I found a link on Pinterst (have I mentioned lately that I love Pinterest) that is about using the essential oil Eucalyptus on your kids' feet at night so they're not coughing all night long. I love learning new ways to use my oils! I learned just in the nick of time. My youngest got over the flu like symptoms and now has a bit of a cough and sniffly nose. Because we use essential oils, his flu never got bad and his cough hasn't turned nasty.
On a side note, we use Immune Strength by RockyMountainOils.com to fight off any bugs that try to get us. It doesn't mean we don't get it, but it sure helps us not get the bug as bad. If you catch it on day 1, you can kick a virus right out the door. Seriously! When one of us complains of a sore throat or coughs, I immediately put some Immune Strength on their feet. One of my kids particularly dislikes the scents from the oils. When I make him use the oils, I allow him to then put on his socks and shoes so that it does not irritate his nose. If one of us actually comes down sick, I use the Immune Strength on that person twice a day, then once a day on the rest of us so we don't catch it. Here's the good news. RockyMountainOils.com is going to have a Black Friday sale and Immune Strength will be on sale!!! As well as several other great oils. You seriously won't want to miss it. I stock up on this stuff because it works!
Okay, back to Eucalyptus. What this lady's blog did not talk about is the fact that there are three different types of Eucalyptus oils. And they each do something different. So...I want to tell you about all three of them. I will quote from the RockyMountainOils website. I feel that their website is very informative!
Amazing? YES! So. If you want to treat a sore throat and cough, buy the Eucalyptus Radiata. If you or the kids tend to get lung problems, laryngitis, or bronchitis easily, add the Eucalyptus Citriodora to it. Yup, use them both. If you want the benefit of the immune boost offered by Eucalyptus Globulus, add it in as well. I have bought little bottles with roller tops for easy application. It would be beneficial to mix your Eucalyptus oils into one little bottle. In fact, I think I'll do that for us! I need to add one the Citriodora to my oil collection, then I'll have all three. In the meantime, I'm just using Eucalyptus Radiata and it has helped my 8 year old not cough so much at night. I forgot to put it on him last night so I put it on him this morning before school.
On an adult, you can apply this oil "neat" which means undiluted. You only need two drops per foot at most. Pure oils are very powerful and can send the body into shock if you use too much at once; however, they can be reapplied several times throughout the day if necessary. For a child, use a carrier oil and dilute the oil about fifty percent. I have Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) and I put about 3-4 drops of that in my hand, then 2-3 drops of the oil with it. Then I rub it onto my child's feet. The nice thing about this is I benefit from it too, as the oils soak into my hands as well. That is, until I switch to a roller bottle. Recognize my little kids are big. My youngest is about 85 lbs. So if your little kids are little, you might only use two drops total with the FCO.
I also buy oils from MountainRoseHerbs.com. Their prices are sometimes cheaper than RMO so I always do comparison pricing. MRH does not offer oil blends, so I always get those from RMO. But MRH offers tons of other stuff besides oils, which I believe is why their oil prices are slightly lower. Information wise, I love RMO for the ease of using their website and amount of information on each oil.
If you have any questions about oils, please feel free to ask! I'm not certified, but I have learned a TON about essential oils this year and feel strongly that as a culture we can use doctors and pharmacies less and use natural healing more.