There has been a bit of sickness in the house for the last few days. First my energy levels dropped, then Huwyl spiked a temperature and then, last night, Neirin did too. He is nearly two and this is only his second illness since a 24hr bout of croup last christmas. Huwyl is mostly fine but more than happy to be cosying up for the day and I am feeling tired so the same goes for me.
The only medicine for Neirin right now is lots of nursing and Mummy cuddles so that is what he’ll be getting. In the meantime I’ve made up an oil to help with colds, stuffiness and getting rid of bugs in the air. Here is the blend:
Cold Relieving Oil
Lime 3 drops
Eucalyptus 4 drops
Ravensara 3 drops
Sage 3 drops (avoid if pregnant)
Lavender 4 drops
Clove 1 drop (avoid if pregnant)
Mix all oils together in a mixer bottle (I use 5ml amber bottles that are inexpensive to buy) and us a couple of drops in a bath or on a pillowcase, 3-5 drops for a tissue that you can carry around. This should help reduce congestion, a sore throat and help to soothe and calm. For children (over 2 years) a drop on a tissue tucked beneath a pillow will work well.
I wouldn’t use anything stronger than Lavender or Chamomile for really young children or infants (or those who have compromised immunity for other reasons) and have actually found that Lavender works very well on colds, it is also great for killing off germs so using it to wipe down counters, door handles and diffusing into the air is great. Again just add a drop of the oil to a tissue and place out of the little one’s reach.
If you would like to use the above blend in a bath I would place in at the beginning of the bath in order to let the oils diffuse into the air. If you are using it for children over 2 a drop in the sink with warm water in is preferable then it diffuses into the air but isn’t too harsh. Again, if in doubt just use Lavender, add Chamomile if there is congestion.