wee & biscuits?! it’s my morning cuppa!
Faith Canter, 39, from Aberdeen, found a solution for her medical woes and you won’t believe what it is...
Rolling over in bed, I stretched my arms above my head as the warm Portuguese sun beat down through the window. But when I tried to open my eyes, my right eye remained shut.
As soon as I touched it, a familiar throbbing pain and itch began.
Grabbing my phone and flipping the camera onto selfie mode, I looked at my eye.
It had swollen to the size of a golf ball in seconds. I knew straight away it was a mosquito bite.
I’d moved from Aberdeen to
Castelo Branco, Portugal, this
June, after travelling all over Europe and Asia.
But, one thing plagued me wherever I went...mossies!
Every time, I left the UK, I was a magnet for the pesky little blighters. My skin swelled for 10 days and the continuous itching sent me bonkers.
On one trip to Thailand, I’d ended up in hospital, covered in hundreds of weeping welts. I’d tried everything to ease the terrible reaction I suffered, from antihistamines to natural remedies.
I seized on any old wives’ tale, eating cloves of garlic and cutting bananas from my diet. But nothing worked. One day, while trying not to itch a new bite on my knee, my friend Dan, 36, suggested something...um, unusual. ‘Have you heard of urine therapy?’ he asked.
‘You what?’ I asked.
‘Trust me, it works,’ he replied, deadly serious. I wrinkled my nose as he told how he’d applied his own wee to a scorpion sting a year earlier, the
pain vanishing immediately.
‘It’s most effective if you drink it, though,’ he added. Eww…definitely not for me! But that morning in June, I was desperate.
A health coach, I had clients to see, and couldn’t afford to be stuck at home with a swollen eye for 10 days.
Grabbing a glass from the kitchen, I remembered Dan’s story, and thought, it’s now or never...
Sitting on the loo, I filled the cup, then held up the glass of yellow liquid.
It was instinct to have a sniff. Fortunately, the smell wasn’t too bad.
But feeling the heat of my urine radiating off the glass, my stomach churned.
I knew if I thought about it any longer, I’d chicken out. Bottoms up!
Knocking back the glass of pee in one foul hit, I swallowed it like a shot, then slammed the empty glass down on the sink.
Looking in the mirror, I focused on anything I could to avoid being sick.
More than the smell or taste, it was simply the thought of what I’d done.
The worst part over, all I could do was wait.
Grabbing a pair of sunglasses, I headed out of the house to run a few errands with a friend.
In the car on the way home a few hours later, I realised my eye hadn’t felt itchy for a while.
Removing my sunglasses, I flipped the visor down and gasped.
The swelling had almost completely vanished.
‘Oh, my God, look!’ I squealed to my friend, who’d pulled to a stop.
‘How did you get the swelling to go down so fast?’ I looked at him sheepishly. ‘I drank my own wee,’ I confessed.
It was a hot topic among my friends, some doing it, some not.
Now I’d seen the incredible effect, I was scared if I stopped, the swelling would come back.
So, each morning I would disappear into the bathroom with a jar, and gulp down as much of it as I could.
The flavour reminded me a little bit of coconut water. But I began to notice how different foods affected the taste.
Asparagus, one of my favourite veggies became a no-go. The taste and smell of my pee became unbearable if I ate it.
Still, I didn’t dare go a day without forcing myself to take at least a swig.
After doing a bit of research, I found that consuming a few drops of your urine apparently creates a feedback mechanism in the body, allowing it to recognise poisons and threats quicker. There’s no scientific evidence to back up urine therapy, but it was working for me.
Not only did it cause the welts on my skin to go down quickly, over time, I almost completely stopped reacting to mosquito bites.
I noticed other benefits, too.
My thin hair seemed to be thicker, my skin clearer. Even my digestive system seemed more settled.
My friends and family were surprisingly openminded about my unusual drinking habits.
They’d all heard about using pee on a jellyfish sting. Was it such a leap to believe it has other benefits?
Now I’ve been doing it for four months, I’m not embarrassed to tell people.
If I’m happy with what I’m putting in my body, I should be happy drinking what’s coming out of it.
It’s become a way for me to monitor my overall health by keeping an eye on the colour and taste.
I’m not sure what a doctor would say...
But I’ve no plans to stop gulping my two glasses a day.
The taste reminded me a little bit of coconut water
Now: clear skin, healthy locks– I feel great!
Mossie bite: my eye swelled up horrifically