Oh, how I wish I knew then what I know now. We're always learning, aren't we. A mom's endless journey for knowledge - much like a teacher's. "Best Practices" are constantly evolving based on the era, the year, and even the day with our available resources and information.
From vaccination controversies to methods for home-making the best organic baby food caused for hostess-with-the-mostess syndrome when baby-mommy playdates ensued. It's laughable how we compared (competed) with each other's strategies for getting through those early years with the healthiest and smartest babies!
But seriously, mothers are each others' best resource. We each do the best with what we have at the time, and love to share what we discover or feel passionate about. And here I am, projecting my current point-of-view on essential oils, my latest "best practice".
Admittedly, I am one of many who slathered my babes with petroleum-based Vapo-Rub during bouts of croupy crud, and ran the synthetic Vapo-Steam through the cool-mist humidifier that left a sticky white dust on everything from the changing table to the crib sheets.
That was only nine years ago when it all began, and (Wait, what? that was ALREADY nine years ago?!)... in those nine years, obviously I've grown older (grayer, wrinklier, tireder), but I like to think I've also grown a little bit wiser.
I had heard of essential oils back then - my sister-in-law used them in massage therapy - and I know they have been around for centuries, but like many I was skeptical of herbal voodoo magic. I was skeptical of synthetic remedies too, so the door was cracked a bit as an invitation for something to enter that made sense for the wellness of my young family.
Please refer back to Mountain Gaia for background and introduction.
After many pleasant interactions with their oils, I discovered the power of Breathe Respiratory Blend, our go-to blend of oils for bouts of the croupy crud, which I'm happy to report, is becoming a rarity 'round these parts. This beautiful blend opens and soothes the tissues of the respiratory system. It's components are known for their abilities to combat airborne bugs.
The single oils contained in this Respiratory Blend:
Breathe's Primary Benefits and Uses:
Our family's protocols:
We have 3-4 drops of it running through the diffuser in our bedrooms for a couple of hours at night when we're either sniffling a little or hacking up a lung.
Topically, we rub a few drops on our chest with Fractionated Coconut Oil and even under our noses and over our sinuses.
Several drops in a warm bath, makes for a relaxing soak.
Additionally, we all pass the bottle around and each take a big whiff on our way out the door to school. My 7-year old likes how it makes her eyes water for a couple of minutes - she "knows it's working"!
It's my intuition that this isn't a moment-in-time remedy for croupy crud, but one I'll be toting for at least nine more years, because it's something I fully trust, along with the rest of doTERRA's naturally safe and powerful essential oils.
Catch your breath and get your Breathe at www.mydoterra.com/mountaingaia