Lessons in Gentle Healing

As I said recently, we have all been sick here at our house.  We were up all night with the little one for about 3 days until we came to the end of our wits and our rope.  She didn’t seem that sick.  Her fever was gone and she had a runny nose.  She was fussy and didn’t want to sleep and refused to eat at many of her nursings.  I just figured she felt crummy, and when you feel crummy you don’t really feel like eating a whole lot.  But after a few days of all of this, and barely any sleep, and my mommy powers being taken away because she didn’t want to nurse- well when my husband suggested we take her to the doctor in the middle of the night, I knew it was the right thing to do.  At least we could all have a change in scenery- even if it was the inside of an 24 ER.

I feel kind of silly writing that I took my child to a 24 ER because she wouldn’t sleep, but we did and I’m glad we did.  Turns out she felt so crummy because she had an ear infection and tonsillitis.  I felt bad at first that I didn’t realize my baby was hurting so much!  But truly, this was the first time in 11 months she has even been sick enough to warrant a trip to the doctor or need medicine, and I don’t think I was expecting it, considering she’s not around very many other children.

The next day I also went to the doctor and we all got more medicine than you would think three people could use.  I decided not to take any of it.  I had a virus, so antibiotics wouldn’t do anything anyway, and I’m still (happily) breastfeeding and there’s very little that you even can take under that circumstance.  I didn’t want to chance it.  My husband, being sick for about two weeks, finally started getting better on antibiotics.  We really debated whether or not to give Marlee her antibiotics.  There’s information out there that states that a lot of children can safely recover from ear infections without antibiotics.  But I also read that children under 2 have a greater chance of developing complications from ear infections, and since she can’t talk yet, I felt we wouldn’t have a good way to know how she was doing without it.  Especially since we didn’t even catch on that she was so sick in the first place.  (But that is just what we did in our situation.  If you have a little one, you should make your own assessment, talk to your doctor and decide whether you’re child needs antibiotics or not.)

But through all this craziness, sickness, doctors and medicine, I still have this very strong, underlying belief…

I can help my body (or my child’s body) heal itself gently and naturally.

There are a few experiences in my life that led me to think this way.  The first was experiencing my father’s diagnosis of cancer, and in two years, it taking his life.  I saw all the latest modern medicine, and all that it did not do to help him.  It was around that time I became fascinated with alternative types of medicine.  The second was my own experience with anxiety.  For a while in my young life, it took over my life.  The medicine I was on for a short time, without a doubt, made things worse, and it was then I began to educate myself on my own, and read books about how to relax myself without drugs.  The third was my decision to have a home birth.  It was an easy decision.  I knew my body was created to accomplish that purpose and didn’t need man made inventions to do it.

But something wasn’t adding up.  If I had so eagerly educated myself and found gentler, better alternatives to other situations in my life, why wasn’t I applying it to my own child?  Who I want, more than anyone, not to be inundated with synthetic chemicals and drugs?  I realized my values in this area needed education and action behind them.  I couldn’t offer her anything but modern medicine, as long as I did not know what else to offer her!  So now I am embarking, just like in the other situations in my life, to educate myself about childhood illnesses, natural remedies, how food plays a role and other alternatives like chiropractic (which I already believe is very beneficial).

It’s not that I am against modern medicine like pain relievers or antibiotics, certainly there have been times when I was grateful for those things and more, but I believe that we were all designed wonderfully by a brilliant and infinitely wise Creator.  I don’t want to try and take God’s place, I believe healing ultimately and in every situation comes from Him (whether we recognize it or not), but I think by treating ourselves a bit gentler, we can honor God.  We can honor God by acknowledging His divine wisdom in the way He made our bodies to work and fight off diseases on their own, and also acknowledging the amazing wisdom and functionality in the different plants and herbs He made for our benefit.

I really want not just to learn about natural remedies for my family, but to put even more of my life in His hands.  Letting go of fear of the unknown, I can learn to trust and pray to Him when we need healing and wisdom and look to Him first, the Great Physician and Healer and Restorer of every part of our lives.

I love that God has given each of us common sense and intelligence, and the ability to acquire knowledge.  I think each of us can use that to better ourselves and our lives (as long as it does not contradict the word of God).  I am now just beginning this journey towards learning how to treat illness with a different perspective, that is, faith based, not fear based, and am excited to see where God will take me!


In what kinds of ways do you help your body heal gently?



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mea
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 05:29:53

    YES YES YES I AGREE TO EVERY WORD 100%! Im the same way too. I am not against modern medicine I think it is a blessing but yes far too often we tend push God away and substitue with Drs and modern medicine. Many times I feel people treat Medicine and Drs as if they were God. I went to a more natural way of healing for the same exact reason. “I believe that we were all designed wonderfully by a brilliant and infinitely wise Creator.” Oh yes! Our bodies our physical bodies are perfectly designed. Really its a flawless design. ” I believe healing ultimately and in every situation comes from Him (whether we recognize it or not), but I think by treating ourselves a bit gentler, we can honor God. We can honor God by acknowledging His divine wisdom in the way He made our bodies to work and fight off diseases on their own, and also acknowledging the amazing wisdom and functionality in the different plants and herbs He made for our benefit.” Yes yes yes! I believe that the many herbs spices, nutrients found in nature were put there for the soul purpose of 1) helping to delight our taste buds (peppermint and chocolate taste yummy!) 2) visual and olfactory enjoyment (chamomile smells yummy and looks pretty too) 3) to help heal our bodies. I agree. I wanted to have more faith in my body. Homebirth, oh yes. You saw how much of a wreck I was in the last time I stepped into a hospital. No hospitals for me. ( not that they are bad). I wouldn’t beat yourself up if you ended up having to give your child medicine. I mean wow 11 months old and she finally gets sick. that’s still pretty good. Better than it being a consistent chain of sickness. The issue is that the Drs are right. Not treating an illness can lead to future problems but then again Antibiotics might do the same. Its just one of those things you might have to pray about and trust your momma instincts. Healing with herbs isn’t easy though. It isn’t knowledge acquired over night. It takes much research, You also have to remember not all remedies should be treated the same and not everyone should use the same remedy. And a big reminder plants can be just as dangerous even more dangerous than some medications. So sometimes modern medicine will be your best bet. Also there are herbs that may seem to treat the same ailment and would seem to strengthen your remedy but they may also cancel each other out. My best advice is read read read and educate yourself. I’m still learning myself. Also another bit of advice as soon as you get a tickle in your throat, REMEDY IT! attack it before it starts, before it gets bad. Get your immune system going, build your army now so you aren’t scrambling to assemble one when war breaks out. Even if you are not sick but hubby feels a tickle in his throat, remedy him and yourself and naturally as you remedy yourself you remedy the little one. Also Vitamin C is water soluble and contrary to many beliefs you can NOT OD on Vitamin C. When i get sneezed or coughed on at work I take up to two Emergen-C packets that day if I feel a tickle I will even go to four for the next two days. Natural remedies work best when we are one step ahead. Also sometimes it takes a while for our bodies to get used to a more natural way of healing especially if we have been pumping our bodies with synthetic chemicals. But also remember that sometimes we may just need to resort to modern medicine. “Letting go of fear of the unknown” I agree and think it is the most important part. Letting go and trusting in the Divine. Because of our worldly attachments letting go can be so hard a times but when we do let go we allow ourselves to heal. Yes I agree so much. keep it up momma! your doing great. Also there should be some remedies in that book I gave you if not Ill see what I have. If you are interested you know how to reach me. Great post! You got me dancing with delight.


  2. Booksphotographsandartwork
    Feb 08, 2012 @ 18:02:57

    I like the idea of what you are saying but after being deathly ill with severe asthma while pregnant the first time and taking a boatload of meds just to stay alive and now again twentysomething years later to not be crippled by fibromyalgia I am kind of on the other side of the fence. There are so many situations where medicine is necessary. My son had a lot of ear infections when he was little and took a lot of antibiotics. Just be careful to strike a balance remembering that God gave scientist the information to develop the medicines that have saved and helped so many people.

    I even nursed while taking a lot of those meds but my daughter was fine. That was the one thing I would not give up on at the time. I had no control over anything else that was going on so it was very important to me.


  3. Mea
    Feb 09, 2012 @ 01:53:04

    I don’t think she is (nor am I)against modern medicine ( and please correct me if I am wrong) Its just that she feels that there are times when its not necessary and there are times when it is. I believe Modern Medicine is a blessing but I also believe it can be overused. If you can treat yourself a more gentle way and know what you are doing and are successful then more power too you. If you need modern medicine then more power to you. Herbs and nutrition can be very powerful but they also can do damage if you are not careful. If one decides to go a more natural rout its best to do the research. In herbalism the saying is “when in doubt don’t use it!” Some people need those medications. Some may need them because they don’t respond well to natural remedies but I believe that anything is worth a try. I agree God does work with the Drs. and the scientists. that’s why I am not Anti medicine. Just Anti when unnecessary. Nor do I believe we should put ALL our faith into modern medicine. ( meaning we should trust our instincts and God as well)

    Oh and I forgot to mention! Be careful with some remedies when breastfeeding. some can mess with milk production (ie. sage) And some may need to be toned down for infants and some not used for children under a certain age. Also beware of allergies. But I think I already told you about that =p. Still awesome post!


  4. thegentlehome
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 21:48:53

    I’ve learned that there is really no 100% safe and sure and always effective treatment with no risks. Everything has pros and cons/ risks and benefits. That includes modern western medicine, vaccines, alternative treatments and doing nothing. I simply want to take control of my health and do the research for myself.


  5. Mea
    Feb 12, 2012 @ 05:47:50

    True true true. Do whats best for you and your family.


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