For many years my mother had three serious medical conditions, as it turned out, two were inadvertently passed on to me. Two of her conditions were diagnosed by doctors but the third never was. Mum had a goitre and consequently her thyroid and goitre were removed in her early thirties. This required her to take a thyroid replacement medication, Thyroxine, for the remainder of her life. The Thyroid is a very important butterfly-shaped gland located below the Adam’s apple, in front of the throat and around the trachea (windpipe). The thyroid effects every cell in the body, but most of us take little notice of this vital gland, until something goes wrong.

In her seventies, mum developed a heart valve defect, apparently common in patients with thyroid disease. A specialist told her, he would remove her damaged valve and replace it with one that lasted either 10 or 20 years. A quick calculation and she stated, “I’ll have the 10-year valve, I don’t want to live into my nineties”.

Mum also suffered from extremely dry eyes and regularly instilled eyedrops throughout the day. She never sought a diagnosis and for some reason just put her dry eyes down to working in the “Rag Trade”, as she owned a ladies clothing boutique. She told me her dry eyes were a result of the chemical fumes emitted by the new clothes. (That’s why these days we are advised to wash new clothes before wearing them). Mum also regularly sucked lollies, usually Minties or Mentos for her unusually dry mouth. At the time, her explanation for this dryness seemed plausible.

In the early 2000’s, I too developed the same extremely dry eyes and dry mouth, so I sought a diagnosis which revealed I had Sjogren’s Syndrome. Sjogren’s is an autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks the healthy cells that produce your tears and saliva. This is a serious disease that also effects many other organs in the body.

Recently, I required new glasses. The Optometrist had difficulty assessing the condition of my eyes due to the effects of long term dryness. He took digital photos of the eye surface revealing what he described something akin to craters on the moon. As a temporary measure, he sent me home with eye drops and suggested I come back is three weeks in order to better assess my eyes for prescription glasses.  I’ve had these eye drops before and found they had little or no effect and didn’t achieve any lasting positive outcomes.

Now, to just change direction in this story a little, my friend introduced me to Essential Oils. She claimed her various ailments had improved using these oils. I was eager to find relief for my conditions and searched for something other than what had been recommended to me for the past 15 years. I purchased some Essential Oils, a comprehensive book and researched how exactly to use these oils. They smelt lovely, so I thought at the very least I could wear them as a perfume if they had no effect on my disorders.

Following the appointment with the optometrist, I wondered if there was an oil that would help my extremely dry and painful eyes. Three days before returning to the Optometrist I found an essential oil that was recommended for dry eyes. I gently dabbed a small amount of oil around the outside of each eye socket several times a day, being careful not to allow any oil to touch the surface of the eye. Amazingly, there was almost instant relief from the pain and my eyes felt so much better. I found there was no longer a need to constantly instil eyedrops throughout the day.

The oil worked so well, I decided to massage some oil into my painful, dry, split tongue, wow, it also improved. Within a few days, my tongue was painless, and the cracks had completed healed. Returning to the Optometrist who examined my eyes, he asked what I had done to significantly improve the condition of my eyes. I explained how I had used an Essential Oil, and he stated, “but your eyes are almost completely healed”. He took more photos and sure enough not a crater was to be seen on my cornea’s, my eyes looked normal. We were both amazed.

Two years previous to this, my doctor diagnosed me with a mild case of Hashimoto’s Disease, which is an underactive thyroid gland. He prescribed a low dose of Thyroxine 25mcgs daily to improve the amount of thyroid hormone circulating in my body. Some months later, thinking about mum’s medical conditions, I thought, ok, there’s a pattern here, she had her thyroid removed, then developed Sjogren’s Syndrome and finally heart disease. So, there appears to be a fairly good possibility that I too would develop heart disease. I decided that’s just not going to happen, I had no intention of developing yet another disease. It was time to take the matter into my own hands. Having had such success with my eyes and mouth surely there must be Essential Oils to improve my Thyroid condition.

After taking Thyroxine for 18 months prior to the successful outcome with my eyes, I investigated and found the Essential Oils I needed for Hashimoto’s Disease. Taking a bit of a risk, I decided to cease the Thyroxine and instead mix up my own Essential Oil brew. The oil blend was applied and massaged into my throat morning and night for the next 6 months without fail. My plan was, after 6 months there would be enough evidence to determine if the oils had been successful or not. This could easily be proven by taking the relevant Thyroid blood tests to determine the outcome. When the results came back from pathology to my utter amazement not only had my thyroid improved, but I no longer had Hashimoto’s Disease, my thyroid levels were the best they had ever been.

My story may sound incredible I know; however, I must add that I had been researching self-healing methods for some time. Putting into practice meditation, mindfulness, changes in food, improved sleep hygiene and other self-healing methods before commencing this experiment. These self-healing methods contributed to reducing my stress levels, allowed me to be calm and my sleep pattern to markedly improve, aiding the healing process, which assisted in producing a normal Thyroid Function Test.

These experiments have proven to me that there are other ways to heal yourself. I will continue to use my Essential Oils and self-healing methods for the rest of my life, to stay healthy for as long as I can, well into my very old age ……… Hopefully one hundred years old, I would like to see how the human race progresses during my century on this Earth.