I always refer to essential oils as God’s little miracles. They have helped me on so many occasions. Here is a case study of one such occasion when I was able to help a young mother have her voice restored.
Teresa is a married, 36-year-old mother of two children, ages 5 and 13. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis three years ago. It has caused a lot of exhaustion and pain in her extremities. A little over a year ago, while she was living in Vancouver, she started having problems with her voice. She had had many bouts of sore throat, then one day she lost her voice for no apparent reason and she could hardly speak for two weeks, although her throat wasn’t sore at the time.
She saw her family doctor who referred her to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist who said she had vocal nodules. They are compared to callouses on the hands. The nodules were large and organized and could be removed with laser. She was told it was a simple procedure.
She and her family were just in the throws of moving to California so she had to postpone surgery. Once settled in her new home, she returned to B.C. for the surgery.
The microscopic description stated “Sections A and B are similar showing benign squamous epithelium lining the mucosa. The submucosa shows myxoid degeneration and a few lymphocytes and eosinophils consistent with vocal chord nodules.”
She was advised to not speak for two weeks, which was extremely difficult for her with a young family to care for and a personality that likes to be expressed.
After returning home, her voice got worse and it was sometimes very painful to speak.
She saw an Ear, Nose, and Throat specialist in California who told her vocal cord had been damaged by laser and was not likely to repair itself.
She went to a Voice Surgeon who said there was a treatment that might improve her voice a bit but it would take 3 to 4 months for any improvement.
I spoke with Teresa on the telephone and she was desperate. Her voice was scratchy, she could hardly speak and had to end the conversation quickly. My thought was, “Teresa has had enough to contend with, with the debilitating effects of M/S. What can I do to help her recapture her voice and ease her throat?”
I prepared a blend of frankincense, Boswellia carteri (soothing on mind and emotions), thyme, Thymus vulgaris (tonic, stimulant, anti-spasmodic), cypress, Cupressus sempervirens (general restorative of the nervous system) and cajeput, Melaleuca cajeputi (laryngitis), and advised her to use it once a day, applied liberally over her throat and chest. I also sent her a bottle of pure sandalwood, Santalum album essential oil, and told her to apply 1 or 2 drops to her throat twice a day.
The results were amazing! Within a few days, Teresa’s voice was back and she has had no further problem with it. That’s over a year ago now.