I get a lot of questions about using essential oils and herbs for both illness and prevention. Well, I have both going on in my house right now: Shelby’s ill, and I’m trying to prevent catching it.
(**Important: Real prevention comes from a strong immune system: no sugar, good sleep, managing stress, and eating Real Whole Food. “An ounce of prevention….”**)
I think it started as the flu and has morphed to bronchitis. What am I doing? A lot! Here’s a pic showing some of the natural medicines I’m using on both her and the rest of us:
And here’s a list of what’s in that photo from left to right:
Biotics ADP – which is oregano extract (anti-viral)
Tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil (these go in a pot of water – steam inhalation.)
Herbal Medicine’s Respiratonic, and Osha Cough Syrup ( definitely helping! Bought this at Natural Market in Warrenton, Va.)
Biotics Vitamin D3
Garlic, which I mix with Manuka Honey (look at a ‘how to’ here)
Herba Tussin Tea, by Traditional Medicinals
Those front baggies: from the left –
Ground Rose Hips – HUGE amount of vitamin C ( that’s for all of us, I put it in smoothies).
Chamomile flowers ( Natural Market by the ounce – CHEAP, POTENT and very relaxing. I o.d. her a little bit at night. We all sleep better that way.)
Marshmallow root ( Natural Market, Cheap/Potent/ rebuilds lining of esophagus, great for a cough/sore throat.)
The 2 jars in the back are homemade Vinegar of Thieves and homemade Elderberry Syrup, easy recipes for both are here.
What you’re not seeing? Regular cold meds. They give me the creeps. Do you know what’s in them?
Let’s look at Nyquil:
Active Ingredients (in each 30 mL) (Purpose)
Acetaminophen 650 mg (Pain reliever/fever reducer)
Dextromethorphan HBr 20 mg (Cough suppressant)
Doxylamine succinate 12.5 mg (Antihistamine)
Phenylephrine HCl 10 mg (Nasal decongestant)
alcohol, citric acid, D&C Yellow No. 10, FD&C Yellow No. 6, FD&C Green No. 3, flavor, glycerin, propylene glycol, purified water, saccharin sodium, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, sodium citrate, sorbitol, sucralose
Why would we put these poisons in our kids? When I look at the artificial colors, the propylene glycol, the saccharin, the sodium benzoate, I just see cancer and disease. Acetaminophen is the #1 cause of liver failure in the US! This crap can’t make anyone healthier – ever.
Moms, this is mostly up to us.
Our kids are predicted to die at an earlier age than we are. This isn’t something our family doctor is preventing, as it’s happening under their watch.
This is OUR job. We need to recognize and then reverse the conditioning we’ve received our whole lives to immediately turn to OTC meds for every sniffle, ear ache, and sore throat, because honestly, these substances aren’t making anyone healthier. The long-term effects of the ingredients ruin livers, kidneys, hormones, stomachs, etc.
Look around. The statistics show we’re all getting sicker, fatter, and more depressed by the minute. This is a multifaceted phenomena, and we can safely say that the ingredients in OTC products are one of the facets.
We all need to step up to the Mom Plate, and start studying, because there’s a big learning curve to using herbs and essential oils. There is no Natural Home Remedies Lobby paying for advertisements via the TV, Radio, and Print Ads. ( I’m convinced that most Americans get all their medical knowledge thru Big Pharma’s advertising business.)
Neither will our doctors be recommending Natural Remedies, as in med school, they’re only educated on synthetic drugs. Period.
I’m wrapping up here with a dose of guilt, which my kids say I’m good at: aren’t your kids worth the learning effort? Isn’t taking care of our kids supposed to be our biggest priority?
That said, there’s a lot to learn. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Get on the daily mailing list for GreenMedInfo and Dr. Mercola. Their peer-reviewed information is free – and priceless. I remember feeling overwhelmed when I first started this journey, but not anymore. You’ll become confident and comfortable too if you pledge to learn a little bit every day.
Our health, and our children’s health, is in our hands. Email me if you need help.