The Harris house started off 2015 with the flu/colds running rampant through our house. My husband brought in round one, Jude took round two, and I was the final casualty. It’s misery at its’ finest.
Now, when the flu comes to town, there is pretty much nothing that you won’t try to make it go away. Our house was no exception. But for Jude and I, we chose to take a more natural approach to treatment. For Jude, we did this because of he’s only 15 months and there aren’t a ton of over-the-counter meds available for him outside of Tylenol and Motrin (which we used by the way). We did this for me because I’m pregnant, and there are few things available for pregnant women that aren’t harmful to an unborn baby. So this helped us to get creative. 🙂
Best thing we found to treat our symptoms was a good, old-fashioned bath with a few drops of essential oils. This blend not only opened up the airways, but helped with breathing, killing bacteria, and achey joints. Jude loved these baths and spent each one singing, splashing and looking no worse for the wear! And let me tell you, when your kid goes from listless and weepy with a 101 degree fever to looking like he had never felt better (and no fever!), you stick with it! Every time Jude’s symptoms would get really bad, I’d start up the tub and drop him in. It didn’t take long for him to feel and sound a million times better! Plus, he was sick the least amount of time, with only 48 hours of misery.
We first started with 2-3 drops peppermint oil. Peppermint oil is not only great for digestion, but it’s great for respiratory issues. Jude and I both had a deep, hacking cough, and this helping clear the airways. I also used it when headaches would creep up by adding a small amount to my temples and behind my ears.
Next up was 3-4 drops of eucalyptus radiata oil. There are several types of eucalyptus oils available, so I jumped online and checked out which one would be best for treating our symptoms. I chose the radiata because it’s slightly milder in both smell and composition, which is what I wanted for using on a 15-month old. Eucalyptus is used in a variety of over the counter products that help with sore muscles, tension, and respiratory issues. This was the key for us helping those achy muscles and joints.
3-4 drops of lemon oil was next on the list. Lemon oil is slightly underrated when it comes to treating illness. It has superior antibacterial properties, and is great for pulling toxins out of your body. Lemons (and limes) also contain a supply of minerals and vitamins better than any food. Just another good reason to add it not just to this bath, but to the water you drink!
Last, but not least, I added 2-3 drops of sage oil to our bath. Sage oil has the ability to battle fatigue, but it’s also great for respiratory and endocrine system issues. When I was searching for the best oil blends for a sick baby, this oil popped up on several lists partly because it’s mild and soothing.
***We didn’t have any at the time, but adding epsom salts to this type of bath has tons of benefits as well. I have used them in the past for myself, and I would highly recommend them!