By Ana Park,
RD LDN, M.A. 

Linda Staedtler was in terrible pain when I encountered her in the hospital during one of my daily rounds as a nutritionist-dietitian. Linda was a middle-aged woman who was complaining about severe back pain and a swollen tongue. Watching her in excruciating pain,  I decided to sit with her to give her comfort. While sitting there, I thought it would soothe her to give her company and to just listen to her anguish. I simply wrapped my arms around her to give her as much comfort as I could; however, I couldn’t take that pain away. Unfortunately, Linda was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus or SLE. Ridiculous as it may seem, Lupus is caused by an unknown reason.  It is a widespread and lifelong autoimmune disease which causes the immune system to attack the body’s own tissue and organs. Lupus attacks the joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood, or skin. It’s quite odd, and for an unknown reason, the immune system attacks the body’s own tissue and organs- especially the kidneys.

According to kaleidoscopefightinglupus.org, Lupus can cause a wide variety of devastating symptoms. It can affect nearly every organ in the body with no predictability. Symptoms depend on which part of the body is affected by the disease. 

In order to manage the complexities her disease, I suggested that Linda should maintain a healthy weight with a BMI less than 30. Obesity is highly inflammatory condition, and inflammation is a triggering factor in auto immune diseases.

Eating whole plant foods and omega-3 fatty acids are ideal. Also, fiber rich food such as fresh fruits and vegetables would be beneficial. In addition, probiotics can help increase immune health. There is nothing like a good foundation of a healthy diet and lifestyle that can be compared to any other remedies. 

Despite uncertain data, it is worth considering to examine vitamin D blood levels. Supplementation is suggested to correct this deficiency. Iron levels in the blood may also be considered. This test determines the blood cell protein that contains iron in the blood. If the iron level is low, it indicates that the body’s iron level may be deficient. 

It is suggested that using helpful certifiied pure therapeudic grade essential oils as part of an anti-inflammatory natural regimen can alleviate the triggers of inflammation. Listed below are some of the oils that are suggested to calm the effects of Lupus.

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INFLAMMATION-SOOTHING ROLL-ON INGREDIENTS

  • 5 drops caraway essential oil
  • 5 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 2 drops lavender essential oil
  • Fractionated coconut oil or the carrier oil
    of your choice, as needed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Drop the essential oils into a 10 ml glass roller bottle.
  2. Fill the remaining space in the bottle with fractionated coconut oil.
  3. Massage over your abdomen and the bottoms of your feet twice daily for 2 weeks and monitor results with health care provider.