This blog post will be a little different than most others. Because this one is personal!
Now, I do not claim to be a doctor nor what our society calls a 'health expert'. Nor do I make any claims to 'super spirituality'. I am simply a follower of Christ, a wife, a mother and an herbalist. And today's blog post is a bit of my life's story. Just a wee portion of how those titles came together.
My husband has suffered with asthma for several years now. Sometime after we were married, the side effects of the typical medication were becoming nearly unbearable. So, I went on a quest to find an alternative that would work for him.
We tried SO many different things, but they only seemed to work for a short time. And then we were back to square one. Searching, searching, searching....
One night, I remember it so clearly, he woke up with an attack. For those of you who are unfamiliar with asthma, it is a HORRIBLE experience to watch someone struggling to breathe and you can do nothing to help!
Finally, I went into the living room and there, leaning against the door frame, I called out to the only source of help that I know...God. I said "God, please help us! I don't know what to do!!"
And in that moment, it was as if He spoke directly to me and said, "Lavender essential oil." WHAT?!?! I had never read of such a thing! I had never heard of such! But I felt it so strong. So I got the lavender oil and the only thing that I could find to put it on (a piece of candy)and I said, "Lord, please don't let this kill him!!"
I gave it to him and the symptoms began to subside. After that candy was gone, he told me that it had helped some, but to do whatever I had done again. So I got another candy and we repeated the process. He fell asleep calm and peaceful, relieved of his symptoms. I was amazed!
The next day I made some homemade lozenges for him using Marshmallow Root, powdered sugar and Lavender essential oil. Again, not having any idea if anyone else had ever tried it or really if it was the candy or the lavender that had made the difference.
Well, the rest of it is history. We are now nearing the 2 year mark of his being pharmaceutical free! The lozenges are only one part of what we are doing to control the asthma, but in an attack, they are the lifesaver!
Only today did I get this link from a friend. A study on the effects of lavender essential oil and asthma.
How did I know to do that? Well, my friend, that is where God came into the picture! We did it HIS way, and His way worked!!! It always does! And the beautiful part is, when we call on Him, He will hear!
Wishing you great health,
Sara and the Ol' Farmhouse family
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