My kids call me Mom, nurse, cook, house-cleaner, launderer…
I call myself exhausted.
For the past few days we have had a houseful of sickies. The yuck-bug has hit the Pennington home. I would love to tell you details about what kinds of stuff is draining from our pores, but I am going to mention a few essential oils later in this post and the FDA has all kinds of rules about what I can say. So let’s stick with Yuck and Not-Sleeping-Well. You get the picture. No stomach stuff.. .all above the waist problems….mostly above the neck.
The older kids and I are OK….just a little draggy. But the younger set has been hit pretty hard so I am spooning warm tea and potato soup into them. Today I have a batch of my famous Taco Soup (OK, it’s not that famous but it should be because it’s so easy to make!) on the stove and the house smells divine.
I have 3 diffusers going, one in the living room (aka the infirmary) another in the dining room (which is a walkthrough for the whole house) and the last in a bedroom. I am alternating between diffusing Thieves & RC (4 drops each) or Melaleuca & Eucalyptus G (same). At night I will add lavender.
I am also putting Thieves on the bottoms of everyone’s feet and depending on their specific situation I am applying RC to their chest and/or putting diluted peppermint on the back of their neck. I am putting Breathe Again behind everyone’s ears and down the side of their neck and some of them need it rubbed over their sinuses as well. I have had a couple of them take a warm bath with Epsom salts mixed with lavender. Lastly, a few of the kids have a weird eye gunk problem, so I am putting frankincense in a carrier oil (I use Young Living’s V-6) and rubbing that around their eye socket, making sure not to get it too close to their eyes. And I am also putting plain V-6 on their eyelashes at night so they can open their eyes in the morning.
I know…gross, but necessary.
I, on the other hand, am getting some deep cleaning done. Every time I wipe the floor I see a dirty spot behind something and start scrubbing. Last night I took all of the plates down from the cupboard and scoured them. It seems that occasionally the dishwasher doesn’t get them clean and they get put away like that. When I found a filthy one I got pretty grossed out and started a cleaning frenzy. If the kids are still feeling yucky tomorrow (hopefully not!) I may scrub behind the washer and dryer. For sure we are getting sheets washed and under the beds swept out and old toys throw away.
I know how to make fun out of anything.
It’s been quiet really. Everyone resting and watching an endless stream of movies while I happily boil pots of steaming deliciousness and buff things to a shine. I hope they get better soon, but I do love bringing them goodies and attending to their needs in the meantime. I make them tea and after I hand them their mug I tuck the blanket around their feet and feel their forehead and ask if there is anything in the world I can do for them. They send me on weird errands like looking for a favorite stuffed animal that seems to be lost or to make a piece of toast with peanut butter, apple slices and cinnamon.
I am staying busy, that’s for sure!
Before I go back to my work of kids and house cleaning, I want to be sure to let you know about a deal I am running for the month of March. If you’ve been thinking of signing up to start using Young Living essential oils, now is a great time. I am sending all new signups that join this month and order the Premium Starter Kit (which includes 11 oils and a diffuser plus some samples!) my favorite reference book AND a tin of Thieves Mints. These are my absolute favorite…fresh breath and a health feeling all rolled into one little sugar-free tablet.
By the way, I am not a doctor – I am just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. This information is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your health care provider.
Have a great week!