Sebbie has always suffered from asthma. Or is it allergies? We never knew. I’ve tried changing her diet, special sheets for the bed, limiting physical activity, and let’s not forget the time I asked Ross to cut down six full grown eucalyptus trees because I thought the pollen was flying in through the screens. Nothing really worked and albuterol was our only real option. In a normal month, she probably had at least 4 minor asthma episodes and 2 or more (nebulizer-worthy) bad ones. When we were on our 2 month trip, I ran out of meds twice!
Then, I discovered essential oils. Originally, I wanted my house to smell fresher, so I bought a plug in diffuser. A diffuser uses a few drops of essential oil with water to create a really light vapor like mist without any heat. The smell isn’t overpowering or perfumey, even if you are sitting right next to it.
I tried different brands in different sizes with different prices, but realized a certain brand was the “strongest” using the least amount of drops. So of course, I decided I needed to stock up.
I bought a roll-on bottle of lemon, lavender, and peppermint essential oils mixed with fractionated coconut oil to try when Sebbie had her next bout of breathing issues.
The first time we used it, we followed the directions and after 5 minutes she was breathing better and I didn’t hear her cough anymore. When she started coughing and wheezing the very next day, I skeptically rolled more oils on. Within 5 minutes, I didn’t hear her wheezing or coughing and she was breathing normally.
On the third day, she got another wheezing attack and yes, the oils helped her feel normal just as well as they did on first day.
On the fourth night, she got the fastest onset and worst cough of all. So, we rolled some oil on her feet and covered them with socks. After 15 minutes she was still coughing so we repeated the process. After a total of 20 minutes she continued to cough, so I lay her in bed, plugged my diffuser in next to her, and added 5 drops of “Respitory Blend”. Within 5 minutes she was sleeping soundly – she was breathing easier and her cough and wheeze gone.
I don’t know much about essential oils, but I like that I can see an immediate difference with their use on Sebbie. I know there are some that you shouldn’t ingest, some that you should stay out of the sun while using, and some that you should be sure to dilute with coconut oil before putting anywhere near your face. Essential oils are strong and you should also do research before using them on children.
My advice is to do the research so you can make educated decisions. I’m not giving any medical advice here.
But , I really feel so much better trying natural remedies first, rather than going straight to over-the-counter medicines. I can ALWAYS go back to Longs.
Update: Sebbie has STILL not had any cough, wheeze, or sneeze attack IN 4 MONTHS. She has also not used any prescription medication. She uses her roll-on of essential oils IMMEDIATELY when her coughs or sneezes start, and for whatever reason, they don’t progress.