Both of my boys seem to get croup All. The. Time. It’s a little ridiculous. Just a little allergy sniffle and they are up all night with the barky cough and we are up all night doing the hot shower-freezer routine.
Well, no more.
Early in my Essential Oil Journey, I took a class on Cold and Flu remedies. Loved it. Andrea Butje covered 5 oils that are most helpful during Cold and Flu Season. One of those oils was Eucalyptus. Really great for respiratory health. Unfortunately, that’s also the oil I had the sensitization reaction to and now just a tiny whiff sets off an asthma attack. So, no eucalyptus for me! Or my family! Or anyone that I’m blending for! Andrea was so helpful though. Eucalyptus is really not recommended for children under 10 (there are certain situations where it is ok, but in my opinion, it’s very harsh and there are other oils that work well without the harshness). Andrea recommended Cedarwood for children and thus began my love affair with Cedarwood.
Cedarwood is a thick, light brown oil and it has so many uses: anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, astringent (great for runny noses!), sedative, decongestant, expectorant, mucolytic, wound healing. It’s a base note, meaning it’s really good for grounding the brighter scents like citrus and floral and rounding out the smell. I use it in a lot of my blends to balance and ground the scent.
What does all this mean? Well, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, astringent, and wound healing means its great for injuries. Make a wound salve and add this! Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, astringent, decongestant, expectorant, and mucolytic means it’s a must-have for respiratory complaints. And the sedative portion? Bedtime, all the way. Oh yeah. Knocks my kids out like a light. Very helpful when your child is hurt or dealing with respiratory illness and they need to be able to rest! It’s also good for grounding emotions and lowering stress levels.
So, get some Cedarwood!
Here is my No-More-Coughing and/or Sleepytime blend (works equally well for both!). Safe for kids 2 and over.
1 drop Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia)
1 drop Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis)
1 drop Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana)
There are a few ways you can use this. In a diffuser: Scale this up to what your diffuser can hold (mine only holds 3 drops so I would leave this recipe as-is) and diffuse. The humidity and oils will stop coughing and help your kids sleep soundly. You can also use a roller bottle. For illness: Add 2 drops of each to a 10mL roller bottle and fill with carrier (this will give you a 3% dilution – good for short term use). For general bedtime use: Add 1 drop of each and fill with carrier. You could also put this in a bedtime lotion at 6 total drops per ounce (so 1 ounce of lotion would get 6 total drops, or 2 drops of each). For quick effect: You know this stuff doesn’t start in the light of day when you have time to prepare these things. It always rears its ugly head at night. So, if your sweet one is starting the bark in the middle of the night, put one drop of each on a cotton ball or paper towel, put the ball or paper towel well away from where they may touch it (I put it at the top corner of their pillow) and it will act as a passive diffuser and get into their systems faster.
This was me New Year’s Eve. My youngest woke up at 11:45 (Happy New Year to me!) with a bark. I already had their diffuser on with a germ-fighting blend and I didn’t want to try to mess with that while they were sleeping. I just put a drop of each on a paper towel, tucked it under his pillow on the edge of his bed and he never coughed again the entire night. I’m telling you, Cedarwood is MIRACULOUS. Honestly, it’s the oil that made me realize just how awesome these oils can be if you know what you’re doing!
In a pinch, I’ve also just put a drop of Cedarwood right on their pillow (again, far away from their face or where they could touch it) and it works great like that.
Hope you enjoy this recipe!