Since I am here I thought I might as well share something that happened to my 8yos.
He has had bouts of croup since he was 2. Croup can be very scary. It is not asthma, but you still can hardly breathe. Every time he would have an attack, we would spend the night in the steamy bathroom trying to concentrate on breathing until the attack subsided. It is very scary when this happens.
Since I have been learning about essential oils, I looked up in my reference book for an oil to help the croup. There were oils listed for asthma, but not croup. I decided to get an oil that supports the respiratory system. I chose a blend called R.C. It has 4 kinds of eucalyptus oils, myrtle, spruce, lavender, and a few others.
Last week before bed, my son started having that barking cough that is a signal that it will be a long night. I got out my R.C. having never tried it on, him but hoping for the best. I rubbed it with some massage oil on his back and his chest. I also rubbed a blend called Thieves on his chest. I put R.C. in the diffuser and went back in about 10 minutes to check on him. I could not believe it but he and his little sister were asleep. That was a miracle in itself:) I rubbed another blend of oil on his feet and left the diffuser on. I went back in about 30 minutes and checked on him. Still asleep. I turned off the diffuser. I went to bed but did not sleep well because I was listening out for the barking cough. It never came! I finally fell asleep. He, on the other hand had a good night's sleep. He woke in the morning with the cough, but not the full blown attack. I rubbed more oils on him and in about an hour, he said he thought the oils just might be working:)
That was such a miracle to me. You would just have to experience the croup to know how scary it is when your child is fighting for every breath and his lips are beginning to turn blue. I hope to never be without these blends of oils.
Hi Tisha! Was wondering where everybody got off too.
Ummm...next time your son's lips turn blue, even if you know what it's from, get him to a hospital! Blue lips means he's not getting enough oxygen (I know you know that, lol) It takes a serious lack of oxygen to turn blue. Please don't ever hesitate. Once the lips and fingernails turn blue, it can get real ugly after that real quick.
Another oil I've discovered for burns and well...practically everything that ails you, is Everlast. It can be applied neat to burns, cuts, inflammation...and make them practically disappear overnight. Downside...price, but well worth it.
I just wanted to clarify lest anyone get the wrong idea :).
( I would never deny my children medical attention if they needed it)
The time(he was six) that my son's lips turned blue from croup, we were on the way to the hospital. That was the time that I told myself if he had another attack, we were going to the hospital. I was afraid that he maybe had asthma and I wasn't treating it right.
They took a saliva test and told me that it was not asthma. They said croup can not turn into asthma. (Good to know) They just put a mask on him and had him breathe some medicine (which he would not do without much coaxing). It did not seem to help any more than the steamy bath at home.
But, hopefully, I have found a solution in essential oils.
Oh my gosh...don't get me wrong. I'm sorry, I don't want you to think that I thought you denied your son medical attention. You absolutely sounded like a caring mother in your post.
The reason for the warning was that...first of all, I've worked in the medical field for 9 years. I guess it's just become the way I think. Secondly, I had an asthma attack a couple years ago. Last words I heard was my daughter saying "mommy, your lips are blue"...Next I knew, I was laying in a hospital bed two days later on a ventilator. It just scared me to think your son's lips were blue.
Hi Tisha, I wonder if you can help please - My 4 year old boy and 2 year old girl both suffer from croup - it is absolutely terrifying when it is at it's peak (normally in the early hours of the morning when you feel quite isolated and panicky). I was really interested to read about your R.C. oil. Is it still working for your children? If so how can I get hold of some or the exact blend details. many thanks, Mandy
My 6 year old son has had problems with croup since he was 18 months. Horrible stuff! I don't like to use the word hate, but I HATE croup! Last year, in fact, I had to take him to the after hours clinic twice. Just before Halloween of this year he had croup, but it was one of his mild episodes. I had forgotten my husband had gotten some marjoram and thyme essential oil samples from his boss. The next night my husband remembered and put them on him. No croup. I could hear a little something when he talked in the morning but it sounded like a normal sick person thing. I can count on one hand how many times he has only had croup one night. It always lasts 2-3 nights unless I had to take him to the Dr. My husband ordered some R.C. and we have not had one case of croup since and he has been sick twice. Be careful with the little one because R.C. Has eucalyptus in it. Read up and see if there are any warnings for using marjoram and thyme on a 2 yr. old. I am going to be using R.C. all this winter. If it doesn't work, I will post it.