Are Essential Oils an alternative for Pediatricians’ top 10 prescribed drugs?
When your child becomes sick, you want to do everything you possibly can to help him recover and be restored to health. Generally, you take your kid to a doctor, and he will often prescribe a drug to “fix” whatever the issue is. But is it really that simple? Are drugs really the answer?
Nine times out of 10, synthetic drugs are what many doctors suggest.
Isn’t the day fast coming when health insurance schemes collapse, mass-produced medicine runs out-of-stock, and self-care becomes mandatory? Are you ready for this?
The drugs that are being prescribed may calm and surely hide the symptoms. However, are we sure enough they restore health? Synthetic drugs may actually create new diseases because of their side-effects.(1)
Some drugs cause the very disease they are intended to treat.
Before you buy those prescription drugs for your child’s cold, flu, or even ADD, take a look at this…
Here are three reasons some people consider natural alternatives to prescribed drugs:
- Negative side effects of the drug your doctor prescribed for your child might unknowingly be causing more problems as you try to help your kids to be well.
- Therapeutic-grade essential oils have track record of giving powerful, yet gentle results to children with little risk of side effects.
- You must be prepared to help your child to be healthy regardless of any natural disaster, when pharmacies are shut down and prescribed drugs are missing.
If you want to know more about the side effects and natural alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs; first, keep reading the important disclaimers below.
Now, here are the top 10 drugs prescribed by pediatricians.
1. Amoxicillin 9.2%
This antibiotic is generally prescribed for – larynx, tonsils, bronchi, lungs (pneumonia), urinary tract, infections of the middle ear, throat, and skin.
Amoxicillin Side effects. According to rxlist.com website, Amoxicillin side effects are: “Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea may occur“.(2)
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lemon, peppermint, frankincense. They can be diffused, applied to the feet, chest, or even throat. Some people take those internally in a glass of water or homemade capsules.
2. Azithromycin 5.0%
This antibiotic is generally prescribed for bronchi, lungs (pneumonia), infections of the middle ear, larynx, tonsils, and sinuses.
Potential Side Effects: diarrhea or loose stools, nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting. drugs.com list much more side effects for using Azithromycin and reccomends the following: “Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to azithromycin: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.” (3)
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lemon, peppermint, frankincense. You can diffuse, apply to feet, chest, or throat.
3. Amoxicillin/clavulanate 3.7%
This antibiotic is generally prescribed for – infections of the middle ear, larynx, tonsils, throat, bronchi, lungs (pneumonia), urinary tract, and skin.
Potential Side Effects: drugs.com reports more than 50 side effects due to the use of Amoxicillin/clavulanate.
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lemon, peppermint, frankincense. Apply to feet, chest, or throat or diffuse.
4. Singulair (montelukast) 3.4%
Generally prescribed for: asthma, prevention of exercise-induced asthma, & sneezing, stuffy nose, runny nose, itching of the nose, and outdoor and indoor allergies, also known as allergic rhinitis.
Potential side effects: Stuffy nose, tiredness, trouble sleeping, cough, dizziness, headache, indigestion, nausea, stomach upset or pain, weakness.
If any severe side effects occur when using Singulair, you must seek medical attention right away.
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lavender. Some people diffuse, inhale, or apply to their feet. Additionally, lavender Essential Oil may be taken internally.
5. Cefdinir 2.9%
Antibiotic generally prescribed for – infections of the middle ear, tonsils, throat, larynx, bronchi, lungs, skin and other soft tissues.
Potential side effects: headache, nausea, diarrhea. Cefdinir may cause your stools to turn a reddish color, especially if you also take iron products. WebMd warns that you must “Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: stomach/abdominal pain, persistent nausea/vomiting, yellowing eyes or skin, dark urine, unusual fatigue, new signs of infection (e.g., persistent sore throat, fever), easy bruising/bleeding, change in the amount of urine, mental/mood changes (such as confusion)“.(4)
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lemon, peppermint, frankincense. Comun usage is diffusing. Take internally in a glass of water or homemade capsules, apply to feet, chest, or throat.
6. Albuterol nebulizing solution 2.2%
Prescribed for – asthma and other conditions of the lung.
Potential side effects: Coughing; dizziness; dry mouth; headache; nausea; nervousness; sinus inflammation; sore throat; trouble sleeping; unusual taste in mouth. Mayo Clinic warns that serious side effects might be: “Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) & Feelings of fluttering or pounding heart (palpitations)” (5)
Essential Oil(s) to consider: frankincense. Diffuse, inhale, apply to feet or chest.
7. Concerta (methylphenidate) 1.8% (extended-release Ritalin)
Prescribed for – ADD/ADHD
Potential Side Effects: Loss of appetite (in up to 25.3% of people), headaches (up to 22.2%), dry mouth (up to 14%), nausea (up to 12.8% ), Insomnia (up to 12.3%), uncontrolled movements (tics) (up to 9%), upper respiratory infections (up to 8%), abdominal pain or stomach pain (up to 7%). On its website, drugs.com warns that “In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by methylphenidate (the active ingredientcontained in Concerta). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.” (6)
Essential Oil(s) to consider: vetiver, lavender, peppermint. Diffuse, inhale, apply to feet and/or shoulders.
8. Adderall XR (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine)1.5%
Prescribed for – ADD/ADHD
Potential Side Effects – Constipation, diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, dry mouth, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, nervousness, stomach pain or upset,restlessness, unpleasant taste, vomiting, weight loss. There are 13 unwanted side effects listed on rxlist, going from serious to less serious, check the list here. (7)
Essential Oil(s) to consider – vetiver, lavender, peppermint. Diffuse, inhale, apply to feet and/or shoulders.
9. Tamiflu (oseltamivir) 1.5%
Antiviral prescribed for – influenza (flu)
Potential Side Effects – (effect – % of cases) Nausea (10%), Vomiting (9%) diarrhea (7%), bronchitis (2%), stomach pain (2%), dizziness (2%), headache (2%). Those statistics are coming from the official Tamiflu website.(8)
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Tamiflu Suspension: Severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue), abnormal behavior, confusion, hallucinations, mood or mental changes, reddened, blistered, peeling, or swollen skin, seizures, severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, symptoms of infection (eg, fever, chills, persistent sore throat).
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lemon, peppermint, frankincense. Diffuse, apply to feet, chest, or throat. Use caution with kids when taken internally in a glass of water or homemade capsules.
10. Prednisolone sodium phosphate 1.2%
Prescribed for – asthma attacks, allergic reactions, poison ivy, arthritis (JRA), acute leukemia, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, adrenocortical insufficiency, and nephrotic syndrome.
Potential Side Effects – muscle weakness, osteoporosis, fractures, Cushing’s syndrome, pituitary-adrenal axis suppression, growth suppression, glucose intolerance, acne, edema, hypertension, hypokalemia, alkalosis, cataracts, glaucoma, peptic ulcer, nausea, vomiting, headache, vertigo, seizures, psychoses, pseudotumor cerebri, and skin atrophy. Some kids also develop mood swings, become irritable, and have trouble sleeping when they take prednisone.
Essential Oil(s) to consider: lavender, frankincense. Comon uses: diffuse, inhale, apply to feet and/or chest. For skin issues apply diluted to affected area. For anti-inflammatory effect, lavender and frankincense may also be used.
Give Natural products a Chance!
Those statement have not been evaluated by the FDA. The Essential Oils are not officially intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
Even though I don’t sell Essential Oils, the types of essential oils I list are therapeutic-grade essential oils. Cheap, health food store oils are perfume-grade or food-grade at best, won’t give you therapeutic results, and may even cause damage if taken internally.
Use wisdom when you or your child has a health concern. I am not suggesting that Western medical treatments should be ignored and that essential oils will cure everyone of everything.
Never (NEVER!) use Essential Oils on babies less than 2 years old without asking first to a pediatrician. Never give essential oils to kids without first asking a doctor.
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Note: This article was first published in Julie Behling-Hovdal’s blog, Essential Survival, in 2009 but since its has been removed from the original website and re-published on another website. It has been republished on a lot of different Essential Oil blogs thereafter. This current version has largely been edited from the original article.