Essential Oils for Irritated Vaccinations

Red Vaccination Bump
Last week I took Amelie for her 15 month well-baby check up.  She’s technically 17 months…but who’s counting?  I like to delay vaccinations a little bit.  She received the DTaP vaccine.  Within a matter of hours she had a hard, red, angry lump on her thigh at the vaccination spot.  It was raw looking, hot and sore to the touch.  What this picture does not show is how raised the lump was.  It looked like a marble under her skin. I did all the medically correct things, baby advil, warm and cold compresses, and giving it time.

Sore Vaccine

48 hours later there was no improvement and my mommy worry was beginning to kick in.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I like to try to do things the natural way as much as possible.  I’ve had a long standing interest in essential oils and have used them for issues like congestion, diaper rash and anxiety.  So when Ami’s lump looked worse rather than better, I consulted my essential oil gurus and got great advice on what to use.

Look at the difference essential oils made in just 3 hours!!!

Treating vaccines with essential oils

24 hours later the angry lump was practically gone!!!

Vaccine reaction

Really, I could not believe the difference.  I am SO glad I took pictures or I might not have believed it myself.  Here’s what I did:  I gave Amelie 3 topical essential oil applications in 24 hours.

1st and 2nd application: 1 drop of lavender oil & 1 drop of thieves oil

3rd application: 1 drop lavender oil, 1 drop thieves oil, 1 drop clove oil, 1/4 tsp jojoba oil

I simply rubbed the oils together in the palm of my hand, and gently massaged them onto the vaccination site.  ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS use therapeutic grade oils (not aromatherapy) and be sure to DILUTE clove oil or it may burn the skin.

You can see the progression.  Considering there had been NO improvement in 48 hours, then suddenly…this.  I’m impressed!

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