Upset tummies that plague our kiddos are the worst! They strike without warning, and oftentimes our kids cannot tell us where they hurt or how, so we are left to read the signs and make an educated guess. Ahhh, parenting. 🙂
As we have introduced new foods (healthier and less processed ones for the most part) into our family’s diet, we have had a handful of occasions where Jude has woken up in the middle of the night, completely inconsolable. Considering I was bleary-eyed and in a slight panic induced by the screams coming from my clinging child, I probably should have figured out what was causing him so much pain a lot quicker. But it took at least two times of this happening for me to catch on. The thing that told me it was tummy pain? The multiple blow-out diapers that I changed the next morning and the subsequently happy child that followed.
These nighttime episodes didn’t rear their ugly head again until recently, and I again stumbled around in the dark with my sobbing child while my sweet husband asked me what was wrong with him. I told him his tummy was hurting, but I didn’t know what to do. He calmly took Jude from me and asked me if I had any essential oils that might help him. Now, the fact that that idea did not register with me in the first place proves just how tired and pregnant I am.
Of course I had oils for that!
I quick jumped online and did a search to make sure of the ones that I had pulled from my oils box, (it’s 2am, I’m tired, and I’m 8 months pregnant, so better safe than sorry), and then I made a small roll-on in about 3 minutes flat. I shook up the roll-on, rolled it in a circular motion around Jude’s belly button, and less than 5 minutes later, he was curled up in bed and sleeping soundly.
Sounds too good to be true, I know, but it works! I know that when the majority of people (myself often included) read about the effectiveness of essential oils, they shake their heads and say it has to be blown out of proportion or some sort of weird hoodoo. Believe me when I say that if you add essential oils to your life, you will understand just how amazing they are!
Because I have never cared for the smell of the pre-blended digestion/tummy issue oils put out by both Young Living and doTerra, I have never kept them in the house. I have friends that swear by them, and I believe they are effective, but frankly they make me want to vomit. (Anise and fennel turn my stomach pretty quickly.) So I blended 2 oils that night that have worked extremely well for Jude: spearmint and ginger.
Here is the recipe for the digestive aid that I made for Jude:
-15 drops spearmint (Peppermint also works)
-15 drops ginger
-mix 50:50 with carrier oil of choice. I used almond oil.
-roll on tummy in circular motion around naval.
I’m sure there are a few of you who are wondering why I chose these two, and I have a perfectly good reason. 🙂 First of all, I’ve always used either spearmint or peppermint when I’m aiding an upset stomach of my own, and spearmint is a little less potent than the peppermint. Ginger seemed obvious to me because, well, I’m pregnant and it’s in pretty much everything to treat preggo nausea. Secondly, like I said, these were what I already had in my cabinet and it was late at night so I went with it.
*If you are curious about either oil, here is my go-to info page for essential oils.
Hopefully this is helpful for you tired moms out there. Be prepared for the following day being filled with lots of poopy diapers and cuddles from your little one, but it’s worth it if it helps them sleep and feel better! Plus, you can have peace of mind knowing that you are using a much healthier solution than a lot of the chemicals that you can get over the counter, even though those chemicals do the job as well.
For other remedies for your family using essential oils, check out my other posts!