So you’re wondering, “what the heck”? Let me preface by saying “Frankenstein” is what the sweet girl I know, who is suffering with Neuroblastoma, calls Frankincense! I thought it was adorable – so I stole it.
Next up, shingles! Yeah, if you don’t know what shingles is, you’re damn lucky. Shingles is chicken pox’s mature, bitchy sister. If you’ve met chicken pox, you could likely meet shingles some day. Pray you don’t! Or… Keep Young Living’s Thieves and Frankincense on hand.
So, a couple of weeks ago, in the evening, I started to feel a sore throat coming on. I had been doing oils for about three weeks and as mentioned before, I’ve been skeptical myself, about what these oils really can accomplish. I thought, “Great. A sore throat.. Now what.” At the time, I didn’t have an immediate knee-jerk reaction to grab the oils yet, and when it’s something like a cold or flu virus, I want the warm, cozy, comforting hug of half a bottle of Nyquil wrapped around my alcohol-induced comatose body. Don’t we all? Sometimes there’s comfort in getting sick, right? Everyone leaves you alone, you can sleep for days and not a soul dares enter the 4th level of hell your bedroom has become.
Back on track: sore throat. Since I’m giving the oils the ol’ college try (still pharmaceutical-free since August 2), I decided to use the protocol most people have suggested, Thieves on the throat. I applied topically and went to bed.
Next morning: no sore throat. Sweet! Crisis averted…
Until that night.
Sore throat returned, Thieves again… Bed. Woke up, no sore throat. Ahh, nice.
Third night, sore throat is back and brought his buddy, earache. Argh… Now I’m thinking this isn’t a cold. I don’t have any other symptoms, no fever, no cough, etc. Thieves on the throat again and sleep. I woke up the next morning with no sore throat, but I did still have the ear tickle (I DO wish it was as fun as it sounds) and NOW THE ENTIRE LEFT SIDE of my face HURTS. AHA. I know what this is! It always starts like this – sore throat, earache – extremely sensitive face, always one side or the other… Then, the blisters start. The same side of my face that hurts is also affected inside my mouth with a swarm of little, painful blisters which will burst and make anything that comes in contact feel like shards of glass. This will last for two weeks or more before I’m completely healed.
I have asked my dentist about this and unfortunately it wasn’t during an “outbreak” so she didn’t see the symptoms, but she did say with confidence, “that sounds like a shingles episode”.
I IMMEDIATELY made a capsule with three drops each, of Thieves and Frankenstein and took it three times that day. I didn’t have a sore throat that night and the ear ache was gone, too. The next morning is when I could typically have expected the blisters to arrive but I woke up with no blisters! In my oil journal, I wrote “no blisters!” I continued the three capsules that day and the day after and still had no blisters! Frankenstein worked! I went on to live a normal, healthy life. The end.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have read many testimonials since, about Thieves tackling shingles, but I had been using it topically and i absolutely believe it was the addition of Frankincense that kept those blisters away.
Hooray for Frankincense!