Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mouth Problems, And No, It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking Too Much!

July 5, 2018

Hey y'all, it's me!

Sometimes it seems the more we work towards a more natural lifestyle, the worse we react to the unnatural. Like many years ago when I learned about essential oils. The more we used them, the more sensitive the Redneck became to regular perfumes and scented candles. We once walked into a Crabtree and Evelyn store, and he was barely in the door, when he suddenly grabbed his head and reeled back out into the mall. He was leaning over the railing and gasping, his eyes watering. Turns out the scents in the store hit him with a blinding headache, and he couldn't breathe. Since then we don't go into any specialty scent stores--even walking past a Bath and Body Works makes him ill. We seldom go into a mall anymore, so we are able to avoid the worst of it.

Fast forward to a few days ago. when my mouth broke out with painful canker sores. I was miserable, but we just couldn't figure out what had caused them. Whenever I used my mouthwash, it would just be so painful I would cry. My friend Charlcie told me to try using coconut oil to soothe my mouth, so I started oil pulling. swishing the oil in my mouth for as long as I could, then spitting it out. rinsing my mouth with warm water and baking soda after. It helped immensely. Yet we couldn't find the cause of the cankers.

Until I came across the fact that some people are allergic to sodium lauryl sulfate, which is found in many mouthwashes. I bought mouthwash at a local discount store, an off brand. I checked the label, and there it was, sodium lauryl sulfate. I had been using it each day. and in an attempt to clean the canker area, I was rinsing with it, thus aggravating the condition it had originally caused.

The mouthwash has been pulled from the medicine cabinets, and is now being used to clean the toilets (it really works, which is scary, now that I think about it.). I checked all the toothpastes we use, and we're good there. I will be trying out making toothpaste with coconut oil, baking soda and clove essential oil, to see if I can avoid the commercial stuff completely.

My mouth is healing up. I just keep rinsing with the baking soda whenever I feel irritation. I do the oil pulling before bed. I can almost do 10 minutes before I have to spit it into the trash can. I'm trying to work up to the recommended 20 minutes.

I'm amazed at the ways that we can make changes, simple and big, to improve our lifestyle. I tell people I know who are complaining about their heath, if you are not happy with how you feel or look, quit slackin' and make stuff happen. Learn about your health issues, find ways to improve your life, and DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO.

Even though I've been talking about mouth problems, I feel I need to post this video that I love. I watch it whenever I feel like I just want to give up on anything, working out, eating healthy, prayer, cleaning house, or learning a new skill.

I hope it inspires you as it does me.


Well, I got chores. Later y'all.
© Evelyn Edgett 2018



8 comments:

  1. That's so sad/funny that the very thing you were trying to help your mouth with was making it worse:(. It was like my niece, who was allergic to cow's milk when she was a baby, so they subbed soy milk, only to find out she was allergic to it, too! She spit up all the time, and could not sleep...17 now, and super sweet, despite all the discomfort.

    I hope you keep finding good solutions!

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    1. I know, it was on a scale of ironic I can't even begin to understand. When Obie was about 5, he began to get little hives on his body after meals. I would give him a Benadryl, give him an oatmeal bath, and let him sleep. We couldn't figure it out. I kept trying to simplify his diet, but nothing helped. One day I was thinking about what I could cook for him that night, and it suddenly dawned on me that I had been using peanut oil when I sautéed food. I called his father at work (he's a pharmacist), and asked him if that could be the problem. He said yes, but I was confused. Obie could eat peanuts and peanut butter with no problem, but the oil was causing hives? His dad explained that it's like the difference between eating an apple and eating a handful of straight sugar. They digest and absorb at different rates, the apple take a long time, but sugar goes straight to the bloodstream. I got rid of the oil, and he has never had a problem since.

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  2. I make handmade soaps with both essential oils and good-quality fragrance oils, so I live in a house full of fragrances. But I can't handle things like fabric softener, store-bought laundry detergent, and candle/soap shops at the mall. Bath and Body Works is the worst-a headache within minutes and it I'm silly enough to get a little lotion or spray on me, I get a sore throat and have to wash it off right away. It makes me shudder to think how poor the quality must be to have that kind of effect, when the good stuff doesn't faze me.
    You would do well to avoid sodium lauryl sulfate--it's a synthetic detergent, nothing natural about it. But it's in a lot of health/beauty products. I make my own toothpaste too and have tried many different recipes but I'm going to try the one on the Wellness Mama website soon.

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    1. I can wear high quality perfumes around the Redneck, but I can't find Rebelicious anymore. I think they quit making it because it had a heart shaped Confederate flag on the bottle. So I go without scent. Some women who go to church wear perfume don't realize that some folks can't handle being around it. The Redneck does okay, but occasionally he has to get up and walk out of the service because someone's sent is making him ill. I'll check out wellness mama's site for a recipe, thanks for the tip.

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  3. I’m glad you’re finding good solutions.
    You are right about avoiding malls. The whole buildings just have a different scent to them. It doesn’t bother me but I notice it. We have to drive 50 miles to the nearest mall and that is fine with me.

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    1. Me too! I used to practically LIVE in malls, much to the detriment of my financial situation. I do occasionally enjoy a walk through one, but it's a rarity. All the malls we can go to are over 50 miles away also. Besides, thrift stores, yard sales and Dollar Tree are a lot more fun!

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  4. Oh my goodness... I LOVE the video! How awesome! I hope your mouth is better. I used to suffer from canker sores a lot when I was younger. Now my daughter does, usually around her period each month... so painful!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the video--it is so inspiring. One of the best things about menopause is that I no longer get pimples or other 'surprises' once a month.

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