Pretty typical stuff going on around here with my little ones.. threatening to sabotage our summer vacation, but we won't go down easily! If you are interested in natural remedies, then allow me share with you how we tackled these irritations.
My littlest recently turned two, and she decided instead of blowing out her candles, she would make an attempt to eat the flames. It was awful. The thought had never even entered my mind that she would be blissfully unaware of the dangers of fire. Nonetheless, she fell victim to their enticement. Luckily, and thank heavens, she only sustained a small first degree burn to her chin, but it was painful for her. My go-to remedy for a mild burn is always, ALWAYS, Lavender. It not only helps with the pain, but it aids in the healing process. I applied this undiluted to her burn 3-4x. It definitely helped with the pain, which always makes me a happy mom. Lavender really can be a mom's best friend. It is so versatile!
My carefree middle child is always too busy enjoying life to complain about much. She lives in her own little world, and I have always loved that about her. But I knew there was something wrong when she whined and whined and whined for two days. She had had a mild runny nose for a few days which should have tipped me off, but it didn't. I kept asking her what was wrong, but she just wouldn't say. Then last night she finally came out with it. Her ear was so tender that I couldn't even touch it. Bless her sweet little heart. Her ear drum was just bulging. To get her through the night, I applied my earache/ear infection blend to her ear twice last night and again this morning. She slept peacefully, and I was able to get her in to her pediatrician this morning. The blend I use is basil, helichrysum, lavender, melaleuca, and roman chamomile. I put 2 drops of each oil into a 10 ml roller bottle, and fill the rest with fractionated coconut oil. I apply it all around and behind the effected ear. You can also apply it to a cotton ball and use the same method. Avoid putting anything into the ear canal.
My eldest child rarely has any tummy issues, but he frequently suffers from motion sickness. We have been on road trips and airplanes a few times this summer, and we are always prepared. His motion sickness comes out of nowhere. One second he is happy and smiling, and the next second he is as pale as a ghost. Before I had considered a natural option, I had finally found a medication to help him, but then he was asleep and groggy for most of the day which DOES NOT work for me on vacation. The only problem with essential oils in small spaces, such as an airplane, is that everyone around you may not be as equally enthused about the aroma as you are. Enter the personal inhaler (see it here- amzn.to/2eITA9C ). I was introduced to personal inhalers through my aromatherapist friend. It basically looks like a plastic tampon with a cap... but It. Is. Amazing. It has a cotton wick inside for your essential oil drops. We put 2 drops of Peppermint and 2 drops of Ginger essential oil on the wick. When you need it, you remove the cap, inhale the oil, and then put the cap back on. Done. Game changer for a plane. This helps my son immensely! When he feels his motion sickness coming on, he has his own personal remedy that won't bother the people around him, and actually keeps his motion sickness under control. SCORE!
Stay well this summer!
Andrea worked as a Registered Nurse in a Pediatric Emergency Department for 10 years before leaving to be a full-time/homeschooling Mommy to her three beautiful and crazy children.