Have you ever felt like your natural remedy failed? You’re not alone!
This post is part of the Dear Mom Letters series.
Dear Mom Whose Natural Remedy Failed,
I hear it in your voice. I see it in your eyes.
It’s not the natural remedy you are blaming. It is you.
Your child has eczema or chronic ear infections or food allergies.
You’ve listened to the advice of the ladies in your natural mothering circles, you’ve read and implemented tips from bloggers, and you’ve tried just about every elimination diet on the planet.
Still, your baby’s skin is itchy, or the ears won’t clear, or he continues with stomach pain.
You feel like you’ve tried it all, and you’re simply tired.
To top it off, you’re carrying around a heavy burden of guilt. You blame yourself for not trying hard enough.
Perhaps you ate a poor diet during pregnancy (you wonder if you had known about good nutrition then, maybe your baby would be OK now).
Perhaps you aren’t feeding your family well enough–since you’ve had to succumb to using less-than-ideal ingredients when the grocery money ran out.
Perhaps you haven’t removed enough toxins from your home. Maybe it’s the cleaning supplies or the toiletries. If only you had the energy to make everything 100 percent homemade.
Mama, stop the blame game.
You’ve got to let go of the guilt.
Do I use natural remedies? You better believe they are my first line of defense.
But, sometimes, you can try it all and still have to resort to a conventional medication, like an antibiotic for a lingering infection that could quickly turn serious if you don’t pull out the big guns.
I’ve been in far too many Facebook groups and observed in-person conversations where a mama was scared to say that her natural remedy had “failed” her, and she had to give her child medicine.
This can happen among the best of friends.
Mamas, this should not be.
Yes, I believe in using natural remedies, but there is a reason we have conventional medications as well. Praise God we have both!
The bottom line, Mama? We live in a fallen world. Our world is full of sickness and disease.
And no natural remedy is ever going to trump God’s sovereignty.
So stop beating yourself up for not trying hard enough. (And stop beating up your friends whose natural remedy didn’t work!)
When we think we have the keys to solving every ailment–whether it be through herbs or essential oils or the latest supplement on the market–we are taking the power off of God and putting it on ourselves.
Really, we are not in control of anything.
So Mama, just do the very best you can, and know that, ultimately, God is over all.