I had a nice blog post all ready to go for this week, but then I had to take my son to the ER. It sparked something new I wanted to talk about, and it’s about essential oils. In the holistic world, too often the “normal” way of treating your body is shunned and immediately thought of as wrong and copping out.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a HUGE believer of essential oils and holistic ways of helping our bodies. I’ve been using holistic methods in my home for many, many years now. They have saved us thousands of dollars in medical bills. I have used essential oils to help with numerous ear infections, fevers, a sinus infection, 2 cases of ring worm, yeast infections, Influenza, depression, ADHD, just to name a few.
On the flip side, there is a place and need for Western medicine too. We just need to know when to use it in a smart and educated way, instead of running to the doctor for every single thing. We need to empower ourselves, but also have a respect for Western medicine, utilizing it when we need it.
Last week I was certain one of my sons came down with strep throat, and even though my instincts were telling me to take him to a doctor, I decided to treat it at home with essential oils. I’ve have too many success stories with essential oils so even though I’ve never used them on strep throat, I decided to give it a try.
He felt better within a couple of days and all symptoms were gone, until yesterday morning he woke up in a lot of pain. This time it was a gland on this side of throat. It was swollen and tender to the touch. His throat looked ok from what we could see, so we decided to help him manage the pain and keep an eye on it. He was fine until around 4 pm, where he was in even more pain and came down with a fever. He put himself to bed and slept for several hours. At 8:15pm, he woke up bawling because he was in so much pain, with his throat and jaw significantly swollen. We knew we had to take him to see a doctor immediately and the only option that was open was the ER. So off we went.
The strep test came back positive, which didn’t surprise me. They kept him for a few hours for observation because his symptoms were irregular and they weren’t comfortable sending him home. In the end, he was given a strong antibiotic and steroids, with strict instructions to take him back if there are any changes.
I’m incredibly grateful we decided to take him to be seen and not continue treating this at home. I wish I had listened to my intuition in the first place because it would have saved my son pain and us unnecessary sleep loss and expense.
Too many times I have been ostracized on both ends of the spectrum; from concerned friends and family thinking I’m nuts and unwisely taking my family’s life in my hands for not going to the doctor for little things, like ear infections, to fellow health coaches expressing their concern that I took my son and husband to the ER last year for pneumonia, fully following every single line and pill they gave us.
We all need to take a chill. One way of living for one may not be the best way for you, but that doesn’t make it wrong.
I believe in full integration; weaving both holistic and cultural norms into my life and my family. It may not be perfect, but it works for us.
And that is why I don’t think essential oils, or any holistic method, is the cure-all for everything and why I take my family to the doctor when my husband and I feel that it’s essential.
Now it’s YOUR turn: Have you tried essential oils or other holistic methods? I want to hear your stories, both successful and not-so-successful. What happened? Share in the comments below.