August 24, 2009

Much Ado About Copaiba

About a month ago I listened in on a conference call all about Copaiba. Looking back, I don't think I knew all that much more about Copaiba at the end of the call than I did at the beginning. All I knew was that there was a lot of excitement and it sounded interesting.
Of course, inspired by the call, I ordered the oil. It smells lovely. Like a woodsy, balsam sweet smell. It's known to support the digestive system as well as help muscles and joints. It's often used for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I have neither of these conditions, but I do run around after three kids all day. I bend, stretch, tickle, and lift anything from a toy to a child to a stroller up the stairs. In the meantime, I'm also becoming quite frustrated with the extra 10 lbs. from my last pregnancy that just won't seem to leave so I take the opportunity to walk with the stroller whenever I can.
Needless to say- at the end of the day I'm wiped. Aside from feeling it in my very heavy eyelids, I feel it in my tired muscles. Not soreness like you experience after a "fun" day at the gym, but just fatigue. On a whim, I tried Copiaba one night and rubbed it all over my legs before going to bed. (I also happen to have Restless Leg syndrome). Then I cupped my hands over my nose and mouth as my head hit the pillow and fell into an awesome relaxing sleep. I just can't make this stuff up. My experience is that the oil both relieves physical muscle and joint tiredness as well as offering a wonderfully relaxing aromatherapy before going to sleep. Recently, I gave some to my mother in law after she fell down some stairs (ugh- mine) during a visit, and within minutes she was freely moving her knee which bore the brunt of the fall.
I'm sure that Copaiba is great for many other things as well. The Brazilians have been using it for thousands of years. For this mother of 3, it relaxes me at the end of the day and sends me off into a fabulous sleep as well as prepares my tired muscles for another day of being Super- Mom!

*disclaimer: This information is not supported by the FDA and is in no way meant to treat or diagnose a serious illness. I just have fabulous experiences with it and wanted to share!

Oh Man That Stinks!

In my constant quest to treat asthma without steroid based drugs, I have made an important realization. As excited as I was to have my middle son off his inhaler, and using only YLEO to control and help his breathing, I have found that he is now more susceptible to mold, basement dampness, and environmental allergies. For example, after playing in a friend's basement, there is definitely breathing difficulty. Also, it's ragweed season and guess what he's allergic to? Yes, ragweed. This is a never ending learning and management process. Technically, it isn't a problem, it just means that I have to be keenly aware of the environment and his breathing more so than I would if I were just giving him his inhaler every day. A fair trade off in my opinion.
So, the good news is that he has not needed to be on his inhaler daily. The bad news is that it's Ragweed season and very humid. Two weeks ago, after about a week's worth of rescue medicine and continued coughing (I really don't think the inhaler was helping as the cough was going on for two long) I had to revert to the one oil I didn't want to use. Not because it doesn't work, but because the smell is God-awful. The oil is Eucalyptus Blue. I had initially heard about it in a conference call and the people in the audience were literally cheering about it. So I bought it, and do did a friend of mine. We got our oils and my friend actually returned hers because it smelled so bad! I smelled it and kept my bottle closed and put the other one away in an enclosed area. Seriously one of the worst smells ever! Now, here I was contemplating using the oil. The cough was back (I think from an allergy drip) and I needed something strong. I reached for the Eucalyptus Blue and some socks.
So, here's the drill my son and I have fun with. I grab the oil, he grabs his socks. I very quickly put 1-2 drops of the oil in the bottoms of his feet and he follows quickly with the socks. The smell doesn't escape the socks and his breathing is 100% better. The stuff stinks, but is totally worth it!

*disclaimer: This information is not supported by the FDA nor is it intended to treat or diagnose a medical condition. It is based solely on my experience and what has worked for us!