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Fire Ants Attacked My Toddler Twice

Author: Rachel L.
Date: 01-22-2015
Views: 1,310
Word Count: 462
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Testimonial ID: 10437-OR
Scientific Studies: 3

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During the summer when my second child was about two, we spent many days gardening at my grandparents' house. One such day the kids were playing outside, and the toddler began to scream. I ran to her and found her standing in a bed of fire ants that had swarmed up her feet and legs.

Quickly I wiped them off and raced her inside, but almost immediately her feet and toes began swelling, her face and chest turned flush, and her breathing became labored. My grandparents had no Benadryl or other antihistamine on hand, and we weren't previously aware of her allergies... so she had no EpiPen. All we had with us that day was our case of Young Living essential oils.

I knew that Lavender essential oil could be helpful for some allergies, so I pulled out the bottle and slathered her feet and legs with the oil to cover the bites. I also applied Lavender oil to her chest so she could inhale the vapors, and I dropped a few drops on her tongue to get it in her system quickly.

Then I loaded her up to drive her to the emergency room. (In deep East Texas it is often more efficient to drive to the emergency room than to wait for an ambulance to find your remote location.) For the first few minutes of the trip her breathing was labored and difficult. I spent the entire drive praying for her life.

After a few minutes of driving, I noticed her breathing began to calm down. By the time we arrived at the hospital her breathing was normalized, and much of the swelling in her feet and toes had subsided.

We allowed her to play in the parking lot for at least a half hour so that if the beneficial effects wore off (as some things do) we would be near emergency help. However, the benefits of the Lavender essential oil stayed with her, and we were able to return home without having gone inside.

About two months later we were at my grandparents' house again, and again she played in an ant bed. Her response was similar to the first time -- just a little less pronounced -- and once again we used Lavender essential oil to help calm her system down.

We now carry an EpiPen for that and the other allergies she has since been diagnosed with. Thankfully, though, we have been able to use Lavender so far.

Please note: Allergies can be very dangerous, even life threatening. I am not advocating that somebody use only Lavender essential oil in the event of a life-threatening situation. I would have done anything that day to save my daughter's life, but Lavender was all we had access to.

Additional keyword(s) assigned by the editor: anaphylaxis, toddlers, anaphylactic, allergy, allergic, epinephrine, formicidae.

Supporting Scientific Studies
1."[T]he biological activity of 20 essential oils (EOs) from herbal plants and citrus fruits were investigated in terms of mammalian DNA polymerase (pol) inhibitory activity, cancer cell (human colon carcinoma) growth inhibitory activity, antiallergic activity... in rat basophilic leukemia cells, and antioxidant activity.... Among these EOs, chamomile... showed significant effects on both cancer cell growth and mast cell degranulation. On the basis of these results, chamomile EO can be recommended as a potentially useful, bioactive candidate for therapeutic applications."Link
2."[L]avender oil inhibits immediate-type allergic reactions [anaphylaxis] by inhibition of mast cell degranulation in-vivo and in-vitro."Link
3."Topical 5% tea tree oil is an effective treatment for mild to moderate acne vulgaris.... Tea tree oil has broad-spectrum antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activity in vitro. These properties have formed the basis of its use in the treatment of a range of superficial dermatoses such as cuts, insect bites, boils, and dermatophytosis [ringworm]."Link

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