Yesterday I had an allergic reaction to MELALEUCA (tea tree) essential oil. The skin on my face and neck was really hot and red and I felt really uncomfortable in my skin, literally. But this reaction won't stop me from using oils. Not even close. This is why.
I've been pretty sick with a virus for almost two weeks–sinuses to fever to throat to bronchials to lungs. This is pretty normal for me. Where the same virus affected my husband and son for just a couple of days with a simple fever and congestion. I accept that my body is doing the best it can, even if my healing journey often looks very different than those around me.
So the reason I still love essential oils is because of how much good they do overall (when I don't misuse them). Essential oils cooled down our fevers, heated us up when we were chilled, boosted our immune systems with powerful healing assistance to our cells, helped us relax and sleep well, and helped keep everything moving in our sinuses, airways and bowels. This is what you need to have happening with a virus. So much loving assistance to help the body restore itself. This is so much nicer than how it goes for me without them. Plus, it feels so loving to apply and diffuse essential oils for ourselves and each other.
My allergic reaction to Melaleuca was my own fault. Without caution, and after days of rubbing Breathe essential oil blend ( which contains Melaleuca) all over my chest and neck, I doused myself with the single Melaleuca essential oil. And I mean doused. I put it on the outside of my nostrils, behind my ears, on my neck, and rubbed it on my tongue. Within minutes I flushed/heated up, and not just where the oil had touched my skin. My whole body was overwhelmed/went on high alert, with good reason. I maxed out. I asked it to process a powerful substance in a much higher dose than recommended.
This very clear allergic reaction surprised me, until I really thought about it. With essential oils dosing, more is not better. These are undiluted powerful plant constituents and there is a therapeutic dose.
BACK STORY TO ALLERGIES & IMMUNITY
You have to know I was in the hospital several months ago from a reaction to a few days of a Tylenol prescription post-reconstructive surgery that had totally beaten up my liver. They immediately ran a detox substance through me. I had a massive allergic reaction to that so, to clean up their prescription mess up, they shoved another substance through me that I couldn't tolerate, and then an IV antihistamine so that I could (if that even makes sense).
What I'm trying to say is my body rejects many substances. I do not tolerate any pain medications, I'm allergic to antibiotics, and the ones I'm not, I'm resistant to. You get the picture. A little heated skin from a natural substance is not really a big deal based on countless other rejections by my immune system.
OUR BODY CONSTRUCTIONS ARE SO UNIQUE
What this taught me is to respect healing substances from the earth. Essential oils are literally the part of the plant that restores and maintains the plant's own health. I need to honor dosing and continue to listen to my own body, each day, because with a body like mine, the communication is frequent, and frequently changing.
Some people could look at me and think, poor her, she's sick so often. But I don't feel that way. I feel like, lucky me, my body is such a responsive communicator that responds so well when I listen, love, and nurture it.
I will wait until my immune system stronger to reintroduce Melaleuca to my system. It's a powerful plant that deserves my respect and now I know to be more conservative in my dosing.
Tomorrow I'll see my new primary care nurse practitioner. She also happens to use essential oils, so I look forward to talking to her about this. I'll let you know what I learn.—