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Feel a tickle in your throat coming on?
It is only a matter of time before things get worse.
The moment that I do not take care of that random cough, or scratch in my throat, is the exact moment things snowball downhill into a full blown sick day.
Who has the time for that?
Autoimmune Protocol offers a wide range of remedies across the board for various disorders. As you may or not already know, the remedies differ HS sufferers, due to the added restriction of Brewer’s Yeast in their diet regimen.
Brewer’s Yeast is in an assortment of products, mostly anything related to mold or fungi, such as Nutritional Yeast and Mushrooms. Mold grows in a surprising number of ways which are subtly hidden in berries as well as on dried nuts and fruits. These hidden candida growth ingredients can potentially sabotage a flare-free life for those with HS.
In my personal experience, which came through a great deal of trial and error, it was found that these herbs and products worked best with my stage of Hidradenitis Suppurativa in a way that did not worsen the symptoms compared to other common products.
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Lavender Essential Oil
Does anyone remember the historic Super Bowl 2018 game when the Philadelphia Eagles won against the New England Patriots?
That day was notable, not only for the exciting moments that came to unfold, but also for the personal revelations that came in my life shortly thereafter.
Football is something that I only watch on occasion, and that day happened to be one of them. There was a Super Bowl party on that day which created a major temptation for me, one that was succumbed to with very little resistance.
The hosts of the party laid out the ultimate party trays, dips, and sandwiches that tempted my poor empty stomach beyond what it could bear. As my plate was being piled on, the back of my mind was filling up with worry about the flare-up that was to come.
In anticipation I waited for three days, the amount of time it took for those sinful ingredients to feed into the bloodstream of my body, and there was… nothing.
I was stumped.
My friends were worried about me during and after the party, knowing that my strict diet was being thrown out the window. They could not help but feel responsible for the pain that normally would ensue.
The thing was- there was no pain.
At the time I had kept a food diary and looked over the previous week. The Super Bowl spread was only a cheat meal, since only compliant meals were eaten before and afterward.
It was then that I remembered my bath.
Lavender Essential Oil is used for aromatherapy to promote relaxation, which was why it became incorporated for my bath time, little did I know that the oil actually had astringent properties that fight acne.
That week was very stressful, which led me to having the Lavender Essential Oil Bath almost everyday that week. Unbeknownst to me the Lavender Oil was actually seeping into my skin, clearing out my pores, and leaving moisture in the remaining tracks.
Not only did my skin feel better, but it looked better, another skin condition that I have is Keratosis Pilaris (KP) aka “Chicken Skin” because it resembles the bumps that you would see on raw chicken.
Looking into it there were various products that claimed to reduce KP, but they all had ingredients that were not Autoimmune Protocol and/or Brewer’s Yeast Free, which I did not feel comfortable using.
Another added bonus is that within 24 hours after taking a Lavender Essential Oil bath, the mosquitoes would leave me alone. If you have been around me and mosquitoes, you will know that I am always the one that they feast on, but not after my Lavender Essential Oil bath.
Thankfully bugs do not like the scent of Lavender Essential Oil, making it an effective way to ward of bugs without the use of chemicals, the only downside being that those results will quickly disappear when you sweat.
Whenever planning to be outside I try not to push things by staying out to long in the heat, wishing not to rely too much on Lavender Essential Oil, because many are sensitive to the scent.
As with all things, especially with the ingredients on this list, be balanced and considerate to all the bodies around you, including your own.
While on Autoimmune Protocol, one will quickly become acquainted with the Turmeric Root, which is present in a variety of recipes and herbal supplements.
Raw root can be found in several stores such as Fresh Market, Kroger, Walmart, and Whole Foods. Many Indian inspired dishes and desserts star Turmeric as an ingredient for added color, flavor, or health benefits.
Turmeric is regarded as one of the best anti-inflammatory roots that one can have in their flare-up emergency kit. As an internal aide, the active properties within Turmeric will travel through your bloodstream, calming from the inside out.
Whenever I willfully eat something bad, a dish that includes Turmeric will shortly follow, in order to have the symptoms eased. Many people take Turmeric Root Capsules in order to receive a more concentrated dose, which in my personal I have not done, primarily because I do not want an excuse or as a crutch to enable any future destructive diet choices. Additionally, many Turmeric capsules have added ingredients that may not be compliant to the dietary standards of Brewer’s Yeast Free or Autoimmune Protocol.
To each their own, many do not like the flavor of Turmeric, and fresh Turmeric Root can be exceptionally strong. It is up to each individual as to how, when, and why they wish to include or exclude Turmeric in their diet.
Overtime I have come to like Turmeric, often incorporating the seasoning into my fish dishes. Those recipes are pretty basic, which leads to my personal choice not to post them on the blog, because simple amounts of Turmeric and Pink Himalayan Salt can easily be thrown together.
Thyme is the latest addition to my list of favorite herbs.
Each branch contains dozens of tiny leaves that have positive properties to fend off any harmful bacteria that can lead to seasonal illness.
In my former days a concoction of Apple Cider Vinegar would be consumed whenever my throat got itchy, but it was no longer used in my regimen after learning that vinegar contains Brewer’s Yeast.
Thyme leaves are the perfect Brewer’s Yeast Free option for me, as the leaves are easy to chew and eat in order to increase my dose after drinking Thyme tea.
Tea from Thyme is a pretty straight forward process, wherein three to four branches are placed in a microwave safe cup that is filled with water. In order to increase the effectiveness of the tea, I microwave the 3-4 Thyme branches in about 1 1/2 cup of water, cooking twice for 3-4 minutes with a 3-5 minute break in between. The double cooking of the thyme branches darkens the color and increases the flavor as well as the nutrients.
When the Thyme tea is cooled, fresh lemon juice is added, and the drink is then enjoyed. Thyme tea is savory and herbal, helping to resolve any developing cough or congestion that I may feel coming on.
Lemons are one of the most pungent of the citrus fruits, which not only packs a punch on your palate, but fights off any bacteria that could get one sick.
As stated previously, fresh lemon juice is added whenever I make tea, in order to further the antibacterial properties of the herb or root that is being ingested.
Lemon juice kills not only the bad bacteria lurking in your mouth and throat, but also bad breath. After eating a strong smelling ingredient, particularly onions, I will follow with holding a slice of lemon on my tongue for several minute. The juice of the lemon will gradually absorb the prior meal flavors from my mouth, leaving my breath with a lighter smell.
I use caution when doing this, as any dentist will readily tell you how bad acid from lemons is bad for the enamel in your teeth, but there are very few options for freshening ones’ breath that does not contain added sugars or chemicals.
Ginger is a power packed root that is sure to clear up the sinuses, as well as chest congestion. As an alternative to Thyme tea mentioned earlier, ginger tea can be made to relief that itch in your throat.
While Thyme seems more effective in chest congestion and cough as compared to ginger, both remedies provide some ease in the typical cold symptoms.
The process to make ginger root tea is the same as my other methods, I microwave about 1-2 tablespoons of ginger root (grated or chopped) into about 1 1/2 cups of water, cooking twice for 3-4 minutes with a 3-5 minute break in between. The double cooking of the ginger darkens the color and increases the flavor as well as the nutrients.
This method is another alternative to apple cider vinegar, which contains Brewer’s Yeast, an ingredient that must be avoided for those with Hidradenitis Suppurativa such as myself.
For day to day sinus relief, I also consume raw ginger in certain recipes such as my AIP Sashimi Plate, a dish that is also Brewer’s Yeast Free, which helps open up my sinuses tremendously after consuming the meal.
Salves, ointments, and aromatherapy products can be made using essential oils, an essential oil kit is essential for beginners in order to get feel for what scents you prefer without purchasing a larger amount that may go to waste.
Lemongrass was discovered within my Essential Oil Kit that I purchased through amazon. The purchase was primarily made in order to try the more common essential oils used for herbal remedies such as eucalyptus, tee tree, lavender, and peppermint.
As a spur of the moment substitution, primarily for aromatherapy in order to create a chest decongestant salve, I used Lemongrass instead of lemon essential oil. The swap was just as effective, increasing my appreciation for the use of Lemongrass essential oil.
While doing research on gardening, the Lemongrass plant was noteworthy in warding off mosquitoes, leaving me to wonder whether the essential oil would do the same thing. It worked!
On my very first real fishing trip the bugs where swarming around everyone but me. Desiring to only have the fish as the ones biting, I had doused myself with lemongrass and olive oil before walking onto the dock to cast my line.
My fellow fishermen marveled at how the bugs surrounded me like a force field, not daring to come near my Lemongrass carrier oil coated skin.
Due to the effectiveness of Lemongrass, the essential oil is my go to natural bug repellent, though admittedly it is not as formidable on the hotter and humid days.
In recent years my eyes have become increasingly sensitive. The optometrist noted that my eyes have a “slight allergy” which leaves them swollen during the cold winter months.
The “allergy” symptoms that affect my eyes do occasionally worsens to chalazions, which are small enlarged red bumps, making it painful to even blink.
Castor Oil is not Autoimmune Protocol compliant, because it being extracted from a seed, however seed oils are allowed on Brewer’s Yeast Free diets.
Not only does Castor Oil refresh and reduce the inflammation of my eyelids, but it also hydrates any chapping lips and brightens darks scars from former flare ups.
Time is essential when using Castor Oil, usually I put it on to work wonders overnight, but the best results come from consistent application throughout my whole day.
As you may have learned from my Top AIP Coconut Products post, there are multiple ways to make something different from a coconut.
Coconut Oil uses are as abundant as there are coconut products. Though there are many remedies that can come from Coconut Oil, the top counteragent in my book is aiding Acid Reflux prevention.
Consuming a teaspoon full of Coconut Oil before and after a spicy or acidic meal helps to keep the food and burning sensation down that may come from symptoms of Acid Reflux.
An exterior use for Coconut Oil is combining 1/4 cup of the oil with coarse salt as an exfoliating elixir to remove dead skin cells during my bathing regimen.
Coconut Oil can also be used is as a carrier oil to utilize for salves for extended skin absorption. Out of all Autoimmune Protocol Oils, Coconut Oil is certainly the thickest, and will gradually melt onto your skin as you move throughout the day.
It is because of the thickness that Coconut Oil is utilized in more body products such as toothpaste and deodorant. While you can make your own Coconut items for use, there are brands that are allergen friendly, which are noted on my Amazon/Whole Foods AIP Shopping Items (Part 1).
Occasionally however, it can be both economical and simpler to make things such as sunscreen, lip balm, and moisturizers from Coconut Oil. These basic essentials are everyday restorative measures that may protect your skin if done correctly.
Clinique Acne Gel
Though Lavender Oil baths may be a preventative measure in reducing flare ups, there are times when certain ingredients can evade detection, until they pop up by surprise.
Clinique Acne Gel with Salicylic Acid reduces the different kind of breakouts that can form on the skin, diminishing my bumps, boils, and pimples.
Redness that can come from both itchy rashes and mosquito bites, can shrink after using this gel as well, although it should not be used on open skin. In order to avoid the incredible burn and sting that happens if you accidently touch an exposed wound with the gel, I cautiously apply the Acne Gel on the surrounding area, in order to fix set boundaries and keep the issue from spreading.
As always the best way to reduce flare ups is by following the diet and recommendations of a physician. Though avoidance of Brewer’s Yeast is found to be crucial in keeping the symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa in potential remission, remember that there are other influencing factors as well to the disease that should not be overlooked.
Clinique Acne Gel and other similar products may be preventative or even helpful in after a sudden onset of pain occurs, but it is not a cure or a quick fix. Even though I use this product frequently to improve the appearance of my skin, it does not stop the flare ups completely from running the course once it begins.
The Clinique Acne Gel comes in two sizes, traveling well in various temperatures, and can be purchased in stores with make-up counters such as Belk or online on Amazon.
White Willow Bark
In the past I frequently used products containing acetaminophen for pain relief, but upon learning that I should avoid processed chemicals, those over the counter medicines had to go.
White Willow Bark effectively reduces my aches and pains, especially during my menstrual cycle, although the capsules must be taken in advance.
My planner provides advance notice to approximate a date for when my next period will occur. When this date comes close, especially when the cravings and increased appetite grab ahold of me, then I know it is the time to start taking my White Willow Bark according to the instructions.
While there are many vegetarian capsules for supplements, the label will not disclose the exact source of the vegetables that the capsules are made from.
Nature’s Way is favorite brand for herbal supplements my due to the quality of the capsules. The brand of Nature’s Way herbal supplements state that they are free of over a dozen allergens including yeast. In the past other supplements have caused reactions, but I have yet to see any flareup resulting from the use of Nature’s Way brand vegetarian capsules.
St. Johns Wart
After hearing about how St. Johns Wart may promote a positive mood, I decided to try the herbal supplement in order to see if it would work for me. After several days of using St. Johns Wart as directed, there was a reduction in anxiety in my personal case, enabling me to feel less gloom and doom from day to day.
Stress is one potential factor in triggering painful symptoms for those with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Though aromatherapy may also be effective, the relief is temporary in comparison consuming St. Johns Wart, which remains in your body system for a comparatively longer period of time.
For those with any mental health issues, consult your physician to review whether or not this product should be used.
St. Johns Wart is another herb that lowers the strain of menstrual cramps during my time of the month. I use both St. Johns Wart and White Willow Bar at the same time, using each as directed, to help further ease the severity of the pain and fatigue resulting from my menstrual cycle.
Over time people have called me a bit of a health nut, which is ironic, since I cannot have nuts.
Now you know the products that I use throughout my year on both Autoimmune Protocol and Brewer’s Yeast Free. Prior to learning about my Hidradenitis Supurativa I would have never known how such simple items could help with my most common problems.
Before my disease I thought the only things that could provide relief where products created in labs, but now those feelings have dramatically changed.
Though my list of remedies gets longer nearly everyday, I will not opt out of modern medicine completely. There will be times when I may need the synthesized medicine that is prescribed by a physician, which will hopefully not result in a painful reaction after use.
As with most things in life, there are no guarantees, the things that work today may not work tomorrow. I am grateful that right now these remedies do work for me, hopefully it will stay that way.
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