Marty has been congested these past couple of days and complained of a sore throat so I started putting oregano essential oil on his feet in hopes to stop it from turning into a full blown cold, and it worked! He was amazed at how wonderful he felt after one application and a good night’s rest.
This is the first time Marty has used essential oils. He told me he thought I was crazy for using that “hippy witch craft stuff.”
I have to admit, I was skeptical of it at first as well. However, after using essential oils to treat a nasty cold I had a month ago, I became a firm believer in the stuff.
In addition to colds, I have had great success using oils to reduce stress, boost my mood, and treat migraines, body aches, tension, cold sores, scars, congestion, sore throats, teething, and acid reflux.
I had a major seasonal allergy attack a few weeks ago that I tried to treat with oils and it just was not working for me at all. I broke down and bought OTC meds because I needed to get well fast.
The thing about oils is that sometimes you don’t see instant relief. As with any other home remedy, it takes patience, consistency, and diligence. You have to reapply and supplement with all your other favorite homeopathic cure-alls. When I use oils to treat something serious, I reapply them every 1-2 hours. If I’m using them as a preventative measurement, once in the morning, and once at night usually suffices for me.
Last night, Rue’s nose starting running and I could hear some congestion building up. She didn’t have a fever and she wasn’t coughing or sneezing, but she wanted to nurse and nap a lot so I knew she wasn’t feeling well.
I did not want her to get whatever Marty had.
In addition to letting her sleep and nurse as much as she wanted, I used essential oils, breast milk, and the Nose Frida to get her to feel better. If it were me being sick, I would have also eaten lots of fresh garlic because it’s a natural cure all due to it’s antibiotic properties.
Here’s what I did:
1.) Put oregano oil on her feet (1 drop diluted in 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil) once every two hours.
2.) Put a blend of immune boosting essential oils on her spine (diluted in a 10 ml roller bottle) twice a day.
3.) Put a blend of respiratory essential oils in the diffuser pretty much all day long.
4.) Suctioned her nose using the Nose Frida every time I saw it running.
5.) Put a couple drops of pumped breast milk in each nostril (twice a day).
6.) Nursed and cuddled her as much as possible.
About three hours (and three naps) after the first oregano application, she was back to being her normal happy self and we were all able to get a good night’s rest! Even though she was obviously feeling better, I continued this routine the next day to make sure I stopped it from turning into a cold. On the third day I just put the immune system protective blend on the bottom of her feet once in the morning and once at night to keep her immune system going strong.
Regarding the use of essential oils on babies and children, less is more. A little goes a long way.
The rule is: dilute one drop of essential to one tablespoon of carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil).
Some oils are milder than others so you can put 2-3 drops of essential oil per tablespoon of carrier oil if you don’t notice it working with just one drop.
Oregano is NOT a mild oil. It’s quite hot actually. When applied neat (without dilution), it can burn, so be careful. Marty & I don’t have sensitive skin, so we’ve never had an issue using it neat on the bottoms of our feet, but I would never apply it anywhere else without diluting it.
This was my first time using a Nose Frida. For all my fellow first time mommies out there wondering how it works, this is how you do it:
1.) Gently press blue end of tube up against baby’s nostril (it does not need to go inside the nostril).
2.) Put the red mouth piece in your mouth.
The mucus will NOT end up in your mouth. It stays in the blue tube. This is way easier than using those rubber nasal aspirators you get in the hospital and even though Rue looks like she’s being tortured in the picture, this is causing her very little discomfort at all. If any.
I rinse the blue tube with dish soap and hot water after each use, let it dry, and put it away. You can also put the blue tube in the dishwasher (it’s top rack safe).
No more disgusting black mold build up inside the Neti Pot! Yay!!!
This was also my first time putting breastmilk in Rue’s nose. It was recommended to me that I suction her nose first, then add the milk, so that’s what I did.
I pumped a little milk and put two drops in each of her nostrils. You do not need to do anything else. Your baby will just swallow it as it goes down their throat.
Why in the world would you put breast milk in your baby’s nose?!
Well, breast milk has immunological properties and can actually kill cold germs in progress much faster than waiting it out or any over the counter remedy can.
It can clear up acne, earaches, and pink eye as well.
So there you have it. How this mama stops a cold dead in its tracks and clears up congestion without a drop of over the counter meds 🙂
To learn about which essential oils I use, please comment below I’ll send you a direct link to the product!
I REALLY hope your baby doesn’t get sick this winter, but if they do, try one (or all) of these remedies!
Laura, Marty, & Baby Rue