We have been blessed to not have had to deal with a lot of sicknesses in my home. Even the more common illnesses like the flu and the common cold hit our home at most three times a year. I am so thankful rarity because being sick or having sick little ones is a drag; however, when the sicknesses do come, treating one person in our house is the absolute worse-our four year old. Why is it so difficult to get some kids to take medicine?
My three year old almost loves to take medicine. In fact, she will make herself cough and falsely claim her stomach hurts to try and convince us to give her medicine. On the other hand, we have the worst time trying to give her anything besides food and a gummy vitamin. She refuses anything that remotely looks like medicine. We have tried adding medicine, when necessary, to her food and drinks and every single time, she figures us out! As parents we end up at our wits’ end and give up.
Last year a group of moms at our homeschool co-op introduced me to essential oils. They shared all the many benefits of using the oils which convinced me to try just a couple: lavender oil and OnGuard oil, a blend made specifically by DoTerra. I quickly found out how effective these oils are and since then I have used a total of six oils faithfully to help my family stay as healthy as possible: Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, OnGuard, Melaleuca Oil, Lemon Oil, and Breathe.
Oils I Regularly Use
My family drinks a lot of water, so when sickness comes, it isn’t hard to drink only water to flush out toxins, which is necessary for quick recovery. Water and oils (sounds like an oxymoron, right?) are my absolute go-to’s. The second I hear a sniffle or cough from one of the kiddos, I grab a handful of my oils.
These oils can be used in numerous ways, but I’m sharing only the ways I have used them for myself and my family.
- Sleep/relaxation aid
- Stress/headache relief
- Fever reducer
- Constipation relief
This oil is a combo of wild orange, clove bud, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary oils.
- Cough suppression
- Immune boost/support (especially when kids will be or have been around other children)
- Household cleaning agent
- Dry skin
- Facial toner
- Household cleaner
- Stress/headache relief
- Sore throat relief
- Runny nose
- Respiratory complications
How I Apply
Essential oils are potent, so although they usually come in small bottles, not much is needed to get the job done. For most applications I use 2-3 drops. Depending on the oil, I will use it along with a carrier oil like coconut oil to avoid skin irritation.
Below are ways I have applied essential oils for effective use:
- Add drops to bath water (used to fight colds and fevers)
- Rub on bottom of feet (I do this with most oils as it is extremely effective)
- Rub across forehead (especially for stress, headache or fever relief)
- Add to vaporizer water
- Rub on front and back of neck
- Rub behind the ears
- Rub on temples
Before using essential oils, you should read and compare several oils to see which ones will work best for you and your family. I am so grateful that some of the frustration of administering medicine to our oldest is behind us. Prayer and these fab oils keep us moving! Stay healthy!
Is getting your kids to take medicine a challenge in your house too?