Mrs. T. is a 63 year old lady with arthritic knees and hip joints. She was on so many allopathic drugs that her family doctor did not want to introduce yet more medication into her regime. So she was referred to our clinic by the GP to try a complementary approach.
We gave Mrs. T. a skin sensitivity test for essential oils and offered her a nutrition treatment plan which included removing from her diet those elements that were aggravating her arthritis.
The oils were selected primarily for their anti-inflammatory properties and were blended in dilution in a calendula cream carrier. They were: peppermint 1%, white birch 1%, yarrow 2% and green pepper 0.5%. She applied this cream mornings and evenings to the affected joints, and reported alleviation of symptoms within 10 days of her combined dietary/essential oils routine.
A 60 year old lady, Mrs. K., came to us with severe rheumatoid arthritis. She was having great difficulty walking with inflamed knee joints and lower back.
We started by assessing her diet and introduced some basic changes to redress the acid/alkaline balance of the body, eliminating those foods that were aggravating and contributing to the inflammation. We increased her liquid intake to one and a half litres a day. We also devised a formula to be applied locally to her knees and lower back. This was administered by Mrs. K. at the clinic once a week. She had a heat pad put over these areas, on a low setting, so as to increase the absorption of the cream (do be careful with heat and rheumatoid arthritis; in some cases this is not appropriate to the condition).
The cream prescription was: 1 drop Thymus vulgaris, 1 drop coriander seed, 1 drop green pepper (milder and less irritating than black pepper) in 100 mls base cream consisting of 50% comfrey (Symphytum officinale) cream and 50% calendula cream. A choice of Bach flower remedies was also used. This treatment was aimed at enhancing Mrs. K.’s quality of life rather than curing her condition. Her movement has improved greatly and her dependency on pain killers has been reduced from six aspirins to one or two a day.