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My Hip Replacement Surgery Was A Success


Author: Deborrah C.
Skill: Nurse
Date: 11-12-2013
Views: 9,794
Word Count: 446
Questions Received: 3
Testimonial ID: 9119-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 6

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At age 45 I found myself having a total hip replacement due to osteoarthritis (avascular necrosis). I was new to using essential oils but wanted to use them both to prepare for surgery and to help with recovery. With the help of my sponsor, and lots of research I was able to come up with a plan.

Prior to surgery I applied a combination of the following oils rotating them and applying them via Vita Flex daily: Frankincense (strengthen immune system), Helichrysum (cell regenerative), Lavender (would healing, cell regenerative), Rosemary (circulatory stimulant), Lemongrass (connective tissue repair), and Melaleuca Alternifolia (enhance immune system).

The day of surgery, I used the Morphine Bomb (5 drops Frankincense, Copaiba, Balsam Fir in a capsule) between the pain pump. I found these lasted me about 2 hours and were helpful to get me to the next available dose from the pain pump.

On day two and for the first couple days at home I began using the following pain blend about every 3 hours (10 drops Vetiver, Valerian, 5 drops Helichrysum, Clove, 3 drops Peppermint in a capsule). I applied Melrose, Helichrysum and Lavender (1-2 drops each diluted with squirt of V-6) around the dressing on my hip while in the hospital twice a day.

Once home, the pain seemed to be more in the thigh, buttocks, and lower leg. For this pain my husband massaged my leg (from hip to toe) with Marjoram, and then Copaiba (2-3 drops each diluted with V-6). This was the best pain relief and was repeated several times throughout the day/night for pain. I did get a slight fever for which I took 10 drops Lemon, 8 drops Mountain Savory, 3 drops Oregano in a capsule. One capsule took care of the fever, and I took one more for good measure (6 hours later).

I was told by the physician at my 2 weeks check up that I was walking better than most of his patients. I had physical therapy at home for 3 weeks (3 times a week) and I did my exercises 3x day religiously. At 2 weeks I graduated to using the walker when no furniture or walls were close by, completely trading it in for a cane at 3 weeks, and then to no supportive walking device at 3 1/2 weeks.

To help with incisional healing, I used a combination of the following oils (rotating them) daily applying them to the incision and area around it: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lemongrass, Lavender (I used 1-2 drops diluted with squirt of V-6 to help cover more area).

I am so thankful to have had these wonderful oils to help me not only heal, but to do so expeditiously.


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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: bones — "Common herbs, essential oils, and monoterpenes potently modulate bone metabolism.... we investigated several common herbs rich in essential oils (sage, rosemary, and thyme) and essential oils extracted from these herbs and other plants (oils of sage, rosemary, juniper, pine, dwarf pine, turpentine, and eucalyptus) as well as their monoterpene components (thujone, eucalyptol, camphor, borneol, thymol, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, bornylacetate as well as menthol) and found that they inhibit bone resorption.... Our study demonstrates for the first time that essential oils and monoterpenes are efficient inhibitors of bone resorption...."Link
2.Associated topics: bones — "Results of bone density, bone mineral content, bone tensile strength and histological analysis also showed similar trend of results, which supported initial observations of this study. It is proposed that hydroalcoholic extract of dried clove buds has bone-preserving efficacy against hypogonadal [hormonally deficient] osteoporosis."Link
3.Associated topics: joints — "Ruxiang (Gummi olibanum), the dried gum resin of Boswellia carterii (BC) [frankincense], has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to alleviate pain and inflammation for thousands of years.... The data show that BC extract has significant anti-arthritic and anti-inflammation effects and suggest that these effects may be mediated via the suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines."Link
4.Associated topics: joints — "We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana [frankincense] prevents collagen degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators and MMPs. Due to its efficacy we propose that B. frereana should be examined further as a potential therapeutic agent for treating inflammatory symptoms associated with arthritis."Link
5.Associated topics: joints,surgery-(post-operative) — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link
6.Associated topics: surgery-(post-operative) — "[T]he influence of essential oils (mainly tea tree, lavender, chamomile, thyme and ocimum [basil] oils) on wound healing and their potential application in clinical practice."Link

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