Friday, February 4, 2011

Eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender

I should be in bed (and the boy would be pissed with me when he finds out I'm not) but I wanted to extol the virtues of essential oils before I zone out for a few hours on account of this bug I've got.

For the last two weeks I've been sick on and off over the entire time.

First it was (what I thought was) heat stroke where I was dizzy, nauseous, dehydrated and vomiting. I concluded it was heat stroke because it always came on after I'd been outside in the heat and went away after a few hours of rest (after the vomiting) in a cool dark room.

A few days later, I started coughing and having this tickle in my throat followed by aching bones for the entire week. It was the strangest thing. I'd be fine between 10am and 6pm but once I got to around about 6pm my bones would start to ache and I'd start to get shaky and clammy. Then I'd start coughing and I'd cough in the middle of the night when I woke up and in the morning. Then I'd be fine again. In fact, one day I felt so good during the day (I thought I was recovered) I went out gallivanting with a friend and then proceeded to suffer an awful relapse during the night. Boy, was Steve mad at me.

Anyhow, last night I was feeling particularly poorly and on top of everything else my nose had started running. I had the full complement of symptoms - runny nose, sore throat, fever, cough, aching bones, etc. Not at all fun.

It got to bed and tried and tried to go to sleep but couldn't because my nose was too clogged up and I couldn't breathe properly.

I lay in bed gasping away (and coughing) for about an hour until Steve finally asked me why didn't I put the vaporiser on (stupid!) and get our usual combination of essential oils for down days going.


My only excuse was that I could not breathe and hence the oxygen was not getting to my head and I wasn't thinking straight.

After that I dragged myself out of bed to prepare the vaporiser - water, eucalyptus, tea tree and lavender essential oils.

Of course, you ask why Steve isn't the one getting out of bed to do it since I'm the one that's sick. Answer: he doesn't know how to. Never learnt. I've always done it.

I got the vaporiser going and I kid you not within 2 minutes of it going I could breathe again and promptly fell asleep a few minutes later.

That stuff is amazing!

The combination of vaporiser and essential oils (the right ones, of course) just does wonders.

I had a blissful, brilliant night sleep. In fact, I didn't even wake up at 3am as I usually do and slept straight through to 6:30am.

1 comment:

  1. Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa ( may be another choice. i know alot of people use it, its also non alcoholic, though it's effectiveness is not as good as alcohol based cough medicine, but it's still good to use on not so serious sore throat.