It sucks. It's been going around school. And Gavin got it.
It started late Monday night with a low grade fever. We gave him ibuprofen and layered on guard, oregano and melaleuca (all diluted) on his feet. I also started diffusing on guard and lemon in both of the kids' rooms and in the living room since that's where we spend most of our time.
Tuesday he still had a fever and he started getting a rash of red spots on his legs, hands, feet around his mouth and all over his diaper area. He didn't want to eat and he was drinking much less than normal; he was acting like it hurt him to swallow. I gave him ibuprofen for the fever and the throat pain and I applied oregano, on guard and melaleuca (all diluted) on his feet and I started rubbing melaleuca with solid coconut oil on the rash along with lavender. He was up most of the night uncomfortable, crying and probably hungry but every time he tried to drink his bottle he would cry in pain. I googled what hand foot and mouth looked like and it wasn't how Gavin's rash looked; he didn't have any big nasty blisters like I was seeing online.
Yesterday (Wednesday), his fever was between 99.9 and 102.7 and he still wasn't eating or drinking very much. After looking on everythingessential.me and talking to my friend Julie (who took the time to bring me a sample of melissa & purify- I love her) I started applying melissa and coconut oil on his rash. Along with the combo of melaleuca, on guard and oregano (diluted) on his feet. When Steve got home from work we took him to the Children's Hospital urgent care. The doctor said he definitely had hand foot and mouth but that it was much better looking than most cases because he only had 5 or 6 little blisters on his hands and feet. She said he had a very raw throat and that's why he didn't want to eat. She said to give him 1/2 t children's Benadryl mixed with 1/2 t Maalox to ease the throat pain. We did that when we got home and we put more melissa and coconut oil on his rash and this time I added myrrh oil. I also rubbed melaleuca (diluted) on his neck since that worked for me when I had a sore throat. I put on guard and oregano on his feet (diluted) and he went to bed. He only woke once at 1:00am, drank a couple of ounces, went back to sleep until 6:00am and then drank 5 more ounces.
Today I oiled him up again- this time I used helichrysum, myrrh and coconut oil on his rash and neck. On guard, oregano and melaleuca on his feet. Within 10 minutes he was eating his breakfast and playing like normal.
Of course I can't be 100% certain, but I truly believe these oils have kept his hand foot and mouth to a minimum as far as blisters and spreading goes. The doctor told us this virus takes 7-10 days to resolve and I'm hoping he's better before that.
I have been diffusing on guard and lemon every day to kill the germs in the air and I have been using on guard (diluted) three times a day on the rest of us to hopefully prevent us from catching it. Fingers crossed.
I celebrated my 35th birthday this weekend. I'm not super excited about being 35, but Steve keeps telling me, "age is just a number". The thing is, since having kids, the years are flying by, like- really. flying. by.
Anyway, age is just a number. I'm going to keep chanting that to myself.
Here's how my weekend went, you've been warned, it was really, really great.
Friday I came to work, Steve was in his office and said, "do you want a massage or a facial?" Not knowing exactly what he was talking about I said, "a facial." Then I hear him on the phone and he comes out and tells me I have an appointment at 1:00 at the spa in town (best husband award goes to Steve). So I got to take the afternoon off work (best boss award goes to my FIL) to get a facial (it was fantastic) and then I went to get groceries. When I got home I was putting the groceries away and I noticed all of the laundry folded neatly in baskets. I was so confused because I surely did not do all of the laundry in my sleep, did I? Turns out my mother-in-law snuck in and did the laundry while I was out (best MIL award goes to Jeanne)!
That night we had dinner with Steve's parents because their birthdays are the 27th & 28th. We sang happy birthday (Emily's favorite thing to do lately), blew out candles and ate cupcakes. It was a really good night.
happy birthday to us!
Saturday we were lazy at home, everyone took naps (win!) and then Steve and I went out to dinner while Grandma & Grandpa played with the kids. Steve and I talked about how things had changed in a year, how much better I'm doing (depression/anxiety-wise), how glad we are to have our little family and to be where we are today.
terribly grainy pic but it had to be documented that I was in actual clothes with my hair done
Sunday we had breakfast with Grandma & Grandpa, we played and played and then everyone took naps again (!!). We had dinner with my in-laws and my MIL made my mom's oven fried chicken recipe. That was so special for me, thank you Jeanne!
This has been my best birthday yet, I feel seriously spoiled and blessed.
Lavender, lemon and peppermint essential oils can be a powerful, all-natural antihistamine. These three oils together calm down body inflammation resulting from the body’s allergic response to the environment.
I've heard so many great things about this allergy shot. My friend Julie told me that she had been on OTC allergy meds for a very long time and when she learned about this combination of oils, it worked better than the OTC meds she had been taking without the nasty side effects!!
There are different ways to use lemon, peppermint and lavender oils to get relief from allergies:
1. Add the three oils (2 drops of each) to an empty veggie capsule found here (search for veggie caps) or you can find them at many health food stores.
2. Fill a shot glass half way with water or juice, add the oils (2 drops of each) to a shot glass and swish for 10-20 seconds then swallow.
3. Or if you have children with allergies you can rub these oils on the soles of their feet.
*Only take essential oils internally if your oils are certified pure therapeutic grade doTERRA oils.
This recipe works well for pet allergies, seasonal allergies, and it is great for clearing your sinuses.
Just another reason to sign up for the lavender giveaway HERE!
Also, be sure to register for the free, online Mood Management class that will be taking place tomorrow night at 8:00pm (ET). There will be a ton of great information covered and you can ask any questions you might have about essential oils! Anyone can watch so tell your friends! Register for the class HERE!
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have mood issues from time to time. Life is stressful and at times it can seem overwhelming. I have suffered from anxiety most of my adult life and after the birth of my second baby, I suffered from terrible post partum depression. Thankfully, I was introduced to doTERRA oils and began using Balance, Serenity, Citrus Bliss & Elevation every day. I can't say enough good things about these four oils, they have greatly improved my state of mind and my mood (just ask my husband).
My friend and mentor, Julie Hill, has kindly offered to teach another online class all about mood management using essential oils. You can learn how to use essential oils to improve your mood from your couch!
This class will be offered for FREE on March 4, 2014 at 8:00pm (ET).
Mood Matrix Class - Get Your Life BACK!
An unhealthy mood can interfere with so many things in a person's life. It can bring feelings of hopelessness, anxiety, depression and discouragement as well as physical symptoms such as headache, brain fog, chest tightness, and lower back pain. These unhealthy feelings and symptoms can sometimes be very difficult to escape, but essential oils can help.
Learn tools to address various MOOD related challenges NATURALLY with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils.
This week my oils have been all about PMS and everything that goes along with this wonderful time of the month. Bitchiness, break-outs, eatingallthefood, cramps, on and on.
Bitchiness: Yes. I have major mood swings with PMS. It's not fun (for Steve). So I've been using my Clary Calm (used to be called Solace) around the clock and it has cut the hostility in half. Clary Calm is a blend of clary sage, lavender, bergamot, roman chamomile, cedarwood, ylang ylang, geranium, fennel, palmarosa, carrot seed, and vitex essential oils. It helps manage the symptoms of PMS and it even helps with the transitional phases of menopause. I put it on the back of my neck and on my abdomen for cramps. I have also been using it at bedtime with serenity and it's been very calming and helps my mind relax so I can fall asleep.
Skin: Ah, my skin is so lovely at this time of the month. Joke. I get break outs, usually around my chin/mouth area. It's annoyingly predictable. doTERRA has an amazing skin care line that I am currently saving my points for. I have heard awesome things about it! My friend Julie uses it and she looks 10 years younger than she is and doesn't have to wear make up. Sign me up. But until I can get that kit in my hands, I'm using what I have and it's working wonders. For breakouts, I have been putting melaleuca diluted in fractionated coconut oil for a spot treatment. Melaleuca (tea tree oil) is renowned for it's cleansing and rejuvenating effects on the skin. It is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory so it works wonders on breakouts. There is also a blend called Clear Skin that is made for acne, callouses, dermatitis, impetigo and oily skin. I want it.
Cravings: I want to eat all the food when I have PMS and it does not help that it's Girl Scout cookie time. Salty, sweet, it does not matter- just give it to me. So to stop myself from gaining 25 pounds, I have been drinking 2-3 drops of grapefruit oil in my water all day and it has helped curb my appetite. I don't like actual grapefruit but I love the grapefruit oil in my water. It's not sour, just very refreshing. There is also a blend called Slim & Sassy that is specifically designed to control hunger. I don't have it yet, but it's on my list!
Anxiety: I used to get anxiety like clock work around my time of the month. Hormones fluctuating? I don't know. But since I have started using balance every morning and night I haven't had anxiety at all. It has been such a relief, I can't even tell you. I put it on the soles of my feet and on the back of my neck. I also diffuse it from time to time just because I love the smell so much.
So there you have it, my oils for PMS. There are a ton more depending on what symptoms you might have- hot flashes, heavy/light/irregular periods, infertility, dysmenorrhea, etc. Email me if you need any suggestions!
Click here if you would like to purchase any of these oils on my retail site.
Yesterday was a wild day with the kids and I was so cranky. I think my kids can smell grumpiness or something because they go into full-on cry/whine/argue/fight the diaper change/refuse breakfast/hang from mommy's leg mode when I'm not in the best mood. Or maybe it just seems that way to me. Probably.
So I grabbed my Modern Essentials book (aka: my oil encyclopedia) and looked up 'calming' which seemed appropriate because I was home with the kids and I should probably be calm & happy, no? Lavender was listed so I put 2 drops in my hands, rubbed them together and inhaled, then rubbed the oil on the soles of my feet. I added a few drops to the diffuser and I was definitely less irritated in about 8 minutes, maybe less, and we got on with our wild day.
I use lavender oil a lot. It's one of my go-to oils for just about everything.
Fevers: I have used lavender with peppermint to lower a fever for Emily twice now. 1 drop peppermint, 2 drops lavender, 3 drops FCO, rubbed on her back and feet. (Peppermint is a cold oil- meaning, when you put it on your skin, it is going to feel cold. So when I use peppermint, I always dilute it.)
Sleep: Gavin was having trouble sleeping through the night and since I started rubbing lavender oil on his feet before bed, this has improved greatly. I also diffuse lavender in both of the kids rooms for about 30 minutes before they go to bed then I shut the diffusers off for the night.
Cleaning: I recently mopped my hard wood floors with a mixture of lavender, lemon and white vinegar and it worked really well. I also put 3-4 drops of lavender in with my unscented laundry soap and my clothes and towels smell amazing!
Calming: emotionally, mentally, physically. It calms me, the kids, & even the dog.
Skin: It can ease the pain of a burn, a bug bite, & diaper rash. It reduces scaring and stretch marks. It treats many skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis, rashes). I use it in my concoction for Gavin's eczema and it has basically disappeared. What more could you ask for?
Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and to work wherever there is a need. When in doubt, use lavender. I has been known to help anxiety, arthritis, asthma, balance, bronchitis, bruises, cold sores, earaches, fainting, gallstones, headaches, heart irregularities, high blood pressure.....the list goes on and on.
To read more about lavender check out doTERRA's blog here.
And because I love lavender (and you) so much I'm having my first giveaway on the blog! One of my readers will win a 15mL bottle of doTERRA Lavender Essential Oil (retail value $28.00)
Giveaway only open to residents of the USA and Canada (due to shipping costs). The contest will end on March 7, 2014 at 11:59 pm MST. The winner will be announced here on the blog within 48 hours. No purchase necessary to win.