Peppermint essential oil seems to be one of my secret weapons when craziness attacks my body. I don’t know why I don’t go for it first more often! Just last night (Friday) I began having severe upper stomach pain in the early evening…at first it just felt like trapped gas, perhaps brought on because I was hungry. I had just gotten home from doing a Wellness Consult and started cooking dinner…but I realized that I couldn’t stand up completely straight because the pain was getting worse. I also noticed I was severely bloated. I kept pushing on because that’s what I do, and I knew my husband was hungry, but I couldn’t ignore the pain anymore. I was almost out of my Digestive blend (it seems that when I run out of an oil is when I desperately need it!) but I was able to put a couple drops under my tongue. I also rubbed cardamom, which is anti-spasmodic, on my stomach, and took a capsule of 2 drops fennel, 2 drops cardamom, 1 drop peppermint, and 1 drop ginger.
No improvement whatsoever – actually getting worse. I rubbed cardamom on again. I finished making dinner, made plates for us, and then sat down with Mark and our food to watch a documentary. (You should check it out HERE – about the cover-up of the substance amygdalin in the treatment of cancer.) I thought perhaps eating would help. But I had to stop because the pain was increasing and I was afraid it would get so bad I’d throw up. That has happened to me before: two years ago, I developed this same stabbing pain in my upper stomach (EXACT same place), began throwing up, and went to the hospital to make sure it wasn’t appendicitis. It wasn’t, and the ER doctor said it was probably a peptic ulcer and/or GERD. He gave me a prescription for Nexium, said to cut out caffeine, and sent me on my merry way. That hospital visit cost me over $700, even with insurance.
I was visibly in a lot of pain now, and Mark said he could go to CVS to buy Immodium or Gas-X because he didn’t want me ending up in the ER. I was like, no I don’t want to take that. It was then that I tried peppermint: I rubbed 1 drop on my stomach with fractionated coconut oil, and also put 1 drop under my tongue. Five minutes later (excuse my openness) I felt the gas moving in my stomach and was able to pass it. The pain, pressure, and bloating went away, I ate my dinner, and was fine the rest of the night!! I believe that if I’d had peppermint essential oil two years ago, I could’ve avoided the ER and a $700+ bill. Essential oils really do save money and time!
That’s my biggest essential oil story for the week. I attended a small post-convention event in town and brought a guest, which was fun! I even won a branded backpack. I’m going to the post-convention event in Tucson today, and I’m delighted that Mark is coming with me! He said that he wants to start getting more plugged in to what’s going on with the business side. I’m going to have four guests attending the event as well – I did a 2-minute essential oil presentation at the Dale Carnegie course and got some people interested!
I also had a fabulous one-on-one class with a new friend on Monday who is SO excited about the oils, and her enthusiasm makes me more enthusiastic. She totally has the “wellness lifestyle” mindset already and I know that essential oils will be such an asset and blessing to her family. I absolutely LOVE what I do: empowering families to take care of themselves in a holistic way! :)