We hear from many holistic health gurus that cleansing is one of the best things we can do for our bodies! You hear testimonials about how amazing people feel during and after a cleanse and you mostly hear all good things! I am one of those people who are usually on the "cleansing high" when I am cleansing!
Well recently I had to undergo a procedure to have the electrical functions of my heart tested (I was born with a serious abnormality) and the doctors had to give me anesthesia. I don't like what those drugs can do & do to my liver & body so I started doing my liver & lower bowel cleanse as soon as I got home from the hospital. It started out alright for the first couple days and then I started noticing a lot of itching near my jaw line. My husband then came home and I became preoccupied with him and didn't look at myself too much in the mirror.
He went home and the next day I realized I started getting a few small boils. This can happen sometimes when you are cleansing because the body has 4 channels of elimination (skin, urine, bowel, and lymph) and my dominant channel of elimination always has been my skin (go figure). I usually will get small breakouts during a cleanse but nothing major- I used to complain and say "Who would want to buy skin care products from someone whose skin doesn't always look perfect?"-- you can say I was a little prideful huh? Pride comes before a fall.. just remember that folks.
While I was up at school taking an essential oil class I started getting some boils but was controlling them with some apple cider vinegar (of course I forgot my acne & scar clearing cream at home). I had one burst just while I was sitting in class. These boils were extremely painful and itchy at the same time. I got home and started praying and then I got quiet (something my naturopath says often- just get quiet). I had this feeling that I was missing something and had this urge to put Thieves Essential Oil Blend on my jaw line and cheeks where these boils were showing up. I knew if I didn't do something fast that it was going to get very serious very quick. I rubbed some Thieves oil on my face- which burned like hell I won't lie- and then went to bed. I woke up the next morning and the huge boils were now either completely gone or were smaller. I didn't think of getting a picture of the boils but I took a picture the day after I put on the Thieves (which is Day 1 picture posted above).
I called my naturopath and left her a message. Once we got to talking we realized that I was either A- having a reaction to something (possibly the anesthesia being pushed from my body) or B- I had an under lying virus of some sort that was finally getting out of my system. After we talked for a little while we decided to treat this with something called "Silver Shield" by Nature's Sunshine. I started taking it orally, two times a day. Silver Shield is actually accrediated by the FDA to take care of MRSA (a type of staph infection). I then also went to work to treat my skin while we were treating the inside of the body. I believe in treating the inside and the outside at the same time. I made some fresh "Timeless Sapphire Anti-Aging Solutions: Acne & Scar Cream" but this time I decided to add Thieves to it.
I kept up with the liver cleanse herbs & supplements (using All Cell Detox, LBS 2, and Liver Cleanse Formula all by Nature's Sunshine), Drinking lots of water & hot tea, eating a completely clean diet (raw veggies mostly), and drinking cherry juice. I also used the Acne & Scar Cream with Thieves two times a day, washed my face with a wash cloth with my baby soft soap (different wash cloth each time folks) twice a day, and kept taking silver shield & silica. By day 4, which was this morning, my face didn't hurt and wasn't itchy anymore. The swelling has gone down significantly as well! It still has a little work to go but the results have been very promising! I am so glad I decided to treat what was going on internally as well!
You see your skin, your hair, and the smell you have in your sweat are all mirrors or clues to what is going on internally. You have to treat the inside if you are going to have success on the outside. I created my organic skin care line because #1 a lot of people don't want to treat the inside they just want to treat the symptoms #2 when people are treating the inside I think they should have something that is trust worthy on the outside to heal the skin.
So all in all- cleansing is amazing! My bowel movements are regular again (after each meal), I don't smell when I sweat, headaches have cleared up, I'm getting a more restful sleep, and I don't feel as sluggish! Sometimes though, when you cleanse there will be a few reactions with your body- fear not! Talk to someone who is a professional before you just stop cleansing all together! Sometimes a cleanse could be too strong or not strong enough, you could be having what I had (a virus or harmful bacteria moving to the surface), or you might have to stop cleansing at that moment. It all depends on the person.
Who am I?
My name is Jes! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about! I am the owner of an organic, chemical free skin care product line, called HBC Organics.