Germs. They are everywhere this time of year. Sniffles, coughs, sore throats and general congestion. Keeping them at bay can seem overwhelming. With so many drugstore options, and antibiotics being so prevalent, is it possible that there is a better way to keep our families healthy?
As a mom to 3 small children, I know that keeping kids healthy is easier said than done. When Bug was 6 months old, she spent her entire first winter with pneumonia, bronchitis, and ultimately a case of RSV that landed her in a hospital crib for a week. I spent months pumping my beautiful little baby with antibiotics and any medicine my doctor deemed ‘safe’. I was a new mom, and overwhelmed with well meaning family, doctors, the normal holiday chaos, and eventually my own pneumonia that nearly landed me in the hospital. As the weather warmed, and my little one finally fought off the winter illness, I was able to look back on the experience and start to figure out how I was going to avoid such a disaster in the future.
A Better Way
For as long as I can remember, I have been a big believer in the power of nature to heal the body. Our bodies, at their core, are just a reconfiguration of all the things that make up the amazing planet we inhabit. We have spent thousands of years adapting and evolving, and for the majority of that time, people relied on plants and naturally occurring phenomenon to keep themselves healthy. It’s true that, as we began to try to understand these remedies and medicines, we did not always get it right. Bloodletting, to be fair, was a pretty weird and ineffective practice. However, things like herbal teas, aromatherapy and topical creams and poultices from plants have been trusted forms of relief since the beginning of mankind.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bashing modern medicine. It is amazing how scientists can manufacture chemicals that can alter the chemicals in a human brain to such an extent that they, at least temporarily, almost make you a different person. Many people, myself and family included, owe their continued existence to some form of medical research. I do not, however, believe in using antibiotics and the endless aisles of pharmaceuticals as a cure all. While they usually do what they advertise, the effects on your body as these chemicals course through it are not always worth the temporary relief. Antibiotics especially, while they can absolutely save lives, alter the balance of good bacterias and confuse your body’s natural defense systems.
While we had definitely gotten to a point with Bug, after several cases of respiratory infections, that the antibiotics were necessary, I really wanted to find a better way to avoid getting that desperate in the future. I did a lot of research, talked to friends, well-meaning relatives and a few doctors. The reactions I got were mixed at best, but the more I looked into the issue, the more I found myself intrigued by the time-tested, and biologically compatible options of homoeopathic medicines and Essential Oils.
For thousands of years, people relied on the natural world around them to help with the aches, pains and discomforts of their daily lives (which were, in most cases, a great deal more arduous than our own!). Early peoples discovered that the plants around them could provide relief in many different ways. Some could help simply by breathing in their aroma (citrus, lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint), some could be applied as a salve for burns or cuts (lavender, chamomile, and helichrysum), and some, such as the bark of the white willow tree, could relieve pain when ingested.
These plants contain natural chemicals that interact with our bodies in a gentler way than most manufactured medication. I am more likely to want to use eucalyptus to help relieve my child’s stuffy nose than to rub them down with petroleum and menthol.Essential Oils are a great way to use the healing power of the natural world, without the old world skills of gardening and foraging.#RMO #NaturalMedicine Click To Tweet
Essential Oils are a great way to use the healing power of the natural world, without the old world skills of gardening and foraging. Not to mention a much quicker option! While the concept of Essential Oils is a great one, it is important to note that not all oils are created equal. The idea of natural medicine is that you are choosing not to add manufactured chemicals to your body. If an oil company is using plants that have been infested with pesticides or is using a chemical compound to extract the oil from the plant, then the oil you buy will be contaminated and will pass that contamination on to your body.
The Right Choice
There are hundreds of Essential Oil companies out there claiming to be the best. Trying to choose one for the first time can be extremely overwhelming… especially if you attempt to get advice from a friend who has been sucked in by one of the multi-level EO selling giants!
While these huge companies seem to be a perfect solution, with their familiar faced salespeople and market saturation, they come with a lot of baggage. There are buying tiers, expectations and pressure to become an active part of their global takeover. When on my search for the right EO company for me and my family, this sort of sale oriented culture definitely did not appeal to me.
Instead, I got online and did some research on smaller companies to see what they had to offer. Later this week I will post a comparison of the brands I found, and the criteria I based it on. The important part is that there was one company that stood out to me above the rest:
Rocky Mountain Oils™ won me over with its excellent value, commitment to quality, clear labels, upfront approach and wonderful customer service. Of course, good policies and helpful service is only one part. I ordered a few oils to start with (Lavender, Peppermint and Lemon) to see if they really worked the way I hoped. I waited impatiently, and was rewarded with quick shipping and oils that exceeded my expectations.
Now, 5 years later, my 3 children have since taken antibiotics 4 times total. We rarely make trips to the doctor that aren’t for Well Visits, and keep very little drug store medication in the house. My fantastic pediatrician has even made comments as to how he’s noticed that out of all his patients, we are one of the families he sees the least. I credit a good portion of our doctor/medicine free existence to the preventative and first aid powers of my RMO essential oils.
If you are interested in a drug free lifestyle for you and your children and want to give essential oils a try, just follow the link below to the RMO website, and see their awesomeness first hand!
Want to learn more? Check out my (In Progress!) Essential Oil Series to find out how I use my Rocky Mountain Oils™ to keep my family healthy!