Since being diagnosed with Lupus I have always sought out alternative or natural treatments. I am not a fan of prescription drugs and my goal is to completely get off all of them in a year. I don’t quite remember when I first heard of essential oils, but I never really had any interest in their use or function. Before I go any further in this post I want to explain what essential oils are.
Essential Oils are natural oils typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. They are highly concentrated when in their pure form and some should be diluted as they can cause burning and irritation. For example one drop of peppermint essential oil equals approximately fifty-six cups of peppermint tea.
Back to the story…My interest was somewhat peaked by a friend, who told me about a specific brand she was using and all of the things that she made with them. She made everything from bug repellent for herself and kids to rash treatments for her skin. It sounded interesting but I still wasn’t sold on how it could help me with all of my complications from Lupus.
It wasn’t until I went to a Gluten free Expo where I met a woman who had a booth promoting a brand of essential oils that she both sold and used. She had Celiac’s disease and MS and her mother was a two-time cancer survivor. I told her one of the major issues I was dealing with at the time was gout, and she went into a large book that had every single illness in existence and told me that lemon essential oil was best to help reduce my gout flares. She then handed me a double-sided handout that had a list of ailments and the essential oils that were recommended to treat them. I was interested. She was speaking at the Expo and invited me to come listen to her experience with essential oils. I figured I had nothing to lose and took a break from stuffing gluten free samples in my mouth to come and listen to her speak.
She told us about a wart that she had had on the bottom of her foot for nine years. She did a lot of different treatments to get rid of it from cutting it off to freezing it and none of them worked. It was until she began a regular regimen of applying lavender essential oil to it that it finally fell off. My right eyebrow went up and my mouth stuck with a slow head nod. I was impressed. She then showed pictures of her husband who had been burnt and the three-week progression of his healing from her applying lavender essential to his skin; both eyebrows went up. She continued to talk about the difference in quality and purity of the different essential oil brands and how this one was tested for purity by a third party. With the talk of purity I knew that this meant that each bottle of oil would cost more than the ones I saw in my local health food store that sold for $6.99. I was not balling out of control to the point where I could say that money is no object, but I had had constant gout flares that year that lead to weeks of being bedridden and unproductive; so I was willing to make the investment. So I bought the entire starter kit that included a diffuser and she said it would include more pamphlets and brochures about the company and the products. I wanted to take the package home with me that day and start liberally applying it to my body but I had to wait for it to be shipped to me. So I waited and when my package came it was like Christmas.
I quickly added peppermint, lavender, frankincense, lemon and blue sea in the diffuser for what turned out to be a very relaxing night of sleep and my bedroom smelled like healing and blessings. Then I decided to start to look up how to use these oils to help with my gout flares. I started to use a combination of frankincense, lavender and geranium on the site of inflammation as soon as I felt a flare coming and I would take two drops of lemon essential oil orally daily. The combination would help to alleviate the pain and the swelling within hours of application and over time the lemon helped to reduce the flares all together. I can happily say that I haven’t gotten a gout flare for over seven months. There is something currently going on with my knee and I use the same oil combination and it works very well. I use doTerra and I can honestly say that I can find an oil for everything and anything that ails my body from stomachaches to itchy scalp.
Here are some of the Essential oils I regularly use and a few of their benefits.
Clove: Candida, Disinfectant, Fungal Infections, Hormonal Balance, Hypothyroidism, Mold, Muscle Aches and Pain Liver Cleaning, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Eucalyptus: Congestion, Cooling (Body), Disinfectant, Flu, Inflammation, Kidney Stones, Lice, Over exercised Muscles, Pain, Pneumonia, Respiratory Viruses
Frankincense: Arthritis, Asthma, Breathing, Fibroids, Immune System Support, Inflammation, MS, Scarring (Prevention), and Wrinkles
Lavender: Allergies, Appetite Loss, Bites/Stings, Blisters, Burns, Cuts, Hair (Dry, Fragile, Loss), Mental Stress, Mosquito Repellent, Rashes, Relaxation, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Lemon: Air Pollution, Bites/Stings, Cold Sores, Constipation, Flue, Gout, Hangovers, Heartburn, Lymphatic Cleansing, Throat Infection, and Water Purification
Peppermint: Alertness, Antioxidant, Asthma, Congestion, Crohn’s Disease, Headaches, Indigestion, IBS, MS, Muscle Fatigue and Aches, Nausea