Yup! I am talking about urinary tract infections (UTI) today. Aren't you glad you stopped by? If you are a woman, chances are you may have had a UTI at least once in your life. And if you have had one, you know EXACTLY when a UTI is starting. The abdominal discomfort – which admittedly you may wonder about – until you feel the BURNING. Then you know.
I haven't had one of these in a long time. Back then, I would have hopped right on the phone making an appointment with my doc to get an antibiotic. This time, being the Essential Oils lover that I am, I wanted to give Essential Oils a shot.
I went right to my pocket reference guide and looked up my particular ailment. I also checked out Oil Testimonials for ideas as well. While these resources provided several options, they all had one thing in common. Bergamot! Now here is where I lucked out. Bergamot isn't an oil that I would think I need to be stocked up on. It just so happened that I received a bottle of Bergamot as a gift! I got right to work.
First, I put about 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil (that was the closest) in my hand and added 2 or 3 drops of Bergamot. I rubbed this over my bladder. I did this when I remembered – which was about twice a day.
Next, I made a solution that I could use for blotting after using the bathroom. I added a splash of vodka to a pint sized mason jar. To this, I added 4 drops of Bergamot and then filled the jar with filtered water. I kept this in the bathroom and I blotted with this mixture every time I went pee. Which was a lot, because, I felt like I had to go ALL OF THE TIME.
In addition to these external remedies, I also put Thieves and Oregano into a veggie capsule and took that internally. For 2 days I followed this oily regimen in addition to eating lots of fermented foods, and taking extra Vitamin D, Juice Plus, and fermented cod liver oil. I was determined to knock this out!
Friends, I wish I could tell you I had success. But I didn't. This is the first time the oils didn't come through for me. On the morning of Day 3 I had blood in my urine. It appeared to be getting worse and it was time to call the Doc. And I was okay with that. I gave it the good old college try.
I am thankful that I have natural options at my fingertips to utilize. And I am thankful that I have a doctor who can get me in to see her on a moment's notice. Even though these particular oils didn't work for me this time around, there may have been a different combination that might have worked. I did my research and gave it a shot. But ultimately I had to listen to my body and my gut.
Funny story, when I went to fill my prescription, the pharmacy told me that all of my insurance information wasn't current. It turns out I hadn't filled a prescription for myself in well over a year. I guess all of my home remedies and prevention must work most of the time.