The severity of whooping cough, as with other childhood infectious illnesses, can be modified by using essential oils. I ran into an old friend this past weekend and she told me she had whooping cough for over 3 months. She owns a day care center so I’m sure she caught it from one of her charges but I wish I had known when she had it, I would have recommended she use essential oils to shorten the illness.
To treat children or adults with whooping cough, use bowls of hot steaming water in the sick room. To these bowls, add 3 drops of the following synergistic blend 3 times a day.
- 10 drops hyssop
- 10 drops thyme
- 10 drops cinnamon
Other oils you can use in the same proportions are tea tree, niaouli, rosemary, lavender or cypress. Be sure the steaming water is well out of reach of the child. For older children and adults, you can make a chest rub with 5 drops niaouli, 10 drops cypress and 10 drops lavender in 1 ounce of sweet almond oil. Rub the child’s back 3 or 4 times per day. These treatments are not to be used alone. You must call a doctor for the child because whooping cough is a long drawn out and debilitating illness. Without treatment from a physician, your child can become more susceptible to developing complications such as pneumonia.