Interstitial Cystitis and Lemongrass Essential Oil
Interstitial cystitis came into my life seven months ago. Before Thanksgiving of 2015 it started with minor pelvic pain. When the pain prolongs for an hour or more, I feel drained.
The pain persisted every day for two months. This finally drove me to make an appointment with my doctor. Yes, that’s just how much I loathe going to the doctor.
Several visits to my family doctor and gynecologist brought no resolve at first. I past one test after the other with flying colors. Thank the Lord for that! 🙂
But then some frustration set in. How can I be as healthy as a horse and still have this mysterious pelvic pain?
By lunch time all I wanted was to go home and lie down, but my life doesn’t afford that. Work and my daily to-do list consumes about 16 hours of my day…often non-stop.
After reviewing my symptoms and by process of elimination, my doctor offered an answer: Interstitial Cystitis (IC). It is also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS).
There are a variety of symptoms and triggers. The main trigger for my Interstitial Cystitis is stress.
She gave me a few websites to read, the phone number of a specialist (in case my symptoms become unbearable) and told me to come back in two years for my checkup. Relief and frustration set in.
I was grateful to not have a severe sickness and to be a healthy 41-year-old woman. At the same time I sat there wondering what I was going to do about this pain that shows up on a whim and drains my strength.
Since there isn’t a cure for interstitial cystitis, she recommended going a holistic route first. Avoid certain foods and reduce stress was at the top of her list of recommendations. Other options include prescribed medication, but that will be my last course of action.
Having about three essential oil apps on my phone, I decided to see what could relieve chronic bladder pain. I searched conditions on the Modern Essentials app and actually found “Cystitis” under primary uses for lemongrass essential oil.
I decided to apply the following blend to my lower abdomen and see what happens.
My Interstitial Cystitis Essential Oil Blend
- 1 ounce – Fractionated Coconut Oil (To use as my carrier oil)
- 10 drops – Lemongrass Essential Oil
I massage the oil blend into my skin at night or in the morning. The very first day I felt relief. I didn’t jump for joy initially in case it just happened to be a mild day anyway. But time after time when I use the Lemongrass essential oil, my pain eases.
The healing properties of essential oils never cease to amaze me. It’s no wonder how humanity managed to survive before the days of modern medicine. There are healing balms that have been naturally growing from the earth since the beginning of time.
According to Dr. Axe, lemongrass essential oil relieves muscle pain and reduces body aches. Lemongrass essential oil contains Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, folate and Vitamin C. It also contains minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc and iron just to name a few.
Lemongrass essential oil uses includes so much more than pain relief. It is has been used to treat wounds, Carpal Tunnel, lactose intolerance, mental fatigue, hair loss and more.
The scent of lemongrass essential oil can be overpowering. It has a citrus scent of course very similar to lemon essential oil. But the scent lightens up as the oil blend is absorbed into my skin.
Although I love to blog about how to use oils for hair and skin, I wanted to share my experience with Interstitial Cystitis and how lemongrass essential oil has been a wonderful, natural blessing from God.
After all, if you don’t feel beautiful on the inside, it shows.
The following sites offer more information about Interstitial Cystitis and ways to treat it.
Be healthy. Be beautiful. Be blessed!
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