For as long as I can recall, I've had a strong draw to Mother Nature and have always felt connected to the Earth. When I need to unwind and recharge, it's nature I seek to commune with. When I'm not feeling well, it is natural remedies I turn to first to work with my immune system and help to keep myself in a fighting stance.
The use of essential oils is the earliest form of natural healing that I adopted, and that was 1993. For the first fifteen of those years I used mostly single oils, wearing them as perfume, or dabbing them on the collar of my shirt or pillow to breathe in their aroma. Occasionally, I would blend a couple oils by dabbing two or more together. Throughout those years, with great interest, I read many different books on natural medicine and homeopathic remedies. However, essential oils and aromatherapy fascinated me the most. The more I read about them, the more my passion for them grew. But it wasn't until March of 2007 that I felt confident enough to make my first therapeutic essential oil blend.
The handsome fellow pictured with me above is my partner of twenty-six years. In 2007 he was involved in an accident that nearly claimed his life twice, leaving him comatose for three long months. Once he started to emerge from his coma, his year-and-a-half recovery and intensive rehabilitation process began.
Due to all of the internal injuries his body sustained, including a severe traumatic brain injury, his immune system was, naturally, heavily taxed. While at his first rehabilitation facility outside of the ICU, my beloved traveled with regularity to the nearest hospital to treat UTI's and fever. During this time, I had been dabbing tea tree oil on his pillow case so he could breathe in the vapors in an effort to help keep cooties at bay, but when I heard the words "MRSA of his sputum," I panicked. That was the catalyst to make the Apothecary's Cleanse spray. The five essential oils included in Cleanse are a team of antiseptic, antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory powerhouses.
Cleanse was sprayed all over my beloved's room throughout the day during his entire round of antibiotics. Doctors assured us (family) that "multiple rounds” of antibiotics was the norm when dealing with MRSA, and was likely to be especially true in my beloved's compromised state. With all the trauma that his body was already healing from, I wanted to make certain that I was doing everything within my power to help his immune system remain in a fighting stance. Thankfully, one round of antibiotics was all that was required, and MRSA never reoccurred. Nothing can convince me that the essential oils in Cleanse, along with tea tree oil inhalation, did not play an important role in kicking MRSAs ass back then. There are a number of studies that speak to tea tree oil being a powerful antibacterial, among other medicinal benefits, as well as studies that affirm the medicinal benefits of the five essential oils in my Cleanse blend. I’ve been blending and using Cleanse, in addition to several other original blends along the way, since then.
To this day, I continue to read and educate myself about aromatherapy and the efficacy of essential oils, and am working toward becoming a Certified Aromatherapist.
All of the blends Rising Apothecary offers (be they oil, cream, butter, or salve) have been made out of personal necessity, or at a friend or family member's request. They are tried and true and I sincerely hope they prove beneficial for you, too.