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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Air Fresheners

I love having a good smelling house, and am slightly obsessed with candles, sprays, and other yummy smelling air fresheners.  Unfortunately, these are loaded with yucky chemicals that I would prefer not to have in the house! 

For our bathroom, we mixed lemon essential oil and water in a small, stainless steel spray bottle.  Works great! .

Today, I simmered orange peels and cinnamon on the stove.  The smell seems to have gotten into every room in the house.  Yay! 

Other ideas for natural air fresheners:
  • Instead of throwing away stale juices, simmer them on the stove
  • Simmer fresh pine needles
  • Mix any essential oil and water.  Keep in small bowls around the house or spray from a bottle
  • Simmer other citrus peels, experiment with different combinations
  • Use a diffuser with essential oils
  • Boil cinnamon sticks
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use a small piece of tinfoil, turn up the edges and pour a teaspoon of vanilla on top and place the foil in the oven. Turn off oven and prop the door open a bit.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Ear Infections

J-man has cold symptoms, a low-grade fever,  is crying on/off frequently, and frantically pulling at his ears.  Not cool!  Project of the day: research natural remedies for ear infections.  We really don't want to do antibiotics if possible.  We also don't want little man to be in a lot of pain or rupture his ear drums. 

According to Dr. Sears, "new research is suggesting that 80% of uncomplicated ear infections will resolve within 4 to 7 days without antibiotics."

I'm going to share a few other bits of info I got from our beloved book... "Smart Medicine For a Healthier Child, 2nd Edition."  I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend this book!  It has conventional, natural, and homeopathic treatments for just about everything.  You can get it here

This book reiterates "many experts now question the necessity of using any antibiotics for treating an uncomplicated ear infection.  In fact, some think that using antibiotics sets the stage for the development of resistant bacteria, which can lead to recurrent infections that are resistant to standard antibiotics."

For herbal treatments, the book recommends Echinacea and goldenseal herbal combination formual, garlic, or mullein oil (a traditional Native American remedy).  We are going to try garlic...because it sounds the least intimidating.

Garlic is a natural antibacterial.  You can give your child an oral supplement (pill form or dissolved in something) or heat a fresh garlic clove in olive oil and put the warm drops directly into the child's ear.

We also plan to try some massage techniques.  "Massaging your child's ear can help keep the eustachian tube open.  Using gentle pressure, draw a line along the back of the ear and down the back of the jawbone.  Gently push and release the flap of skin in front of the ear several times.  You can also massage your child's ear by placing the fleshy part of your palm, just below your thumb, over your child's ear and rotating the ear in all directions."

Wish us luck!