It’s said that each child gift their mothers with something to remember them by after they’re born. All three of my kids left me little
afflictions mementos that I still have to this day. All three pregnancies brought me up half a shoe size; now I wear a size 9 from a 7 1/2. Beena left me bulgy jelly belly that no amount of sit ups will erase. I’ve been doomed to wear “mom” jeans (no low cut for me) for almost 30 years. Utah left me with a streak of gray hair going down the middle of my head when I was a mere 27 years old. Over these last 26 years, it’s been creeping and growing, but I have had a lot of fun playing with different shades of Clairol. And dear Zombiegirl left me with rosacea on my cheeks and a propensity for sinus infections.
Doctors have told me to avoid sun, alcohol, spicy foods and stress in order to tame my rosacea. Pfft, ain’t going to happen. I can live with the rosy cheeks in order to enjoy a cold beer and Mexican food on the patio of our beach house. Stress is unavoidable- I’m a mother commuting to a stupid job in New York City. Tell me how to avoid stress in this case, please?
The sinus infections are something different, though. The day I delivered Zombiegirl, I’m pushing and straining, eyes clamped shut to help concentrate on getting baby girl out of me. I feel something give in the center of my face and feel warmth flowing out of my nose. I thought I popped a blood vessel and my nose had started to bleed, but then I heard the doctor exclaim “Oh my God” (WHAT?) and “I’ve never seen that color green before!” (WHAT THE F*CK IS HE TALKING ABOUT?). MR leaned over and wiped the bright green goop of snot off my face- I gave birth to a baby and a sinus infection.
Said sinus infection garnered me a private room for a few days after Z-girl was delivered and I’ve been suffering from them ever since.
About 10 years ago, my chiropractor recommended using a Neti pot to help with the sinus treatments she was giving me. I don’t use it regularly, but I should. Since it helps relieve the symptoms of sinusitis, it should also cut down on the amount of episodes I get. I can count on one hand the number of colds I’ve contracted over the years, so duh, maybe I can lessen the amount of infections I get.
A little research on the web led me to the perfect recipe for a “Sinus Missile“. MR and I have been using it for a few days and it really helps knock things loose and clear things up.
THE SINUS MISSILE
12 drops Rosemary Pure Essential Oil
4 drops Tea Tree Pure Essential Oil
4 drops Eucalyptus Pure Essential Oil
1/2 tsp finely ground pure sea salt(you can grind the salt fine in your food processor)
2 cups filtered, purified, distilled or previously boiled water
I doubled the recipe, put it into a sterilized jar and shook it until the salt dissolved. We’re both rinsing 3-4 times a day. MR has been against the Neti for some weird reason, but now he sees the light. Whenever you feel pressure in your ears, face, behind your eyes or in your teeth, hit it with a sinus missile and get some relief.