Misdirected Concerns

I get a lot of questions about essential oil usage on babies and pets. A lot of questions. Just the other day a friend with an almost 1 year old messaged me asking about diffusing around her daughter and being worried about “poisoning” her.

Honestly, I’m so glad people are asking. They are paying attention and they want to be cautious. They also want to use the oils the right way and not hurt their most precious family members.

I have a lot of respect for people who do their own digging and find answers before jumping into using something that is potentially harmful.

On the flip side, I have to bite my tongue when I want to ask if they’ve done the same amount of questioning about the other products they’re using on and around their babies and pets.

My first thought goes to pregnancy. What were they eating, drinking, putting on their skin and taking for medications and supplements while pregnant? Did they research folic acid verses folate, delayed cord clamping, or the increase in C-Sections with the use of pitocin?

Then this beautiful baby is born. What products are being used in their home? Did they ask any questions about the ingredients in their soaps, laundry detergent, and personal care products? How about the toxins looming in their household cleaners and air fresheners? 

Let’s discuss Johnson & Johnson as just one example (of many). In 2016, they paid the family of Jacqueline Fox $72 million after she lost her fight to ovarian cancer due to the daily use of their trademark baby powder. Why did they have to pay? Because they knew that their products could, and would, cause cancer (among other things) and didn’t say anything or provide a warning label. This is just one of many cases in a massive class action lawsuit.

There are so many examples and routes we could take. I won’t even get started on regular baby formula being fed to these newborns after being heated up in a plastic bottle.

I wish I had a nickel for every time someone sent me this article about Lavender essential oil causing breast development in boys. I’ve responded with this one and a brief explanation that I’m more concerned with eliminating and avoiding hormone disruptors found in canned food, pesticides, plastics, amalgam fillings, conventional meat and dairy as well as cleaning products than I am with the Lavender that I use on my sons.

And I don’t want to forget about the pets. What kind of potential side effects are there from the ingredients in their tick/flea control? Over 2,000 pets were reported to have died from exposure to their tick/flea treatment between 2008 and 2014 in North America alone. That’s just the number that was reported. Then consider that after receiving these treatments, they sleep in your kids’ arms and lay on your furniture all day.

And what’s in their pet food? Did you know that the world’s longest living cat was fed “bacon and eggs, broccoli, asparagus, and coffee with heavy cream” among other things? Not processed store bought food. 

Did you also know that it’s becoming commonplace for a veterinarian to vaccinate cats at the tip of the tail because so many were developing cancer at the injection sites? It makes much more sense to amputate the end of a tail than a limb. But how come nobody is discussing the risks and benefits of the vaccine verses the cancer and amputations??

My point here is that we’re putting our investigative efforts into use and expressing lots of hesitancy towards drops of concentrated plants and completely ignoring the synthetic, lab-produced, cancer-causing ingredients hiding in plain sight in our homes and wreaking havoc on our kids’ and pets’ bodies.

Essential oils are very strong and very effective. They should be taken seriously and used with caution.  There is a level of education that I recommend before diving in.

But why are we so scared of alternative medicines and holistic options but not store bought products? Because we’re trained to be. Why do we trust commercials and marketing more than our own intuition? Why do we trust our doctors when making big decisions on topics like nutrition and immunity where they’ve received little to no training?

Let’s do better for our babies and fur babies… and ourselves. Let’s learn how to read labels and do our own unbiased investigating.

You may be very surprised to hear that almost 800,000 people die each year from properly prescribed and administered pharmaceuticals. The child cancer rate is at an all time high and still sky rocketing. Why are we getting sicker and sicker while being told that we have more information and technology than ever?

Meanwhile in 2015, a total of 133 people reported an adverse reaction (no deaths) from the improper usage of essential oils. My family of 5 has filled one prescription in 6 years and that was an antibiotic for a burst appendix. Meanwhile, we use essential oils every single day for a hundred different reasons.

I don’t have any pets but I do have children. What do I use on them? For awhile I dabbled in different organic products after carefully reading labels. Now that I’ve done my research and found a company that I love, trust and saves me money, I get all of our products from Young Living.

They make the highest quality oils on the planet and they infuse those oils into all of their products as well as their kids line, Kidscents.

I don’t have any pets but they have an entire line of pet products called Animalscents. Also, your cats will not die from being exposed to essential oils if you take a few minutes to learn the precautions. Here is a great article on how to use essential oils safely around and on your pets.

As for the babies, there are only a handful that I will use topically before the age of 6 months and they are heavily diluted. I’ve used Lavender to support the eye health of my son when he was suffering from a clogged tear duct (above the eyebrow and below the eye socket – never near or in the eye). I put diluted Frankincense on all of their umbilical cords to support the healing process. When my daughter was very small, she was too congested to breastfeed. I diluted (even more heavily) Eucalyptus and applied to her feet (followed by socks) to support her respiratory system so she could get her feeding in. I diluted a blend called Gentle Baby to soothe skin and support baby’s emotional state. I also love a product that Young Living makes called Rose Ointment which contains Rose to use in place of cancer-causing petroleum jelly.

There are a few oils I won’t diffuse around newborns because they can irritate their eyes like Peppermint and Eucalyptus so I avoid blends that contain those oils. When I do diffuse all day, it’s in an open space like the kitchen/living room. If I diffuse in the bedroom where the baby is sleeping, I open the door or have it running on an intermittent timer so it shuts on and off throughout the night.

But please don’t take my word for any of this. I’m just a mom on Google, right? At least that’s what I’ve been told. Do your own research. Compare and contrast findings. Look at the education and background of the people sharing this information. Also, consider what they have to gain by what they’re publishing.

Most importantly, don’t limit your research to the holistic areas of your life. Change your mindset and consider that diffusing plants in your child’s room is safer than covering their bottom in Johnson &Johnson’s talcum baby powder.

If you want to know who I love and trust for education, I’m a huge fan of Lindsey Elmore. She has a degree in Chemistry and is also a Doctor of Pharmacy. She worked for Young Living for years and now educates on all things essential oils and science. I also really trust Dr. Eric Zielinski who is a Doctor of Chiropractic, a trained aromatherapist and Public Health researcher. Plus, he’s a Christian which is a bonus because his beliefs match mine.

I hope this inspired something in you today. To start reading anything and everything you can get your hands on. Question the status quo. Learn to read labels. Consider that just because everyone is doing something, it doesn’t make it safe. And when you’re ready to start learning how to incorporate essential oils into your daily life, make sure to look me up and I will help you the way that someone else once helped me. ❤



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