November 8, 2012 by Stacy McDonald

Bed Rest and Broom Sticks

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Some of you may remember the “essential oil birth stash” my daughter, Tiffany, compiled during her last pregnancy. Well, this month she and her husband, Ben, are due to have their second child. Tiffany has been on bed rest, or “couch rest,” as she calls it, for the last 30 days. Today’s guest post is from her. And don’t miss the great recipes for homemade vapor rub and cough syrup at the bottom of this post…

To be quite honest, it’s not that we’ve been too busy, it’s just that we haven’t been busy. Ben would disagree, since he tells me that I am busy…making lungs, and toes and eyes, etc…. but I usually feel as though we haven’t “done” anything since I’ve been on couch rest for about a month.

I’m hoping to get the green light to get up and get some work done on Thursday when we have our next appointment. My “to-do” list gets longer everyday and I’m eager to get started on some last minute projects/housework before our little guy arrives. However, this last month of laying low has been good for us, I think.

“As she suckles the child, rocks and bathes it, and cares for it in other ways; and as she busies herself with other duties and renders help and obedience to her husband. These are truly golden and noble works…” – Martin Luther

Since I’m not allowed to “do” anything (by my definition), I can sit with my baby girl and read and play for hours without feeling like I have to get work done. It’s been a good reminder that my family, my wonderful, selfless husband and my sweet strawberry-blonde curly topped baby girl, matter more than the dust under the desk.

Being there for them, letting them be there for me (wow…that’s a hard one!), and just enjoying each day (which I usually don’t get an A+ for) is my current calling. It will be over soon…very soon. But, laying low hasn’t kept our house from colds and such. Poor Lilyana came down with Roseola recently…congestion, fever, and then the rash. Actually, the rash wasn’t as bad as I expected. I was so thankful that it didn’t itch! Lilyana wasn’t her normal cheerful, happy-go-lucky self for days and just wanted to be held, mostly by her daddy.

We rubbed her down with oils and diffused them in her bedroom at nap-time and during the night, while she slept. This seemed to help a lot, but she was still waking up at least once during the night coughing. At about the same time, Ben developed Strep Throat and I was doing all I could to stay healthy! I wasn’t going to be sick and in labor at the same time!

I hated to see both of them suffering and I knew I could do more. So I got up one morning and whipped together some home remedies to soothe their aching bodies.

What could be better than Homemade Cough Syrup and a Vapor Rub? These are so easy to make and contain only all-natural everyday ingredients and therapeutic grade essential oils!* Quick and easy, healthy and tasty, the Cough Syrup and Vapor Rub are good to keep on hand in your home; and, if packaged nicely, would make great gifts for your friends and family this Christmas!

Homemade Cough Syrup

(Lilyana LOVES this stuff!)

1 C Honey (preferably raw, local honey)**
1/4 C Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
30 Drops Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil
30 Drops Young Living’s Thieves Essential Oil Blend

Combine honey and vinegar in a small pot and heat over low heat until the honey is runny and the two ingredients are combined. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour into desired storage bottle and add essential oils. Shake before serving a healing 1-2 teaspoons to your family!

Vapor Rub

(A Lilyana favorite…she carried the jar around and asked for more as she needed it!)

2 T Beeswax
1/2 C Olive or Coconut Oil
30 Drops Young Living’s Peppermint Essential Oil
30 Drops Young Living’s R.C. Essential Oil Blend
20 Drops Young Living’s Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Heat beeswax and oil in a small pot over low heat until the beeswax is completely melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Pour into desired storage jar, add the essential oils, stirring to combine and allow to set before use! Rub on chest and back every 2 hours or as needed.

*Only use Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, especially when ingesting, as lower quality oils may be toxic.
** Do not give honey to babies under a year old.

You can visit Tiffany at The Simple Scents of Life. Here is the best way to get wholesale prices on your essential oils!

  2. Select the “Independent Distributor” (wholesale customer) membership option.
  3. Enter Tiffany’s member number: (1119038) in the SPONSOR and ENROLLER field
  4. Choose the “Start Living” kit of your choice (Tiffany recommends the Start Living with Everyday Oils Kit. If you choose this option, Tiffany will buy you a free 478-page reference book!)

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5 Responses to “Bed Rest and Broom Sticks”

  1. Jennifer says:

    LOVE the name Lilyana!

    Gosh, Tiffany sprang from young and unmarried, so quickly!

  2. Stacy McDonald says:

    Yep! It is such a blessing to see them so happy!

  3. Jennifer says:

    Looks like they were made for each other like puzzle pieces.

  4. Jody says:

    Stacy, we are trying to use essential oils and herbal rememdies, but we need a good place to begin learning about the oils and what is for internal and for external. We use them for making soaps, detergents and cleaners as well, but are confused. If you know of a good book or you have previous posts it would be greatly appreciated.
    Your daughters’ family is lovely. Best wishes for the new little blessing who will arrive soon. I was on bedrest in a hospital for an entire month before my twins were born, 19 years ago! I can sympathize, my 1st was only 15 months old at the time as well! Know this is a blessing to be with her daughter during this time. Prayers for all!
    Always Experiencing Him,

  5. Erin says:

    Bedrest isn’t as easy as it sounds. I was on bedrest for about 7 weeks prior to the birth of my son. It is very difficult to not care for one’s husband and children. Our church was wonderful and brought 3 meals each week but it was almost painful to give up control over what we ate, who was watching my children, where they were being watched, etc…I never realized how particular I am!

    One positive (apart from a lovely and healthy baby… complete previas can go very badly very quickly) is that my cracked heels went away-I had soft lovely feet for the first time in my adult life! That ended within weeks of being up and about again, but for awhile I enjoyed my feet ;-).

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