I'm late! I'm late! To a VERY important date! I've never been one to find myself punctually challenged, but with the Thanksgiving holiday having snuck up on me and bitten me in the behind, here we are. Unfortunately, I can't find it in my heart to apologize because my sister was here from Georgia, and I hadn't seen her in a year. To say that Georgia was on my mind was an understatement, to say the least. It was also time to celebrate the tiny root's 3rd birthday, and I had some preparing to do. So, while I regret having not brought this post to you sooner, their presence in my home and spending time with family was super important. You understand right? I knew you would. For this week's post, I am bringing you a synergy blend from the Eden's Garden OK For Kids line.
I want to give you a quick synopsis of how Eden's Garden helped us in our HUGE time of need. A year and a half or so ago, our middle root came down with a headache that lasted for a number of days and ended with us taking a trip to the emergency room. What started as a minor headache evolved into a full-blown migraine, complete with light sensitivity, nausea, and that certain thing that follows nausea, but I never say out loud or even write about because it's the one time that as a parent, I completely check out. Let's just say, it rhymes with Haley's COMET. Moving on. Anywho, after lots and lots of food and activity logs, we determined that he had a major sensitivity to food coloring. We all know that food coloring is in so so many dishes and packaged foods, but over time, I have learned exactly what to look for. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try to educate ourselves and the middle root on what he can and cannot consume, inevitably from time to time, it creeps in and we find ourselves in a situation that requires a quick call to action, which is where Head-A-Sore-Us by Eden's Garden comes in. After migraines became part of our life, we would know that they were coming and do our best to soothe him, but ultimately it would end in disaster. Ibuprofen was the last resort and didn't work, Tylenol wasn't an option for us, and stronger pain medication wasn't something I wanted to entertain if I could find another way. I had tried the classic peppermint oil and several other combinations, but for one reason or another, it just wasn't helping. I personally find that, like many conventional remedies, it's not always a "one size fits all" situation, and this was certainly the case with the situation at hand. As a final Hail Mary attempt at a natural remedy, I got online and ordered Head-A-Sore-Us. I can't tell you how many times I have since then allowed my mind to wander and think of what we would have done had I not given it one more last ditch effort and found this particular blend. It has without a doubt been a game changer for us. As a mother, and I'm sure I'm not alone here, I am very in tune with the look, sound, smell, and behavior of my children. I know that when the middle root begins to squint his eyes when entering a well-lit room or gets a bit dark under the eyes, soon it will be followed by him saying his head hurts. Before it gets too bad, I grab my bottle of Head-A-Sore-Us and I put it in his personal diffuser as well as the household diffusers in common areas of the home. I then take my bottle of Head-A-Sore-Us mixed with coconut oil and I apply it behind his ears and massage it down his neck. For reason's unknown to me, none of the mixtures of oils I had tried before Head -A-Sore-Us were any match for what was coming down the pike, but now, when I catch it early, it literally stops it before it evolves into a migraine and..well...COMET.
So what is in Head-A-Sore-Us? Let's get down to the meat and potatoes of it all.
- Frankincense- This is one that wasn't even on my radar. Typically used for wounds, inflammation, bronchitis, coughs, fevers, nervous conditions, and tension, Frankincense has maintained a revered status for centuries. Perhaps it's the ability to fight inflammation combined with the ability to relieve tension that makes Frankencense one of the triple threat oils in this blend so effective.
- Lavender- It goes without saying that Lavender is the staple oil in any home whether they are a newbie or a seasoned essential oil user. Among a myriad of other things, Lavender has the ability to relieve inflammation and nausea, thus preventing a possible COMET situation.
- Chamomile- This oil was one that I tried on its own, as it is often used alone in the treatment of migraine pain. Chamomile is great for relaxation and anyone who has suffered from even a minor headache knows that sleeping it off is often one of the quickest ways to get relief, however, it's often hard to relax when pain is a factor.
As I said before, this blend was critical in our treatment of middle root's migraines. The truth is, no matter how much we teach them, there will be a time that you aren't there to monitor everything they put in their body. For so long, I was a nervous wreck when the middle root would go to birthday parties, sleepovers, or even when he was at the ballpark and kids in the dugout were passing out gum. Now, if there is a misstep, we have something to help us make it better for him. Eden's Garden has a complete line of OK For Kids oil blends, and the ones I have used are great. It takes the guesswork out of trying to determine which oils are safe for use in children. As I said in previous posts, I'm not a doctor. What I am is a mother who wants the best for her roots and their long-term health. We are in no way against the use of modern medicine when necessary, and it's always a personal choice as to when you need to pull the plug and seek medical attention. I'm lucky to have a very close relationship with our pediatrician and he is steadfast in his trust for me as a parent and where my gut feeling leads us. A special thank you to Dr. Robert Pappas and Sylla Sheppard-Hanger for their expertise in formulating blends that are safe for tiny roots everywhere. I hope this helps other parents who have tried other oil alternatives and have yet to find the blend that works for them. Don't give up, follow your gut, and don't forget to Live, Love, and Grow Roots.