Lately I have been trying new oils and blending oils in the attempt to “land” on something that will help my husband sleep. In the past, I have used a respiratory blend, calming blend and grounding blend in our humidifier/diffuser. I am finding that the calming blend, while it calms, does not promote sleep for either my daughters or my husband. For the last couple of nights,the blend that I am using is Cypress and Frankincense. I have been sleeping well with this mix. I will ask him later how he slept.
For my daughters, Frankincense mixed with fractionated coconut oil on the bottoms of their feet seems to be working well.
So for now, I will continue to mix and blend.
Yesterday Jessica got up and said “Mommy, I’m coughing up brown stuff and my throat hurts.” I went to get the protective blend and rubbed it on her throat and chest. She said she was feeling a bit better. When she went to bed, I put a couple of drops of the respiratory blend and Melaleuca on the filter of her humidifier and rolled Frankincense on the bottoms of her feet. When she woke up this morning, she told me that then she coughed, it was a lot clearer and the soreness in her throat was gone. I love that I didn’t have to schedule an appointment with the doctor. Update June 15th: Today, Jessica’s cough is gone and no throat issues. 🙂
This morning my 15 year old daughter Jessica told me she didn’t sleep well last night. I asked her why and she told me that her head wouldn’t calm down. I told her that she should have reminded me to rub the calming and grounding blends on her feet. She replied by telling me- “I don’t want to become dependent on something to help me sleep, that is why I took myself off of melatonin”. I explained to her that the oils were natural and so was melatonin, that she would not become addicted to them. I also told her that the oils weren’t used to make her fall asleep, but to relax her and quiet her mind so that she could fall asleep. She asked if I could roll the oils on her feet tonight before she went to bed. 🙂
My daughters and I attended a birthday party this afternoon at a park where it was quite warm with a lot of ants and other bugs around. We had a really nice time. Later in the evening, my eldest daughter came out to show me a bump on her leg. She said it itched really bad. When I looked at it, there was a lump with a red circle around it and I had no idea what kind of a bite it was. I put melaleuca on it right away and then got my Modern Essentials book to look up insect bites and what oils to use. Most everything said lavender and melaleuca. She said it was still itchy so I put lavender on it. By the time she went to bed, the swelling and redness had all but disappeared. I love my essential oils. 🙂
I have had a virus, that involves the nerves, three times in my life and every once in awhile I experience residual discomfort as a result . Today I had a some discomfort on the tops of both thighs and down my right leg. I felt like bits of glass were just under the surface of the skin. I was unable to tolerate anything touching it. my shorts rubbing against my legs were excruciating. As the day progressed, the top of my right foot began to hurt, it felt as if it was broken. As the evening went on, It was becoming more and more painful and it became difficult for me to walk.
I researched a few different oils and decided to make up my own blend. I have used lavender to calm skin issues, so I used lavender. I have been told “When in doubt, use frankincense” and clove oil has been used by dentists to help numb and act as a natural antibiotic. so I used that as well.
When I mixed my blend, I added 20 drops of frankincense, 10 drops of lavender and a drop of clove to a dropper bottle and then added a tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil. I mixed it up really well and filled the dropper and placed the oil on my thighs. Within minutes, the irritation in my left leg was completely gone and had diminished quite a bit in my right leg. I used the oil again an hour later and after the second time, my right leg felt better. The top of my foot was still quite uncomfortable, so I decided to try the oil there as well. It eased after an hour, I used it again and it was almost gone. I LOVE frankincense.
My 15 year old daughter has always had stomach issues. When she was 4, she was under the care of a gastroenterologist because they thought she may have a form of inflammation that usually affects the intestines, but may occur anywhere from the mouth to the end of the rectum. or an immune reaction to eating gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.
When she has problems with her stomach, she automatically asks for the digestive blend and asks me to rub a couple of drops over her stomach and within seconds, her stomach is calm. There was an incident when I was not home and I happened to have the bottle of the digestive blend with me. She remembered my telling her about one of the oils in that blend (Fennel). I have a bottle of fennel and she found it and used that while I was gone and said it worked too, but not as well as her digestive blend.
Both of my daughters have been diagnosed with cognitive and mood issues, as well as anxious feelings and sleep issues. My eldest daughter has a VERY difficult time concentrating and focusing on more than one task at a time. She is 17 and has been on meds since age 8. Not once, in the almost ten years that she has taken medication, has she been able to verbalize or communicate how any of her meds are helping, or not helping her. For about 4 months, I have intermittently used a focus blend on her temples and have noticed that her focus it a bit better. (she calls it her focus oil). Eight weeks ago, I began to use it regularly and would place it at her temples and the base of her skull. After using it for almost a week, she said “Mommy, I hate to admit it, but I think these oils are helping me.” Then…on a Monday morning, (3 weeks before the end of school, her graduation) she told me, on the way to school, “Mommy, when you use the focus oil on my head, I can feel my brain “wake up”. That was the first time EVER that she was able to communicate how something made her feel. These oils WORK!!!