Supporting Gout Sufferers Using Essential Oils

Have you ever thought about gout?

A friend of mine asked me if there was an essential oil blend for gout.  GOUT????  I really didn’t think that was a real thing.  If it was, I thought only old people had gout.  How could I support a gout sufferer?

I told him I would do a little research and find out if there was anything we could do to support him and help ease his gout symptoms.  I learned a lot!

Here are a few facts about gout:

Gout in the joint of the big to

About half of the time, the first attack of gout causes the sufferer intense pain in the first joint of the big toe.

The initial gout attack almost always happens at night.

Men over the age of 30 are more apt to experience a gout attack.

The Mayo Clinic lists the signs and symptoms of gout on their site.  I’ve listed them here:

Intense joint pain. Gout usually affects the large joint of your big toe, but it can occur in your feet, ankles, knees, hands and wrists. The pain is likely to be most severe within the first four to 12 hours after it begins.

Lingering discomfort. After the most severe pain subsides, some joint discomfort may last from a few days to a few weeks. Later attacks are likely to last longer and affect more joints.

Inflammation and redness. The affected joint or joints become swollen, tender, warm and red.

Limited range of motion. Decreased joint mobility may occur as gout progresses.

GO TO THE DOCTOR IF:  You experience sudden and intense pain in a joint.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE FAST IF:  You have a fever and a joint is hot and inflamed.  You might have an infection.

So what is it that puts people at risk for gout? Here’s what the Mayo Clinic says about the risk factors:

You are more likely to develop gout if you have high levels of uric acid in your body.  The things that can raise your uric acid level are:

  • Diet. Eating a diet that’s high in meat and seafood and high in beverages sweetened with fruit sugar (fructose) promotes higher levels of uric acid, which increases your risk of gout. Alcohol consumption, especially of beer, also increases the risk of gout.
  • Obesity. If you are overweight, your body produces more uric acid and your kidneys have a more difficult time eliminating uric acid, which greatly increases your risk of gout.
  • Medical conditions. Certain diseases and conditions make it more likely that you’ll develop gout. These include untreated high blood pressure and chronic conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and heart and kidney diseases.
  • Certain medications. The use of thiazide diuretics — commonly used to treat hypertension — and low-dose aspirin also can increase uric acid levels. So can the use of anti-rejection drugs prescribed for people who have undergone an organ transplant.
  • Family history of gout. If other members of your family have had gout, you’re more likely to develop the disease.
  • Age and sex. Gout occurs more often in men, primarily because women tend to have lower uric acid levels. After menopause, however, women’s uric acid levels approach those of men. Men also are more likely to develop gout earlier — usually between the ages of 30 and 50 — whereas women generally develop signs and symptoms after menopause.
  • Recent surgery or trauma. Experiencing recent surgery or trauma has been associated with an increased risk of developing gout.

All of this is interesting – but what was I going to do to help my friend?  I went back to researching and came up with a few different things.

I created an essential oil blend for topical use:

To affected joint, gently apply 1 to 3 drops each of:

 frankincense (Chosen for its following properties: pain reliefantirheumatic, reduces anxiety)

 lavender (Chosen for its following properties: analgesic, nervine, reduces fever)

peppermint (Chosen for its following properties: ant-inflammatory, reduces fever)

fractionated coconut oil – use enough drops so the combined drops of essential oil is diluted to 50%

Dose:  Several times a day.

See additional essential oil therapies to support gout sufferers.

I had my friend put an ice pack on his toe for about 5 minutes, in order to get his circulation moving.  Following the ice pack, he then applied 1 – 3 drops of the gout blend.  If you choose to invest in quality essential oils, please try shopping here: Shop for Essential Oils

Juice for gout:

I found information that suggested that juice made from the ingredients Breville Juice Fountainbelow can help reduce uric acid in the body.

Cabbage (1/4 head)

Carrots (1 very large)

Celery (3 large stalks, including leaves)

Lemons (1 large, to help balance PH)

I use a Breville Juice Fountain  This thing is super speedy.  I don’t chop, peel (except lemons) or remove extraneous leaves.  I can get a great glass of juice in just a few minutes!

Just like most health issues, changing your diet is a good solution.  In the case of gout, balancing the alkaline in your body is a good first step.   When an abundance of uric acid is in your system, you can guarantee your system is too acidic.    A diet that is gluten free (gluten causes inflammation) and high in alkaline could be a real healer.  Greenopedia has a nice downloadable alkaline-acid food chart.  Going gluten free has never been easier!  Shop the gluten free sections in the grocery store, ask for gluten free menus at restaurants, buy gluten free ingredients to use in preparing meals at home.  It really has gotten easy!!

Do you suffer from gout?  See your doctor, consider adjusting your diet, make use off essential oils,  and juicing therapies.

Disclaimer:

Statements concerning essential oils contained in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This article and the products discussed  are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

This article is a conversation concerning essential oils, diet options= and the author’s personal experiences.

Follow the general safety guidelines and discuss essential oil treatments with your healthcare provider prior to treating a specific disease or ailment.


 

Essential Oil Therapies to Support Peopleb With Gout

Essential Oil Therapies for Gout Sufferers

If you should decide to invest in essential oils, I would appreciate it if you would take a look here:  Research & Purchase Essential Oils


Disclaimer:

Essential Oil therapies in this post  have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Therapies in this post and/or any products discussed  are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

The therapies were posted based on the author’s personal experiences.

Follow the general safety guidelines and discuss essential oil treatments with your healthcare provider prior to treating a specific disease or ailment.


 

Frankincense Session May 31, 2017

We are so excited about our Frankincense session tonight!

Frankincense Session

We will be kicking off our Essential Oil sessions tonight at 7:00 pm.  This is an online event that is limited to 25 participants.

During our session, we will discuss:

Frankincense sourcing

Use & Cautions

Dilution Calculations

Creating Blends

Using Capsules

Aromatherapy Blends for Various Issues

Click HERE to download the accompanying Frankincense Session Info Sheet PDF.

The  National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy posted an excellent page on Essential Oil Safety and provides a PDF containing Pregnancy Guidelines.

View the doTERRA Frankincense product sheet HERE.

To join use the info below:

Frankincense the King of Oils
Wed, May 31, 2017 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/448238645

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 448-238-645

First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready

 

Frankincense Sourcing

Why Co-Impacting is so Important in Harvesting Frankincense

Frankincense is very important to my health maintenance regimen.   My autoimmune disease is all about inflammation – too much of it!  One of Frankincense’s therapeutic properties is an anti-inflammatory property.  I use Frankincense  nearly everyday, alone or in a blend.

Frankincense also works well for another of my conditions: ADHD.  I use a blend of Frankincense and Vetiver to help manage my ADHD symptoms.

I believe every condition begins with the digestive system.  Frankincense contains properties that aids in digestion.  There’s a reason this is one of the most treasured of essential oils!

A majority of frankincense is harvested in Somalia.  Prior to Co-Impact sourcing In Cal Madow,  Boswellia trees were not sustainably managed, payment for the resin was low and buyers were hard to find.  Today things have changed.  Check out:  Conserve Cal Madow-Kaydso ah Cal Madow: Frankincense Systems Analysis

Ensuring a reliable source of quality frankincense takes planning and coordination.  The doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing Initiative in Somalia provides frankincense harvesters with greater opportunities for income, while providing doTERRA with access to skilled harvesters who help accomplish the intricate steps of frankincense resin harvesting.

Essential oil quality and the care taken to improve the quality of the growers and harvesters in Somalia.  This is just one of the reasons that I chose doTERRA as my essential oil provider.

All of this information instills confidence in the purity, quality and care that goes into bringing me the best essential oil to use in my regimen.

What the Heck is ADHD??

ADHD is a neurological condition.

You remember the movie Up, right?  The dogs all lost focus when a squirrel appeared.  You  have no idea how many people use ‘Squirrel!’ when I’m existing in all the areas in which I am observing, hearing or thinking something.  I’ve probably heard it 1,000 times.

SQUIRREL! From the movie Up

Typically, it runs in families.   According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the definition of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is:

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

  • Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
  • Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including in situations in which it is not appropriate; or excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with constant activity.
  • Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.

The ‘W’ Word

Friday, February 6, 2009

Okay – so our jeans get a little tight…no big deal. These things happen occasionally and then we go back to normal. Well, when the part about going back to normal stops happening you are on the road to 50! It happened to me at 44 – bad year that one.

I was baffled. I just knew there was something dreadfully wrong with me. I mean really, what horrible disease must I have to make my body turn on me this way?? When I started researching, I found out that when you have a disease, you’re probably going to lose weight not gain it (sigh). So much for that. Did that mean I was in an unhealthy state of healthy??

Seriously, it took me a couple of years to figure out how to deal with the chronic weigh issues. In the meantime, I went from 115 lbs to 150 at my highest. I know this is going to sound really melodramatic, but it was the worst time of my life. I felt like I was stuck in a foreign body and I couldn’t get out.

What did I do? I tried eating less. Then eating less than that. Then eating even less. The doctor just told me that I was older and I need to consume fewer calories. It was baffling. How could being older cause these problems!?

I got a lot of advice like: “This is it – get used to it” and “At your age, be happy you don’t have to worry about looking good anymore” and “Why are you worried – you’re married.” That didn’t help. Then there was the all time winner (this was said when I was 30 lbs heavier than I had ever been) “Oh, I don’t think you look any different than you looked at 25.” I nearly shot myself (laugh).

I read books on weight. I read books on perimenopause. I read books on exercise. I tried all sorts of things but nothing changed. Then I developed an alergic reaction and had to take steroids – eeeek! Do you know that those things make you swell up like a balloon??? I quit taking them.

Finally, out of desperation, I tried Nutrisystems. That worked. Why? Because I didn’t have to figure anything out. I didn’t have to know how much to eat. They just sent me the food and I ate it. I learned something from that. I realized that prior to the Year of Bad Tidings (when I was 44), I ate a lot. There were no consequences, so I didn’t think about it until I was presented with appropriate portion sizes. Looking back, I see that I probably ate five or ten times more than what is “appropriate.” It turned out that I had just been lucky for most of my life. As I ate better and worked out (we’ll talk about that in another blog) and I was able to tolerate myself.

I have learned that some foods are the enemy. They are: bread, sugar, refined flour, chips, and sodas. There are some friends in the food world, though they are rare. The freindly foods are: water (yes, I know that’s not technically a food – but it is my best friend), fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, humus and salmon. If I remember nothing else, I remember PORTION CONTROL. This was a life style that was really difficult. One tip: carrot chips and homemade humus are great staples to have in the fridge.

My first lesson on this road to fifty was that I can’t eat the way I used to. Of course, the lessons were only beginning. I’m glad I didn’t know that then!

Eugenol in Clove Essential Oil

Clove Oil

Another use for Clove essential oil

What can you do with Clove essential oil, other than cooking with it?  Here’s a blog post that provides information on clove oil and digestive wellness.

Recent findings in a peer-reviewed scientific journal show that eugenol, (found doTerra Clove Essential Oilin Clove essential oil), assists the body in maintaining normal gastrointestinal function even during times of stress.

Read the  Clove’s Eugenol Helps Maintain Normal Gastrointestinal Motility Blog Post Here

View the Clove essential oil product information page here.

See the Clove (Eugenia caryophyllata) wellness advocate here.

Buy Essential Oils Here

The Journey Begins – Age

Thursday, February 5, 2009

If you are one of us, you know – one of “those women of a certain age” – you may want to join me in the journey I’m on. I will be talking about all the things I’m doing to deal with turning 50. It could become pretty intense the closer I get. I’m going to be 50 but I am determined to feel ageless and hopefully look the way I want to look.

It’s going to happen in August. I have requested a huge birthday party. One that I don’t have to do any work for! I want to have it in Union Station in Nashville. Okay – I know that’s a bit extravagant – but hey – I have to balance out the fact that I’ve already gotten two invitations to join AARP – YIKES!

I’m usually pretty private and introverted – but at this time in my life I realize that it’s no fun getting older and I’m not going to do it alone! Who was it that said “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better?” It was a commercial – I know it was – only someone in marketing could come up with such a ridiculous statement . If anyone knows what commercial that was, send me an email.

So, I’ve been working on myself during the last few years. My body has become a hostile entity and isn’t behaving the way it’s supposed to. I’ve been told that happens to everyone – but I’m taking this very personally! It may happen as early as your thirtys or it can happen, as it did to me, in your fortys. It doesn’t really matter when it happens – the fact that it DOES happen is simply too aggravating for words. It begins with weight. Yes that horrible ‘W’ word – the one that we despise. Naturally, it’s never a problem with weight loss – it’s always weight gain – ugh!

Weight gain…is there a way to handle that one? In my next installment I’ll share some of my trials and errors in that area. If you have any topics you want to hear about or products you would like to know about, drop me an email. I’ll be happy to expand on a topic or try a product. I’ve become pretty adventerous lately.

The World Turns Upside Down Sometimes

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

So, here I am walking around, completely oblivious to reality and POOF! My world is upside down. I’m sure it’s happened to you too…hasn’t it? Please say it has, I don’t want to be unique. The world-flipping event can have to do with disease, career, marriage, children or some other random thing that can’t be predicted.

Honestly, I believe I’ve had at least one of each. When it happens, my first reaction is to be totally dumbfounded. That doesn’t last too long I’m sorry to say. I always have a thought or an opinion that is dying to be released. Sometimes, what comes out is simply “I’m sad.” Other times it might be something a lot more volatile. I try to keep those to myself if I can.

There is the inevitable feeling of being kicked in the stomach. The desire to sink into the floor and just vanish. I might even have the idea that I need to be put in a coma until things work themselvesout. None of these things ever happen. I’m stuck in the upside down world, like it or not.

For those of you lucky ones out there that have never had their worlds turned upside down, here’s an experiment for you: Find a mirror that is at least 1 ft by 1 ft in size. Hold it in your hands, mirror side up at waste level. When you look down, you should see your ceiling. Okay – got that? Now, without looking anywhere but in the mirror, start walking. Don’t cheat and look at the floor or walls. Look only in the mirror at the the ceiling. You may find yourself stepping over door frames as you walk on the ceiling. You will avoid running into light fixtures. But, then suddenly you slam up against something that you don’t see in the mirror. What was that?? Oh – the sofa. Walking in this way is hard. This is sort of what it’s like when your world turns upside down. You think you know what you are up against, but then you don’t.

What do I do when my world turns upside down? I pray. First and foremost praying is the most important part. I have to give it up to God to deal with. After that, I start contacting my support system. Friends are so helpful while I’m waiting for God to do His thing. There may be friends that are unavailable, but with a big enough system, someone will be there to talk to me. God may even use those people to help me through my upside down world.

I need to take things in very small pieces. When my world is upside down, I have to break things down into manageable bits. I can easily become overwhelmed if I don’t. I deal only with those things that absolutely need my attention. I can hand off some things to friends if necessary. Other things can be put off until the world stabilizesagain.

I don’t isolate. I reach out. I will not huddle in a corner and lose the battle before it begins. I find positive distractions like keeping to a schedule even though I may want to just stay in bed and cover my head. Forcing normalcy provides stability and eases the pain.

Just like any other natural disaster, world-flipping events need to be prepared for. I have to have a plan ready. For me that plan looks like this:

1. Pray and give the event to God. He’s much better at dealing with that kind of stuff anyway.

2. Find a friend to provide support and encouragement. Let’s face it, we all need someone in our corner when the world flips on us.

3. Filter responsibilities and take on ONLY the next absolutely necessary things…one at a time. Let friends help with some things. Put off everything that can be put off – at least until equilibrium returns.

4. Distractions are good. Positive actions need to be made. Do something like meet someone for lunch. Sort out the unknown contents of the junk closet. Do something that is fun and takes your mind off the world for a little while. Read…take a brain vacation.

I don’t know if anyone identifies with this – but world flipping does happen. It is totally unpleasant. It does pass…eventually.