Lavender was the very first oil I bought. I was VERY skeptical and at a point when I had been dealing with the pain of Interstitial Cystitis for over a year. I was frustrated, worn down, not sleeping through the night due to my bladder pain. I was miserable and Doctors had very little to offer me. I felt like a Guinna pig and at that point had been put under 4 times in the past year. I was on a mission to heal my bladder. INCURABLE is what they said.... live with it the rest of my life?? I felt like this was not something I could even bring myself to believe. I HAD to keep hope! I was determined. I read as much as I could from others with IC. I read countless testimonials from others that had healed using natural herbal supplements, lifestyle changes, Essential oils, etc. I will write more in depth when I get more time. But decided to start here with my story in hopes of helping others that might be facing the pain and frustration of Interstitial Cystitis (IC for short).
It was my birthday. I was turning 38.
I was about a month out from my last procedure. My urologist insisted on doing another cystoscope to rule out cancer. You see I had several episodes of passing fleshy bloody pieces from my bladder. My urologist vowed to help me. When she saw my bladder she was shocked and said it was the worst she had ever seen. She was affraid to perform the hydrodistention in fear of rupturing my bladder. So it was not done. Instead she took biopsies... one to rule out cancer and two to identify if I had an abundance of mast cells (which I did, consistent with interstitial cystitis)
Back to my birthday where I was desperately trying to enjoy some amount of normalcy with my husband and kids. I was following the strict IC diet to the T with little to no relief. That day before heading to town for my birthday dinner I decided I was going to bite the bullet and get some more herbal supplements and try an essential oil... WHY NOT I thought... if I wasted my money oh well, it was my birthday present to myself and perhaps something would help me! I had to TRY!
So I bought a small bottle of lavendar oil at my local health store. The price of $15 for this itty bitty bottle killed me but I just did it. Went to my car and immediately applied the lavender to my abdomen/bladder area... I was AMAZED within minutes I felt relief of my bladder spasming. My urgency calmed. Dare I say I felt almost normal for a couple of hours! That was the moment that changed everything. My skeptical ways were gone. I was sold! My husband I think thought I had lost my mind! LOL.
I believe I have healed my bladder thru many, many things which I will try to write about more when I get time. but these are them briefly
Diet (for me caffeine was my main trigger)
Pelvic PT (I did about 4 months including biofeedback, dry needles, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, TENS machine)
Balancing Hormones (I was Estrogen Dominant, low progestrone)
Herbal supplements included Marshmallow Root, Fish Oil, magnesium, Vitamin D, quercetin, bromelain.
Relaxation Techniques/Deep Breathing (lavender is great for this too)
Eliminating Stressful situations and coping better with things I could not control
Bladder instills with DMSO (6 rounds)
Bladder instills with Elmiron (I only did 2 and felt like I was in remission so did not continue)
Getting of Pain Meds and Toxins
and last but not least Essential Oils!
If you would like more info please let me know. I am now in remission about a year and have resumed eating a normal diet. I don't take any supplements regularly anymore either. Reintroduced coffee as well! I now diffuse Essential oils daily in my home which I love for their effect on my mind and body. I use lavender at the twinge of any pain. I have found that if I get stressed my bladder will spasm and my urgency will come. This stops once I apply the lavendar though!