I’ve recently become ‘one of those people’ who has become interested in (ok, perhaps leaning more towards the obsessed side) essential oils. I just really love the idea that we can replace chemicals around the home with more natural alternatives. Especially bringing a new little person in to the world (we got a pink one for anyone who doesn’t follow me on Facebook or instagram!) I was keen to eliminate as many toxic products as possible, hence jumping on the essential oil bandwagon (much to my husband’s delight!)
Don’t stress, I’m not a complete and utter hippy just yet and here’s why. Recently, my delightful toddler brought home some even more delightful germs from daycare and so lovingly spread them to our two week old daughter. H loves his baby sister so much (which is incredibly heartwarming) he is always wanting to touch, kiss, pat and be around her. B and I are keen to encourage this behaviour as we know transitioning from being an only child to a big brother is a huge change and we don’t want him to resent his little sister. The downside of this is him spreading his germs through his constant contact and Miss H contracted school sores quite badly. We took her to see a doctor who was…. well… useless. She’d never seen this skin issue on such a small baby and offered no reassurance whatsoever. Dr Google and some instagram Mum’s were much more helpful than this medical professional (it took a lot for me not to put professional in inverted commas) and so when she offered to prescribe a cream to treat the sores, I was NOT keen. How can you prescribe a remedy when you don’t even know what the problem is?!
Anyway, after a week or so, the sores healed on their own thank goodness and she’s now back to looking absolutely beautiful with perfectly clear baby skin. I on the other hand, also contracted these delightful sores and they were NOT fun. They cracked every time I ate, laughed or talked, re-opening and not allowing them to heal. Also as I was up doing night feeds, my body didn’t get the chance to rest and recover. I put some essential oils on them but because I didn’t know exactly what skin condition I had, it was really just a guessing game so when they weren’t showing any signs of improving, I decided modern medicine was needed. I went to the doctor (a different one!) who took swabs to test what they were (why didn’t the other doctor do this with Miss H?!) prescribed me a dose of antibiotics and a cream treatment. Sure enough, they healed within just a few days which I was so grateful for and knew it was the right thing to do. I’m now about to start a dose of probiotics to try and heal my gut as I know antibiotics wreak havoc on gut flora, and my doctor was totally on board with this as I know some doctors (and husband’s!!) are skeptical about the benefits of probiotics.
On the other hand, essential oils really do have their place for medical things too. Just last night I had quite uncomfortable stomach pains and cramps . I took some paracetamol before I went to bed and then three or so hours later when Miss H woke for a feed, I noticed they were still there. So once Miss H was happily fed and tucked up in her cradle, I rubbed two drops of an oil blend on my stomach before heading back to bed myself. When she woke a few hours later, I noticed my belly felt completely normal again so think this is an excellent example of when oils beat modern medicine.
I myself often wonder if essential oils have a placebo affect but for mild conditions or issues, I’m all for trying the natural alternatives. When the time comes, I will attempt to aid things like teething or tummy aches with essential oil blends but if need be, will most definitely turn to modern medicine.
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on essential oils vs modern medicine. What do you think? Are you up against a skeptical husband or family member too?! Let me know in the comments below or drop me a line on instagram or on my Facebook page!
Love Dan xx