My daughter was born August 2014.  I was the happiest Mom on the planet.  The labor was only 3-4 hours and the delivery was nice and easy (a first for me).  The essential oils and chiropractic care really made a difference this time around.  I did have her in a hospital and I did get the epidural after my water broke at 6 centimeters.  No pitocin and I actually had them administer a very small dose of the epidural.  I wanted to feel the pressure to push.  It was the perfect combination of medical and natural.  I guess as a third time mom I have something figured out.

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babyjuliebirth Julie Iris Wirthlin


Meet Julie Iris 7 pounds 14 ounces.  The real work began at home.  After about 5-7 days I noticed a bad smell from the belly button.  The hospital nurses now recommend no cleaning of the umbilical cord after birth.  I’m not sure that is such a great idea.  My daughter developed an umbilical granuloma as a result.

I never took a picture of it.  But you can google it and it is pretty obvious.  It is a small ball of pink tissue sticking out where the belly button is suppose to heal.  When the dried umbilical cord fell off on day 7 I new there was a problem.  I had never seen or heard of anything like this.  Turns out it is an infection/ inflammation and it doesn’t heal properly.  Great for not cleaning the wound right?!?! I wasn’t having her seen until we moved to Florida so I began looking for natural alternatives.

I first started the hydrogen peroxide treatment.  I did this 2 times a day for 4-5 days.  I saw a little improvement but I noticed her skin around the button was red and bothered by it.  Babies are sensitive and it seemed like it hurt a little.  I applied calendula around the redness and that helped a little.

I kept researching more and more.  I spent hours online at night when I should have been sleeping.  I didn’t want to end up doing the chemical agent that burned it off.  I was going to try the salt treatment next and then I started looking into essential oils for this issue.

I thought why not give it a shot and my mommy instincts kept pulling me towards using it.  I love mommy instincts.  Men will never understand that one!  Here is the essential oil blend.

Frankincense, Lavender, Myrrh, Helichrysum, Rose

I rotated the different oils at different times.  I don’t think you need all the oils for it to heal.  Small amounts do wonders.  I used a carrier oil.  Whichever is your preferred carrier oil would work.  I love calendula for healing.  The granuloma slowly healed naturally over the course of 2 weeks.  Each day I saw improvement.  I am very happy with the results and the mommy worry finally disappeared.

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