Months on the computer as my doctor discussed that this was bigger than her. I should seek out a specialist since the antibiotic had stopped working. He stayed on it though for a prophylactic measure. Essentially to keep him from getting sick. I contacted one here in New Jersey. As I was going to set up an appointment, a God thing happened!
I looked up inflammation on Facebook and PANDAS, and founded a group called Autism/Essential Oils and RDI. Now, I belonged to lots of PANDAS groups in a matter of a month but this one was new. In January 2014, I started to read all the posts that talked about inflammation and two specific oils for this. Skeptical, I priced them out. I talked to a gal as she was helping me sort it out and got those two oils.. I had already bought a bunch of other supplement recommendations with little success.
A week later I gave Jesse one drop of Young Living Copaiba Essential Oil along with one drop of Ocotea Essential Oil by Young Living Essential Oils in a teaspoon of Manuka Honey for the first time after dinner . He walked away and sat down on the chair. I grabbed my lemonade to join him to see what we could watch. A minute went by so I turned my head to look at him. As he was looking at me, a smile came across his face. Jesse exclaimed, “Mom, they stopped!” For the next 3 hours, he did not bark, flinch or do any sort of tic and started playing with his sister (something that had stopped). After 2 hours I was jumping up and down with joy! 3 hours later…they came back…all of it.
It was okay..because now I knew I was on to something! For the next 2 weeks, I gave him the two oils 2 times a day slowly increasing the dose to 5 drops of Copaiba with 3 drops Ocotea mixed with Manuka honey until they were gone…as in gone…in two weeks. For my son, his inflammation was the culprit in messing with his neurology. I called the doctor, and in my most excited voice , let her know that his tics were gone. We slowly treated his inflammation at home over the past two weeks and they are gone! To that she asked what I used so I told her. She remarked that they are not regulated by the FDA, but wanted to know the name.
We kept him on an antibiotic for another month until I was feeling competent in starting my essential oil journey. I had researched and read that there are oils for supporting the cells to help fight off strep and colds and any of those nasty immune attackers! If it could stop his Pandas then imagine what it could do for his health.
I was thinking about purchasing a few more oils and about the same time, Jesse started gurgling in his throat. Noooooo! This can’t be happening. I purchased a slew of immune system fighting oils and also came across a recipe for strep specifically. The next batch came and I was all over it. The inflammation was gone. I had to now build up his immune system so he would not get everything under the sun! A child who was never sick when he was younger. I used 4 specific oils for him that worked like a charm, lavendar, thieves, oregano , and cinnamon. 2 days later ,the gurgling was gone. I also saw that he was much more focused. I had started to see the old Jesse come back and it was continuing to be the case. To this day, almost 14 months later, he is tic free unless he is around someone sick. He starts with the gurgling so that is when I use the strep oils. Always goes away in a few days. He has been antibiotic free for the last 14 months.
I was beyond thrilled that I caught this early and that the cost to treat my sons inflammation and support his neurology was at a minimal cost! This made me dive into the many benefits of Young living essential oils. With each new oil we tried, everyone in the family was hooked. My college aged son loved that he could head a cold off before it started. Another son uses essential oils in the morning for calmness and focus and did double for his SAT’s! Jesse loves his essential oils. He puts the oils on himself for his immune system ( layers them on the bottom of his feet) and loves to smell different oils to calm himself. Together , we use cognitive oils ( oils high in sequiterpenes) to support his focus and attention. Sequiterpenes are the chemical in the oil that increases the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain. They essentially allow the oils to pass the blood brain barrier. You can do this by applying the oils to the base of the neck which puts them right at the brain stem.
In this world where toxins are increasing and prescription medication is becoming the norm on how to treat symptoms, I hope anyone reading my son’s story ponders just how powerful building up our body can do for our physical, emotional and neurological systems! The best thing for the body is something that is all natural. Building up your immune system and treating inflammation has helped my son to have a much higher quality of life. That’s really what every parent wants for their children.
We are not doctors nor do we play one on this blog. This is just one mom’s experience using essential oils with her son to treat his Pandas. You may or may not have the same results with these oils.
Kathy Darrow is a certified RDI consultant . She travels the country helping families adopt the RDI lifestyle both as a consultant and a speaker. She lives in New Jersey with her 4 children , 2 of which have autism. You can find her on Facebook at Mastering Milestones in Autism or on her blog,What is RDI? . Follow her essential oil journey at Essential Oil Transformation or Peppermint Nation.