Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim
In the Name of Allah, The Beneficent, The Merciful
As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved and Beautiful Sisters!
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I just wanted to share an enlightening experience I had with Tea Tree Oil earlier this year.
Around the first of March, my son noticed he had a lump on the side of his neck. He told me about it, but I didn’t think too much of it. The next day it was significantly larger and grew increasingly bigger over the next few days.
I took him to the doctor and she said it was his lymph nodes and that it should start to decrease in size and should be completely gone within another week or so. A week passed but the huge lump in his neck grew larger still. I took him back to the doctor and the doctor prescribed some antibiotics and told us if it did not start to go down within a couple of days, I should take him to the hospital.
I gave Hakim the antibiotics on schedule, but the mass grew larger still. It was becoming difficult for him to move his neck and was becoming increasingly painful. I took him to the Emergency Room at Children’s Hospital.
After what seemed like an eternity, we were finally seen, however instead of just examining him and sending us back home, the triage nurse sent us deeper within the bowels of the hospital where we had to wait to be seen by a doctor.
Eventually, we were seen but the doctor wasn’t sure what the lump was so he ordered a chest x-ray. After the x-ray, we sat in his room for about three hours before we heard anything. Finally, the nurse came and said the doctor had ordered a CT scan!
Now, it was about 2:00 in the morning, and no one had even told me anything concerning the chest x-ray. I told this to the nurse and she seemed irritated and told me, we could have the CT scan or continue to wait to see the doctor.
Now, Our Beloved Messenger (May the Peace and the Blessings of Allah forever be upon him) taught us that x-rays cause cancer. So, I was hesitant to allow them to perform the first x-ray, but the doctor said he couldn’t make a diagnosis without the proper tests. So, I acquiesced.
But now, they wanted more x-rays and without even telling me why. So, I told the nurse I would wait to talk with the doctor.
Hakim was sleeping when the doctor came to speak to me. He took me into a consultation room and very gently told me that they were concerned that the lump in my son’s neck might be cancer. I was not surprised. Deep down, I had a feeling that there was a possibility it could be cancer. So, I was very composed me when he gave me that horrible news.
However, after he left, I went back in the room and had a good cry. I felt like I was getting worked up over nothing, because there was also the possibility that it was not cancer. But, I’ve always been a Drama Queen and this situation clearly was an excuse to get dramatic. So, I cried.
Hakim had the CT scan, but the results were inconclusive. The doctors just didn’t know what is was. The only thing left to do was for my precious baby to undergo surgery to take a biopsy. So the doctors could accurately diagnose him.
He was admitted into the hospital. It was a Friday night/Saturday morning and the oncology doctor informed me that they usually don’t perform surgeries on the weekends unless the patient’s life depended on it. Of course, I thought Hakim’s life depended on it, but the doctors conceded his surgery could wait until Monday.
So, I tried not to worry and Hakim took full advantage of Room Service and the touch-screen computer at his disposal while we passed the weekend.
Monday morning arrived and the time came for his scheduled surgery. I was a wreck. I know the devil uses every chance he can get to kill Black People, so I questioned and questioned every doctor, nurse, technician and every body else until I finally saw a Black doctor, right as they were wheeling Hakim into the operating room.
Of course, I said something to him. I said, “Finally! A BLACK DOCTOR!”
He said, “Yes, I’m not just another doctor, I’m The Chief!”
At first, I didn’t believe him.
But then he asked Hakim’s operating team, which doctor was performing the surgery? The doctor acknowledged himself and The Chief seemed pleased. Then he asked Hakim how old he was, just making small talk to put him at ease. But Hakim was already under the influence of the anesthetics and was barely cognizant of his surroundings.
So, they wheeled Hakim into surgery and I felt 1000% per cent better knowing that Hakim’s surgeon knew The Chief was overseeing his operation on my Beloved Son.
After they wheeled Hakim into the operating room, I was unsure of where to go, so The Chief told me he would personally escort me to the Parents’ Waiting Room.
Hakim’s surgeon told me the operation would be about thirty minutes.
That was the longest thirty minutes of my life. It felt like days. I made small talk with some of the hospital’s Black employees and Trusted In My Saviour.
Finally, I was called to return to the operating room to consult with the doctor.
He gave me the Best News of my life. Hakim did not have cancer.
I kind of knew Allah would not do that to me. Hakim is His Friend and He loves him too much to make him go through cancer. But it was still a relief to get the news.
Hakim had to stay in the hospital a couple more days, while the doctors observed him to ensure he didn’t have any adverse effects from the surgery. They also gave him more antibiotics intravenously. But after a long five-day-stay at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we were finally given the authorization to go home (with more antibiotics).
The antibiotics didn’t work. I gave him the required doses, all at the proper times, but the infection lingered. So, when the month of May dawned, and the lump showed no signs of dissipating, I began to research more wholistic cures for infections.
I learned that many microorganisms have become resistant to modern medicinal antibiotics. They call them “super bacteria.” I also learned that prior to the advent of “modern medicine,” Tea Tree Oil was commonly used to treat bacterial infection.
I happened to have some in my kitchen apothecary. So, I just dipped a cotton ball in some olive oil and put one or two drops of Tea Tree Oil and affixed it to his neck with some surgical tape. He wore it as long as he could stand it during the day and when he went to sleep. After a couple of days, the lump was completely gone.
I had done what surgery, antibiotics, and five days in the hospital couldn’t do; with something completely natural.
According to Wikipedia:
The indigenous Bundjalung people of eastern Australia use “tea trees” as a traditional medicine by inhaling the oils from the crushed leaves to treat coughs and colds. They also sprinkle leaves on wounds, after which a poultice is applied. In addition, tea tree leaves are soaked to make an infusion to treat sore throats or skin ailments.
Characteristic of the myrtle family Myrtaceae, it is used to distill essential oil. It is the primary species for commercial production of tea tree oil (melaleuca oil), a topical antibacterial. It may be effective for treating fungal infections such as Athlete’s foot.
“Tea tree oil has been scientifically investigated only recently. Some sources suggest beneficial medical properties when applied topically , including antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic qualities. The antiseptic properties can help treat skin blemishes (acne). It also has beneficial cosmetic properties.
“Also, there is clinical evidence that topical dermatological preparations containing tea tree oil may be more effective than conventional antibiotics in preventing transmission of CA-MRSA.
“Recent studies support a role for the topical application of tea tree oil in skin care and for the treatment of various diseases and conditions. Tea tree oil appears to be effective against bacteria, viruses, fungal infections such as athlete’s foot, mites such as scabies, and lice such as head lice. A 2008 study of in vitro toxicity showed a tea tree oil preparation was more effective against head lice than permethrin, a popular pharmaceutical remedy.
“Tea tree oil is possibly effective against acne. In the treatment of moderate common acne, topical application of 5% tea tree oil has shown an effect comparable to 5% benzoyl peroxide. Albeit with slower onset of action, patients who use tea tree oil experience fewer side effects than those that use benzoyl peroxide treatments.
“Tea tree oil is a known antifungal agent, effective in vitro against multiple dermatophytes found on the skin. Shampoo with 5% tea tree oil has been shown to be an effective treatment for dandruff due to its ability to treat Malassezia furfur, the most common cause of the condition.
“One clinical study found that 100% tea tree oil administered topically, combined with debridement, was comparable to clotrimazole in effectiveness against onychomycosis, the most frequent cause of nail disease. It was not as effective at lower concentrations.
“There is some very limited research that has shown that tea tree oil may have in vitro antiviral activity against the Tobacco Mosaic Virus, some strains of Herpes Simplex, and some bacteriophage viruses.”
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