He was prescribed steroids which didn't work and then put him on a medication that was typically prescribed to prevent malaria if traveling to areas where it is common. This medication is typically meant for short time use and had many, many side effects. The one that concerned us the most was severe vision change with long term use, since he makes his living doing auto-body painting. He would immediately have stomach issues with this prescription, but if he didn't take it, the rash would appear within days.
He had been dealing with this for quite a while when I was introduced to doTERRA essential oils. I knew there was no way in the world I was going to convince him to use the oils. He pretty much told me I had lost my mind and that my "voodoo" was not going to do anything, when I brought my essential oils home. I decided to ask him to try the oils after I had seen significant improvement in mine and my daughter's health. His typical guy response was, "NO!!! I don't want to walk around smelling like that." So, I left it alone for about a year. In this amount of time, he started to get the joint and muscle pain that comes with Lupus. He started taking pain killers and muscle relaxers on the bad days. When the bad days started happening more and more, I decided I needed to step in and ask him again to give the essential oils a try. At this point, my daughter and I were no longer using OTC medicine and I absolutely hated pain killers.
doTERRA had this great product called Deep Blue Rub and knew if he would at least try this, it would open him up to trying other things.
Deep Blue Rub is a cream infused with CPTG essential oils. It targets comfort to sore joints and muscles. He decided it was worth a try and within minutes he was asking me what I had put on him. He said that he had tried many OTC creams and nothing relieved the pain like this had. I think at this point I was probably smiling from ear to ear because I thought, "Yes...I think the door is now open for trying other things!!!" I started doing research on Lupus and the use of doTERRA essential oils and found that the number one product to use was Life Long Vitality Pack. I had heard many great stories from friends about how great they felt after using these vitamins within a few days. I thought, "I am never going to convince him to try vitamins!!!" But, I decided to talk to him about it and I was amazed at how quickly he decided to try them. He told me if the Deep Blue EO works that quick he was willing to try anything. He started taking the LLV pack immediately and started seeing improvements in his joints and muscles.
Now I figured, if he was able to stop using the pain killers and muscle relaxers I could find something that would help with the rashes, so I didn't stop researching. That week, one of my friends was doing her weekly conference calls on the oils and the lady speaking told her story about how Lupus no longer controls her life. After the call, I decided I needed to call her and get the specifics on what she was doing. After talking to her and getting all the wonderful tips she could offer, I started concocting a special blend for him. He was a little apprehensive at first because he was worried that everyone would think he smells, but since he saw the results with the Deep Blue Rub and LLV pack he decided to give it a try. He started putting the blend on his feet morning and night and after using this for a week or so he decided to stop taking his medication. The rashes did not return like they did when he would forget to take his medication.
Our "Lupus Blend"
Blend the following in a roller bottle:
- Balance (ten drops)
- Serenity (ten drops)
- OnGuard (ten drops)
- Frankincense (ten drops)
- Melissa (five drops)
Fill the rest of the bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
It has been four months since he started using the essential oils and he has seen MANY improvements! He does get the rashes from time to time if he spends to much time in the sun doing yard work, but he uses an EO blend, Immortelle, which is a great blend for skin blemishes and the rashes seem to fade within the next couple of days.
My boyfriend is FINALLY a firm believer in essential oils!!!!
Our new house rule is: Try EOs and if they do not work, then turn to other remedies.
Our "Lupus" Blend
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