Behcet’s Disease

*Oil pulling: * first thing in the morning before eating/drinking anything * Swish about 1-2tsp coconut oil for 10-20 minutes in your mouth, gently and do not swallow any oil * spit the oil out in the trash (not the sink) and rinse with warm water (with salt water for a further antimicrobial effect)  * Brush teeth as normal * For optimum results, do it daily for 2 weeks and then 2 x per week after that. – Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Ways to alleviate the symptoms:

Anti-inflammatory diet: A healthy diet, focusing on organic rainbow fruit and vegetables. Healthy fats: Olive oil, walnuts, avocados. Avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates. Eat whole grains: Barley, quinoa, bulgur, and amaranth.

Avoid processed foods: Avoid foods high in sugar and Tran’s fats. Avoid gluten and dairy if they give you gut trouble. Avoid raw seafood, undercooked and processed meats as this can increase reactions in those with compromised immune systems. Reduce caffeine and sweetened beverages and alcohol which can all increase inflammation and worsen digestive issues.

Maintain good oral dental health: Being prone to mouth sores, regular brushing and flossing are recommended. As well as oil pulling daily. This works on bacteria in the mouth, gum and dental health but also has an effect on the entire body and the heart.

Zinc sulphate: Well-known for its immune system benefits.

TCM: Traditional Chines Medicine has been known to help patients tremendously.

Daily exercise: Especially helpful if one is struggling with joint pain. The body is 70% water and water requires movement.  Stagnant water becomes very toxic.

– Listed by Sharon Olivier, February 2021

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Essential Oils

We would suggest the following:

  • Lavender Essential Oil
  • Frankincense Essential Oil

Essential Oils

Massage – Buy a base oil: coconut, sweet almond, grape seed for example. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. In this case, you will add 7 drops of Lavender and 3 drops of Frankincense. Apply the mixture over the body, as required. Especially effective after a bath.

Bath – Your skin is the most absorbent part of the body. The heat of the bath assists in the absorption. There are 2 ways to do this:

  1. Diffusing 5 drops (maximum) of Essential Oil into a teaspoon of milk. Or a cup, if you would like more of a Cleopatra style bath. Use 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Frankincense. Add Epsom salts.
  2. Or simply add 5ml of your massage blend.

Close all windows. Soak for 15-20 minutes minimum. Avoid splashing in the eyes.

** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **

If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.

** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **

** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **

** Frankincense – Avoid use during pregnancy/lactating, if any bleeding disorders or on anticoagulants. Avoid with children below 5 and caution below 8 **

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