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Fire Ants Attacked My Toddler Twice

Author: Rachel L.
Date: 01-22-2015
Views: 1,973
Word Count: 462
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 10437-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 8

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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.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: inflammation — "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.Associated topics: inflammation — "[W]e studied the anti-inflammatory and gastroprotective effects of C. citratus [Lemongrass] and E. citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus] essential oils on formol-induced edema and acetic acid induced abdominal cramps in Wistar rats.... In vivo analysis and histological assay showed that the two essential oils displayed significant dose-dependent edema [swelling] inhibition effect over time. They displayed strong analgesic [pain-relieving] and antipyretic [fever-reducing] properties similar to that induced by 50 mg/kg of acetylsalicylate of lysine.... This work demonstrates the anti-inflammatory property of Cymbopogon citratus [Lemongrass] and Eucalyptus citriodora [Lemon Eucalyptus], suggesting their potential role as adjuvant therapeutic alternatives in dealing with inflammatory-related diseases."Link
3.Associated topics: inflammation — "To assess their anti-inflammatory activities, effects of essential oils on neutrophil activation were examined in vitro.... All essential oils tested at 0.1% concentration suppressed TNF-945;-induced neutrophil adherence, and, in particular, lemongrass, geranium, and spearmint oils clearly lowered the reaction even at 0.0125%. Similar inhibitory activities for the neutrophil adherence were obtained by their major constituent terpenoids: citral, geraniol, citronellol and carvone. Thus, some essential oils used as anti-inflammatory remedies suppress neutrophil activation by TNF-945; at a low concentration (0.0125-0.025%) in vitro."Link
4.Associated topics: allergic-reaction — "Lavender essential oil displays the stronger antioxidant activity against lipid peroxidation in a linoleic acid model system and good antibacterial activity against four rhinitis-related bacteria including staphylococcus aureus, Micrococcus ascoformans, Proteus vulgaris, and Escherichia coli."Link
5.Associated topics: inflammation — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
6.Associated topics: inflammation — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
7.Associated topics: inflammation — "Anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antimicrobial, antioxidant, carminative [flatulence] and immunomodulatory properties of caraway suggest that it might exert beneficial effects on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).... CHE and CEO [caraway essential oil] at all doses tested were effective in reducing colon tissue lesions and colitis indices and the efficacy was nearly the same when different doses of plant fractions were administered p.o. or i.p..... These data suggest that caraway fractions are both effective and possess anti-colitic activity irrespective of the dose and route of administration."Link
8.Associated topics: inflammation — "Phytogenic compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are currently discussed as promising complementary agents in prevention and treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our study aimed to evaluate possible protective and curative effects of broccoli extract (BE) and of the essential oils of turmeric (Cuo), thyme (To), and rosemary (Ro) in a rat model with a mild dextran sulphate sodium- (DSS-) induced colitis.... We conclude that the phytogenic additives tested have a promising anti-inflammatory potential in vivo and a particular role in the prevention of IBD."Link

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