a cotton ball behind your child‘s ear. Do this 3-5 times daily.
Diffuse Lavender and Balance oil into the air and apply them to the bottoms of your child’s feet at nap time or bedtime.
Apply Frankincense, Lavender or Helichrysum to the affected area. Helichrysum works great to stop bleeding, including bloody noses. Do this as often as needed.
Diffuse OnGuard, peppermint, Melaleuca or Oregano int the air liberally. You can also apply these oils to the bottoms of your child’s feet. For a fever apply peppermint diluted with fractionated coconut oil. Refill your oil diffuser and reapply to feet every hour.
5. Stomach Problems
Dilute DigestZen, Ginger, or Peppermint oils with fractionated coconut oil and apply to the abdomen or apply the oils directly to the bottoms of your child’s feet. Do this hourly or as needed.
6. Respiratory Issues
Apply Breathe, Lemon or Frankincense oils to your child’s chest and dilute the oil with fractionated coconut oil. You can also apply these oils on your child’s hands and have him cup his hands and inhale. They can also be infused into the air. Do this as often as needed.
For teething and diaper rash you can apply lavender on the affected area. To treat colic apply diluted marjoram and DigestZen on the tummy. For croup use marjoram an thyme. You can use essential oils on infants as often as needed.
8. Cough/ Sore Throat
Apply diluted Breathe / Lemon to your child’s chest and or feet. For a sore throat apply OnGuard to feet and neck, put a drop in a drink or diffuse in the air. Do this 3-5 times daily or as needed.
9. Emotional/ ADHD / Behavioral
Diffuse Balance, Vetiver, Serenity or Lavender in the air or apply to a terra-cotta pendant. You can also apply these oils topically to either the bottoms of your child’s feet or the back of his neck. Reapply the oils 3-5 times daily or as needed.
10. Skin Conditions
Apply Melaleuca Oil, Lavender or Geranium onto the affected area. Use with fractionated coconut oil and mix in doTerra lotion. For rashes apply lavender directly on the effected area. Reapply morning and night or as needed.
For more information about essential oils and how you can use them to treat your family’s ailments visit mydoterra.com/lesliegail
*Disclosure: I received samples of doterra Peppermint and On Guard essential oils from Leslie Gail, Independent Wellness advocate in exchange for this article. All opinions are accurate and 100% mine.