Reaping Rewards and Recovering

Good morning everyone and may I just say how lovely it is to be feeling better today after staying in bed all day yesterday. I was suffering from symptoms of a UTI, which I seem to have flushed out by using my essential oils and drinking tons of water. Want to know which ones I used and how? Just remember, this remedy is not approved by the FDA, nor am I suggesting anyone else try it without talking to your healthcare provider.

I awoke early with that urgent need to pee. Rushing to the bathroom next to the guest room (where I was sleeping due to my hubby’s snoring) I relieved myself….and there it was, at the end of the stream, the old, familiar pain. UGH!!! How did this happen? I can only assume it’s the result of letting my guard down, drinking too much alcohol over the summer and consuming way more sugar than I have since I went Paleo. So, this is what I did:

I drug my bloated, painful belly (and the rest of me) into the kitchen and made my go-to drink for flushing out the germs: 2 T ACV, 2 T pure lemon juice, 2 T raw honey, 1 T Ceylon cinnamon into a small mug of steaming hot water. Drank that down. Then I made my second large glass of water with a drop each of lemongrass and grapefruit essential oils. They work together to kill the bacteria, help ease the pain and reduce the inflammation. The next glass I made I used peppermint oil to try to fight the bloat. See, I don’t want to have to take antibiotics or pay for a doctor’s visit if I can fix things myself with what God intended us to use.

After a light lunch, I put one drop of oregano oil in a warmed mug of chicken broth, held my nose and drank that down. Not gonna lie, it tastes awful but here is what it does:

  • reverses or reduces bacterial infections
  • kills fungal infections
  • kills parasites
  • reduces inflammation
  • kills candida
  • reduces tumors
  • gets rid of allergens

Now, if the compound in oil of oregano, carvacrol can do all that, why should I take harmful antibiotics and risk all those unwanted side effects? In fact, I’m probably going to do it again today, just for good measure and make sure I’ve rid myself of all the potential trouble makers. Studies suggest that oil of oregano can even eradicate E Coli, the very bacteria that is probably reeking havoc on my body. Now, how does it get to your bladder you might ask? Well, I certainly know the rule about always wiping from front to back, every woman knows this, right?! But! There are other ways it can get there because our urethra is so close to our anus.

Urethra is the yellow highlighted part
See how close the two are?

Sorry guys, I should have warned you at the beginning that this was mainly a talk geared for us women, then again, it may help you understand just what your wives and/or girlfriends are going through when they complain about another UTI. I thought maybe the fact that I put on my bathing suit over the weekend without washing it first might have also been a contributing factor. Trust me, it’s clean now!!

Anyway, the point is, I feel so much better today that I once again will get back on the little to no sugar train again because as you all know from my earlier posts-sugar is the devil and no good will come from over indulging in too much. So back to no (or very little) alcohol 😔, stop with the cheating by eating chips and salsa and go back to my strict ways when I first became Paleo.

One more thing, this is very important: never use just any old essential oil!! Especially if you plan to use them like me. Only use trusted oils recommended by your healthcare provider or aromatherapist. I have used several different brands that I know to be pure, 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. As of late, I have been using a new source from a company that has been around a very long time. If you want to know more about this company, pm me and I will tell you how to get them or order them for you, whichever you choose.

Ok, now for the rewards part of the post. Some of you know I have an aerogarden and I have been growing cherry tomatoes and jalapeño peppers this time. Last year I grew Herbs and had basil coming out of my ears!! Anyway, I walked in the dining room this morning and was greeted by this:

Ripening is finally taking place!

I didn’t think they were ever going to ripen, but persistence pays off! (Also pruning) My peppers have not come yet but they did flower. The aerogarden is so simple, just make sure it has water ever day and when the lights indicate it’s time to feed the nutrients, do it. I was hoping that I would have enough tomatoes and peppers to make my own salsa (I can control the sweetener that way) but it looks like I won’t be putting the grocery store out of business any time soon.

Well, that’s it my lovely peeps, I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday and I will see you probably on Friday. Please hit me with any questions or concerns by commenting and I will answer you as soon as possible. Drink your water now and have a great day!!

 

 

 

Day 23-Vaca Day 4-Down But Not Out

I tell you it seems like with every vacation, someone gets sick, has an accident or suffers some mishap. Today was my turn I guess. There have been broken down cars in the past, there was the attack of the stingray, stomach flu and other things better left unsaid. I’m just the unlucky recipient of the common UTI-urinary tract infection. So, since I’ve seen nothing but the inside of this condo today and reruns of scary movies-there’s not much to talk about that’s fun. Unless you count my brother in law who provided some comic relief while preparing dinner. Thinking he had the lid on his tomato juice, he gave it a good shake. I’m laughing again picturing the look on his face as V8 flew across the top of his forehead, all over his shirt, the walls, floor and counter. Then, not 30 minutes later, my sister in law rounds the corner, top flies off of her yeti tumbler and ice goes sliding across the floor. Dave and I decided right then, they could have first dibs on fixing their plates!

If you’ve ever had one of these infections, you know they aren’t pleasant, they make you feel like you have the flu on top of the painful spasms, urgency and frequent need to pee. My family came to the rescue and helped me get the medications and liquids I needed though, so I’m confident I’ll feel better and be back in the game tomorrow. We have a fishing trip planned for Thursday so I have to get well soon! 🐟🐠🐋🐳🐬

For now it’s time for more rest and fluids, even now I can’t fall asleep like my husband-asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow! I wish you all pleasant dreams, I’ll check back in tomorrow 😊