Eric and Melissa Smith

Helena, Alabama

Friday, March 25, 2011

Essential Oils, Part Three

Since learning about natural ways to deal with illness, we have tried to cut back on our use of over-the-counter fever reducers and pain relievers. It seems that when we don't medicate a fever, the sickness runs its course more quickly. One of our children, though, tends to have febrile seizures as her temperature fluctuates. Febrile seizures aren't dangerous, of course, but they are still scary and uncomfortable, so we have continued to medicate her for fever, even though we think we may be prolonging the illness by doing so. I had read about reducing fever with essential oils and was eager to try it for this particular child.

When she began running fever, I mixed 3 drops of lemongrass oil in 1 tsp. of almond oil. I applied the oil to her temples, her wrists and the bottoms of her feet. Within 15 minutes, her fever was down and she was resting comfortably. I reapplied the oil several times over the 2 days that she was sick, and I am happy to report that she had no febrile seizures!!

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