Totally Unprepared To Battle Croup In 15-Month-Old
Author: Janell D.
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Testimonial ID: 10380-OR
Scientific Studies: 4
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We have been battling croup for the last few months. Since our little guy is only 15 months old, it was quite scary the first time he came down with it. We were totally unprepared, as we were on vacation and did not even have all of our essential oils with us.
We have learned through trial and error what works best for us. Others, of course, will have to find what works for them. The purpose of this testimonial is to simply share what worked for us.
For battling croup, my go-to essential oils are RC blend, Thieves blend, Lemon, Frankincense, and Oregano. NingXia Red is also a must-have product. Here is our regimen:
1. We rotate between RC and a mixture of Lemon with Frankincense applied on the chest (diluted with carrier oil).
2. We alternate diffusing RC and a mixture of Lemon with Frankincense. I really like diffusing Lemon and Frankincense together. Lemon has a fragrant influence that promotes clarity and is invigorating, enhancing, and warming. It also induces relaxation and uplifts the spirit (which most people need when they are not feeling well). Frankincense increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude, and uplifts the spirit.
3. We rotate between applying Oregano and Thieves on the bottoms of the feet (diluted with carrier oil).
4. We drink 1/2 to one ounce of NingXia Red daily.
5. We use a cool-mist humidifier every night.
6. We sit in the bathroom with HOT steam for at least 15 minutes several times per day.
Each body is unique and reacts to essential oils differently. At 15 months old, my son has not reacted negatively to any of the oils mentioned here. I dilute them all to be on the safe side.
I also consulted "Gentle Babies" by Debra Raybern to ensure that these essential oils were listed in her book. I follow her book religiously with regard to oils on my son, as you can never be too careful.
Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: croop, croupy, stridor, respiratory, cough, coughing.
|Supporting Scientific Studies|
|1.||"Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."||Link|
|2.||"The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."||Link|
|3.||"In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."||Link|
|4.||"Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."||Link|
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