Howdy blogging world!! After a little hiatus over the holidays… Well more like a period of oh-my-gosh-I-dont-even-have-time-to-shower-let-alone-think-about-blogging… I am happy to say I am back, and I’m back with an awesome essential oil testimonial!!
My testimonial starts out not so awesome though. It starts out last Thursday evening when my 6 week cold seemed to be getting worse. I was at a get-together with friends when the pain in my throat started. I was chugging my bottled water and washing it down with more water, but it wasn’t helping. I went home thinking that my cold was just returning for the most vicious cycle yet, so I took some vitamin c and went to bed.
The next morning I woke up with a huge lump in my throat. Both tonsils were extremely swollen and sore. Having naturally large tonsils, this can sometimes be a cold symptom for me and nothing more. I took some more vitamin c and went about my day.
Later in the morning, the pain increased. I tried gargling with salt water, but due to an overly sensitive gag reflex that caused me to throw up from gargling, it only made things worse. So I took more vitamin c.
I decided to push through and teach a scheduled riding lesson that evening. I was weak. My brain was fuzzy. It hurt to talk. I was freezing cold. It was miserable. As soon as the lesson was over I came inside, and you guessed it, I took more vitamin c. This time though, I also took my temperature. I was shocked to discover that for the first time in 5+ years I had a fever. 101.1F. Yikes. I finally accepted that this was NOT a cold, and I was really sick. I was concerned about the possibility of strep. My whole body ached and the lymph nodes on my throat and neck were extremely swollen and sore. Everything hurt.
Finally, I pulled out the essential oils. Thieves on the feet, thieves on the outside of my throat, and a spoonful of honey with diluted thieves and lemon. Lots of thieves. I took a hot bath with some Panaway mixed in Epsom salts. The combination of hot water, bath salts, and the Young Living oil blend aided so much in relieving the aches and pains. After a long soak, I got dressed and applied diluted Thieves and peppermint to my feet. Thieves to support immunity, and peppermint for its potential to help my body fight the fever. I applied more diluted Thieves to the outside of my neck and took another spoonful of honey + Thieves. I covered my feet with socks and went to bed.
Sometime during the night my fever broke and I woke up fever free. My right tonsil had shrunk down to a normal size and the lymph nodes on the right side of my neck had also shrunk and were no longer sore. My left tonsil was still a bit swollen and sore, but had significantly decreased in size.
Throughout that day (Saturday) I continued taking honey with lemon and Thieves, and applied diluted Thieves to the left side of my neck as well as my feet.
On Sunday morning, I woke up with energy. It was a great feeling after spending 2 days absolutely drained and weak. I decided I must be well enough to go to church, so I did. And I went to lunch afterwards. And I came home and vigorously cleaned my room. The next day I got up and ran my Monday morning errands, made a horse feed run, cleaned and organized the tack/feed room, and spent the better part of the afternoon/evening playing ultimate frisbee. I think I took my Thieves and honey once that day..
Tuesday was a slow digression and by Wednesday I felt about like I had on the previous Friday. Back on the Thieves, gently gargling salt water (yes I did throw up again, as I am apparently incapable of gently gargling), and drinking lots of my favorite sick tea- Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat. Moral of the story? Slow. Down. Even if you feel mostly better…
Today is Friday, a week after this ordeal started. My left tonsil is still a bit swollen, but the pain is nearly gone. The lymph nodes on my neck are no longer swollen and the pain has subsided. From my investigating, I am quite convinced that what I experienced was tonsillitis. There are a few symptoms different from strep that I experienced that are characteristics of tonsillitis, and I do not appear to be contagious.
So, while I am not a doctor, I can say from personal experience that Thieves essential oil seemed to support my body while it fought off this infection. I was already a believer, but after this even I am amazed!
As a recap, here are the 4 main oils I used:
And I have to put in a good word for Tradition Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea – and no, I’m not getting paid to promote this tea, it’s just that good!!
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