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SWINE FLU & AROMATHERAPY

So now I am finally going to address this latest hysteria. I have been watching the development and the debates with raised eyebrows, wondering what all the drama was about. I also watched two of my children having the swine flu, and I must say I don’t get the fuss. It is an influenza, that’s all. There are other flues that hit a lot harder and kill a lot more people. I am now suspected of having it – the swine-flu; I have an insistent cough, sore throat,  muscle-ache and tiredness. I am told that I must not see people and that I am for the coming days a pariah to society – a walking killing-machine! I have seldom felt this healthy when I was sick. I had the bird-flu some years ago – now that’s what I call sick! That was the last time I was sick, so maybe I just pick up animal-diseases? I do not believe in vaccines, and I outright refuse the N1H1 vaccine. I believe that if you live according to health, you can handle disease such as flues. Besides which, I read a report that one of the side-effects (very small % mind you, but I wouldn’t want to be that %) is irreversible respiratory muscle collapse. On top of which, the company that has created this vaccine (and markets it after a less than minimum trial period) has been granted relief from all responsibility if there are negative side-effects – no law-suits for them! Now why would this be done? I leave it to you to figure it out. Please comment if you wish.

Today I would like to share with you my aromatherapy usage during this illness. It all started with a slight tickling discomfort in my throat that I recognized as that of an infection in the brewing. I quickly started my gargle-routine with 2 dr. of Tea Tree (melaleuca alternifolia) in luke-warm water. I did this morning and night for the first day, a bit more often for the second day and realized on the third day that I had been lazy and nonchalant in my self-treatment (being busy enjoying myself instead). So the third day I increased the gurgling to every 2nd hour. I also massaged a blend of oils on my throat: Red thyme (thymus vulgaris), Benzoin (styrax benzoin), Lemon (citrus limon) and Niaouli (melaleuca viridiflora) = 6 dr of each in 20ml vegetable oil. This blend is very soothing to an infected respiratory system. During the night I would wake up from coughing (3 times during the night); then I took 1 dr of Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) straight; I put the drop on the back of my hand and lick it, washing it down with some water. This gave me wonderful, instant relief during my 12 hour sleep.

I have an aroma-fan in which I diffuse oils of; Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus), Cloves (eugenia aromatica) and Lavender (lavandula augustifolia). These oils are calming, anti-bacterial and cleansing in nature. The scent of cloves reminds me of Christmas so it does double duty as season-enhancer.

For my achy muscles I use a blend of Marjoram (origanum majorana), Black-pepper (piper nigrum) and Roman Chamomile (chamaemelum nobile) = 10 dr of each in 30ml vegetable oil. I use it in the morning and before bed at night.

As an all-round “pick-me-up” I use Orange (citrus sinensis) for the warm, light and happy feeling it induces.

I eat plenty of garlic, vegetables and fruit. I drink masses of water and herbal teas such as mint, fennel, chamomile, rose-hip and green tea. I rest a lot, read a lot, study texts I didn’t have the peace to study earlier and I use this time to focus myself on how I want to live my life. Except for this really irritating cough, I can’t say I am suffering.

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TOOTH-ACHE AND AROMATHERAPY

800px-ClovesI was called by a friend of mine today, she was suffering from bad pain in her mouth after a tooth-operation. The doctor wanted to give her antibiotics and she was not happy with the idea so she called me.

Now first of all I am sceptical about the antibiotics-bit since she doesn’t appear to have an infection. The operation-site has become inflamed; red, swollen and painful to the touch, I think that to use antibiotics is to overkill, better to save that for real heavy-duty infections. She took painkillers which helped momentary, but each time they wore off she was in so much pain.

My aromatherapy treatment:

  • I mixed 10 drops of essential oil of Cloves (Eugenia caraphyllata or syzygium aromaticum) with 30 drops essential oil of Tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) in a small bottle.
  • Vegetable oil blend: In a 30ml bottle I mixed Calendula- and carrot-macerations with Jojobaoil.

Instructions:

  1. 1 drop neat of the essential oil blend on a moist q-tip and dab onto sore spot / tooth in mouth. This helps to anaesthetize the pain and has an antibiotic effect.
  2. 2 drops of the essential oil blend in 1/2 glass of luke-warm water and gurgle for at least 1-3 min. Spit out.
  3. 3-5 drops of the essential oil blend in 5ml (1 teaspoon) of the vegetable oil blend and massage onto the cheek. If you suffer from sensitive skin, use only 1-3 drops.

For the first 1-3 days – the acute phase – this can be done every hour. After that administer the treatment 3-5 times/day or as needed.

CAUTION: Essential oil of Cloves should be used with care and never undiluted. It contains 60-90 % eugenol which is a powerful skin-irritant. This is why I blend it with Tea tree for spot treatment in the mouth, and vegetable oil for use on the skin.

Cloves has a long history of use in dentistry.