Please don’t EVER substitute my advice for a doctor’s care. I merely dabble in things named “natural.” I would definitely classify myself as “unnatural,” completely “uncrunchy.” Until recently, I have eaten a severely processed diet rich in high fructose corn syrup, GMOs, and second-hand hormones. I take antibiotics when the doctor tells me to, Tylenol for headaches, and Ibuprofen for aches and pains. All 5 of my children have been born “unnaturally” by c-sections. However, I have recently delved into the world of essential oils (LOVE), home remedies, and healthier eating (Trim Healthy Mama). But, PLEASE, don’t consider me a health adviser. I’m simply sharing an anecdote here. Take it or leave it.
Last week I had an abscess in my sinus which drained on its own, thankfully, but which then somehow morphed into cellulitis on my nose. My nose swelled up to twice its normal size and was red and very painful. Of course, this happened on the weekend (as most major illnesses do in our home), so I had to go to urgent care. The doctor prescribed the antibiotic Augmentin, but said if I experienced any fever or headache I should go immediately to the ER for intravenous antibiotics. Apparently, cellulitis on the face is nothing to mess around with and can even be fatal if let go. Who knew?
On Monday I promptly went to visit my regular doctor. The cellulitis was nearly gone (yay!), but I had developed a raging sinus infection. My doctor said the current antibiotic would most likely not cure this infection–especially since I had already been taking it for 2 and a half days and the infection was getting worse. But she did not want to put me on steroids immediately since I am exclusively breastfeeding my 7-month old.
I told her I’d like to try to get rid of it naturally. She said if it does not get better by the end of this week, I’ll have to do the steroids. Ugh.
So I spent the entire day yesterday furiously attacking my sinus infection with nature.
First, I used a saline nasal rinse about every two hours. Nasal flushes have changed my life the past few years. There is nothing better for sinus congestion, post nasal drip, or allergies. The sinus rinse (even better than the neti pot) blasts out all the nasty nasal mucous and supposedly keeps snot from stagnating in your sinuses and growing more lovely bacteria. I use the store-bought saline packets, but because of the severity of this sinus infection, I found I could use only half a packet per bottle. The full packet burned like fire and felt like someone dipped my brain in a vat of acid.
Second, I made a tasty little elixir to aid in the healing process. Here’s my recipe:
- 6 oz. of hot water
- 1 Tbsp. of Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar — This particular brand of vinegar contains the “mother.” I don’t know why vinegar mother is important, but I’ve heard it is. It’s on my to-Google-sometime-soon list.
- 1 to 2 drops of OnGuard essential oil (a blend of wild orange peel, clove bud, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus, and rosemary–my kids always say this oil smells like Christmas). OnGuard is supposed to be anti-bacterial and anti-viral.
- 2 packets of Stevia
This little concoction smells and tastes delightful, like spiced apple cider. Yum. It does have a slight vinegary taste, but barely noticeable. It is sooooo much more yummy than trying to choke down a plain glass of water with vinegar and/or eating a drop of essential oil straight and/or trying to drink Thera-Flu (nasty and unnatural stuff, but effective). In fact, I think I’ll name my drink TERRA-Flu since it uses essential oil. Clever, huh?
I drank probably 6 or 7 mugs of this throughout the day yesterday, as well as regularly using the nasal flush. And guess what? I feel soooooo much better today. The throbbing, burning sinus pain is all gone! My gums had also been throbbing and aching, from the sinus infection. That’s all gone, too! I am continuing this regimen today since I still have some stuffiness and a little scratchy throat. But all in all–MUCH better.
I’m thinking I won’t need steroids! Praise the Lord! Praise him that he may have, in his infinite mercy, reached down and healed me. Or, praise him that he created some “natural” things that may have helped heal me. Or, if I do end up on steroids after all, praise him that he gifted mankind with intelligence and science to help heal ourselves “unnaturally.” Or, to take it even further…if I end up dead from all these infections, praise him for sending Jesus to die and rise again and save me from my sins so that I will spend eternity with him in heaven with never another infection to be had!