August 28, 2013
As much as I hate it when my family is sick, there is a distinct closeness that comes from caring for a sick child or family member. And, in the winter, this can especially true. Steaming broth, hot tea, snuggly blankets, a cool cloth on a feverish brow, and, of course, the healing scent of essential oils. But what do you do when lying in bed sick is a luxury? Or when the person you’re caring for is too busy for snuggly blankets?
My husband, James, will admit that he is not the most long-suffering patient in the world. I tease him about being “worse than the kids.” He refuses to stay in bed, he can hardly be found when its time for a dose of this or that, and he doesn’t tend to be the most…cheerful. Although he does his best to tough it out, he’s a busy guy, so he gets impatient. Which means I want him well as soon as possible!
This past week, James picked up a summer cold. He experienced the typical symptoms: headache, congestion, aches and pains, chills – and a touch of irritability. It is the summer, of course. And summer is the worst time to get the flu.
Since my husband is a pastor, being sick on a Sunday can make preaching more complicated. This past Sunday, while he didn’t serve communion, he was still scheduled to preach the morning sermon.
I have to admit, I had been somewhat negligent in “working on him” ahead of time. So, Sunday morning, I decided to try to knock this thing out fast. I reached into my Dr. Mom’s medicine cabinet and pulled out my favorite cold-busting essential oils!
Frankincense: This oil is one of the oldest oils known to man, dating back to at least the days of Abraham. This precious oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can be helpful with congestion. You can read more about the powerful effects of Frankincense HERE.
Oregano: This amazing oil is not only great in spaghetti, it has been found to be highly antibacterial in its action against 8 strains of bacteria, including E coli, Salmonella, and Staphylococcus. I use this oil as a naturally effective remedy for infection.
Thieves: This oil should be a staple in every home. This warm blend of five highly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal essential oils has proven its amazing abilities over and over again in our family. Research from Weber State University in Utah has shown that it has a 99.96 percent kill rate against airborne bacteria.
We diffuse it, take it in capsules, and rub it on the bottoms of our feet. I also make a homemade throat spray that’s includes Thieves, as well as peppermint and Lemon (all included in my recommended Starter Kit)!
What I did for my husband’s recent bout with illness was mix 2 drops of frankincense, 4 drops of oregano, and 6 drops of Thieves in an empty vegetable gel cap. James took this four times yesterday.* We also diffuse Thieves or Raven during cold and flu season.
When he started, his headache was pounding, his coughing was regular and labored, and he couldn’t breathe through his nose due to the congestion. For chest congestion, he rubs RC or Raven into his chest and deeply inhales what’s left on his hands.
I also rubbed M-Grain layered with Peppermint on his forehead, behind his ears, on his temples, behind his neck, and massaged it into his scalp. He said this took care of the pounding headache he had just before the service on Sunday morning.
After just 24 hours of taking his “cold & flu bomb,” he felt amazingly better! He slept through the night and woke up saying he felt “like new!” Why didn’t I start his protocol earlier?
Another perk of using essential oils is that our family has been able to avoid antibiotics for years now. Of course, antibiotics may have their place in times of emergency; but the general over-use of pharmaceuticals is causing a worldwide health crisis.
I am thankful to have learned about the blessings of essential oils and I’m eager to share what I’ve learned with you!
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* I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils, since lower quality oils often have no medicinal value and may even be toxic. Read your labels. Lower quality oils are often only perfume grade (regardless of their claims) and will usually have a warning not to take internally. Young Living Essential Oils that are labeled as “supplements” are generally regarded as safe for internal consumption.