Essential Oils are Awesome!!!

I use essential oils all the time and they are amazing.

Personally, I hate medications I know that’s ironic because I work in the medical field. I just feel like medications have terrible side effects. That is why I love essential oils because I can substitute them for medications.

What do I use them for?

So originally, I really got into essential oils because I did a lot of research on how to help my son with his ADHD. I discovered that many people had a lot of success using essential oils to help manage ADHD. I figured that it couldn’t hurt anything to try it with him and see if it helps. Guess what!!! It did we had tremendous success using oils to help my son concentrate better. So, then I started doing research on what else I could use them for. There are so many things that you can use oils for depression, cutting teeth, sleeping better, and the list goes on and on.

Are there side effects?

I have not known anyone to have side effects using essential oils. I did some research and there have been adverse reactions to essential oils when they are used inappropriately but the percentage is very low. I know doctors who use essential oils themselves.

Cost?

Essential oils can get a little pricey but so can medications. I would rather pay for essential oils than pay for medications.

Now I am by no means saying that no one should take medications, because for many things medications are essential. However, essential oils are a wonderful way to assist your daily lives in many ways.

Don’t take my word for it though go and research them and make the decision yourself as always this is just my 2 cents.

Raising Kids With ADHD

ADHD is one of the most over diagnosed conditions in children. My 8-year-old son was diagnosed with ADHD in first grade. I have done a crazy amount of research and read countless books on how to manage his ADHD.

Medications

Personally, I hate medications for children. They have a ridiculous amount of side effects. The whole purpose of ADHD medications is to change the brain chemistry, which can have serious side effects in children. My son does not take medications. There are many other ways to manage ADHD besides using medications.

Managing ADHD

Keeping children with ADHD on a strict schedule is very helpful. Children with ADHD need structure to help them cope with their condition. Enroll your child in sports to help them channel some of their energy.  Also make sure to give them clear precise instructions. Another thing that I have that has helped my son is essential oils.

For Working Moms

So…. trying to raise and manage a child with ADHD with a crazy schedule of your own can be a little like a circus. It can be even more stressful working and managing your child’s ADHD.  The best advice I can give you is planning. I make countless schedules, lists, and written out instructions for the sitter.  Time management is your best friend to be able to make sure you are giving your child the best chance at success.

One of my biggest annoyances as a mother of a child with ADHD is that people automatically label him. I also that hate that teachers try to pressure me to put him on medications. They are teachers not doctors and should not be telling me to put my child on medication. That being said, I work very closely with my son’s teachers to make sure that he is successful. Managing a child with ADHD is a lot of work whether they are on medication or not. It can be overwhelming a lot of the time, but hang in there. Do not let anyone else tell you what is best for your children you know them better than anyone.

Sources

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/saving-normal/201605/adhd-is-overdiagnosed-heres-proof

http://www.russellbarkley.org/

Learn To Save A Life!!

Just imagine that you are sitting with one of your family members and suddenly, they clutch their chest and fall over. You are panicked and you notice they are not breathing. Would you know what to do?

Over the weekend I re-certified in CPR, and it still amazes me how many people do not know CPR. It is so important to know how to do CPR and first aid.

What is CPR?

CPR stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation. I know big words so we will just stick with CPR. It is a combination of providing chest compression and breaths, until first responders arrive.

How does it work?

Whenever someone requires CPR their heart is not working properly and there for unable to pump blood throughout the body. There is only a very brief time frame that the brain can go without oxygen before a person can have irreversible brain damage. By performing CPR, you are pumping blood to the vital organs of the body. Until the malfunction in the heart can be corrected.

Why is it important to you?

Knowing CPR is important for you to know because you never know when you will need to use it. Obviously working on an ambulance, I have been in many situations where I have needed to use CPR. However, for most people that is not the case. When someone needs CPR, there is only a short amount of time to act. When someone starts CPR before the ambulance gets there that person’s chance of survival is much higher. As a mother, I had a close call when my oldest was young. We were at a restaurant and he started choking on a chip. I pulled him out of the high chair his face was turning blue and I hit him on the back five times and the chip came out. This was probably the scariest 30 seconds of my entire life. This just goes to show that you never know when you will need to know how to do CPR. So go and contact your local hospital, or red cross and go and take a CPR class today. For my fellow military families, they offer free CPR on almost every post. Go and learn to save a life so you can be there when it counts.