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Potty Training Battle Lasted Four And A Half Years

Author: Luanne D.
Date: 01-11-2015
Views: 2,611
Word Count: 818
Questions Received: 2
Testimonial ID: 10400-OR
Scientific Studies: 13

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I have a testimonial to share. Actually I have two, but I am posting this one first. I apologize for the TMI (too much information) topic, but this is huge for our family!

I have a 7-year-old daughter who has been diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) tendencies, and anxiety. Among the many behavioral issues we deal with, there is one problem that has frustrated us beyond belief....

She has been incredibly hard to potty train to go pee and completely impossible to train for #2 (pooping). She has never been able to go #2 on the potty. For a while she would try regularly, but it has always ended in tears with her saying that she couldn't do it.

We have tried to address this when she was in counseling and even with the specialist at the University of VA, where we took her last year to be evaluated before she was diagnosed with ODD. They gave us a lot of ideas and things to try. They also told us that this was not an uncommon issue, especially with girls.

They said it could be:

1. A mental block that was affecting her physically.
2. A true physical problem where her colon was being bent wrong when sitting on the potty, making it impossible to go and making it easier to go with a pull-up on when she could stand and the colon would be straightened out more.
3. Stubbornness.

We didn't know which it was, but hubby and I were quite tired of dealing with pull-ups with a 7-year-old. We had tried everything, even bribery. NOTHING worked. Fast forward to last week.

Since I got my essential oils, I have been occasionally oiling my daughter up, but not on a regular basis and not always with the oils recommended for ADHD, etc. Last Friday I finally started with the essential oils that I had seen in a recipe and was layering them on her big toes, wrists, and brainstem. I used Vetiver, Cedarwood, Lavender, and Frankincense.

Friday I oiled her before school and when she got home. My husband and I were sitting watching the news Friday evening, when suddenly we heard her voice yell, "I'm done!!!" We just looked at each other. I had to check on dinner, so hubby went to see what she was doing. She was in the bathroom and had gone #2!!! We were shocked!!! Saturday I oiled her up three times throughout the day. In the evening again we heard her call out from the bathroom!!! She had done it again!! Today I had mixed the following essential oils with grapeseed oil in a 5 ml roll-on:

5 drops Vetiver
5 drops Cedarwood
5 drops Lavender
2 drops of Frankincense

I applied this blend a couple of times throughout the day by rolling it on the bottom of her big toes, inside both wrists, and on her brainstem (nape of her neck). Just a little while ago she asked for one of her daddy's hunting magazines and skipped off to the bathroom for another successful trip!

Three days in a row of oiling her up and three days in a row of going to the bathroom is amazing!! Four and a half years we have waited, worked, and agonized over this! I have always believed that it was a mental thing and had no idea how to help her psychologically get past it. She has even cried over not being able to go and has gotten very angry about it too.

I am not kidding that these essential oils were the answer! This blend cleared her mind, calmed her or really I'm not sure what but they've gotten through and allowed her to not be anxious or stressed and out of nowhere she had the motivation and focus and ability to do it and the desire to try!!! No one even mentioned it to her on any of the last three days.

She came to me a little bit ago with a huge proud smile and said "Mommy, I can do it now. Just like everybody else! I can do it now!!" Oh my word, ya'll just don't know how excited and proud we are!

I almost didn't post this testimonial because this is something that has affected me and caused me to be embarrassed as a mom because I felt like I had failed as a mom in this area because I didn't know how to help her or fix this and I have always been afraid of what people would think of me having a seven year old with this issue. So thank you for letting me share and I apologize that it is kind of a TMI topic, but it is a testimony of how these oils can help with anything!!!

Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: poop, toddler, toddlers.

Supporting Scientific Studies
1."Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
2."The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
3."Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
4."[I]dentifying... the effects of YYA [ylang ylang aroma] on blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) is important in order to demonstrate the effectiveness of YYA. The present results demonstrated that inhalation of YYA significantly decreased the systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Inhalation of YYA also significantly decreased the HRs in 10 leads.... In the present results, YYA caused a reduction of HR and BP, and a relief of the arousal level in healthy men. The present results show a sedative effect of YYA, and this study provides some evidences for the usage of YYA [as a] medicinal agent."Link
5."[One] method employed for wound healing is the application of lavender oil. Due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic properties, it is thought to prevent wound infections and to play a role in reducing pain by lowering inflammation.... Lavender oil is known to have antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, and/or antidepressant effects.... In addition to its antimicrobial effects, the anti-inflammatory analgesic properties of lavender oil have also been emphasized... The use of L. Angustifolia [lavender] is particularly recommended in chronically infected wounds due to its immune-stimulating and antimicrobial effects. There are also reports that lavender oil reduces scar tissue."Link
6."[P]re-clinical and clinical research available today demonstrat[es] the power, safety, and effectiveness of natural compounds [particularly aromatherapy] for relieving stress and anxiety.... [S]imple inhalation of patchouli and rose oil reduced sympathetic nervous activity by 40%, with rose oil reducing adrenaline concentrations by 30%.... Lavender oil... has also been studied for the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, aggression,and cortisol levels, among two dozen other potential therapeutic properties."Link
7.Valerian improves the sleep of insomniacs after benzodiazepine (tranquilizer) withdrawal. "Valerian subjects reported significantly better subjective sleep quality than placebo ones...."Link
8."Aromatherapy... [consisting of] a blend of oils of lemon (Citrus limonum), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and ylang ylang (Cananga odorata)... is effective in lowering systolic blood pressure and sympathetic nerve system activity... of heart rate variability."Link
9."After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
10."Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
11."Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link
12."A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
13."The results indicate that children's shared attention behaviors increased during aromatherapy massage and that other aspects of their behavior also changed over the course of the research. Family involvement in the study enabled these changes to be transferred from school to home.... Steve Solomons explores the implications of his research for new teaching and learning opportunities for children with autistic spectrum disorders and severe learning difficulties."Link

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