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  • The products of the 21st century have revolutionised the way we live. There is a constant chase for efficiency, money, and more time. Many people, particularly those living in cosmopolitan cities, are more likely to live hectic, stressful lifestyles that result in weaker immunity. Despite the abundance of clinical reports regarding the link between getting enough sleep and better immunity, the demands of modern life and over-reliance on medicine to suppress anything from ailments to chronic illnesses leaves the world unprepared when it comes to potential pandemics.

    I became interested in Holistic wellness in my early teens. I’ve always had large tonsils and I would get severe tonsillitis at least bi-annually even with an extremely clean and controlled diet that was rounded off with a daily dose of leong cha (“cooling” tea). My mum always believed that I was “heaty” and wanted to balance it out with “Yin”. After about 7 years of sleepless nights because of my high fevers, my dad happened to meet a Taiwanese Doctor that specialised in TCM. We then found out that I had an imbalance of Yin (cold) and Yang (hot) energy. This meant that despite my tonsil flare-ups (which my mum thought indicated that I was heaty), I was internally cold and the cooling herbal teas actually worsened my condition. For a year after this revelation, I drank Balsamic Vinegar with water daily and I have rarely had any issues regarding tonsillitis since.

    Ever since, my interest and knowledge in Holistic wellness, particularly Acupressure, Aromatherapy and Nutrition have grown. Through studying these concepts, I’ve managed to significantly improve my quality of life through self-healing. Since my introduction to TCM in 2013, I’ve learned how to manage low blood pressure, irregular periods, acid reflux as well as hyperthyroidism. While it isn’t the fastest route to recovery or pain management, it serves as a personal reminder that my body is capable of self-repair.

    With the way COVID-19 has been presented to us, I think it has been eye-opening for the world at large because it shows us that we are still vulnerable when it comes to viruses as we still do not have the cure for them. I think COVID-19 is frightening due to the asymptomatic transmissions which makes this strain of coronavirus so much more sinister.

    I’ve made my loved ones essential oil rollerballs to carry around for inhalation to help promote a healthy respiratory tract. I’ve made a blend of Oregano, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Peppermint, Lemon and Pine essential oils. I’ve already previously come up with a blend called Cold Buster that was made to combat the onset and symptoms of colds and flu; however, it was made with a tighter dilution guideline and utilises Tea Tree oil instead of Oregano and Pine.

    Some medical professionals believe that essential oils and other herb-based remedies have limited to no health benefits. However, there is an increasing amount of evidence that goes against this school of thought. During the SARS outbreak, the staff at Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong took herbal formulas for immunity boosting and prevention of respiratory illness. Following this, there were no more reports on SARS transmission within the staff members. Meanwhile, Oregano Oil is already used as an antibiotic in chicken farming. In recent years there have been clinical studies investigating whether essential oils are a feasible alternative for antibiotics due to increasing drug resistance.

    All in all, I believe that with a combination of lifestyle choices including the increased consumption of Vitamin C, B, A and D, Iron and folic acid, being more aware and practising meticulous hygiene as well as using complementary medicine practices such as Acupuncture, Acupressure, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Aromatherapy, create an environment for well-rounded health where a person is healthy on the inside as well as healthy on the outside.

    Citation:

    http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js6170e/14.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/01/the-new-antibiotics-might-be-essential-oils/384247/

    http://www.discoverymedicine.com/related/2/708/

    https://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/science/chicken-farms-try-oregano-as-antibiotic-substitute.html

    Beverly Joy Goh

    Beverly Joy Goh is a singer and actress in training. She is currently a student at LASALLE College of the Arts, a member of Singapore Repertory Theatre’s The Young Company and she studies singing under Grace Ng Ee Wern. Prior to working with Grace, she was a member of multiple choirs and has been under the tutelage of Phua Ee Kia and Mdm Elena Ng. Besides performing, she is passionate about holistic wellness and alternative medicine. Beverly’s area of interest includes Aromatherapy, Acupressure, Nutrition and Herbs. She hopes that she can eventually integrate these practices interchangeably and teach them in an easy and accessible way.