October 10, 2009

Those Damn Bugs!

The school year started off with bang- mostly. Then, within a week notices were sent home about lice already in the school. Typically this is a springtime problem, but apparently there were problems over the summer that never left the school.
There are a handful of simple truths about me. I am not one of those people who has the energy the deal with cleaning every spec of area in my house and washing sheets and pillows every day to deal with the problem of lice. Some might call it lazy, but I'm still on the fence about that one. Either way, what this means for me is that I need to avoid having lice come into my house at all possible costs or we're all in trouble.
So I did some research (inspired by a friend who called with a question about using YL oils for lice) and found what she had. There are a few oils that lice don't like. Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree, and Citronella. All of these essential oils are in the blend Purification. Some of those essential oils are also in the Fairy Tales products. Here is the difference I see and follow. Young Living essential oils are therapeutic grade and stronger than anything available in the mass market. While I admittedly have not done any scientific research, I'm basing my opinion on two things. One- any mass market essential oils I have seen in stores have warnings like "do not apply directly to the skin and do not ingest." The YL oils are meant to be used directly on the skin or even ingested depending on the oil. Two- I have seen the strength and potency of therapeutic grade oils and have to believe that anything mass marketed, and used without training, has to be "watered down."
That said, we have all begun using Purification as a way to prevent lice. There are a couple of ways we do this (even the 2 year old):
  • I add 1-2 drops to a handful of shampoo before washing the kids hair or mine.
  • I got tired of interrupting shower time for a special shampoo treatment and decided to add about 10 drops to the second 1/2 of a bottle of shampoo. Clearly the easier option.
  • I add 10 drops of Purification and 10 drops of Peppermint to a 3oz. spray bottle and spray their heads. (The preferred method for my middle child)
While I cannot make any guarantees, I am all for prevention with a strong natural product rather than treating an outbreak with chemicals and a very expensive and time consuming visit from the lice lady. So, there's my lice recommendation for all, including myself and my family.

To order Purification go to: www.youngliving.org/tracybermeo and click on the link to the left to sign up.

Disclaimer: *this information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Settling a Tummy

I recently had the pleasure of trying a new use for Peppermint. I use the word "pleasure" with a bit of my tongue in my cheek......
As it happens to be the beginning of cold season, we've had the pleasure of already having a cold or two in our house. What I have learned with my youngest (not yet 2) is that when he gets a cold the mucous drips into his stomach and causes a serious bout of diarrhea. The first time this happened, it took me a good day and a half to remember to use Peppermint for an upset stomach. As it's a hot oil, and he's still very young, I wanted to be very careful.
I put a drop of Peppermint on the bottom of each foot after the 4th dirty diaper (yes there were 4 before Noon) and that was it for soft poop for the rest of the day. What a relief. Settled stomach and then back to climbing up on tables.
On an older child there is another way to administer Peppermint for an upset stomach. We recently had the "pleasure" of trying this with my daughter who happens to have developed a sensitivity to cheese..... We rub two drops of Peppermint directly on her stomach in a circular motion. It helps almost immediately and the heat of the oil doesn't seem to bother her.
For an adult, add one (seriously, only 1) drop to a cup of tea. This works great for settling a stomach.

A thing or two to remember about Peppermint: It is a hot oil which means it's hot on the skin. If you feel there is a sensitivity to the heat, use a pure vegetable oil to dilute NOT water. And whatever you do, don't touch anything sensitive like an eye after using Peppermint with your hands.
If you would like to order Peppermint, go here: www.youngliving.org/tracybermeo and click on the left to sign up as a customer.

*this information is not intended to treat or diagnose any medical problem.