There are times in life when you get fed up.
And you decide you aren’t going to be a sucker anymore.
James and I have recently suffered the great blow to the head called getting-too-old-to-use-your-parents-insurance.
What the heck is insurance worth if you've got to pay a deductible?!!! 😡
It reminded me of when I first had to do my taxes.
The government takes how much?!!! Robin Hood, where art thou? 😰
Last month, after being a life-long walk-in clinic supporter of the semi-regular, distrusting variety, I got a bill for a few hundred dollars for one visit last summer in which the doctor did not know what type of virus I had, gave me a steroid shot and then sent me off sicker than I went in. So sick, in fact, that I ended up having to go to a naturo-path and spend a few hundred dollars more in order to cleanse my body of the negative steroid reaction.
Then came the moment before we went to England where I had a fever and went to a walk-in-clinic where they couldn’t identify what virus I had and gave me antibiotics. Which I took, stripping my good flora, and later when I looked up my symptoms online not only found out what type of virus I had, but also that there are no treatments for it. Your body just fights through it on its own. Therefore the antibiotics were worthless.
All that to say, I am a firm believer of hospitals when you need them and antibiotics when you need them. Like when I had recurring strep-throat when I was 11. But sometimes you feel like you’re a pawn in the great chess game of pharmaceutical corruption.
So, when I packed up to leave home for 5 weeks the day after Thanksgiving, I looked ahead and decided that this Christmas tour, instead of spending several hundreds of dollars at walk-in clinics with the inevitable bad colds and minor viruses that will occur, I would bring my essential oils.
Within the first two days, my husband is down with a very bad cold and congestion. As I told you, the Christmas tour is notorious for sickness. So, one morning when he is fast asleep, I sneakily put eucalyptus and melaleuca oil on his feet (do you know that feet have pressure points that extend to every organ in your body? and your ears and hands do too?) and chest and sinuses.
He wakes up madly in love with me.
But within the first two days of treatment, all congestion is gone. Amen.
My sister Gretchen and I both have bad sore throats within the first week . We gargle melaleuca (also called tea tree oil), and the next day the sore throat is gone.
I have low stomach pain, rub geranium into the pain, and the next day it is gone.
My sister-in-law Berklee and her kids had the flu a while back, and instead of spending hundreds of dollars on Tamiflu, they rubbed anti-flu essential oils on their feet and were better in three days.
And it’s really not that expensive when you think that a couple drops of melaleuca oil (costs somewhere around $8 for a whole bottle) cleansed a sore throat and merely getting cough drops at the pharmacy costs $5. You’re actually getting a great deal.
I have the DoTerra kit, which are some of the very best quality oils (some oils come overly diluted and they are less potent), and it comes with a great book that literally has a treatment for everything, along with a pressure point chart. It’s fascinating. Makes me feel like a medieval apothecary. Or Aragorn, with his herb-lore and healing hands. It is amazing that the body is all connected to itself and that every plant has a purpose.
What’s funny is that once you have identified your symptoms and the specified treatments, you’ll find that a lot of your insufficiencies call for the same oils, like your body is imbalanced on a certain ‘humor’, and that everything is connected to everything else.
For myself, it happens to be a great big dose of rosemary.
What a coincidence. 🤓