Snapshot of My Essential Oil Use
I am still recovering from finger surgery. I had a ganglion cyst in the first joint of my right pointer finger that was very painful every time I knocked it. While that was being removed and the joint cleaned up, I also had the little bone spurs removed, as I have very mild arthritis (another side effect from being a coeliac).
Before I had surgery, I had these visions of focusing on the blog, as I have a little housekeeping of the blog to do plus I wanted to update photos and fine tuning all of those recipes that need a few extra revisions so lots and lots of baking was planned. Well, after having a pain reaction post surgery, that all went out the window, so my focus has been just on my finger and using my essential oils.
Putting aside the fact that dōTERRA source plants from their originally grown locations; there are no synthetics or chemicals used in the growing of the plants or in the production of the essential oils; and they put back into the community via their Healing Hands Foundation; I love using their products. I am not a health practitioner, but they work for me and my family. If you are unsure discuss essential oils with your healthcare professional.
I was introduced to dōTERRA essential oils when I got glutened a few years ago after going to a gluten free high tea with friends. I was in a terrible way: bed rest for 9 weeks, a few emergency dashes to hospital, a reaction to pain medication, and the list goes on… I was on a lot of medication just to get through it and taking others to counter against side effects. It really was a dark time for me, but I had a very good support system with family and friends and they all chipped in to help. So, after being at this low point and feeling like nothing was improving, I was introduced to DigestZen. It’s a blend of essential oils for digestive support. I felt almost immediate relief, and was hooked on dōTERRA essential oils from that point. This oil sparked my love of essential oils, and gave me confidence that I would feel well again. The rest, as they say is history, and the whole experience has lead me here today.
Jumping forward to today, I take a number of the dōTERRA supplements for general wellness and to support my immune system, plus of course I use the essential oils on a daily basis. I do take some dōTERRA essential oils internally as some of their range are safe to ingest (note: do not take your essential oils internally without medical advice from your healthcare practitioner). I also love aromatically dressing myself everyday, and of course diffusing essential oils. We have diffusers in almost every room of our home!
My recent hand surgery:
Jumping back to my finger surgery, I took dōTERRA oregano internally 3 x a day in a veggie cap for the first week after the surgery. For me, I decided that I didn’t want to take antibiotics purely because I have gut health issues and I am finally at that stage that I believe it’s getting better so I didn’t want to compromise it. After a week, I went to have the dressing removed and my specialist commented that it was looking good with no sign of infection. But, I had limited movement and an intense amount of pain, which medication was not easing, so I started taking frankincense, lemongrass and marjoram in a veggie cap 3 x a day internally to help with the pain. My finger was redressed with a smaller dressing and as I had a little bruising I started massaging a dilution of frankincense, lavender, tea tree/melaleuca, helichrysum and roman chamomile. By the 2nd week when I started hand therapy the bruising had gone, but the pain and limited movement continued. At the end of my first hand therapy session I had a little more movement and as the dressing was removed I was instructed to massage my essential oils over the wound area. I noticed that my skin was also peeling, so I added myrrh to my diluted mix of oils. Towards the end of week 3 and in week 4 the stitches started to come off, then in week 5 the skin over the wound started to peel off each time I massaged it.
Once the redness goes, I’m sure I will not have a noticeable scar.