It's been a bit of a tumultuous time for Warren and I this past month or so with a few hospital visits under our belt. In late November, Warren was found to have Deep Vein Thrombosis in his right calf which ended up in his lungs resulting in multiple Pulmonary Embolisms.
Let's just say it was a very close call and a frightening experience for us both given we thought it was nothing more than a pulled muscle we were dealing with. Crazy right?!
It seems to be a spontaneous occurrence which indicates that it could be a genetic predisposition. Further testing will tell us in a few months time.
As a result of this, he's now on blood thinning medication to dissolve the remaining clots and prevent new ones until we can find the cause. Obviously this is something we are both rather unhappy about given our personal beliefs about Big Pharma, but in this situation, it's a life threatening circumstance we have on our hands so we must follow the protocol dictated by the doctors....even when side effects are evident.
There will always be a time for conventional medicine but I will say that I am never going to get used to the idea of needing to worry about a simple cut or fall having the potential to result in a serious bleed that cannot be stopped because there is no antidote to the drug. Kinda feels just as risky as the actual DVT to me.
When it comes to essential oils, I'm diving deep into the research to understand which essential oils are safe to use on and around him given that many have natural anti-coagulation properties (Mumma Nature, you are SO smart) that could interfere with his medication in a serious way.
To give you an example, if I was to use Deep Blue or Wintergreen on him right now which are high in Methyl Salicylate, I could potentially thin his blood out way too much which could result in a potential haemorrhage.
Methyl Salicylate is what good old Aspirin is derived from friends and is often prescribed as a precautionary daily dose for hundreds of thousands of people with cardiovascular concerns.
It's made me just a little nervous admittedly but the confidence is returning as I keep sinking my teeth into the research. Knowledge is power. Staying in a state of fear is disempowering and that helps no-one so I choose to arm myself with knowledge.
My hope is that once we are clear of this critical period, we can taper off the medication and introduce supplements and essential oils such as the Lifelong Vitality Supplements, Deep Blue Polyphenol Complex and DDR Prime to name a few, which all have natural blood thinning and circulatory system supporting properties.
For now though, those on blood thinning medication such as Warfarin or Xarelto need to steer well clear of numerous essential oils including diffusing of the oils.
Please note that there may be some oil blends not included in the list I've put together and you will need to check the ingredients of each blend. Remember that this information is doTerra specific as they are the only brand of essential oils I trust inherently.
Unfortunately the Lifelong Vitality Supplements, Deep Blue Polyphenol and Mito2Max are a no-go as well until you are either off the medication or looking to reduce your dose with the help of a physician.
I just want to reiterate here that avoiding these products is necessary because they are packed full of too many amazing ingredients such as Coenzyme Q10 and Ginseng that naturally support the circulatory system and may in theory, amplify the effects of medication. It is not because they are 'no good'.
It's a little ironic that the oils we have to avoid are the very oils that have the ability to do exactly what the medication is doing.......knowing this does give me oodles of hope though that we can successfully make the switch from pharmaceuticals to plant medicine when we are given the all clear.
So there you have it guys, I hope this information is helpful to you or someone you know.
Pharmaceuticals aren't nice but sometimes they are necessary. Essential oils are powerful, doTerra's even more so because of the integrity of the manner in which they are sourced.
Always seek to further your education and understanding of these most pure, plant medicines so that you can feel confident in it's use and in turn, share that knowledge and confidence with others.
** Never stop your medication without speaking to your physician as it can be very dangerous to do so. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose.