Sandy Bachman is a
Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, Certified Yoga
Teacher, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist and Certified Advanced
Energy Healer living in Elmhurst. She was kind enough to
share her passion and knowledge of therapeutic grade essential oils
and offer parents new tools to deal with non emergency
interventions. She is a distributor for Young Living Oils, so
many of the oils she mentions are specific to Young Living.
If you are interested in more information, please contact Sandy at
[email protected] or
visit her website at www.GardenofVibrations.com.
Let's face it. Mom is the first one on the scene for the
family's health and first aid crisis. She is the triage nurse
of the household. She assesses the situation, keeps everyone
calm and determines just how serious the particular situation
is. She makes the decision to visit the family health care
provider or handle the situation at home with common sense and home
There are many situations where non-emergency interventions can
be handled at home with essential oils. Anything from an
upset stomach to insect bites, essential oils can provide Dr. Mom
with a tool bag of helpful home remedies. Instead of using
over-the-counter products which can be toxic and have side effects,
consider using therapeutic grade essential oils to maintain your
What are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are the blood or lifeline of the plant. The
oil can be obtained from roots, leaves, flowers, seed or bark of a
plant. Primarily through steam distillation, essential oils
are released. Like all living things, essential oils have a
frequency or energy level. Essential oils are a natural,
organic way to allow communication for healing to occur in the
How to Use Essential Oils
There are several different ways to administer essential oils
Inhalation - Placing 2 - 3 drops of the
oil in the palm of the hand, rub together gently in a clockwise
motion, then cup over nose and mouth and inhale slowly for several
minutes. Oils travel through the nasal passages into the
lungs and into every cell of the body. Accessing the limbic
system of the brain allows for immediate penetration of the healing
oil. Remember to inhale slow and steady with your relaxed
breath. Inhalation is good for headaches, nervous conditions,
anxiety, restlessness, energy, concentration, respiratory
Diffusing - A cold air diffuser is highly
recommended and most efficient in dispersing thousands of oil
molecules into the air. This is a great way to foster a
healthy home environment once the windows are closed and the cold
and flu season is upon us. It is also a quiet and
non-invasive way to assist someone to fall asleep or simply create
a welcoming home aroma for those that enter your household.
Topical - It is recommended that with
children and elderly people that essential oils be diluted before
applying to the skin (some suggestions are Young Living's V-6 oil,
jojoba oil, or olive oil). Using essential oil is a great way
to administer healing to the skin. Massaging the hands, feet
and ears of someone is very healing and relaxing for most
people. Different combinations of essential oils can also be
added to bath water which makes for a lovely relaxing and
rejuvenating experience. It is ideal to either use one cup
whole milk or Epson salts to your bath to assist the dispersing of
the essential oils in the bathtub.
A few more remedies for Dr. Mom's most common home
Congestion - Diffuse together 2-3 drops of
each Eucalyptus globules, Raven, R.C. You could also create a
steam inhalation with the same oils and some hot water. Place
towel over head and inhale slow and steady. Protect and close
eyes during treatment.
Constipation - Dilute 1 drop of peppermint
with a quarter size drop of V-6 (or other carrier oil). Rub
on the lower abdomen in a circular motion to encourage
Diaper Rash - Avoid commercial products
for babies that contain irritants such as talc and mineral
oil. Dilute 1 drop of Gentle Baby oil with V-6 quarter size
drop and apply on location. You can also use Lavender with
the same dilution.
Fever - For baby: Be sure to
dilute 1:1 with carrier oil any one of the
Peppermint - 1-2 drops and apply at navel in clockwise
Lavender - 1-2 drops on bottom of feet
Thieves - 1-2 drops on bottom of feet
Frankincense - 1-2 drops on bottom of feet
Peppermint - 1-2 drops apply neat at naval
Lavender - 1-2 drops on bottom of feet, hourly
Thieves - 1-2 drops on bottom of feet, hourly
Frankincense - 1-2 drops on bottom of feet, hourly
Headache - Place any one
of the following: Peppermint, Lavender or Frankincense on temples,
back of neck, across forehead and on the painful location.
Also inhale. Be sure to keep Peppermint away from your eyes
as it is strong and will cause eyes to tear up.
Insect Bites - Purification - apply one
drop to the bite.
Skin Itching - Lavender - apply diluted to
the skin for any skin itching and/or irritations.
For every non-emergency situation there are just as many home
remedies. The good news about becoming more practiced in
holistic health is that one day you realize you are giving yourself
and your family the most pure, organic intervention to their health
Before all the over the counter products, mothers had their
herbal garden, salves and home remedies that were taught to them by
their mothers and passed down through time. They are as
effective today as they were yesterday. If any of this
resonates with you, I encourage you to investigate essential oils
A great book to consider purchasing is
Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern.
This book is specific to using essential oils and natural remedies
for pregnancy, childbirth and infant care.
There is also a beautiful
Comprehensive Oil Reference book that is specific to the
essential oils and products of Young Living. It can be
purchased through Abundant Health.
If you have any questions or comments, please email me at [email protected] or
visit my website at www.GardenofVibrations.com.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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