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There Is Wisdom In Allowing A Seasonal Cold


Author: Deborah C.
Skill: Raindrop Technique
Date: 10-17-2012
Views: 3,813
Word Count: 514
Questions Received: 0
Testimonial ID: 7880-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 7

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It has been 10 years now since I found these wonderful Young Living oils, and my home apothecary continues to expand. Having acquired a respiratory vulnerability from seasons of wilderness cooking over campfire (tons of creosote in the lungs/sinuses), I was ecstatic to find a way to alleviate symptoms! Gone was the cold, sniffles and cough in record time. Instead of months of bronchitis, I got it down to a week or two. When symptoms showed up in the fall I was all over it with the oils and often it went away before it started. And I considered this a win.

But something happened.

Two winters ago, I got chronic bronchitis, which turned into pneumonia. This was embedded deep in my lungs, with a virus and bacteria providing the perfect veil, confusing the immune system response and confounding me. It took months to decode. And yet months more to heal. I was demolished, exhausted and thinking to myself, "I have all this good stuff, and still no result".

The following winter, the fingers of bronchitis and pneumonia threatened to pull me down again for months while I doctored aggressively every day, and still felt exhausted and crappy. It was no way to live.

Please be assured, this is not about the oils. It's more about how I made use of them.

The body is wisely designed to unburden itself of common wastes and toxins as the seasons change, in the spring and in the fall. This is a necessary and vital function that must be allowed to happen. To thwart it is to court a whole other outcome, especially in the setting of food allergies or other health challenges that tax the body systems.

So this year I coaxed the detox by eating fresh apples every day, apple cider at night, no caffeine, sugar, light foods and finally, it came. The fall flush of gunk finding its way out of the body. Embrace the snot!

I believe it was Dr. Hill who commented that the toxins released from a single cold or flu contain the seeds of 8 or more future illnesses. That's my ad lib version, perhaps someone else can clarify?

Nonetheless, I had this thought to let the detox begin, and then support myself thru it. No need to suffer or prolong the symptoms. I use the Neti pot to irrigate the sinuses, the Young Living oils to help move congestion and reduce infection (including I. Defense) or raise vibration (the emotional blends). So far, so good. It appears to be working. And along with it a sense of lightness.

Numerous cultures subscribe to seasonal detox regimens such as the Ayurvedic system, German ancestry, etc., and if you've read any of Gary's research, many of the indigenous people allowed their bodies to unburden seasonally as well with nutritional fasts and such. That's a lot of wisdom to consider.

For now, I'll just continue along my little way. If you're interested to see how the winter evolves feel free to be in touch.

Wishing you deep and everlasting wellness,

Deborah
Water Tiger Healing Arts


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: respiratory-system,lungs-/-pulmonary — "In confirming the presence of peripheral airways dysfunction in nonsmokers with uncomplicated common colds, our data imply that the changes can be modified favorably by short-term aromatics inhalation."Link
2.Associated topics: respiratory-system,lungs-/-pulmonary,pneumonia,bronchitis — "Cineole has mucolytic, bronchodilating and anti-inflammatory properties and reduces the exacerbation rate in patients suffering from COPD, as well as ameliorates symptoms in patients suffering from asthma and rhinosinusitis.... The effects of Cineole in the treatment of acute bronchitis were clearly measurable and could be proven after a treatment period of merely 4 days. This study corroborates the fact that Cineole actively and significantly reduces cough frequency after four days."Link
3.Associated topics: respiratory-system — "Foeniculum vulgare Mill, commonly called fennel, has been used in traditional medicine for a wide range of ailments related to digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and respiratory systems. Additionally, it is also used as a galactagogue agent for lactating mothers.... Foeniculum vulgare has emerged as a good source of traditional medicine and it provides a noteworthy basis in pharmaceutical biology for the development/formulation of new drugs and future clinical uses."Link
4.Associated topics: respiratory-system,pneumonia,bronchitis — "The antibacterial activity of 14 essential oils and their major constituents in the gaseous state was evaluated against [respiratory tract pathogens] Haemophilus influenzae, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Staphylococcus aureus. [The] oils [with cinnamon bark, lemongrass, and thyme being most potent] and their major constituents were shown to be effective against various bacteria tested.... These results indicate that the antibacterial action of essential oils was most effective when at high vapor concentration for a short time."Link
5.Associated topics: respiratory-system,lungs-/-pulmonary,pneumonia,bronchitis — "Essential Oil Diffusion [lavender, marjoram, balsam fir, and peppermint] for the Treatment of Persistent Oxygen Dependence in a Three-Year-Old Child With Restrictive Lung Disease With Respiratory Syncytial Virus [RSV] Pneumonia: A 3-year-old female with central core disorder, a static myopathy affecting type one muscle fibers, with an 18-day history of oxygen requirement, acute desaturation episodes on high-flow oxygen, and persistent upper-lobe atelectasis... experienced a rapid reduction in oxygen requirement when treated with diffused plant essential oils after insufficient response to N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and dornase alfa."Link
6.Associated topics: pneumonia — "Thujaplicin, a minor component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki], showed rather strong antifungal activity against seven kinds of plant-pathogenic fungi.... Thujaplicin and hinokitiol (the major component of Aomori Hiba [Hinoki]) also showed clear antibacterial activity against Legionella pneumophila SG 1 and L. pneumophila SG 3 [Legionnaires disease, pneumonia].... This compound showed strong insecticidal activity against Reticulitermes speratus [termites], and it also had clear acaricidal [ticks, mites] activity against Dermatophagoides farinae [house dust mites].... [T]he strong cytotoxic effect of Thujaplicin on murine P388 lymphocytic leukemia cell line [CLL, chronic lymphocytic leukemia] should be emphasized...."Link
7.Associated topics: detox-/-cleanse — "In nine studies, Vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) has shown effectiveness for arteriosclerosis, autism, Bells palsy, chemotherapy-induced toxicity, degenerative disc disease, detox, muscle wasting, muscular dystrophy, neuroblastoma, neuroprotection, oxidative stress, and spinal stenosis."Link

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