Senses – Take One

Merriam Webster’s definition: Simple Definition of sense. : one of the five natural powers (touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing) through which you receive information about the world around you. : a physical feeling : something that your body experiences. : a particular feeling : an emotion that you are aware of.

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Without senses would there be a purpose to human existence? I sometimes think about people around me with compromised senses. I have 20/20 vision. I just glanced out my office window at the mountain across the street and I can see spring making its way into our valley. I can hear. I can speak. I can smell and I have all of my fingers and toes and love that I can pull a weed from the dirt and twist open a cap on a preserved jar of tomato sauce and feel the yarn passing through my fingers while I knit. I’ve planned a small series of posts on senses that I hope you’ll follow and weigh in on. I’ll cycle through them, relating them to everyday life, in our world.

My littlest kiddo had an ear ache in one ear last week and the other this week. The pro to several sleepless nights is the additional info now carefully tucked into my treating arsenal. The oils I used for his double ear ache this go around were Melrose, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Deep Relief, Oregano, and Thieves. *Remember to never put oils directly inside of your ear. The homeopathic remedy that he kept asking for was Arnica Montana. We heated up the rice bag for a few days, intermittently. AND, my newest addition to the arsenal is an onion. Sounds crazy, right? Now, I have to tell you that I’ve used onion before (inside of socks) for a fever, but never for an ear infection.


I took an onion, spooned out the inside of it, leaving just a few layers to create a cup. I set the oven to 350, and left that little onion cup on a baking sheet for about 10-15 minutes, just until it seemed warm and steamy. I wrapped the onion in a thin clean towel and tested it on myself before passing it to my offspring. My ear inside of that warm onion ear muff was a delight. I highly recommend you try it. The heat and vapors the onion emits are healing to a poor little aching ear. I reheated, at the same temperature, when the onion lost its steam.

Whenever my kids end up with ear aches, they can’t hear quite how they are accustomed to. It is always a good reminder to me. With just one of the many senses compromised, everyday life becomes a tad more challenging. Instead of 50% response, I get about 25%.

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