still feeling lousy most days

I guess I hoped that I would be one of those people who bounced back from adrenal fatigue over night. Nope. Have I had some good days? Yes. So, I guess that’s progress. And yesterday I had student orientation at our co-op (usually very energy draining), and while I did crash when I got home (migraine), I am up and about this morning with only a mild headache. Yes, I could probably go back to sleep, but at least I don’t feel wiped out. After registration a couple weeks ago, I was useless for two days. Ok, that’s definitely progress. I guess what I’m most frustrated about is that I hoped to be feeling amazing, and I’m not. I suppose I’m being rather impatient.

I recently read Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, and I was really disappointed to read that it could take 3 months before you notice any difference (6 months – 2 years to fully recover). Since I’m noticing something, I’m going to hope this means things are working. After reading the book, I did alter some of my daily vitamin regimen. I now have a few things I take at 2pm too. I’ve also added vitamin E. I haven’t been able to sleep the number of hours the book suggests. I’m not sure I could even stay asleep for 11 hours if I wanted to. I am trying (rather unsuccessfully most days) to be in bed by 10 though.

I’ve held my thyroid dose since the last increase 10 days ago. I’ve been waiting to compare temps from last month’s cycle. Remember, there was a break in my temps while we were out of town on vacation. Well, today I have something to compare again. It’s definitely higher (1.1 degrees higher). I haven’t had a morning temp below 96 since 4 days into adrenal support (vitamins/rest). It appears that overall I’m on an upward trend (slowly). I’ll have to wait a few days to see if the trend continues. I plan to hold this dose for the remainder of the cycle since I’ve added a couple of vitamins and will be adding progesterone next week. I don’t want to change more than one thing at a time so I can better chart the results. If my metabolic rate continues to improve without adding more thyroid, I would prefer that.

Also, I’ve had some blood sugar crashes. This is new. I haven’t had hypoglycemic symptoms since we eliminated animal products over three years ago. I don’t know if this is due to the thyroid meds, the adrenal fatigue (which can cause it), or the chocolate cake (non-vegan) and root beer (high fructose corn syrup) I was hooked on for a few weeks. I haven’t had cake or root beer since January 31st, and aside from the seemingly constant headache, I’m not having those nauseous bouts of hypoglycemia like I was. I don’t have any crashes listed on my chart since the 31st, so it’s highly likely it was the chocolate cake and root beer. It’s not like I haven’t had any sugar since though. I have had fruit, skittles, bagels, strawberry jam, and oreos… oh and the caramel syrup I put in my morning decaf coffee (Yes, I know I’m not supposed to have coffee of any kind with adrenal fatigue. One thing at a time.). None of these items have animal products in them. I don’t know if there is a link, but that’s what I’m seeing.

Progress is slow, but I have felt ok enough to go for a 30 minute walk the last 4 days. I have more I’d like to say about the cake and skittles and such, but I’ll save that post for another day. I think right now I’m going to go rub some PanAway on my scalp and neck. That seemed to help my headache last night.


Essential Oils: PMS

Oh the topic every women loves… PMS. Yes, yes, I can “treasure hunt” having to deal with this monthly “gift” with the best of them. Yes, yes, I’m thankful for it if for no other reason than I have four precious living children to enjoy daily. Still, let’s be honest, physically, it can be a pain. So, I’m going to make this short and sweet. I no longer use ibuprofen to help with cramps… now I use Young Living’s Dragon Time EO. What a perfect name don’t you think? Within minutes, my cramps are gone. I usually don’t have to apply it more than once in a day, but I have had a particularly bad day where they returned a few hours later and I reapplied. This may help my mood too, I’m not sure though because I do this recipe daily. Here’s an example of how I apply Dragon Time with prayer:

– place one to two drops in your hand and rub over the lower abdomen, then inhale scent from hand while praying

Lord, help me to be thankful for my femininity, even during this time. (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Please relieve the pain and discomfort I’m feeling so I may be able to accomplish your will today. (Philippians 4:6)

Super simple and it smells nice too.


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Essential Oils: Depression and Anxiety (part 2)

In my last post, I gave you a bit of background on my struggle with depression/anxiety. I also mentioned that I’ve decided to try Young Living’s Essential Oils as a treatment option. Do I believe EOs have “power”? Well, plants do put off energy and many of them have healing properties. If you want to call this “power”, be my guest. I choose to believe that God has the power and can use the plants to administer it.

So, that being said, I searched online for an EO cocktail for depression and anxiety. I found this posted message. Immediately I ordered the two oils I didn’t already have (Harmony & White Angelica). I often include prayer as I apply oils. It might be something as simple as, “Lord, please make me more aware of your presence” (when applying Frankincense EO). Or “let this fight off the infection” when applying Thieves. I wholeheartedly believe the notion that “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he“. When I take in oils, I want to associate them with words, beliefs, and convictions that will benefit and not harm. God tells us to think about “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy”. (Philippians 4:8He created us and knows exactly how positive and negative thoughts impact us.

I’m going to give the recipe mentioned above, along with some of the things I pray as I apply them. I don’t quote this verbatim like some ritual. In fact, it’s different every day because it’s a conversation with God, but this will give you the jist.

– place one drop on your wrist and then rub both wrists together

Lord, help me be strong and courageous today. Help me turn all fear and dismay over to You. Make me aware that You are with me always. (Joshua 1:9)

– place one drop in your right hand and rub over your solar plexus

Lord, bring my hormones and cells into balance. Help me to live in harmony with myself and others. (Romans 12:16-17) Allow Your peace to guard my heart and my mind. (Philippians 4:7)

– place one drop in your right hand and rub over your heart

Lord, remove any grief or depression. Remind me that the joy of the Lord is my strength and my stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10) Bestow on me a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

– place one drop in your hand, rub hands together, and brush down your body (head to toe).

Lord, please protect my mind, body, and spirit (Psalm 91:11). Help me put on Your full armour that I may resist, stand, and fight. (Ephesians 6:10-18)

I guess that about sums it up. That’s how I apply prayer, scripture, and essential oils to this battle with depression and anxiety. I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks now and I can tell a difference. Before I got the other two oils, I was already using Valor and Joy to combat these feelings and thought processes. I think the combo is more effective.


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Essential Oils: Depression and Anxiety (part 1)

Years ago I ended up on a very low dose of Zoloft for a period of time. It was after the birth of our fourth child (third living at the time). I’m sure it was largely hormonal (post-partum), but I think the darkness had been building for a while. I had the habit of internalizing things rather than processing them out loud. When I tried to share what was going on in my head, it usually wasn’t received well. They thought I was crazy or too sensitive or unjustified. So, I buried my feelings deep down because that just seemed easier than coping with what I felt – or people’s reaction to those feelings.

After the death of my son, it became more difficult to hide any feelings at all. I kept fighting to keep it down, but post-partum hormones let it all loose for a while. Those days on Zoloft I remember feeling like my mind finally took a break. I still wasn’t sharing how I felt, but at least the feelings weren’t bothering me. Eventually I weaned off the drug and gradually went back to “controlling” my emotions on my own.

Well, a large part of controlling or dealing with my emotions was the use of food (restricting or binging). From an early age, I learned that food was the one thing I could control. I could refuse to eat. As I had learned from the dieters in my life, eating less was praiseworthy because it meant you had self-control. I also learned that food was reliable. Chocolate would always taste like chocolate when everything else seemed like a mess. There were days when chocolate milk and a chocolate chip cookie was what I ate that day. Unfortunately, my emotional graveyard became so intertwined with food over the years that addressing either issue would unearth serious mood swings. Most professional dieters will understand what I’m talking about here. Ever snap someone’s head off because you were hungry? Eating… or not eating… became an emotional event when I was 11/12 years old. It began with the emotion of fear… the fear of being fat. I was a fearful/anxious kid anyway, so this just seemed natural.

I recently began using Young Living’s Essential Oils after attending a class some friends were hosting/leading. I knew they affected my emotions because in the beginning I cried a lot. I had even cried at the end of the class. Then I cried on the drive home. I kept applying the oils though. Soon, the spontaneous crying stopped. I was releasing emotions, which was a good thing for someone so used to bottling them. It was as though the oils broke through the walls. My defenses were down. I also read a fantastic book called, Healing Oils of the Bible, and wanted to pursue this even further.

So, when I decided to address and let go of my long held fears about weight, I knew depression and anxiety would rear their ugly heads once again. I didn’t want to deal with side effects of going back on meds if things could be resolved through natural methods. Instead, I turned to prayer and scripture with the application of essential oils. So far, this seems to be helping.

If you struggle with depression and/or anxiety, please consult a physician to determine the gravity of your struggle. Sometimes professional help is required, and there is absolutely no shame in that.

In my next post, I’ll give the essential oil regimen I’m using for my mild depression/anxiety. Until then, feel free to read up on the benefits of EOs.