And then I was introduced to using essential oils. I'd always been open to them for stress relief, but I finally decided to experiment with them for my kids' allergies too. I figured it would be worth the cost if it could end their suffering, since over the counter drugs just weren't making a dent.
Little did I know how our lives would change.
My son, who's been struggling with pain (some days a 10 on the pain scale) after getting his dental spacer in, would be going through a bottle of ibuprofen a week with not much relief. Now, when he complains, I put some lavender oil and frankincense along his jawline, and often that provides relief enough for him to move on with his day. The lavender oil was a Godsend for pain as well, as he coped with stitches from a fall.
At work, I've spent too much time at the PC, and have been dealing with stressors and headaches. Normally, I would have just suffered through it; now I just put a little peppermint oil on my temples, and it helps.
My cough my coworker complained of? Bothering no one these days. Strangely enough, my nagging dry cough is gone after daily use of lemon oil that I'd just casually added to my Diet Coke for taste.
At home, oils come into play as well. I use relaxation blends on my son's scalp when he's out of sorts, which thankfully have worked. I've tried digestive blends for when tummy troubles hit. I have a blend for bugs too, which I help credit with the fact that the kids didn't get the high fever that was traveling around pre-K a few weeks back.
At bedtime, the oils are a blessing. While I don't own a diffuser, we use them with our kids topically. My son begs each night for a mini foot massage - peppermint oil on his left foot and lemon oil on his right, without fail. My daughter, dragging with a cold, is eased with her humidifier that has a bit of lavender and wild orange oils in it.
The best part? Not only am I finding solutions for my family, they're happier with the choice. As my daughter told me at bedtime, "Mommy, this is so much easier than taking medicine."
Have you used essential oils or aromatherapy? What has worked in your life?