It’s official, I will never be without oregano essential oil in my medicine cabinet. My body is so messed up lately. I feel like everything is upside-down. I was pregnant in the end of October, felt terrible for three months, had a miscarriage and now I just feel weird. It is times like these when I am so incredibly thankful to have a medicine cabinet full of homeopathy and essential oils. Whatever I need, I have it on hand.
Let me back the truck up a second. This story is mainly about my finger. My pointer finger had been hurting for two weeks and was slowly becoming more and more swollen. At first I thought I had injured it. Something in our toilet is broken and the water runs non-stop unless we turn the water supply off on the back of it, which hurt my fingers after doing it 17 times a day. But I stopped using my swollen finger and it was still getting worse. This past weekend, the pain was so bad I could not sleep. I started to wonder if I had an infection, even though there was no discoloration or anything gross looking.
I decided to start taking a supplement blend of essential oils to reinforce my body’s natural defenses. I had several discussions with my husband about the possibility of my finger falling off, and who wants to deal with that. Losing a finger, or hearing your spouse talk about losing their finger. I started taking the oil blend supplement in the morning and at night. After the second time, my finger was throbbing less. After the third time, the swelling was retreating from my knuckle and pretty much only the tip was hurting.
Here is what was in the supplement I took:
- Extra virgin coconut oil
- Clove flower bud essential oil
- Lemon rind essential oil
- Eucalyptus radiata essential oil
- Rosemary essential oil
- Cinnamon bark essential oil
- Oregano essential oil
- Thyme essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
I will save you all the gross details, but it turns out it was infected. I don’t know how or why it was infected, which is kind of scary. And gross. I accidentally managed to drain it (surprise!) on my third day taking the supplement. Also gross. I am so glad I was already flooding my body with oils which provide immune support. I am going to keep taking it until my finger is back to normal. Now that I found the source of the problem, I have done things like soaking it in hydrogen peroxide and alternating topical use of this homeopathic gel with Cinnamon, Clove, Lemon, Rosemary & Eucalyptus Oils diluted in coconut oil. The supplement was what I took when I was unsure what I was dealing with and when I couldn’t get to the source of the infection, which was under my nail and skin.
If I would have gone to a doctor, they would have put me on some extra strength antibiotic which would have further damaged my sensitive digestive system. This would in turn create more problems for my already wonky hormonal state because important feel-good hormones like serotonin are made in gut. The gut is very important in all aspects of health. Protect it at all costs by avoiding chemical drugs the best you can.
Having essential oils on hand is a must. The supplement I took is designed to boost the immune system in times of stress. These oils mentioned above are high in thymol, carvacrol and eugenol which have been proven in studies to be “capable of inhibiting or slowing the growth of bacteria, yeasts and moulds.” (Source)
My finger was the second reason I needed to take this supplement in the last month. The first was after my D&E procedure following my miscarriage. Although I was prescribed chemical antibiotics, I again chose not to take them. In addition to the reasons I explain above, I avoid antibiotics because I understand how much damage they cause to the beneficial bacteria in the human body. Often times antibiotic use can allow destructive pathogens, such as candida, to overgrow creating additional health problems. A healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria is crucial for so many aspects of health, including proper immune function, healthy digestion, brain health and even healthy skin.
If I didn’t already have this supplement in my cabinet, I would have had to take the antibiotics to avoid possible infection. A big part of living toxin-free is preparation. You need to have a stocked cabinet to be prepared for general illnesses or conditions.
**Please note that in order to protect my freedom to share my personal testimonials, I cannot affiliate with any brand of essential oils.