Monday, November 26, 2012


This past summer while we were traveling around I heard of a company called  doTERRA, which is a company that sells essential oils. My cousin in Utah is the first person that I heard about this company from. I was telling here that I have been having headaches a lot lately and she gave some stuff to try, but it didn't work (but it wasn't meant for headaches, I don't think). Then when we were in California I was still having headaches and nothing seemed to be able to get rid of this one. Well, Shelia, my sister-in-law, invited me to go to a doTERRA party that her friend was hosting. It sounded like fun so I went, plus I wanted to learn more about what the big whoop about this company was. While there we were able to try and smell different oils. One of the oils that we were able to try was "peppermint". They said that it was suppose to help with headaches. Really doubtful that this would even work, I tried it, and I swear within not even 5 minutes my headache was gone. I was so surprised, but still not really buying into, but my headaches never came back.

Anyways to get to the point of this blog.

Julian has reflux, not as bad as Walker, but it's still pretty bad. I go back and forth in my head about begging the doctor for medication, but I know he wont give it to him because I have spoken to him about it. I am not for giving babies medicines unless they really need it but it is tempting. At first his reflux wasn't so bad but it has progressively gotten worse and we are now having to use a towel for a spit-up rag. So I was talking to my friend about it on Sunday and she takes a more holistic approach to helping here baby and she just happens to be into doTERRA and baby massages. Yesterday she came by and brought me some oils to try and showed me some tummy massages to try.  I don't expect this to be a cure for the problem, even medication doesn't take all of it away, but I am hopeful that it might provide some relief. So I decided I would make a blog about, as in a way to keep track of the results and then I will share them.

***I did do the massages with baby oil to have something to compare it too***

-we did the oils and massages and then he went to bed for the night, and he slept through the night again!

DAY 1:
Today I did tummy massages with the oil with all feedings and he only had one really bad spit-up with one feeding but he was also in the car seat. Other than that at one other feeding he had a little bit that a normal spit up rag could deal with, with leaving more room for other spit-up. He seemed to have a more comfortable day.

DAY 2:
Today wasn't a good day for him, he had several episodes with refulx. I do think that doing the massages helps him poop more easily and they don't sound as explosive.

DAY 3:
I'm adding another oil that is suppose to help and I am going to give it a day to see if their is any difference.

DAY 4:
There seem to be no difference today, still had some episodes and some major spit-ups but I am still not sure about it.

We'll not really a difference with the spit-up. He still has several episodes with reflux, so I am just going to have to deal with it and be patient.

Overall I am still not sure about the whole essential oil stuff. I know that when I used the peppermint at the party I went to, my headaches went away. I would recommend this as an alternative to try before medication because who knows if your baby is having some minor issues it might be helpful or just give you peace of mind. I do think, however,  that the tummy massages really help and I will keep on doing. The massage is called "I love you", you can google it and see what you are suppose to do, it's super easy.

Julian kept on getting worse and eventually stoped nursing he would just cry everytime he would eat, so I pumped instead and feed him that way. He would still cry when I would feed him with a bottle, so I made an appointment with the doctor and he is on medication now. He is eating so much better and is way more comfortable.


jmw said...

Poor baby and poor Mommy! Sounds like you are on your way to a solution, though. My sister in med school was telling me that both peppermint or ecalyptus essential oils might help calm my asthma. Maybe peppermint has an anti-inflammatory property, which would explain the potential to help both headaches and asthma?

Natalie said...

I'm so sorry!!! I can't believe you have to deal with all of this again. I'm glad he's getting better though and the meds are helping.