How Essential Oils Healed My Daughter’s Staph Infection!

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How I healed my child's staph infection with essential oil. | themodestmomblog.com

We had been battling a rash on our 4 year old’s face for months. I tried herbal salves and aloe vera ointment, but we couldn’t seem to heal it. Finally I took her along with me to a Dr. appointment and the Dr. was gracious enough to look at her face. He told us that she had a staph infection.

A what??

I was not happy with that diagnosis. For me to hear my child had a staph infection was concerning. He gave us a prescription cream, and told me I should probably keep her home from church that week. None of our other children had gotten it, so I wasn’t terribly worried about it spreading at this point. However, we kept her home and we diligently applied the medicine on her face several times a day.

How I healed my Child's staph infection with essential oils. | themodstmomblog.com

You can see the rash on her face in the pictures above. Sometimes it looked even worse then this. We received this diagnosis early in December, and diligently applied the medicine for at least a month or longer. These pictures are taken after we had applied the medicine for a month! You can see more pictures of her face on my raising little girls to embrace modesty post.

 

Finally both my husband and I seemed to give up on the medicine. It would help a little bit, and then it would come right back just as strong. I started doing my own research and was wondering if it was eczema. I trusted the Dr. I went to, but I just didn’t know why the medicine wasn’t working.

After asking friends on Facebook (the place you go first for help, right? ;) ), I had people tell me it was eczema, and others say staph. I decided to trust my Dr. and keep treating it as if it was a staph infection.

I was close to just taking her to our pediatrician, as someone said their daughter was helped with an extremely strong steroid cream. You can only take the cream about 3 weeks though, as it can start thinning your skin. Yikes! That didn’t sound good, but we were getting desperate.

A friend suggested using Lemongrass essential oil, as it is helpful for staph infections. I had some in the house, so I started putting it on her face. It was so difficult to put it on without her crying, as it is right next to her mouth. I diluted it with coconut oil, but she still didn’t like it. Every time I put it on I would distract her for a few minutes, give her juice to drink, let her look at pictures on my phone, read her a book, etc. That helped, and within a few minutes she wasn’t complaining about it.

We quickly started seeing improvement, and within a few weeks it was much, much better! I’m so elated that something natural has helped her, and I wanted to share with you all in case your children ever battle a staph infection like this!

You can still see a tiny bit of pink next to her mouth. We keep putting it on her (though we are not as diligent as we could be at this point). I’m guessing it will take awhile before that last bit of pink goes away.

Healing my child's staph infection with essential oils was easier then I thought! | themodestmomblog.com

I’m so happy to have my daughter’s face looking normal again!

I used the Lemongrass essential oil from Young Living. I’ve been so pleased with all my oils I have from Young Living! My son had an injury recently on his nose, and I kept applying lavender on it so he wouldn’t scar. He already has a scar from an injury when he was younger and I really didn’t want two scars! Thankfully it healed up and you can’t tell the accident ever happened!

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Mothering Through Fatigue

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I wrote this post when we were out of town last month. I finally decided to post it in the hopes it might help another mother struggling with fatigue. 

The fatigue threatens to steal my joy. It’s been a long day, we are out of town and I should be enjoying the break from everyday life. Instead old fears creep in as I struggle with being so tired.  I’ve walked this path before and it isn’t a pleasant journey.

I slip away for an afternoon nap, and wake up feeling just as exhausted. Downstairs I try to put on my happy face and visit with family as if nothing is wrong. Inside I really want to just cry.

Bedtime finally comes and I wrestle with my 2 year old not wanting to go to her bed in a strange house. Anxiety is rearing it’s ugly head as my body is so weary, my adrenaline is soaring as I try to stay calm.

Suddenly I stop. I have a choice to make. A decision to choose joy or to slip further into discouragement. As I start putting pajamas on the 2 year old and look into her smiling face, the answer is clear. I must choose joy. My children depend on me. My husband needs me to be peaceful instead of irritated.

The words to Psalm 46 flood my mind, and I remember my mother singing it through lips of faith. “God is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in time of trouble. So we will not fear, though the earth give way. Though the mountains fall into the midst of the sea.”

And then it ends with that famous Bible verse.

 Be still and know that I am God. 

Be still. Know that I am God. The God that made me, the God that will sustain me when my body wages war against me. I keep singing the words over and over again, as I try to stop a troubled toddler’s cry in her bed.

Fatigue is something I’ve struggled with through all of my mothering days. When it comes I just can’t fake it. My husband will put the children to bed for me and come in our bedroom to find me fast asleep already.  The dishes will stay piled up in the kitchen, dinner will be extremely simple and the Duggars DVD’s will be played as a babysitter in the afternoon.

It’s only a season though.

I always rise above it though it might take months to do so. Having struggled with thyroid and adrenal fatigue problems since high school, I’ve learned to recognize when I’m doing too much and that it’s time to slow life down and rest.

Some practical tips to help survive fatigue

Go see a Doctor! Find a Dr. who believes in you and will worth with you until you see a light at the end of the tunnel. I’m currently working with a Dr. who is very knowledgable about thyroid problems and is treating me like no other Dr. has in the past. Many different things can cause extreme fatigue, including anemia, being low in B vitamins, thyroid imbalances, adrenal fatigue, chronic fatigue, hormone imbalance, low blood sugar, etc. Sometimes it is simply being a mother with lots of little ones, and you need more rest, which is easier said then done.

Take your vitamins! A general multi vitamin is good, but most likely you will need more then that. If you are low in iron, try taking Floradix. I’ve heard that taking a B Complex supplement has helped a lot of moms.

Start your day out right! I know mornings are so busy, but don’t skip breakfast. Make either a green smoothie or a yogurt smoothie. I like to add the Daily Boost Herba-Smoothie or Erin’s Super Green Drink smoothie mix from The Bulk Herb Store in my smoothies each morning. The Daily Boost Herba-Smoothie is on sale this month! Below is a list of sales for February at The Bulk Herb Store.

Bulk Herb Store Sales

Get Enough Protein in your day! This can be hard to do, so I like to add a protein powder in my smoothies each day. My absolute favorite protein powder is from Young Living (if you order please enter my ID number! 1399664 ). It tastes great and smells good! Every time I open it up with a child standing next to me they comment on how good it smells. If I’m not able to get that, I also like the Jay Robb protein powder.

If you don’t do smoothies, then eggs for breakfast is a good option. A salad with chicken on top for lunch, and a meal with some protein for dinner will help you get enough protein in your day.

The dreaded word – Exercise! When you are tired the last thing you want to do is think about exercising! It can really help you feel better though, provided you don’t overdo it. I’ve been doing T-Tapp lately which is nice because it is good for your lymphatic system. Here is a quote from the T-Tapp website:

“T-Tapp puts a lot of emphasis on lymphatic stimulation throughout the workout. This not only helps the body maximize metabolic processing, but it also helps improve immune system function. That’s why those who have autoimmune diseases such as chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia report great benefits from the T-Tapp workout. It’s also why cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation have fewer side effects such as edema and/or nausea (doing the first 15 minutes of movement). In fact, those who T-Tapp don’t seem to get sick as often. T-Tapp helps the body lower blood sugar quickly and helps it maintain better control. That’s because T-Tapp’s use of comprehensive, compound muscle movement combined with isometric contraction and lymphatic pumping blood burns glucose quickly and continues to do so post exercise. Many Type 2 diabetes and Gestational diabetes patients have regained control and even reversed the disease within 3 – 6 months!”

I find that I can tire out doing a hard workout, but T-Tapp provides the right amount of exercise to give me a boost for the day ahead.

Don’t forget to smile! Fatigue can bring on depression. I’m not talking about clinical depression here (though it can), rather a general moodiness and struggling to stay upbeat. Get outside in the sun, dance with your children, turn on your favorite song, pray, pray, pray, call a friend, read a favorite book, and work on smiling throughout your day!

These are just some of my tips I’ve learned throughout the years. I’ve love to hear any tips you have that has helped you with fatigue! 

How to make herbal glycerine tinctures

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Making glycerine tinctures is not hard! I'm sharing the step by step instructions at themodestmomblog.com

I’ve read for years on how to make herbal glycerine tinctures. I just never actually did it. There are so many wonderful things out there to do and my list of things I’d love to try seems endless! However when winter hit this year and the flu came along with it, I decided now was the time to try making a tincture for my children.

I was in for a pleasant surprise. Making herbal glycerine tinctures is the easiest thing ever! Anyone can do it!

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An herbal tincture is a very concentrated herbal liquid. You place herbs in a jar, and cover it with your choice of liquid and then let it sit, 3 days to weeks depending on which liquid you put in it. When it is done you strain the herbs out, and then you use the liquid that is left.

There are two different types of tinctures available to make. One is a glycerine tincture, which is the best option if you are making tinctures for your children. The other option is to use vodka, which can make a stronger tincture that lasts longer, but most people don’t want to give that to their children.

Glycerine tinctures are made from food grade, 100% vegetable glycerine. The Bulk Herb Store sells glycerine that is palm based instead of soy based. Glycerine is naturally sweet, which makes it a good choice for children.  Mothers know it can be difficult to get nasty tasting things down children! :)

The tincture I made was the Double-E-Immune Booster from the Bulk Herb Store. This tincture is only to be taken when you are actually sick. You don’t want your body getting used to the herbs and then when you really need them, they are not as effective. Think of this tincture like an antibiotic, if you gave your child an antibiotic every day the body would become so used to it that it would no longer work.

How to Make a Glycerine Tincture 

Supplies needed: A crockpot, herb or herbal blend, glass jar with lid, glycerine, water, and something to strain it with ( knit fabric, old t-shirt, or ultra fine strainer).

glycerine for tincture | themodestmomblog.comI used glycerine from my local health food store. I needed to make a tincture quickly so I didn’t want to wait for an order to come in the mail.

herbs mixed with glycerine and water in a canning jar. | themodestmomblog.comI filled up a jar about ⅔ way full. You can do ⅓ to ½ full, I just ended up using all the herbs in my package which made a strong tincture. Then you cover the herbs with a mixture of 2 parts water and 3 parts glycerine. If you put in 1 cup of water, put in 1 ½ cup of glycerine. I used a knife and stirred it together a little bit. I suggest putting the water in first to wet the herbs, I think the glycerine will mix together better.

Place herbs in crockpot | themodestmomblog.comPlace the jar in a crockpot. You will want to put a towel down first, then cover it about halfway full with water. Keep an eye on your water as you might need to add more water halfway through. You do not need a large crockpot as the lid does not need to go on.

Cover your crockpot with a towel | themodestmomblog.comCover your jar and crockpot with a towel and turn on low. This will sit for 3 days, so you just need to push it back on the counter and wait! I had to add more water about halfway through, so keep an eye on that. Otherwise, just go on about your life and forget about it!

The glycerine tincture is ready to strain! | themodestmomblog.comAfter three days take your tincture out and let sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to cool down. Now it is time to strain the herbs out! I found using some knit fabric the best choice, if your husband has an old t-shirt you could use that would be great. Since I sell maternity skirts I have lots of knit scraps sitting around!

Strain your glycerine tincture with knit material | themodestmomblog.com

Put the fabric over a bowl and start pouring the herb mixture out. I had to use a spoon, and dumped out a little bit at a time.

Straining-tincture1Squeeze the herbs until all the liquid has come out, dump the herbs in the trash and then repeat that until all the herbs in the jar have been strained.

Use an ultra fine strainer at the end | themodestmomblog.comThis is optional, but I didn’t want any herbs left in the tincture, so I strained it again with a really fine strainer.

Pour the tincture into a glass bottle | themodestmomblog.comUse a small funnel and pour the tincture into a glass jar.

Herbal Glycerine Tincture | themodestmomblog.comLabel your tincture and you are done! Make sure and put the date you made the tincture on the bottle.

It really is easy to do and now I’m excited to make some other tinctures! I love the blend of Red Raspberry that the Bulk Herb Store sells so I’m thinking of making that into a tincture instead of a tea. We are so blessed to have access to herbs and other healthy items to give our family! In other countries mothers are struggling to just have enough food for their child, so I consider it a great blessing to have an abundance of herbs readily available for us.

*If you have not visited the Bulk Herb Store before, it is a favorite of mine! They have high quality herbs that can make excellent teas, tinctures, smoothies, and more!*

Great selection of bulk herbs, books, and remedies. Articles, Research Aids and much more.

 

Here is a list of all the sales at the Bulk Herb Store for January. I use the Super Green Drink blend in my smoothies!

Sales at the Bulk Herb Store for January

How To Moisturize A Dry Face

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How To Moisturize A Dry Face

Winter is when dry skin problems can really flare up. The temperatures are cold, the air inside is dry heat, and then the warm (hot!) showers that we take do not help our skin at all.

When I was sick for two weeks recently I didn’t take good care of my skin. Making sure I washed my face and moisturized it was not a priority while I was lying in bed with a fever! When I finally started feeling better, I looked at my face in the mirror and saw dry flakey skin all over. Yuck!

If you struggle with dry skin, here is what I did that greatly helped.

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First I used a facial peel from L’BRI. You put it on your dry skin and let it sit there for about 30 seconds. Then you start rubbing your face in circular motion with dry fingers. It was amazing (and gross!) how much dry skin I had come off my face. You could see little beads of dead skin all over. EWWW!! Ok, time to move on!

LBRI Facial Peel. Wonderful for dry skin!

If you don’t have this awesome facial peel that is made with unique fruit enzymes, (and of course the aloe vera that L’BRI products are known for), you could try making a scrub at home. It won’t have the same feel at all, but it might help scrub the dry skin off. I tried to find recipes on making your own peel at home, but I couldn’t find anything I felt good about sharing on here.

The next thing I did was to apply this intense moisturizing cream. Ladies, this stuff is good. Like chocolate truffles melting in your mouth kind of good, except its for your skin! If you suffer from dry skin, this is the moistest, richest stuff your skin could ask for to be applied on your face.

Intense Moisture Cream to help a dry winter face!

Another DIY option would be to try putting coconut oil on your face to moisturize it. I personally have seen better results using the Intense Moisture Cream from L’BRI, but I know other ladies love using coconut oil. It needs to be a natural coconut oil. I have used Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil before and can highly recommend that brand.

My skin felt so yummy after doing that. To keep that wonderful feeling going, every night I make up a special mixture that takes great care to make, with a lot of attention to detail.

Wait a minute, I’m a busy mom with very little time to spend in the bathroom tending to my face, right? Forget what I said above. What I really do takes one minute!

Aloe Vera is great for a dry winter face!

Aloe Vera Jelly has many healing properties.  Aloe vera contains 75 nutrients, 200 active compounds, 20 essential minerals, 18 amino acids, and 12 vitamins. Your skin will love this amazing jelly! I love to mix the High Anti-Oxident Night Repair Treatment, with the Aloe Vera Jelly for an amazing mixture that sits on my face all night as I sleep.

Aloe Vera Mixture for Face

I just put a squirt of both products in my hand and mix them together.

how to help a dry winter face!

I rub it on my face and I’m ready for bed!

If you are interested in the L’BRI products, you have to register as a new customer on the website to be able to view all the products. It just takes a minute to register, then you have access to all the products! I’ve been very impressed with the skincare line, and they have an awesome sample selection you can try for free – you just pay the shipping!

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Click on the Free Samples image on the front page and you can select which skincare you want to try!

L’BRI has an awesome special going on right now for those interested in joining as a consultant! 

Join L'BRI in January and receive free items!

When you join in January you receive either $97 or $216 worth of extra products, depending on which starter kit you choose! You can find out more about becoming a consultant here.

Some other helpful tips to avoid dry skin:

1. Drink lots of extra water! This is the best source of keeping your body hydrated.

2. Don’t take long hot showers, make them lukewarm instead. Hot water strips all the natural moisturizing oils from our skin. This is a hard one for me as I love my long hot showers!

3.  Some people say Fish Oil Supplements can help dry skin. You can boost your Omega-3 by taking a supplement or eating more salmon, walnuts, or put flaxseed oil in a shake.