Usually starts out looking just like a cold with upper respiratory symptoms that progresses to a cough with coughing fits so severe that you can’t stop to catch your breath. The “whoop” sounds like a sharp gasping intake of breath after all the air has been coughed out of your lungs (according to WebMD). Babies 6months and younger are at risk if they are around someone with whooping cough.
This is NOT fun, I think it’s only fair to warn you how it’s diagnosed because my youngest had to have this once many years ago before we figured out that food coloring was causing croup-like/whooping cough-like symptoms and he was misdiagnosed 3 different times in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Urgent Care. They decided to do this test when albuterol did absolutely nothing. What they have to do is pass a swab through the nose to the back of the throat using a wire. Most doctors hear the cough and assume it’s pertussis.
Can it be prevented? Some experts say yes.
“It’s time for all of us to reconsider the notion that viruses are the sole or even primary cause of serious viral-associated illnesses. Most often the exposure to and presence of a virus, and its association with the disease and its complications, is not the only cause and not even the main cause that initiates an illness. Certainly, exposure to the virus and its multiplication within our body is at the core of viral infections. However, though it is not generally recognized, the virus adapts itself to the host (our body) and becomes dangerous and multiplies as a result of the host’s disease promoting environment, created by nutritional inadequacy. In most cases, a virus, when exposed to a healthy, well-noursihed body, would remain harmless.”–Dr. Joel Fuhrman in “Super Immunity”, 2011, p. 29
*** although pertussis is bacterial, the concept of the body being well nourished and able to better fight pathogens is not a new one and certainly applies to bacteria as well***
Essential Oils to the RESCUE!
Not only will ingesting, applying and diffusing essential oils offer tremendous immune support to assist the body in fighting off whooping cough, but they offer properties to help liquify the mucus the body is trying to get out of the lungs and they also can help soothe the inflammation.
DIFFUSE: Eucalyptus globulus, Palo Santo, Dorado Azul, R.C. Raven, Lemon, Lavender, Wintergreen, . The desk reference suggests alternating oils each time you diffuse. A good idea to diffuse during the night since symptoms tend to get worse at night.
APPLY: To the feet -focus on lung point in middle of bottom of foot. To the chest -dilute when necessary depending on age and skin type and if oil is “hot”. One of mine and my kids favorite treatments is to use a warm compress after applying oils (dry towel, warm moist towel, dry towel). We have found the warm compress + oils = mucus buster/liquifies mucus. Apply 1-3 times a day or as needed. Create a blend using Eucalyptus globules, Palo Santo, Thyme, Dorado Azul and keep in an empty essential oil bottle for easy application.
INGEST: For pill swallowers: put oils into a clear gel capsule (sold by YL or can be found and any health food store) with some carrier oil such as V-6, olive oil or coconut oil and take capsule. You can also put the drops into NingXia Red shot (also helpful to build immune system and offers bio-available nutrition) and drink down. You can put oils on a piece of bread or toast and eat it. You can put oils in a spoon of good organic pure honey and let it slide down throat to coat it. Try recipe above, Oregano, Thieves, R.C., Lemon, Inner Defense Softgels, Melrose, Raven, Peppermint, Nutmeg, Basil, Melaleuca alternifolia, Rosemary. *** before you ingest an essential oil, you want to be SURE it is pure like oils found at Young Living, otherwise you are likely ingesting solvents and pesticides***