You can also add 20 drops of Digestive Blend and 20 drops of Wild Orange to a 10ml rollerball bottle. Top off with your favorite carrier oil and apply directly to the abdomen. This can also be used to balance distress a little lower. Whether your bowel function is too loose or too solid, a blend like this can help restore balance again. I love this blend and keep it on hand just in case.
Burning in the throat and chest area may also benefit from these Digestive Blends. My daughter can attest to applying the rollerball blend directly to her throat for almost instant relief. I have personally used it directly on the abdomen to stop discomfort quickly. Little ones can benefit by a properly diluted (see dilution charts here) blend rolled around their tiny belly buttons.
Ginger and Peppermint are also great essential oils to try. Taking a couple drops each internally in a gelatin capsule can be a wonderful support. Taking essential oils internally is best if reserved for adults and is absolutely a personal choice.
Enzyme Support Might be Important Too
My son has experienced frequent loose stools during his Lyme journey. Adding a Whole Food Enzyme Blend into his diet made a huge difference. Helping his little body absorb and utilize the nutrients he was eating was an important step in his body's ability to recover. Opening up a capsule and sprinkling 1/2 into his morning oatmeal has made all the difference in the world!
Pain Management Support with Essential Oils
Sometimes an outside influence is needed in order to support the body and decrease pain. Using a cream infused with essential oils can help support the joints and muscles and allow the body to accept healing.
Ginger, Turmeric and Peppermint are examples of essential oils that can help reduce inflammation and restore balance. Again, it is a personal choice whether or not to take these oils internally or to apply them to the bottom of your feet to speak to the body systemically. Applying an infused lotion can help with specific pain and localized discomfort.
Our Children are Watching and Learning
A funny story about this lotion blend. After injuring my elbow, I struggled for many months to get it to heal and finally sought the help of a chiropractor. On 3 separate occasions, the doctor initiated light therapy and manually worked out and massaged the trigger points around the injury. He told me that if I did not control the acute inflammation, it would not be able to heal. I knew how to do that: my essential oils infused lotion. After religiously applying it throughout the day, my body was able to heal itself with a few weeks. Wow.
My kids silently witnessed this entire process. It's funny what our children notice. One day I was talking to my husband about a friend's deep bone and joint pain. My 9 year old chimes in with, "Mom, why doesn't she put a few drops of Melaleuca in a bath and soak out the pain?" I smiled and told him that Melaleuca was great for ear ache and sunburn type pain, but I doubted it would be the right fit for deeper pain like this (although I LOVED this). My 12 year added, "Well, she could use **** (the name of the infused lotion blend). That would help her, right?" I was so proud of my kids, but also proud of my husband and I for teaching them natural alternatives to healthy living. What a gift.
Supplementing with Natural Ingredients
The company I work with sells a wonderful supplement designed to support the body during times of pain and stress and helps this process by using natural ingredients such as the
polyphenol extracts of frankincense, turmeric, green tea, ginger, pomegranate, and grape seed. What a natural way to help support the body and target discomfort with such powerful antioxidants!
Epsom Salt Baths
I sing the praises of a good Epsom Salt Bath all the time! Epsom salts can help balances the mood but also decrease pain. Try adding essential oils to your bath and increase the benefits that much more. Find an entire article about Epsom Salt Baths here.
Protecting the Body and Supporting the Immune System
Germs, Germs Germs
Try using an all Natural Hand Sanitizer to use in the moment when germs are an immediate possibility by using a Protective Blend and other 100% all natural ingredients (see recipe here).
Another option is to add 40 drops of a Protective Blend to a 10 ml rollerball and top it with a carrier oil. Use this rollerball blend on the bottoms of the feet twice a day for systemic support (see dilution charts for safe dilution for children, etc).
In respect to germs and bacteria, the Protective Blend that I use can be powerful and possibly the strongest of the blends referenced in this article. Listen to your body to be certain it is not creating a herx response and is only providing support (see the disclaimer below).
If you would like more information about the brand of essential oils I use or about the specific supplements discussed above, contact me directly. Although I do sell essential oils, I do not like to sell to current clients, but do not let that deter you. I have colleagues who can help you learn more about them. Just reach out and ask!