My daughter’s favorite way to cool off in the summer is to head to a splash pad or pool and frolic and play in the water to her little-girl-heart’s content. I love watching the glee spread across her face as she feels the cool rush of water across her fingers, and that little hint of mischief as she “sneaks” up to splash me? It’s absolutely endearing.
She’s always so disappointed when we need to head home, and the only thing that can mollify her is the promise that we will indeed return for more splashy splendor on another day. As we pack up our wet and squishy gear, though, being the germaphobe I am, I can’t help but wonder about the variety of unfriendly microscopic aliens we may now be toting home from this wet, public, potentially bacteria- and viral-infected place.
And I have good reason for being concerned over such things.
Two years ago, after my daughter visited a splash pad, she came down with Hand Foot and Mouth Disease, a nasty virus that usually affects kids under the age of 5, and is characterized by fever, mouth sores, and painful skin rashes.
Watching my 18-month-old suffer is one of the most acute varieties of torture a parent can experience. Her doctor suggested pain medication, so I gave her some, but it did little to relieve the pain she felt and made her slightly lethargic. My sister-in-law suggested we try something to soothe the painful rashes on her hands and feet, and handed me a bottle of Lavender essential oil. At the time I was only vaguely familiar with essential oils but I just had one question, “Is it safe for an 18-month-old?” She assured me Lavender was indeed mild enough that it could even be used on a newborn. That was all I needed to hear.
She had given me a hope of helping ease the pain and discomfort of my child, and I was willing to try anything. I applied the Lavender essential oil, and within 15 minutes I was amazed to see my daughter return to playing with her toys and acting more like her usual self. When I inspected her sores there was less redness from inflamed skin, and it wasn’t hot to the touch anymore. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing… I’d had no idea essential oils had that kind of power.
Watching my daughter find soothing relief from a painful nasty disease is what started me on my path of learning more about essential oils. Seeing benefits with my own eyes… I resolved right then to learn more.
Now, only two years later, I have significantly more knowledge of essential oils and how to use them to defend and support my daughter’s body from harm or ill.
I wish I’d known two years ago what these oils in this recipe could do. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, am I right friends?
Parents of pint-sized splash pad and pool lovers, may I present…
Cootie Away Spray
Kid safe for 2 and up!
20 drops Rosewood
15 drops Patchouli
8 drops Clary Sage
5 drops Juniper Berry
2 oz Witch Hazel
2 oz Distilled water
4 oz Spray Bottle (high-quality plastic, metal, or glass)
- In spray bottle, add drops of Rosewood, Patchouli, Clary Sage, and Juniper Berry.
- Place funnel in spray bottle, add witch hazel and distilled water.
Shake up before each use and spray over your skin, foot wear, swim toys, and flotation devices to cleanse from any nastiness you don’t want to bring home with you.
Take THAT, cooties!
What questions do you have? I’m super passionate about learning about the benefits of essential oils and other products that have made a difference in my life. I would love to help you with any questions you may have!