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Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions, Issue #029 - Despite Well-meaning Friends
May 05, 2014
Aloe Vera Tips & Solutions
monthly newsletter/ezine of
Taking Care of Ourselves - Despite Well-meaning Friends
On Easter weekend in April, I came down with a dry, hacking cough that threatened to become pleurisy. (Or perhaps I cracked a rib). I also missed the last step coming down a flight of stairs with my arms full, and I landed on my ankle in a crazy way that had me limping until now. (There's just some swelling and tenderness left). All this has led me to relearn some basic principles of caring for ourselves.
Part of that is coping with well-meaning friends who freely give advice without truly knowing our special situation and what we know to do for ourselves. I had good friends say, "Oh Ruth, you should go straight home to bed and sleep it off." That may work for when they get a slight cold or flu bug, but it is the wrong thing to do for something that has slid down into my lungs, and wants to suffocate me with non-stop coughing. Every cough feeling like busy kitchen knives, stabbing away! I was far more comfortable dozing in my recliner. And I have put in many hours there.
I've got some concentration when it comes to my work, so I have had to remind myself to drink more fluids and my aloe vera juice. (Good thing I had just stocked up with a recent order).
That advice of my friends, who feared that I was going to pass on germs to them, was most discouraging. Plus, the first doctor I encountered at the clinic quickly wrote out prescriptions for antibiotics and painkller, none of which helped at all. It all added up to make me feel confused and incompetent.
So when I saw a different doctor the second time, and she encouraged me in all that I'd been doing for myself, I was greatly relieved. Those years spent as caregiver for my parents and my grandmother were not wasted after all. I do have a sense of what to do and what my symptoms really mean. I am not just a naughty friend that needs to be sent to bed.
If you have experiences to fall back on, and if you read and keep learning with an open mind, you ARE able to take care of yourself too! Don't let others make you feel ignorant and incompetent. And if you are not sure what to do, you can always seek out advice of those who do know and don't mind sharing information. Furthermore, you can cry out to God and experience prompting to guide you in your next steps. Or simply be healed without any further effort.
I don't see miraculous healings very often. But that may be because God knows I like to understand what's happening, and when I do, I like to share it with others. The book of Proverbs in the Bible urges us to seek wisdom and understanding with all we've got.
Do you have stories to share of having to take care of yourself, despite well-meaning friends? Feel free to let me know. It helps to get it off our mind.
A Practical Tip/Solution - Steam Your Lungs
Can you recall when your parents used Vicks VapoRub to steam you under a towel to clear your lungs of croup?
I never cared much for that pungent odor of the Vicks VapoRub ointment, but the other night when my every little cough hurt like crazy, I suddenly remembered that I had a jar hidden away in the bathroom. I got up at 3 am and found it. Put some water in a pot and heated it on the stove, then scooped a spoon of that ointment into the pot of boiling hot water,
Carefully I carried the steaming pot on an oven mitt to my chair, and threw a towel over my head and draped over the pot. I closed my eyes, so they would not sting, and then opened my mouth and breathed in gulps of of Vicks-laden steam rising from the pot. How good that felt in my lungs! Immediately my cough let up some frequency and power.
Such a simple procedure. I did this nightly before going to bed for several nights.
Do you know of any other old remedies like this which still work wonderfully? - Let me know, and we'll pass them on.
I Can Recommend - Aloe Heat Lotion
Some people like cold packs and some like heat on an area of muscle pain. I found that an ice pack didn't stay on my ankle and didn't seem to help. Not nearly as much as my tube of Aloe Heat Lotion! About two or three times a day I applied the lotion liberally to my swollen ankle area, and immediately the pain backed off. It stayed away for several hours.
I went to a chiropractor too, who applied cold laser treatment - (something that looked like a steel pen on a cord attached to his cart). It did not hurt at all, but seemed to break up the damaged muscle matter and take it away by blood and kidneys. I'm going for a third treatment tomorrow, and that may be the last one.
However, I still apply Aloe Heat Lotion at home and recommend it highly. It is a pH-balanced, lubricating lotion designed for a soothing, relaxing massage. It contains first and foremost; aloe barbadensis leaf juice, water, and a few other helpful things like; arginine, menthol, eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, apricot kernel oil, sesame seed oil, and ascorbic acid.
You will find Aloe Heat Lotion in the Skin Care Category on the Forever Living site. (USA customers). (Here for Canadian customers. (If you live in another country, change the code at the top left to that country first).
Note: If you run into the problem of having to order a large minimum order, you can contact me, and I'll see about forwarding to you - part of my order, as a private sale.
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